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    • Thu, February 09, 2023
    • Sun, February 12, 2023
    • 2745 Otay Pacific Dr., San Diego, CA 92154
    • 1


    Kiss a Whale Adventure!

    La Paz, Baja, Mexico

    4 Days - 3 Nights


    We will be flying to La Paz, Baja, Mexico to experience the wonders of nature that are here in winter this includes seeing, maybe petting, and possibly even kissing Grey Whales, snorkeling with Whale Sharks, swimming with Sea Lions, and much more. We will be staying at an “Excellent” (as rated by TripAdvisor users) 4-Star hotel that I have stayed at before. We will be eating at 4-Star restaurants that I have eaten at before along with exploring: the beautiful “Malecon” beach boardwalk of La Paz with public art all along it, the historic center of La Paz including the cathedral, and more.

    Access the Trip Flyer here.  

    Cost: $795/pp

    Trip Details

    Tours & Events included:

    • Extended Grey Whale Watching Tour
    • Snorkeling with Whale Sharks
    • Swimming with Sea Lions
    • Luncheon on famous Balandra Beach
    • Rooftop Sunset Party

    Adventures also includes:

    • Stay at "Excellent" 4-Star hotel
    • Professional Photos and Videos
    • Naturalist to Answer Questions
    • Most/All Ground Transportation
    • Breakfasts and Lunches

    What's NOT included (estimated to be $300):

    • Flight to La Paz (Tijuana to La Paz via Volaris)
    • Dinners
    • Parking/CBX Walking Bridge
    • Tips/Spending Money

    Meet: Cross Border Express (CBX) park car in CBX lot and check-in on American side

    Location: Meet at Volaris check-in at the Cross Border Express in Greater San Diego across the border from the Tijuana Airport.

    Direction: https://goo.gl/maps/LTd6Pu2S1ihcgd7U6

    Requirements: 

    1.) Passport valid until at least August 13, 2023

    2.) You will need to fill-out a tourist card before entering the Mexican side of the airport. There are computers and usually helpful airport personnel that will help you fill these out once you cross the CBX bridge right before going through Mexican customs.

    We will be flying Volaris Airlines-

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    Departure: Tijuana (TIJ) 9:34 am - La Paz (LAP) 12:26pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

    Note- La Paz is one hour later the PST

    Return: La Paz (LAP) 1:00 pm - Tijuana (TIJ) 1:58 pm on Sunday, February 12, 2023.

    Tips:

    1.) This flight is currently $133.18 USD plus money conversion fee. If your credit card does not charge a conversion fee (like my Capital One Credit Card), select to pay in Mexican Pesos in the top right of the Volaris website to save yourself $10 to $20.

    2.) Pay the CBX bridge crossing fee when buying your ticket. This makes things easier than having to buy at the airport. It will also save you money if the cost goes up which it often does on January 1. 


    Whale Shark Encounter

    Each Winter just off La Paz is a spectacle of nature, Whale Sharks!

    • Knowledgeable Guides
    • Marine Biologist
    • Experienced Captains
    • Canopy Covered Boats

    These gentle giants are filter feeders and don't have teeth making them safe to swim with.  They are the world's largest fish and swimming with them is an awe inspiring experience.  Our guides will teach you all about the whale shark and how to keep both you and the whale sharks safe.  Unlike other tours here, we will have a marine biologist on-board to educate and answer your questions.  Whether you stay on the boat or go snorkeling, this is a tour you won't forget!

    *Snorkeling gear provided.


    Sea Lion Snorkel & Balandra Beach

    Swim with playful sea lions and lunch on a beautiful deserted beach!

    • Learn all about Sea Lions
    • Experienced Snorkel Guides
    • Lunch and Relax on Balandra Beach
    • Save Time and Money

    La Paz is known for its friendly sea lions and the water in winter is warm...70 F.  The rookeries in the area (that are closed in summer) are open in winter for encounters with these playful marine mammals.  Unlike most tours that only have a boat captain often that only speaks Spanish, we will have a marine biologist that will tell those interested all about the natural wonders on our adventure.  Our guides will make sure your interaction with these animals is a safe and awesome one.  After swimming with sea lions, we will head to Balandra Beach for a delicious lunch with lots of time to explore the warm spectacular beach.  This tour is combined with the whale shark tour saving both time and money. 

    *Snorkeling gear provided.


    Grey Whale Encounter

    The Best Grey Whale Watching Experience in Baja!

    • Extended Grey Whale Watching
    • Best Captains & Boats
    • Marine Biologist
    • Best Transportation
    • Professional Photos and Videos
    Other tours are only 2 hours, but ours is a special extended 4 hour tour, maximizing the possibility of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  We use the best local captains that know how to interact with the whales responsibly.  We will be on the best boats available including importantly canopies for sun protection.  A marine biologist will be along to teach those interested all about the grey whales, other boats typically have just a captain or sometimes a guide who has just tried to memorize a script and can't answer questions.  Transportation is in the best vans available in Southern Baja for added safety and comfort.  In addition to your image captures, professional photos and videos will be taken for your personal use to help you remember and share this trip of a lifetime. 


    La Paz is for Foodies

    La Paz has numerous affordable 4-star restaurants

    • Typical dinner with drink under $30
    • Amazing seafood locally caught
    • Delicious steaks regionally raised
    • Regionally grown fruits and vegetables
    • Most restaurants feature ocean views
    Go for amazing wildlife but stay for the awesome food! La Paz has numerous unique locally owned restaurants featuring super fresh locally caught seafood and regionally raised produce and steaks.

    The same 4-star meal in crowded Cabo two hours’ drive south will cost you three times what it costs you in La Paz. Best of all, this supports the best practices of Sustainable Eco-Tourism. You win! Locals win! Environment wins!


    La Paz is the place to be!
    • Beautiful Beaches, Amazing Sunsets
    • More town than city
    • Friendly locals who love visitors
    • Lots to do and see
    • Short flight from SoCal
    • Not a tourist trap

    La Paz is known for beautiful beaches and amazing sunsets. The Malecon (beach boardwalk) has public art every few feet and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. After a couple days you will see familiar faces and locals soon will remember your name. Have a question/problem? … often friendly locals will offer to help before you even ask! La Paz has great shopping for locally made goods including art by local artists. There are tequila tastings, local sunset hikes, beautiful walks like eerie Skull Hill lit by colorful lights, and much more. Take a seaside bike ride or enjoy a skateboard park with locals. All of this is just an inexpensive 75-minute flight from SoCal. La Paz is half the cost of many popular Mexican destinations that are “gringo priced”, aka a “Tourist Trap”.


    Our Most “Excellent” Accommodations!

    • Boutique Hotel
    • Friendly Staff
    • Quiet Grounds
    • Centrally Located
    • Steps to La Paz’s Best Restaurants
    • Sustainable Tourism

    A locally owned boutique hotel with a friendly and helpful staff with quiet grounds and a pool for relaxing. Just a short walk to the historic center of La Paz and even closer to most of La Paz’s best restaurants. Escape the bustle of the Malecon and beach, a 5-minute walk away, to relax and rejuvenate in this quiet haven. Breakfasts will be at Melt just steps from the entrance to the hotel. Rooms are either one King or two Twin beds.

    Hosted by Jeffrey Lehmann, a little about Jeffrey...

    Board Member- North American Travel Journalist Association 

    Host & Producer of the multi Emmy & multi Telly awarded "Weekend Explorer" travel series provided free to PBS stations nationwide and airing on commercial broadcasters around the world.

    Host & Producer “Maritime Silk Road-Birth of the Global Economy” - a historical documentary series awarded "Documentary Series of the Year”-Guangzhou International Film Festival and Telly's for “Writing” and “Cultural Documentary”. 

    Host & Producer “China’s Big Bay”,  documentary series on Chinese technologies more advanced than in the West with an award-winning animated open.

    Producer/First AD - “I Brake for Caterpillars” SAG RomCom feature film currently in post production.

    Under Development- “Diving Explorer” traveling the world to dive and help protect the ocean world ...before it is too late!

    Cancellation Policy:  In order to ensure reservations, all balances must be paid in full no later than January 5, 2022.  Any cancellations after that time will only be honored if someone is found to take your place.  A credit card processing fee of $25.00 will be deducted from the refund. 

    • Tue, February 14, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Daley Ranch - East Ridge and Boulder Loop Hike

    WhenTuesday, February 14, 2023 from10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Location: Daley Ranch (Escondido)

    Join us for our second (2nd) weekday bi- monthly San Diego ramble to observed birds, animals, and blooming plants. A ramble is a walk taken for pleasure in the countryside. 

    East Ridge and Boulder Loop is considered a moderately challenging route. While one can complete this loop in about 2.5 hour with non-stop hiking, we will enjoy nature, comradery, and lunch; so plan on 4 hours. This is a popular trail for hiking, mountain biking, and running.

    This is an open invite to members or non-members and requires an RSVP (limited to 15 hikers). Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance on the trail, which is very easy.

    Details: We will begin at the Daley Ranch Entrance Sign (north of the parking lot). 

    Host: Leo Burkhart (760.500.5879)

    Trail: East Ridge and Boulder Loop (Daley Ranch)

    Length: 5.3 miles

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Elevation Gain:~ 833 feet

    Lunch: Pack a lunch or bring snacks for our lunch at the ranch house

    RSVP required. If we have a large group, please make sure you are masked and social distance.

    Meeting Location: Parking Lot at 2197 La Honda Drive, Escondido, CA

    Google Maps – 2197-2253 La Honda Dr Parking

    Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday February 14 @ 10am

    Parking: There is a large parking lot (free) at the trailhead.

    Cost: None

    Time Commitment: Approximately 3.5 - 4 hours

    Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

    Trail Details: See AllTrails “East Ridge and Boulder Loop Trail (Daley Ranch)” 

    Out of Towners: Consider Camping on your own at Dixon Lake 

    Dixon Lake - City of Escondido


    • Fri, February 17, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, February 20, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Agua Caliente County Park Campground, 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
    Register

    Great Outdoors - San Diego

    Agua Caliente County Park

    February 17-20, 2023 - 3 Nights!

    Overview

    You're invited to join Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) for what's become our annual visit to Agua Caliente County Park to check out the wildflowers, which typically bloom there in early to mid-spring. Between the wildflowers, the amazing Agua Caliente campground (with showers and hot spring-fed pools), our not-to-be-missed nighttime search for scorpions by black light, the always-amazing Saturday night potluck, and a great group of campers, you won't want to miss this trip! If you are new to Great Outdoors, new to camping or maybe haven’t camped in a while, this is an excellent “starter” camping trip, given the excellent campground facilities and relative close proximity to urban San Diego.

    Our Campground

    Agua Caliente County Park is a 910 acre park with geothermally heated springs. The park is located just west of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in eastern San Diego County.

    Amenities at Agua Caliente include the soothing geothermal pools, coin-operated pay showers (50 cents in quarters per 4 minutes), flush toilets, potable water, shuffleboard and horseshoes, and a sun deck outside the pools for lounging. There is a small souvenir store nearby with very limited groceries, ice and firewood. The pools include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor wading pool for children, and an indoor 102 °F therapeutic spa.

    We’ve reserved ten tent sites and two RV sites. Trip pricing is based upon the type of site you choose and whether you’ll be sharing a tent or RV. RV sites have water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site.

    The campground is near many excellent hiking trails and other locations to view desert wildflowers.

    Registration and Payment

    Registration for this event is restricted to Great Outdoors Members Only. Prices are based upon you being a member of one of our 5 chapters. Each person attending must complete a separate registration. If you are not currently a member of one of our 5 Chapters, you’ll need to become a paid member with the Chapter of your choice first and then register for this campout.

    Registration is via this website only. Registration cannot be accomplished on Facebook. You will need to log into your GO account and click on one of the registration category buttons for this trip. The website will then prompt you for information and payment online by credit card (preferred) or other available methods. Payment must be received within 2 weeks of your registration, even if paying by check or your reservation will be subject to cancellation.

    Cancellation and Refunds

    You may cancel your reservation and receive a full refund up to 2 weeks before the trip start date. For this trip, the final cancellation date is February 3, 2023. Refunds will not be available after that date or on any registrations made within those 2 weeks of a trip start date, unless we can fill your spot with another camper.

    Directions

    Please carpool if you can and fill your gas tank well before arriving at camp since the nearest gas stations are in Borrego Springs (30 miles), Julian (33 miles), or Ocotillo (27 miles).

    Address: 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036

    From Ramona through Julian: East on State Highway 78 to Scissors Crossing then south 22 miles on Highway S2 to the park entrance.

    From Interstate 8: East on Interstate 8 and exit at Ocotillo, then 26 miles north on Highway S2 to the park entrance.

    Extra Vehicles and Fees

    Depending on what time you arrive, you may be asked to pay the extra vehicle fee if the allotted campsite parking spaces have already been filled. The fee is $4 per night for a total of $12 for the weekend. Please pay the fee and ask for a receipt and GOSD will reimburse you for the parking fee. Park regulations impose a limit of two (2) cars per campsite. Any additional vehicles must park in the designated overflow parking areas.

    Schedule

    Friday 2/17/23

    2 PM - Check in after 2 PM

    5 PM - “Happy hour” - Bring a snack to share and your favorite beverage. Some snacks and water will be provided. In order to cut down on waste, please also bring your own reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug - these will not be provided.

    Dinner - on your own

    7 PM - Group campfire (Sunset is just after 7 PM)

    Saturday 2/18/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Depart for hike(s). (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best viewing will be. Other hike(s) or outings may also be offered depending on interest levels and degree of difficulty of hikes, i.e., easy, moderate, strenuous. Some possibilities include Mud Caves, Domelands and Wind Caves, Ghost Mountain, Cold Canyon or other regional gems.

    3 PM - Time in the pools at camp

    6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own reusable plate and utensils as one use disposable items will not be provided.

    7 PM - Campfire

    8 PM - Scorpion search by black light

    Sunday 2/19/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Depart for hike(s). (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best viewing will be. Other hike(s) or outings may also be offered depending on interest levels and degree of difficulty of hikes, i.e., easy, moderate, strenuous. Some possibilities include Mud Caves, Domelands and Wind Caves, Ghost Mountain, Cold Canyon or other regional gems.

    3 PM - Time in the pools at camp

    6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own reusable plate and utensils as one use disposable items will not be provided.

    7 PM - Campfire

    Monday 2/20/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Time for another dip in the pools or a short hike - and packing and cleaning up the camp sites.

    12 PM - Check Out.

    Campground Rules and Regulations

    A complete listing of campground rules and regulations may be found here:

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/2017_Agua_Caliente_Campground_Handout_FINAL.pdf

    Here are some of the more common rules:

    Pets - Are permitted if they are quiet, properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. There is a $1 per night fee for each pet, which is not included in your GOSD registration payment. It is payable upon check-in at the campground.

    Quiet Hours- 10 PM - 8 AM

    Campfires – Completely Extinguished by 11 PM

    Smoking- Is not allowed in Agua Caliente County Park.

    Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages are permitted provided the alcohol content does not exceed 20%.

    What to Bring

    Food

    Ten Essentials

    Quarters for showers

    Camping/cooking gear

    Phone/camera charger

    Warm/cool weather clothing

    Potluck item for Saturday night

    Pool gear (towel, swimsuit and water shoes)

    Any prescription or other needed medications

    Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

    Soap and sponge for cleaning your reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug

    Your own reusable plate, utensils and mug/cup (No plates, utensils or cups will be provided)

    Camping chair

    One bundle of firewood (please no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials, as these can release toxic gases when burned). The County Parks motto is buy it where you burn it and local firewood is generally available at the small general store near the campground’s entrance.

    Cell Phone Service

    Is not available in the park, but can be found by driving a short distance from the campground.

    Health Problems/Allergies

    It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish.

    For full Agua Caliente County Park information - View the Agua Caliente County Park brochure or map at the following links:

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/AguaCalienteBrochure.pdf

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/2016%20Agua_Caliente_Campground_Handout_FINAL_9_13_16.pdf

    Contact - If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leaders:

    Matthew Schreiner (matthew.schreiner@mac.com)

    • Sat, February 25, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1945 West Park Drive
    Register

    Balboa Park Bike Ride

    Saturday, Feb 25th 

    • 9:30 am Meet up at Parking lot next to the San Diego Old Fire Alarm Communications Building (Southwest Corner of Balboa Park) 1945 Westpark Drive San Diego, Ca 92101 (Picture of the meeting spot is below)
    • 10:00 am Start the Bike Ride
    • 12:00 Finish the Bike Ride

    Join us Saturday, Feb 25th, for a bike ride around In total, we’ll bike ride around 10 Miles, which will take us about 2 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, 689 Ft Total. The difficulty is moderate.

    There are quite a few restroom stops along the bike route, we will stop as needed. 

    We’ll meet at The Southwest Corner Parking Lot, adjacent to the old “Fruit Loop” for all of us seasoned fella’s, LOL! This will be our starting point and end point.  During the route, we will stop at a few photos op places to capture the memory and have some water breaks. 


    What to bring:

    Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, make sure your tires are aired up, any snack’s you may want, any medications you may need, a face mask (for just in case), and weather-appropriate clothing. 

    Hope you can join us!

    Event Lead: Steven Stowe (619-309-5674)



    • Tue, February 28, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Anza Borrego Wildflower Hike

    More Info to Come Soon!



    • Fri, April 14, 2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Sun, April 16, 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Ensenada Region of Baja California
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    3 DAY, 2 NIGHT BAJA EXPEDITION: 

    HIKING + WINERIES + BREWERIES + BAJA CUISINE

    April 14-16, 2023

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    The Ensenada region of Baja California, only an hour and a half south of the border from San Diego, offers spectacular hiking through the coastal and woodland landscapes in full spring bloom as well as an explosion of wineries, breweries and fine Baja-Fusion cuisine in the Guadalupe Valley. This trip combines the highlights of all of these for a small group of 8 guests who will also enjoy fabulous ocean-view lodging in one of the area’s premiere coastal communities. 

    GO member Mike Wilken, your guide, is an anthropologist and naturalist who lives in Baja California and has worked in the region for over 32 years. Dr. Gerry Chavez, driver and co-guide, is a local geographer with an extensive knowledge of the environments of the region. Both are happy to share their knowledge of native plants and wildlife, geology, native cultures and history for interested guests.

    The $470 per person cost includes a 3 day trip with transportation starting from the Tecate border and throughout the trip, four meals, ocean-view vacation home lodging, two wine tastings and a beer tasting. Guests cover three no-host meals, and any extra wine and beer purchases. 

    This trip is designed for 8 guests. Lodging is double occupancy in our comfortable ocean-view vacation home with extra sofas, living areas, kitchens, and garden spaces. Our transportation is in a 12-passenger van with room in the back for luggage. 

    Cancellation Policy - 100% refund if cancelled at least 21 days beforehand, 50% refund if less than 21 days to 7 days notice, no refund if less than 7 days notice unless canceling party finds a substitute.

    MIGRATORY DOCUMENTS and crossing the border: Walking into Mexico: By parking on the US side of the border, you will avoid the long lines coming back, since you will walk back through the quick pedestrian entry at the end of trip. We will meet you on the US side and walk you through customs to our van. You will need to have a US passport and get a Mexican tourist visa (FMM) for this trip. You get it online, and there should be no cost because you are only going to be in Mexico for 3 days. Instructions will be sent to participants. 

    US Citizens must have a US passport for land-based border crossing back into the US. Non-US citizens should bring all necessary documents for re-entry into the US.

    For more information, feel free to contact Mike Wilken: mikewilken@yahoo.com

    HIKES EVERY DAY: Guadalupe Valley Canyon follows a creek that winds through a deep canyon with rustic, undeveloped hot springs and scenic landscapes. The group may choose to hike a couple of extra miles and see historic adobe ruins. A picnic lunch will be provided along the way. Approximately 4 hour hike. 

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    Rustic hot springs along the way

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    Punta Banda trail follows the rugged mountain that forms the dramatic tip of the Bay of Ensenada, passing through fields of native Shaw’s agave plants and rare, beautiful coastal succulent scrub habitat. Our picnic spot provides breathtaking views of the Pacific coast and Todos Santos Islands. Approximately 4 hour hike. 

    Succulent sage scrub with rare and endemic vegetation

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    El Salto Canyon and Waterfall trail follows an oak woodland watershed that turns into a boulder-strewn deep canyon with fascinating geology, wildflowers and plant life, birds and the view of a waterfall from above. 

    Geological forces took millions of years to produce this wonder

    DINING AND TASTINGS: Animalón Restaurant (group will decide on exact restaurant, the following are some examples)

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    Agua de Vid Restaurant

    Wineries

    The Guadalupe Valley is Mexico’s premiere wine-producing region. 

    Cava Sol y Barro

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    Clos de Tres Cantos

    Casa Magoni

    Cervecería Wendlandt, a hip and popular brewery right on the waterfront just minutes away from the Baja House.

     

    Guadalupe Valley dining features everything from high-end Baja-Med Fusion gastronomy to down-home Mexican cooking. We will decide as a group based from a selection of options. 

    LODGING WILL BE AT THE BAJA HOUSE AND THE MEXICO HOUSE, which share the same garden and views. See a description of the Baja House here:

    airbnb.com/h/baja-ocean-view-villa-rustica

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    We will also stay at The Mexico House, right next door with equally spectacular views:

    EXPEDITION ITINERARY

    Three days/two nights, April 14-16

    We reserve the right to make minor changes as necessary to the published itinerary. 

    Day 1: Friday, April 14

    9:00  Arrive to the US side of Tecate, leave cars in fenced parking lots ($5-10 a day) and meet 5 mins away at the Worthy Market on the first day. Guide will meet you there and walk you over border to get paperwork stamped and take you to the van. 

    9:30  Leave Tecate for Guadalupe Valley 

    11:00  Arrive Guadalupe Hot Springs trailhead.  

    12:00  Picnic lunch  (provided)

    3:00  Return to trailhead

    3:30  Visit Guadalupe Valley artisanal winery for wine-tasting and tour 

    5:30  Dinner (no-host)

    7:30  Leave for the coast

    8:00  Arrive at the Baja House and the Mexico House, relax around bonfire


    Day 2: Saturday April 15

    8:00  Breakfast at the Baja House

    9:00  Leave for Punta Banda hike, spectacular coastal hike with panoramic vistas

    10:30  Arrive at trailhead

    12:30  Picnic lunch (provided)

    1:30  Return trip to trailhead

    3:00  Depart for return to our home base

    5:00  Arrive at the Baja House, margaritas, guacamole, salsa

    6:30  Cervecería Wendlandt (local brewery), tasting and no-host dinner

    9:00  Return to the Baja House and the Mexico House, relax around bonfire


    Day 3: Sunday April 16

    8:00  Breakfast at the Baja House

    9:30  Pack up, leave for El Salto trailhead

    10:00  Arrive El Salto trailhead

    12:00  Finish hike, return to trailhead

    1:00  Lunch at Baja Fusion-style restaurant in Guadalupe valley (no host)

    2:30  Visit artisanal winery for tour and wine tasting

    4:30  Leave for Tecate

    5:30  Arrive at Tecate pedestrian border crossing, easy walk through customs and return to your vehicles.

    The magic gardens of the Baja House, relax and enjoy!

    Mike Wilken, your guide, is the author of the award-winning book Kumeyaay Ethnobotany.



    • Fri, June 02, 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sun, June 04, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • O'Neill Regional Park 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Register

    OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE

      Hike Leader - Morning 4 hrs
      Trip Leader - Afternoon 4 hrs

      You may attend either one or both.

      Full Weekend Schedule:

      Friday June 2 

      2 pm Check in campground

      4 pm - Fun hike nearby. We will adjust the time if needed to accommodate those arriving on Friday and camping for the training. This is a welcome hike for attendees at the hike/trip leader training this weekend. We will discuss and demonstrate the Ten Essentials and safety on the trail.  

      6 pm Meet and Greet and dinner on your own or group selects a restaurant.

      Saturday June 3   Training class at the Administrative Building.

      ·        8 am - 12 pm  Hike Leader Training

      ·        1 pm - 5 pm Trip Leader Training

      Sunday June 4  8:30 am -10:30 - Training hike nearby where participants will be confronted with a variety of situations that one may encounter on the trail.

      DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I


      Be a Hike Leader!  Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information. Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.

      Hike Leader Syllabus

      Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.

      This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.

      Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.

      Content/Topics Covered:  Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.

      Course Format: The training includes in-person instruction with group discussion and problem solving applications and trail-based scenarios.

      Pre-Course Assignment: Review training manuals and video:

      Link to Training Resources: Click Here

      Printed manuals available at the training location at no cost to participants. Option to have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration.

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      TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II 

      One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.

      Course Outline:

      • Create a new trip or update a former trip.

      • Planning, scouting, securing reservations.

      • Finances and budget.

      • Create a trip description and promotion.

      • Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.

      • Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.

      • Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.

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      Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

      What to bring:  Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring a day pack with your ten essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing.

      Weather: O'Neill Regional Park click here

      Facilities:  We will be in the campground conference room with tables, chairs, projector, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite.

      Overnight accommodations:

      Camping at O'Neill Regional park Group Site Sycamore D.

      Motels located nearby.

      More information:

      Course Preparation: You are encouraged to review the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals ahead of time. 

      Link to Training Resources: Click Here

      Suggested Additional Reading and Video:
      1. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. Bob Burns, Mike Burns
      2. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide Mark Harvey
      3. How to Lead a Hike by the Sierra Club  15 min. video click here




      • Mon, March 03, 2025
      • San Diego Pride Parade
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      Great Outdoors Pride Shirt Sale!


      *Email info-sd@greatoutdoors.org for bulk pricing discounts.

      Purchase our member designed and locally created Pride T-Shirt today! Pick up coordination to be arranged via email (Matthew/Tyler).

      Enjoy <3 Happy Pride Kittens!

    Past events

    Tue, January 31, 2023 SD - Hike – Anza Borrego Palm Canyon Loop
    Sun, January 29, 2023 SD - Bike Ride - Chula Vista River Bike Ride
    Sat, January 28, 2023 SD - Dana Point Whale Watching
    Sat, January 21, 2023 CORP Great Outdoors - Board Mtg
    Wed, January 11, 2023 SD - Core Group Meeting Dinner
    Thu, December 22, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
    Wed, December 14, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Sat, December 03, 2022 SD - Hike - Eagle Rock Hike
    Sun, November 20, 2022 SD - Biking - Mission Beach Ride
    Sun, November 13, 2022 SD - Hike - Bayside Trail Nature and Culture Interpretive Hike
    Sat, November 12, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Wed, November 02, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting
    Sun, October 23, 2022 SD - Biking - San Diego River
    Thu, October 20, 2022 SD - Monthly Bonfire
    Sat, October 15, 2022 CORP - Outings Committee Mtg
    Sat, October 15, 2022 CORP - Annual Conference and Election of Officers
    Fri, October 14, 2022 OCLB/CORP - 44th Annual All Chapter Conference Registration
    Sun, October 09, 2022 SD - HIKE - 3 Mile Loop Challenge (Nature Collective)
    Sat, October 08, 2022 SD - HIKE - Palomar Mountain Day Hike
    Sun, October 02, 2022 SD - Day Event - End of Summer Hike, BBQ, and Pool Party
    Sat, September 17, 2022 SD - Coastal Clean-up
    Thu, September 15, 2022 SD - Monthly Bonfire
    Fri, September 09, 2022 SD - Poco Montaña Vineyards 2022 Harvest Events
    Sat, August 13, 2022 SD - Day Event - La Jolla Shores Snorkeling
    Sun, August 07, 2022 SD - Urban Hike/Social - San Diego Zoo
    Sat, August 06, 2022 SD - Biking - Mission Bay Bike Ride
    Sat, July 23, 2022 Great Outdoors CORP - Board Mtg
    Sun, July 17, 2022 SD - Pride Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding
    Wed, July 13, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Sun, June 26, 2022 SD - Social - The Fifth Element
    Sun, June 26, 2022 SD - Hike - Seven Bridges Walk & Brunch
    Sat, June 25, 2022 SD - Biking - Coronado Island to Silver Strand
    Sat, June 18, 2022 SD - Hike - Torrey Pines, Guy Fleming, EB Scripps Overlook, Red Butte and Razor Point Loop
    Wed, June 15, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Sun, June 12, 2022 SD - Social - Out At The Fair
    Sat, June 11, 2022 SD - Social - Pride By The Beach
    Sat, June 04, 2022 SD - Biking - Liberty Station to Embarcadero
    Mon, May 30, 2022 SD - Hike - Mission Trails Ethnobotany Nature Walk (& Brunch)
    Wed, May 25, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Mon, May 23, 2022 SD - T-Shirt Design Competition
    Sat, May 21, 2022 SD - Hike - Mission Trails Regional Park Ethnobotany Hike
    Fri, May 20, 2022 SD - Social - Fiesta Island Movie Night
    Sat, May 07, 2022 SD - Hike - Sunset Trail to Water of the Woods (& Dinner)
    Sat, May 07, 2022 SD - Bird Walk in Big Bear Lake
    Fri, May 06, 2022 SD - Social - Out At The Park (Padres Vs Marlins)
    Fri, April 29, 2022 SD - Catalina State Park Campout
    Sat, April 23, 2022 SD - Hike - Volcan Mountain Trail
    Fri, April 22, 2022 SD - Social - Cosmic Bowling
    Wed, April 20, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Sun, April 17, 2022 SD - Hike - City Heights Canyons Hike + Lunch
    Sat, April 16, 2022 CORP - Board Mtg
    Sat, April 09, 2022 SD - Social Hike - Fiesta Island Dog Walk
    Sat, March 26, 2022 SD - Hike - Iron Mountain
    Sun, March 20, 2022 SD - Biking - Mission Bay
    Fri, March 18, 2022 SD - Social - St. Patrick's Day Movie Night
    Sun, March 13, 2022 SD - Urban Hike/Social - San Diego Zoo
    Wed, March 09, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Sun, March 06, 2022 SD - Hike - Ranch Penasquitos Loop
    Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Wed, February 23, 2022 SD - Biking - Chula Vista River (Cancelled due to bad weather)
    Fri, February 11, 2022 SD - Campout - Agua Caliente Regional Park
    Sun, February 06, 2022 SD - Hike - Balboa Park
    Wed, February 02, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Sun, January 30, 2022 SD - Biking - Coronado Island
    Sun, January 23, 2022 SD - Hike - Daley Ranch
    Sat, January 22, 2022 CORP - Board Mtg
    Thu, December 16, 2021 SD - Social - Gas Lamp Bowling
    Sat, December 04, 2021 SD - Hike - Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
    Wed, December 01, 2021 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Thu, November 25, 2021 SD - Campout - Death Valley National Park
    Sat, November 20, 2021 SD - DAY ACTIVITY - MISSION BAY BIKE RIDE
    Wed, November 03, 2021 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
    Sat, October 23, 2021 SD - Day Hike - Tecolote Canyon
    Thu, October 21, 2021 SD - Monthly Bonfire
    Wed, October 20, 2021 SD - Social Event - Haunted Trail and Experiment Maze of Balboa Park
    Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Outings Committee Mtg
    Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Annual Conference and Election of Officers
    Thu, September 16, 2021 SD - Monthly Bonfire
    Sun, September 12, 2021 SD - Day Event - End of Summer Hike, BBQ, and Pool Party
    Sun, August 29, 2021 SD - Day Hike - Palomar Mountain Day Hike
    Thu, August 19, 2021 SD - Monthly Bonfire
    Sun, August 08, 2021 SD - Day Event - La Jolla Shores Snorkeling
    Sun, July 25, 2021 SD - Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding
    Fri, June 11, 2021 SD - Mount Laguna Campout
    Wed, May 26, 2021 CORP - OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE - HIKING SAFETY
    Sat, May 08, 2021 SD - Day Hike - Mission Trails-Kwaay Paay Peak Hike
    Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
    Wed, April 07, 2021 CORP - Reopening Plan Review
    Sat, March 27, 2021 CORP - Training - Trip Leader - Outdoors Experience
    Wed, March 10, 2021 CORP - Training - Covid Protocols Event Leader
    Tue, March 09, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, January 30, 2021 CORP - Online Training - Outdoor Experiences
    Tue, January 19, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Thu, November 19, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Wed, September 16, 2020 SD - GOSD General Membership Meeting/Election 2020-2021
    Fri, August 21, 2020 CORP - Online Training - Outdoors Experience - Interest Survey
    Fri, August 14, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Fri, July 10, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Fri, May 22, 2020 Cancelled - SD - Campout - Lake Edison
    Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
    Sat, May 09, 2020 CANCELLED - SD - Day Hike - Cedar Creek Falls: West Approach
    Sun, April 26, 2020 CANCELLED - SD - Day Hike - Three Sisters Waterfalls
    Fri, March 27, 2020 SD - Campout - Agua Caliente Regional Park
    Wed, March 11, 2020 SD - Core Group Meeting
    Sat, March 07, 2020 SD - Whale Watching
    Sat, February 22, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike And Trip Leader Training
    Wed, February 12, 2020 SD - Core Group Meeting***Canceled***
    Sun, February 09, 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!! SD - Day Hike - Woodson Mountain: West Approach (Potato Chip Rock)
    Fri, January 17, 2020 SD - Mojave National Preserve & Mitchell Caverns Campout
    Wed, January 15, 2020 SD - Core Group Meeting
    Sat, December 14, 2019 SD - Holiday Party/Sleepover/Hike
    Wed, December 11, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
    Sun, November 17, 2019 SD - Day Hike Santa Ysabel Preserve West
    Wed, November 13, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
    Sun, October 20, 2019 SD - Palomar Mountain Day Hike
    Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
    Wed, October 09, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
    Sat, September 21, 2019 SD - Coastal Cleanup Day
    Wed, September 11, 2019 SD - Core Group Elections
    Sun, August 25, 2019 SD - End of Summer BBQ, Hike and Pool Party
    Tue, August 20, 2019 SD - 2020 Event Planning Meeting and Member Appreciation Pizza Party
    Sun, August 04, 2019 SD - Day Event - La Jolla Shores Snorkeling
    Wed, July 10, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
    Thu, July 04, 2019 SD - Kings Canyon National Park
    Sat, June 29, 2019 GO - Hike Leader Training - Outdoor Experience
    Sun, June 23, 2019 SD - Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding
    Wed, June 12, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
    Sun, May 19, 2019 SD - Dripping Springs Hike (Cancelled due to Weather!)
    Fri, April 26, 2019 SD - Santa Cruz Island Camp Out
    Wed, April 10, 2019 SD - Monthly Core Group Meeting & Dinner

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