Pool & Pizza Party!
OCT 1, 2023!
2023 Monkey Pool Party & Pizza!
Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm.
This party will have a Registration Fee of $10 for all members.
Bring a guest for $20. Better yet, have them join as a member to take advantage to pricing discounts for this and future events!
We have a limited capacity of 35 for this event.
The Pool Parties reach full capacity so if you intend to go, sign up NOW!
All members must register individually and pay the event registration fee. Once all of the requirements are met, you will be furnished the event address 3 days prior to the event.
This pool party will be at a member's home in Huntington Beach.
The address will be included in the e-mail reminder and is close to Beach Blvd exit off the 405 in Huntington Beach.
A variety of Pizza's will be provided along with vegan pizza too.
We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water.
Adult beverages are BYOB!
Sunday October 1:
Bunch of Monkey's with JD shots @ previous OCLB pool party.
What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit, suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.
Directions: To be provided via e-mail to those who register for this event.
Helpers: We need TWO helper (man the grill, prep and assist in managing the pool party) -the helpers will have courtesy admission.
Please email host Lance Whitmier via email:
Refunds - There are no refunds for this event. However, we do request that, if you are unable to attend, cancel your registration so someone on the wait list might be able to attend in your place.
Questions/Contact and Registration Cancellations can be sent to:
Photos: Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Some may not want their handsome faces to be splashed all over the internet.
AMC Orange 30
(The Block of Orange)
Monday Oct. 2nd
Matinee @ 12:30 PM
The theater selected is the one with Dolby Cinema and
AMC Signature Recliners.
If interested you are responsible for your own purchases (tickets, snacks, parking and other possible expenses).
Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua, a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife, is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war… and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory only to discover the world-ending weapon he's been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child.
Received a Tomato from Critics: 80% Rating
Received (no rating) from Audience:
Movie has not been released as of this posting date.
Go to the Rotten Tomatoes website for more information about this movie.
The movie starts @ 12:30
in Auditorium 15.
Trip Leader plans to be there @ noon.
Getting to the Theater:
Take advantage of technology and use your favorite map application if you are unfamiliar with the area. Currently called The Outlets of Orange but was formerly called The Block of Orange, the AMC Theater is the centerpiece of this shopping area. The Outlets of Orange.
Free Parking as this is an open air shopping district.
What to Bring:
Happy Attitude and
$ for Movie Ticket, Popcorn, Drink & Candy!
Lance Whitmier will be the trip leader.
He has purchased seat G13. So you may want to consider purchasing a ticket(s) in that vicinity.
Lance can be reached at:
Contact him for questions or if you need additional information.
Hike, bike, and day activities planning meeting.
We will review the calendar for the next 2 or 3 months and schedule accordingly.
Date: Monday, Oct 2, 5:30pm at members residence in Palm Springs with complimentary dinner (El Polo Loco buffet).
Meeting address will be in registration confirmation email.
If you are unable to attend, you may submit your hike, bike or other event and we will work to get them scheduled.
Contact VP of Outings click here with your ideas and suggestions .
This GOPS club event is intended for Great Outdoors members who are familiar with pickleball play and pickleball rules. It is designed to be a fun event that will rotate players through groups of 4 for games. This is also a chance to meet and get to know other Great Outdoors members who enjoy playing pickleball.
Like any sport there is a risk of injury that comes along with playing pickleball. To help reduce the risk of injury, please review the pickle ball safety tips at: https://usapickleball.org/play/health-safety
Location/Directions: Directions to the courts will be provided to those that sign up.
Cancel: If you cannot make a this event for which you have registered, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the event leader.
Photos - click here to see some of our games.
Event Leader: John Ryan - eMail: click here.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.
Special COVID Requirements: Following current California Safety Measures click here
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to play pickleball.
Great Outdoors Los Angeles
Bicycle Ride in Griffith Park and Los Angeles River Bike Path
We will meet at the Los Angeles Zoo free parking lot on Zoo Drive at 11:00 AM. This trip has no hills and anticipated mileage is 15 miles round trip. This is a fairly easy bike ride with great views of Glendale and the LA River along the way. The half-way point is at the outdoor Bicycle Spoke Cafe in Frogtown (Elysian Valley) where we can stop for coffee or brunch at 12:30 PM or so.
Attendance to this event is open to ALL!
Bring lots of water, sunscreen, and money for brunch break. Riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet on all bike rides and inflate their tires to the correct pressure. Please be prepared to address any breakdowns on your own. Bring a spare inner tube, tire pump, repair kit, ability to call Lyft/Uber, etc. The trip leader/group may not have the capacity to repair your bike. Participants are also expected to bring their own first aid kit appropriate for the event. Thanks for your understanding.
Trip Leader: Michael Wickstrom email: President-LA@GreatOutdoors.org
Join us at our booth for a fun Autumn day in the mountains. Last year was a huge success. Free admission for our volunteers. To volunteer, select register and choose the time slot(s) that you would like to be at the booth.
You may register for more than one time period. You can also register without a specific time.
Contact : Doug Wylie Email
Here’s your chance to help spread the word about Great Outdoors Palm Springs, meet new friends and have some fun! Google Map: Click Here
Programming / Events: click here: Idyllwild Pride Under the Pines
Saturday October 7th.
South Coast Plaza Area
Two Bridges Row
OC Museum of Art
California Scenario-Noguchi Gardens
If there were a 'super easy' category, this urban hike fall into that category. Since there is no such category, this hike is listed as 'easy'.
A leisure Sunday morning stroll begins at the first floor center lobby of Apple South Coast Plaza (formally known as the Crystal Court) at 10 AM.
Our journey starts by going to the top floor and crossing the Bridge of Gardens (pedestrian bridge -first bridge) to main South Coast Plaza. We will venture through the mall area to the outside area of Claim Jumpers restaurant. We will then traverse over The Unity Bridge (our second bridge) toward the OC Museum of Art. Spending an hour at the Museum, we will then venture to the California Scenario-Noguchi Gardens. Stopping for photo opportunities, we will then double back from to our starting point. For those so inclined, we will have lunch at Ruby's Diner.
OC Museum of Art:
Along with its predecessor institution, the Newport Harbor Art Museum, OCMA has an established reputation as an innovative art museum with a history of actively discovering and engaging with living artists at pivotal points in their careers. Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.
In our new permanent home located on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus—designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Studio—OCMA will continue to champion the transformative possibilities of art.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne is the founder of the influential studio Morphosis and co-founder of the prestigious Southern California Institute of Architecture. For more than 40 years, Morphosis has practiced at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and design. With a team of more than 60 in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai and Seoul, Morphosis focuses on rigorous research and innovation, prioritizing performance-driven design that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. In our new permanent home on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus, OCMA will continue to champion the transformative possibilities of art. From new commissions, performances, immersive activities, workshops, film series, and exciting community happenings, OCMA’s program engages and sparks meaningful encounters with art and ideas.
OCMA’s dynamic visual arts program features major thematic exhibitions, surveys of leading contemporary artists, new commissions, and first-ever solo museum shows.
Commissioned by the Segerstrom family in 1979 and completed in 1982, Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario is recognized as one of the country’s preeminent sculpture gardens and the most vital publicly accessible outdoor sculpture oasis in Southern California. One of the artist’s most important public sculpture gardens, its design symbolizes various geographical characteristics of California, incorporating indigenous plants and materials.
Six principal elements comprise California Scenario: Forest Walk, Land Use, Desert Land, Water Source, Water Use and Energy Fountain. The centerpiece of the garden is The Spirit of the Lima Bean, a sculpture of dramatic portions, composed of 15 rust-colored granite rocks cut precisely to fit together. This sculpture was created in recognition of Henry T. Segerstrom’ s friendship with the artist, Isamu Noguchi, and the Segerstrom family’s contribution to the agricultural heritage of Southern California.
Unity Bridge connects South Coast Plaza and Town Center in Costa Mesa.
We will wrap the urban hike with lunch at Ruby's Diner (optional and at your expense)!
Meeting Place: Referred to as Apple South Coast Plaza because it houses the Apple store.
If you have any doubts as to the location, CONTACT the Trip Leader.
Please be there by 10 AM so we can start on time!
Sorry four legged furry friends won't be allowed in the museum!
Here is the link to the map. Meet in the first floor, center lobby area.
The Center lobby area has the Sunglass Hut, Sur La Table and Tableau Kitchen and Bar (as well as the Ruby's Diner) located in the immediate vicinity.
Trip Leader Lance Whitmier via email:
Greg Adkisson and Phil York have invited us all to the Pool/Swim Time and Game Night on Sunday the 8th of October 2023 at their beautiful home in Cathedral City.
NOTE: Registration for this event will close on October 5th!
Note: You must be a Great Outdoors Member to attend this event. Guests without prior membership and registration will NOT be allowed in. You cannot join at the door.
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - POOL-SPA TIME
6:00 PM to 6:15 PM - SOCIAL PERIOD
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME
WHAT TO BRING:
1) Pool Time - Towel, chair and swimwear. Nudity is not permitted.
2) Potluck Item for at least 2 people. GOPS will provide dessert.
3) Your own beverage(s) Great Outdoors provides water and ice.
4) Table Games you want to play (Great Outdoors provides many games)
NOTE: Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.
PLEASE DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.
Four volunteers are needed to help set up before the party. Volunteers get a free ride on the food!
Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!
Please call Jóse Ghilarducci at 760-774-8716 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.
To view photos from our past game nights - click here.
To view our Game Night guidelines - click here.
Great Outdoor encourages members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This event will be primarily outdoors, and vaccination will not be required.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.
Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!
Happy Hour Mixer
Monthly Chapter Meeting!
Thursday September 14
Come on get Happy!
Start the weekend early!
El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
15042 Goldenwest Blvd.
(The 405 Freeway & Goldenwest Blvd.)
Westminster, CA 92683
Join us for Happy Hour Mixer from 6 - 7 PM in the Cantina.
Then the GO OCLB Board meeting will convene at 7 pm in the restaurant (along with ordering an optional meal) to conduct their monthly meeting.
Cantina Happy Hour is from 3 PM to 7 PM.
OCLB will have the fireplace room in the Cantina area beginning @ 6!
El Torito's Happy Hour prices end at 7 PM!
Schedule will be:
6 PM - 7 PM: Happy Hour in the Cantina!
All Members & Core Group can make introductions, snack, socialize, toss around ideas/suggestions and make merry! Each person is responsible for their own beverage and snack ordering and payment. Come and meet your board members and fellow outdoor enthusiasts in a relaxing atmosphere.
7 PM: Monthly Meeting!
Core Group will begin their meeting where the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer any questions. We will continue to focus on future activities of 2023 and how to further engage with our members.
Any and all members are allowed and encouraged to attend and participate! (Please be aware that only Core Group Members are allowed to vote during the Core Group meeting.).
3. Meeting will adjourn upon completion of agenda! Aiming for 8 PM.
A few of the Core Group: Lance, Rick, Frederick, Doug and Ray.
If you have any questions please contact:
Robert (Outreach) at: Outreach-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
Rick (VP of Outings) at: VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
Lance (President) at: President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
7.8 miles of car-free streets connecting Echo Park, Chinatown, DTLA, Little Tokyo, Arts District, and Boyle Heights - including the new 6th Street Viaduct!
The Great Outdoors group plans to depart from the San Bernardino Depot Metrolink Station at 1170 N. 3rd St, San Bernardino CA 92418 (not to be confused with the San Bernardino Downtown Station) to LA Union Station. You will need to bring your own bicycles, which are welcome on the train.
Those wishing to carpool/caravan from Palm Springs should meet at Palm Springs PetSmart at Ramon/Crossley (Map) at 6:45 am for 7:00 am departure. If you want to rideshare and have extra space available on your bike rack or truck, you may so indicate when you register. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Metro departs San Bernardino at 8:41am, arrives LA Union Station 10:22.
You can also meet us along the route. We will start at Civic Center/Grand Park station. We should be there by 11am When you register you will receive the cell # of Scott and Dan.
There will be ample parking at the Station Depot. hose planning to drive from Palm Springs to the San Bernardino Depot should bring vehicles capable of carrying bicycles.
The Great Outdoors group plans to return from LA Union Station to the San Bernardino Depot on the 3:38 pm train, arriving at the San Bernardino Depot at 5:15 p.m.
You are encouraged to download the Metrolink app to your smart phone containing all of its schedules. Once registered, you can buy your electronic ticket ($10 all day for Metrolink and all downtown subways - you must purchase the ticket on Sunday). The machines at the depot are notoriously user unfriendly.
Other transportation options:
You are, of course, free to drive all the way to Los Angeles, to take both an earlier departing train (dep. 6:41 am arr. 8:22 am) or later returning train (dep. 5:38 pm arr. 6:16 pm). A meeting place in Los Angeles will be arranged for those departing earlier or later.
What to Bring: Water, small day back, sun protection and helmet.
Trip leaders :
Dan Haueter: Email
Scott Connelly: Email
Here are some things to know before you go:
Attractions along the route: click here
Hubs are resting and meeting points along the route. Each hub has free basic bike repair, bike parking, an information booth, CicLAvia merchandise, free drinking water, and ADA-compliant restrooms. Some hubs include additional programming and activities.
Health Problems/allergies: Advise trip leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this event.
Annual End of Summer Hike, BBQ, and Pool Party!
GOSD will hold our annual end of summer hike and pool party in Laguna Beach again this year. Join us for a morning hike followed by a BBQ and dip in the pool, GOSD will provide the food for this event.
HIKE - Little Sycamore Canyon, Serrano Ridge, and West Canyon Loop
Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 35 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, camping, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.
Meeting time: 9:30 AM
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area, Laguna Canyon Road at the 73 (north side), Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Distance: 4.2 miles
Park Brochure can be accessed here.
Don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and water along, as it will be warm in October!
As with any outing, don't forget your 10 essentials!
BBQ & POOL PARTY
After the hike is over, approximately 12:00 PM, come over and cool off in the pool and enjoy some BBQ & drinks.
Address: 159 Nyes Place, Laguna Beach, CA
We look forward to seeing you there, if you have any questions, please contact Matthew Schreiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.394.9607.
Liberty Station to North Harbor
Sunday, October 15, 2023
Event Lead: Steven Stowe (619-309-5674)
Join us Sunday, October 1, for a bike ride through Liberty Station, North Harbor and back In total, we’ll bike ride around 11.6 Miles, which will take us about 2 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, 200 Ft Total. The difficulty is moderate.
There is a bathroom throughout the trail the whole way.
We’ll meet at the Liberty Station Parking Lot in front of the Liberty Station Kayak Launch, by the parking lot, pictured below. 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 snacks you may want, any medications you may need, and weather-appropriate clothing.
Hope you can join us!
Shakey's Pizza on Sunset
Riviera Business Park Quad
2030 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
6:00pm Core Group Meeting
7:00pm Membership Social
Join us in the fresh air and under the open sky at the picturesque outdoor courtyard/quad of the Riviera Business Park for our monthly meeting and social gathering. It's the perfect setting to connect with fellow nature enthusiasts.
Feel free to bring your favorite beverages (BYOB), and to satisfy your appetite, we've got some delicious pizza on the menu. You can enjoy a slice or two for a small $5 donation (payable upon registration).
We can't wait to extend a warm welcome to new friends and catch up with our cherished current members. We'll be talking about next year's trips and planning our annual Halloween party! Come on over and discover what your local Great Outdoors chapter has in store for you...
Monthly Multi-Group Bonfire & Potluck
Date: Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023
Time: 5:30-9:00 pm
Location: Vacation Island, to the right (north) of the Paradise Point resort (previously called Pacific Princess resort)
RSVP: None....Just show up!
Event Cost: Free (bring potluck stuff to share)
Parking: Easy. Ample parking on site
Join us for our Potluck Bonfires by the Bay!
DESCRIPTION: Monthly bonfires on the 3rd Thursday of the month for the 2022 season through October.
Bring a friend or cuddle buddy. Please also bring an entree or a side dish, and a beverage of your choice.(Alcohol is banned in Mission Bay Park). You can also help support this event by bringing a portable table, paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins or firewood, but CMG is making sure that's covered.
WHAT TO BRING: 1) Potluck item. Remember, we CAN have too many desserts, but we can never have too many meal choices and sides. If you have a dessert you're eager to bring, lovely! But if you're on the fence, maybe think dinner, not dessert.
2) A beach chair if you'd like to sit. Bonus points if you bring a spare for others to use!
3) A serving utensil if your dish needs one.
DIRECTIONS: Take the 8 freeway west toward Mission Bay, exit onto Mission Bay Drive and make a right, then merge into the far left hand lane onto Ingraham Street, heading North, then make a left onto Vacation Rd as if you were heading into Paradise Point Resort (previously called Pacific Princess Resort), but then an immediate Right before entering the resort to get to the side parking lot. We’ll be on the left (West) side of parking lot by the rest rooms. (Note: we're on the WEST side of Ingraham St. Don't confuse this spot with a similar one on the east side of the street.)
45th ALL CHAPTER CAMPOUT & CONFERENCE
45th ALL CHAPTER CAMPOUT & CONFERENCE
Lake Perris State Recreation Area This year's theme:
Our 45th Anniversary! Join us and celebrate our sapphire anniversary with a weekend of entertainment and a variety of activities including, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, museum visit, multimedia presentation - GO past and present, special activities, contests, raffle prizes, and campfire activities.
Our camp -"A sparkling jewel and a land of mystery..." Hidden among rock-studded hills, Lake Perris State Recreation Area’s 8,800 acres of broad valley are bounded on three sides by low ridges. The surrounding hills obscure the view of nearby cities. The San Bernardino, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains stand tall in the distance. We have dedicated tent only sites under large shade trees. RV sites with hookups with a group gathering area in the middle.
Registration options include: Tents and RV’s. Tents will be in tent only sites. RV sites are located adjacent to the tent only sites, separated by a grassy area. We will have a group campfire located in a central spot. A few tents may be placed on RV site in an area away from the RVs if needed. Sites will be preassigned with site assignments and updated details in an email one week prior to the event. Registration is available to Great Outdoors members only. If not a member, you may join and purchase a membership - Click Here for Membership
Amenities for Tent and RV
Campers: Every site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. There are shade trees in the tent site areas. Water and restrooms with free hot showers is available. Up to three vehicles may be parked at any one campsite.
Amenities for RVs: The RV sites have fresh water, electrical hook-ups and gray water drain. RV dumping is available for $10. Camping fees do not include using the dump station. RVs must be parked in provided space and may not protrude into roadway. Maximum length 31' but RVs up to 40' may be backed in with tail overhanging campsite. Roadway must be kept open and clear. Quiet hours 10pm - 6am.
Non-Campers: Lodging can be found in nearby Moreno Valley
Pets: welcomed - leashed, controlled, picked up after, allowed on paved trails.
What to Bring:
Schedule of Events:
All members are encouraged and welcome to attend the business meetings.
Check white board at camp for updates and details
Sunrise 6:58 AM Sunset 6:09 PM
Friday Oct 20
Saturday Oct 21
9:00 - 11 am General Business meeting, Corp Board and elections**
Incoming Board Meeting***
11:00 am Outdoor Experience Committee meeting****
Sunday, Oct 22
* Attended by current Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
** Attended by outgoing Corp Board, Chapter Delegates, Committee Chairs. We elect a Corp. Chair, Secretary and Financial Officer. The Chair then appoints Committee Chairs.
*** Attended by the newly elected Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
**** Attended by VPOs of each Chapter and other interested parties.
Directions: The recreation area is located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I-215. Google map
Climate and Elevation: Average high/low: 82° / 52° ; Elevation 1595'
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received by Oct. 5 to receive a refund minus a $10 service fee.
Payments: Online payments only using credit cards.
What is the difference between a regular GO campout and a conference campout?
Conference is held once every year in October (as required in the by-laws) where delegates from each of the five chapters and the Corp board come together to:
Who puts on the Conference?
Do I need to attend any of these business meetings?
Can I come to any of these meetings if I am not on the Corp board or a delegate?
What if I am not part of the Corp board or a delegate, can I still attend the conference?
Can I attend the day activities without camping?
Any other questions? - contact Trip Leaders or Board Members
If you would like to know more about the history and founding of GO click here.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.
SBVC - Halloween Party
Friday, October 27, 2023
SAVE THE DATE!
️Theme: "Queens of Darkness"
Dress in your most regal and ghoulish attire, and let your inner monarch of the macabre reign supreme. A costume is not just recommended; it's absolutely required! For in this ethereal gathering, a grand contest shall unfold, pitting the most majestic, the eeriest, and the most captivatingly creepy against one another. Prizes fit for the spectral elite shall be bestowed upon the victors!
Location: The secret lair, whose address will be revealed as we draw nearer to this spectral spectacle.
What to bring: Your most splendid costume, of course! And don't forget to bring your preferred elixir for the evening, as well as a hauntingly delicious finger food as a tribute to the gathering. Fear not, for GO shall provide an array of bewitching light refreshments and an atmosphere that shall transport you to the very heart of the supernatural.
Prepare for an enchanting evening of wicked revelry, where darkness and royalty converge in eerie harmony. Join us on the other side of reality, where magic and mystery reign supreme.
For any inquiries, or if you dare to become more deeply entwined in our spectral affairs, please email our Mistress of Ceremonies.
Breakfast - Hike - Soak
9 AM - energized with breakfast, drive/carpool minutes to the
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
Missed that trip to Vermont for Fall Foliage season last year? You can catch a very similar scene late October in our own backyard by joining this walk/hike.
Located on Morongo Valley north of Desert Hot Springs, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is well recognized as an important wildlife corridor that links the San Gorgonio Wilderness with the San Bernardino National Forest and Joshua Tree National Park.
We will combine parts of three trails for an easy to moderate walk of about two to three miles that will include the marsh and riparian habitats and of course Fall Foliage. In addition to wildlife, the Preserve is an internationally-recognized birding site so consider bringing your binoculars. Preserve Education Rangers will join us to add their insight along the trail.
After taking in the sites, we retrace our steps back to the trailhead and move onto Miracle Springs Resort & Spa for lunch at their indoor/outdoor Capri Restaurant and then “take the waters” in any of the 8 mineral pools of different temperatures.
You may skip the hike and meet us at the Spa Resort for lunch.
Spa entry day pass (pay at front desk lobby):
Make sure you go to the correct Spa resort. There are two adjacent resorts, go to the Miracle Springs Resort & Spa to the North of the other spa, address is: 10625 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA (Our Holiday party location)
Bring: Swimsuit - Towel - Lock for locker
Ten Essentials (click here), water, 1 or 2 liters recommended, snacks, sun protection, layered clothing , hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Inclement weather may cancel.
Meeting location address will be sent in the confirmation email.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
ALL CHAPTER JAMBOREE - PALM SPRINGS PRIDE
Palm Springs Jump 'Everybody's jumping down in Palm Springs...'
You are invited to experience one of the most popular free Pride events in Southern California and help promote your chapter at our All-Chapter Corporate booth at the Pride Festival. More than just getting members together and joining forces, this GO Corporate sponsored event is also an opportunity to grow our memberships and show our community that we are here for their health, wellness, and camaraderie. Each chapter will be represented and able to make multiple contacts and invite new members to join. This is a three-day weekend with attendance of over 125,000.
Registration allows members to sign up for one or more shifts staffing our festival booth in downtown Palm Springs on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5. All attendees are invited to a Friday afternoon welcome pool party and catered dinner at a member’s residence.
Bring your Great Outdoors branded T-Shirt / hat to wear at the festival and your chapter information promo handouts.
Members must handle their own accommodations. You may indicate if you are interested in staying with a Palm Springs host during registration. The host can contact you to make arrangements. Palm Springs-area members will have the opportunity to indicate if they would like to host members from other chapters.
To register, select the time slot you would like to be at the booth. You may register for multiple time slots. Complete your first registration, then register again for another time slot. Guests and nonmembers are welcome and may register for this event.
Accommodations: Click here for more information
Friday, November 3
Saturday, November 4 - Festival Booth - downtown Palm Springs
Sunday, November 5 - Festival Booth
Pride Parade steps off at 10 am Sunday
A street fair, a music festival, and gathering place, the Pride festival celebrates all that is LGBTQ+ in Palm Springs. Sip, sashay, and celebrate in several downtown Palm Springs open-air event venues.
“We’re a small little town, but we have a huge impact. We’re like Hollywood meets L.A. meets New York meets San Diego, and all rolled into one. It’s a very small-town feel with a very big-city approach, and a very big-city draw.” — Bella da Ball, a.k.a. Brian Wanzek.
37th annual Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival
Kick off the Pride Weekend with Great Outdoors Jamboree pool party and dinner
Heated pool/spa party and dinner
Welcome to all GO members visiting from our other Chapters and participating in the Pride Festival and volunteering at the All Chapter vendor booth promoting Great Outdoors.
Jamboree volunteers working the Festival booth have priority signup and are ensured a spot for this pool party dinner.
This pool party will be at a member's home in Palm Springs. The address will be included in the e-mail acknowledgment only to those who have registered for the event.
Dinner provided as the grill chefs prepare a great meal for you.
We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water. If you want to drink "adult beverages," please BYOB. Please - NO GLASS anywhere near the pool.
GO Members only. You can join as a member (click here) and then register for this pool party.
Saturday, September 9th
Volunteer Helpers: You can sign up for either pre party or end of party to help set up or clean up.
Contact: George Padilla via email: email@example.com
Sunday, September 26
Robert Varga and John Simonsen have invited us all to the Game Night on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at their beautiful home in PALM DESERT.
NOTE: Registration for this event will open on November 19th and close on December 2nd!
1) Potluck Item for at least 8 people
2) Your own beverage(s)
3) Table Games you want to play (Great Outdoors provides many games)
NOTE: Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.
Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.
Special COVID Related Requirements:
This event requires all attendees to members and to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE. Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850.
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 the event leader if you wish.
Guests and non-members welcome.
We will enjoy:
Meet at at the Arizona Tile parking lot near Shoppers Lane, 72700 Dinah Shore Drive, near Costco Palm Desert. Map. Drivers can purchase parking passes here ($25 per vehicle) using the CV Firebirds App. Carpooling may be available if offered by drivers. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling.
Bring a jacket and dress for cooler temperature inside the arena.
We plan to arrive early to allow time for you to explore the arena and check out the food options, click here for more information.
Note: Credit or Debit Cards are the only accepted form of payment.
Bag Policy: Bags made of a clear material, not exceeding 14” x 14” x 6” in size, and no more than 2 pockets . Small clutches/purses/wallets are permitted provided that they do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” with or without a handle or strap. Binoculars allowed.
No refunds; however, the tickets are transferable.
Contact Leader: Scott Connelly email click here.
Calling All Music Lovers!
An 8 Day Musical Journey Through The South!
Nashville, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans
GO OCLB is organizing a musical journey through the South with Gate 1 Travel beginning April 29 through May 6, 2024.
At this time, we are only collecting names for those who are seriously considering such an excursion. Those on the list will be the first ones to have the opportunity to register for the trip once we open the trip up for registration.
Expect registration to begin in early October.
We intend this to be a Great Outdoors event only! We are hoping to have the tour all to ourselves, which requires a minimum of 30 attendees.
There will be a maximum number of 40 participants.
In addition, we have secured a specific tour guide (Timothy), who is one of Gate 1 Travel's most respected Tour Guides. It pays to have connections!
In addition, Timothy is GAY! So this trip will be fabulous!
Of course you may want to arrive early (Dollywood!) and/or extend your stay (more New Orleans!) which will of course be the responsibility of each member.
Below are some of the details; There will be an option for Land Only or Air & Land.
Cost: The tour package for the date of this event will be $2,049 (Land Only) before a price increase goes into effect in December. The registration will take place with Gate 1 Travel as they have reserved the date of April 29 for our group and is NOT listed on their website. This is a discounted price for the date of this tour as these normally go for $2,249-2,299.
OCLB selected this date in the hopes that we beat much of the heat and the humidity before it become oppressive in the South.
Air & Land packages with Gate 1 Travel will be available as an option at a higher price. .
Rooms: Typically two people are assigned per room.
This moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, and you will encounter some uneven or wet surfaces. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program.
French Quarter in New Orleans!
DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in Nashville
Welcome to Nashville, lovingly called the "Music City" with its charming mix of music, history, and culture. Transfer independently to the hotel. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
DAY 2, Tuesday - RCA Studio B, Music Row, Evening at the Grand Ole Opry
Your Nashville discovery begins with a tour of historic RCA Studio B. On to the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry at Music Row, home to hundreds of businesses solely related to country, gospel, and Christian music. Travel past the Tennessee State Capitol, stopping at Bicentennial Mall State Park. Then, drive through Centennial Park with the full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens. Time for lunch on your own on Broadway. Tonight after dinner, attend a performance at the renowned Grand Ole Opry,* iconic home of country music
*Location of the performance may change due to special performances and events.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3, Wednesday - Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame, Memphis
Morning visit to the Ryman Auditorium to discover the roots of country music. Continue to the Country Music Hall of Fame, offering ever-changing exhibits highlighting the performers of country music past and today's hottest stars. View the museum's assemblage of costumes, recordings, instruments, and memorabilia. Then follow in the footsteps of great musicians on the Walk of Fame on Music Mile, a landmark tribute to those who have made a significant contribution to the industry. In the afternoon travel to Memphis. Upon arrival check into the hotel
DAY 4, Thursday - Graceland, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Begin your day with a tour of Graceland, the palatial mansion of American legend Elvis Presley. Tour the mansion, including the famous Jungle Room. Continue with a visit to the Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest. Spend free time in Graceland before returning to Memphis. Continue with a tour of Downtown Memphis, view historical statues and cultural landmarks such as Pyramid Arena. Arrive at the corner of legendary Highway 61, "The Blues Highway", and Beale Street to visit the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, an exhibition highlighting the birth of rock and soul music
DAY 5, Friday - Indianola's BB King Museum, Travel to Vicksburg
Travel to Indianola, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, to tour the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. Hometown of the legendary musician, this museum honors his life and music and preserves the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Delta. After lunch at a nearby club with live music, continue with a drive to Vicksburg. Spend your evening at leisure
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6, Saturday - Vicksburg National Battlefield , Travel to New Orleans
This morning, begin your day with a visit to the Vicksburg National Battlefield. Afterward, journey to New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz and home of the Mardi Gras. As you approach New Orleans, drive through Lake Pontchartrain. The basin provides a necessary habitat for numerous types of flora and fauna. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure
Overnight: New Orleans
DAY 7, Sunday - French Quarter Walking Tour
Embark on a morning walking tour of the iconic French Quarter. At historic Jackson Square, view the timeless Mississippi and the city's historic buildings, including the majestic St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo, once a seat of the colonial government. Visit the Musical Legends Park located on Bourbon street. The balance of the day is at leisure. Perhaps, spend the afternoon on the optional Swamp Tour to learn more about the culture and nature from Louisiana's untamed wilderness. Tonight during dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Optional: Swamp Tour (PM)
Overnight: New Orleans
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8, Monday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
If you are seriously considering this tour with GO OCLB, add your name to this list. Once registration begins, we will notify the people on the list in the order in which they have signed up and proceed down the list.
We have to limit the tour to 40 people, so if you are seriously interested in this event - get your name on the list.
If you have any questions, Lance (leader for this event) can be reached at: