Great Times, Great Friends, Great Outdoors
Joe Lucente & Mike Owen invite you to our first Game Night of 2018!
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) Potluck Item to share, and your own beverage(s)
2) 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.
Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!
Please call David Warren at 760-818-3696 or email firstname.lastname@example.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.
Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!
9:00 am: Palm Springs carpool drivers and riders meet at Hunters; leave at 9:10 am
10:00 am: All drivers meet at Mecca Starbucks; leave at 10:15 am
10:30 am: Meet at trailhead; start hiking at 10:40 am
Distance: 8+ miles round trip
Elevation gain: 700 feet (400-1,100 feet)
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
Duration: 4-5 hours
Terrain: Broad sand and gravel washes and narrow slot canyons
9:00 at Hunters; Arenas Road and Calle Encilia, Palm Springs
10:00 at Mecca Starbucks; CA 86 & 66th Ave E (N 33.5698859; W 116.0909961)
10:30 at trailhead; north side of Box Canyon Road (N 33.5848606; 115.9454960)
Driving directions from Palm Springs to Mecca Starbucks (35 miles)
Drive north 2 miles on N Indian Canyon to Vista Chino. Drive east 3 miles on Vista Chino to Date Palm Drive; from second turn lane from left, turn left onto Date Palm and then right onto East I-10 ramp. Drive 18 miles southeast on I-10 to CA 86 Expressway (Brawley/El Centro/86S Expressway). Drive south on CA 86 12 miles to 66th Ave (CA 195); get in left lane and turn left. Drive east on 66th Ave East (CA 195); enter and drive through Arco truck stop complex to Starbucks at west end of parking lot. We’ll meet in just outside door to Starbucks.
Driving directions from Mecca Starbucks to Little Utah Canyon trailhead (11 miles)
Drive east 0.8 mile on 66th Ave East (CA 195) to CA 111; get in left lane. Drive north 0.2 mile on CA 111; turn right on 4th St; cross tracks and turn right at roundabout. Drive south 0.2 mile on Hammond Road; turn left at stop sign onto 66th Ave. Drive east 9.7 miles on 66th Ave/Box Canyon Road. (Do NOT take a left on Painted Canyon Road!) Short car track to the trailhead is on the left (north) side of Box Canyon Road; surface is compact enough for all cars to drive and park. Meet by boulders at trail entrance.
Landscape and geologic features:Broad sandy washes and narrow slot canyons. Most of the rock found on this hike is of the Upper Palm Springs Formation from the Pleistocene Epoch (25-5 mya). It consists of extensively exposed delta-plain deposits from the Colorado River. It underlies the Vallecito Formation (Miocene) and overlies the Imperial and Orocopia Formations. (Cretaceous and Tertiary).
Palo Verde, Smoke Tree, Ironwood, Desert Aster, Opunia, Cholla, Ocotillo, Desert Sage, Mesquite, Creosote Bush, Desert Sunflowers, Desert Sand Verbena, Arizona Lupine, Desert Poppies, Desert Lavender Bush, Desert Dandelions, Globe Mallow, Yellow Primrose, Phacelia
Desert Hare, Spotted Bats, Coyote, Tarantulas, Scorpions, Tarantulas, Desert Tortoise, Prairie Falcons, assorted lizards and snakes,
No maximum number of hikers
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
MEMBER MONTHLY MEETING
Club members will be given first priority for attendance. Non-Members may only register two weeks in advance of the meeting date. Non-Members may join our Chapter immediately by clicking here.
The Center is located at 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA. It is on the same side of Palm Canyon as Denny's restaurant, on the up canyon side Meeting room is on the Third Floor. Click here for directions.
Kickoff between the NFC champion and AFC Champion is set for approximately 3:30 p.m. here on the west coast.
Our usual Super Bowl host Steve will be not be able to host this year's 52nd annual Super Bowl classic for our Club.
We will have a large screen high definition quality TV set up in the living room with chairs for people to sit on. We are limiting the size of this event to 40 people.
Betting squares will be available with a winner at every quarter - bring $1 bills. Our hosts will open doors at 3:00. Kickoff is 3:30 PM. If you are not into football, please come and watch those wacky, pricey and sometimes shrewd commercials and the half time show featuring the ever-transcendent singer of our time, Justin Timberlake! If the game, commercials, the betting squares and Justin are not enough, just eat and chat.
Please bring your own drink(s) and a potluck appetizer, side dish or dessert to share. At half-time, our hosts will put on aprons and grill hot dogs to order with all the trimmings. RSVP by registering for this event. The party location will only be provided to those who register.
The cool breezes blowing across the deserts of Southern California in late winter create a wonderful time to explore Joshua Tree National Park. We have reserved several beautiful campsites nestled among the towering and enchanting rock formations of Indian Cove campground. Our secluded campsites are located within the park boundary where we’ll have easy access to miles of hiking and biking trails. Although there isn't an entrance fee to the campground, there will be a $25 per vehicle entrance fee (or use your Annual/Lifetime pass) that the park collects if entering Joshua Tree N.P., so carpooling is highly suggested. We'll be surrounded by large Joshua trees and some of the most bizarre and unusual rock formations in the southwestern states. You'll be amazed by all the cacti, pine trees, succulents and grasses that carpet the desert floor in all areas of JT national Park.
Please click here to read all about this trip hosted by our Los Angeles Chapter.
Note: GO-PS members will need to register on the hosting Chapter's website for this trip. Your registration information there will be separate from your GO-PS information. Paid members of the GO-PS Chapter do not need to pay an additional $25 for a GO membership.
This docent led hike will be hands-on and interactive, observing geologic formations that represent a vast expanse of geologic history from about 1.7 Billion years ago to the present. Led and by Joe Migliore. Geologist from all over the world come here to study the exposed results of tectonics forces. Hikers enjoy this enchanted high walled canyon with ladders to access different levels and marvel at the variety of colors in the painted canyon.
Description: We drive to Painted Canyon Road with stops at Points of Interest along the way as we enter the canyon along the dirt/gravel road and hike up from the parking lot.
Contact Scott Connelly contact click here
Migliore has a BA in Zoology from UCLA and is a Certified Interpretive Guide by the National Association for Interpretation with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Friends of The Desert Mountains, Docent, and geology instructor at The Living Desert.
Beginning over 200 million years ago colossal tectonic forces, subduction, volcanism and earthquakes initiated the current era of transformation of the American West into the diverse landscapes and environments exemplified in the dramatic scenery around us in Southeast California, juxtaposed between the snow capped mountains to the west and the vast interior deserts stretching east to the Colorado Plateau and Rocky Mountains.
President’s Day Weekend: Feb 16-18, 2018
The Santa Barbara Ventura Country chapter has hosted a trip to Yosemite for several years in a row. The dates have always been one of the three-day weekends in January or February because Camp Curry was open for three nights on those weekends (otherwise it was open just two nights on weekends in the winter). That has changed this year. The new contractor is opening Half-Dome Village, as it is now called, for just two nights for the three day weekends, therefore our 2018 President’s Day trip is only two nights. I am hoping that Aramark will change the policy but that can’t be counted on.
Please click here to read all about this trip hosted by our Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter.
Brian Davis invites us to his beautiful home for FIRE and GAMES.
NOTE: Brian will have the fire pit lit, so bring your camp chair if you'd like to sit around the fire...or play board games on tables that he will provide.
3) Folding chair if you'd like to sit around the fire pit.
The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. Today, we have an amazing place to visit and explore. The sunsets and sunrises are stunning and peaceful.
Activities include hiking a slot canyon in the Mecca Hills, the lush Dos Palos Preserve, Bat Cave Buttes on the San Andreas Fault, the mud pot volcanoes, and the former Mullet Island, the Sony Bono Wildlife Preserve, Salvation Mountain, kayaking the shoreline, and Slab City.
Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter.
Schedule Of Events
Friday, Feb 23
Saturday, Feb 24
Sunday, Feb 25
Kayaking rental (optional): $15 - donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association. This can be paid on site at the rental shop - bring cash.
Amenities: Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on Highway 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookups may be available.
Amenities For RVs: Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance. QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.
What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts/swim suit for optional kayaking, shower quarters, potluck item for Saturday night, a bundle of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.
Directions: I-10 east to Indio, take 86S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.
Climate: Oct. - May: 50-70 degrees.
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by February 20, 2018.
Payments: Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card without needing a PayPal account.
Photos: To see some photos from prior trip - click here.
Pets: Dogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waster properly. Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.
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 hike leader if you wish.
Hike, History and Soak: Exploring Desert Hot Springs
Come join us for a full day of activities at our sister city, Desert Hot Springs.
Morning Hike: We’ll start the morning with a short 2 miles hike (up and back) on the Swiss Canyon trail, an easy hike with about 400 feet of elevation gain. Located in the northeast edge of DHS, we follow a flat trail past desert scrub to a small hill that overlooks the valley with views of Mt. San Jacinto and the windmill farms in adjacent San Gorgonio Pass. Remember to bring water and dress accordingly as there is no shade.
Mid-day Museum Tour: Once back at the cars we will shuttle over to Cabot’s Pueblo Museum for a group tour. This fascinating Hopi-inspired pueblo structure was built by Cabot Yerx with re-purposed materials he collected throughout the desert. General admission: $13. Depending on the size of our group, we might be divided into two; for example, first group at 11:30am, and second group at 12:00pm. We’ll linger before or after our tour to look around the property and browse in their trading post, gallery and book store.
Afternoon Soak and Spa: We’ll end our journey at the Desert Hot Springs Spa Resort for a relaxing afternoon lounging in style in their central courtyard underneath towering palm trees, indulging in their Olympic size pool and sampling eight shimmering natural hot mineral spring pools. Day pass: $6
What to bring:
Hiking: the usual 10 essentials, snack and water, sun hat; no flip flops.
Museum: consider bringing a change of shoes (shirt)?
Spa: Bathing suit, towel, hat, sunglasses
Food: We’ll probably have a late lunch at the Spa or you can bring your own and snack on the Pueblo grounds
Date: Thursday March 1st
Location and time: Trailhead for the Swiss Canyon trail: Verbena Drive, between Yucca drive and San Rafael road 9:30am
Carpooling Location and time: Given our moving itinerary, carpooling is a must and will be a lot more fun! Meet at the Petsmart parking lot, corner of Crossley and Ramon (next to the BofA and across from WalMart): 9:00am
Return back to the cars in Palm Springs: This is open and may vary by car/driver. We’ll probably be back in town before 4:00pm.
Leader: Mike Seay Email Contact
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike or swim in the heated pools.
Space is limited. Please register to reserve a spot, sign the electronic waiver, and receive any last-minute updates.
When the sun goes down, the desert wakes up - Enjoy the sound of coyotes and nighthawks in the solitude of the dark desert. And view the night sky as you may have never seen it before. During the day, enjoy hiking and exploring the desert or just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Robert Victor, a noted astronomer and member of our chapter, will be talking to us about the sky on several occasions. During the evening sessions, Mercury and Venus will appear only 4 degrees apart in the low western twilight glow just before they drop below the mountains. Shortly before 8:20 p.m. the sunlight reflected off dust in the inner solar system should be plainly visible as a near vertical cone of light. A special treat will be a predawn presentation. The brightest part of the Milky Way will be visible and we will use our telescopes (some provided by Mr. Victor) and your binoculars for close-up views of Jupiter's cloud belts and bright moons, Saturn's rings and markings on Mars.
The Borrego Palm Canyon Campground is located within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and is located near Borrego Springs, CA at 700 feet elevation. We have 10 sites reserved. RVs and tents will share sites. Five of these will accommodate RVs up to 35 feet (no hookups) and/or tents. Two sites have a maximum length of 25 feet for tents and/or a small trailer, and three sites are for tents only. Carpooling encouraged. Our registration fee includes parking. If charged at the gate, the Trip Leader will reimburse you. Hike descriptions will be posted and updated at the campsite. An optional Thursday night dinner is available at a local restaurant.
Thursday - March 15
Friday - March 16
Saturday March 17
Sunday - March 18
Amenities: Facilities include fire rings, picnic tables, flush toilets and showers (bring towel/quarters). Cell phone coverage is spotty or nonexistent. Have a way to communicate if there is an emergency. There may be limited WiFi service - click here.
Night Lighting: Borrego Springs is the only certified Dark Sky Community in California. Be a good neighbor and keep you camp lights off or at a minimum. Leave the Disco balls at home this trip.
Amenities For RVs: This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance. QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.
What to Bring: Camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, one (1) bundle of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground.
We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here.
Directions: Borrego Springs, CA 92004. Google Map directions to park entrance - click here. Coordinates to our sites: Latitude: 33.268915, Longitude: -116.418256 (click here). From Palms Springs: I-10 East to 86S to Salton Seaway to Borrego Springs - go through town and follow signs to the park entrance.
Climate: Average temperatures for this time of year are 80 high and 55 low (rain is possible but not likely).
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 8, 2018.
Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to ABDSP - click here.
Children: There may be children present.
Pets: Pets must not be left unattended. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet and under immediate control of a person during the day. Dogs or cats must be in a tent or vehicle during nighttime hours. Dogs are not allowed cross-country or on hiking trails. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waster properly. Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.
Note 1: You must be a paid member of one of the Great Outdoor (GO) Chapters in order to register for this event. If not currently a member, you will have an opportunity to sign up for a $25 annual membership. You can also join by clicking here. Other GO Chapter members who are not registered on the GOPS website should contact our Webmaster (click here) who will verify your membership and then add you to our website so you can register for this event without paying for another membership.
Note 2: You will be sent further instructions (via email) as to which campsite you are assigned to, payment of extra vehicle fees, any event schedule changes, etc.
Cliff Brown invites us all to his beautiful home for Game Night
Details and registration information will be posted soon
Sweetwater Regional Park website here
For further information about this upcoming event, send an email to:
Trip Leaders: Byron and Ritch: Email
Richard & Mark invite us all to the first Game Night/Pool Swim party of 2018!
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - POOL/SWIM TIME
3) Bathing suit and towel if you plan to use the pool
To view our pool nudity policy - click here.
Tucked away in the south end of Joshua Tree National Park at an elevation of 3,000-feet, the campground offers unparalleled views of the Colorado Desert with wide, dark and uninterrupted views of the night sky. Scenic Cottonwood campground offers a variety of nearby hiking and touring activities and cooler temperatures at the higher elevation. We have 2 spacious group sites for tents.
RV sites are located a short distance just up the hill. RV sites are first come first paid, so arrive early to find a spot. You pay your site fee directly at the campground 'iron ranger'(drop box) after you identify a site using self-registration envelope.
There are several hikes nearby: Sylvia Wash, Morton’s Mill and Mastadon Peak are easy to moderate and close by; or the longer Lost Palms Oasis: Map click here. Also travel into the main part of the park to Hidden Valley, Keys View, Skull Rock. Tour WWII desert training camp and General Patton Museum and dine at the historic Eagle Café. Black Eagle 4WD road to Kaiser Mine.
Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.
For further information or questions, contact Trip Leader: John Niedzwiedz: Email click here
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 26
Friday, April 27
Saturday, April 28
Sunday, April 29
*Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.
Amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets (no showers); shade Ramada’s, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking. No cell service or WiFi.
RV sites, $20 per night. Find your site and pay your site fees directly to the NPS at the nearby visitor center or the "iron ranger." Fresh water is available at the nearby dump station, no hookups. RV sites are a short walk to our group tent site. See RV note below for further information.
What to Bring: Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item, two bundles of firewood and the Ten Essentials. Pets welcomed. Park use fee $25 or bring you entry pass.
Directions: I-10 east to Cottonwood Spring Exit 168. Go north 8 miles to campground. GPS coordinates: 33° 44.650' -115° 48.848'. Google Map Directions - Click Here
Climate: Day: 70s-80s & mild at night: 60s-50s.
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by April 19, 2018. Contact the Trip Leader to cancel.
Pets: Pets must remain on a leash at all times. Leashes may be no longer than 6 feet (1.8 m). Pets may go no more than 100 feet (30.5 m) from any road, picnic area, or campground. Owners must pick up any droppings. Leave no trace. Pets are not permitted on trails or in the backcountry.
Photos: To see some photos from prior trips Album-1 Album-2 Album-3
Campground Map and NPS website - Click Here
RV Camping: RV sites are $20 ($10 with Sr. pass) per night and are paid upon arrival directly to the park or the "iron ranger." Sites can accommodate an overall combined RV length (including a towed vehicle) of up to 35 feet. A few sites can accommodate longer RVs. These are sites 1A, 3A, 5A, 9A, 11A, 13A, 15A, 17A, 19A, 21A, 23A, 25A, 27A, 29A, 31A, 1B, 3B, 5B, 7B, 11B, 15B, 17B, 21B, 23B, 27B, 29B, and 31B. Campground Map. Generator use is permitted only from 7-9 am, noon-2 pm, and 5-7 pm.
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 trip/ hike leader if you wish.
Save the date! More information to follow.
For those who like to plan ahead, some tips:
1. You may want to consider staying in Las Vegas on the way to and from Zion. Rooms are inexpensive on Wednesday and Sunday nights (but they do tack on a resort fee). You can drive to Vegas after work on Wednesday, and come home on Monday to avoid the weekend traffic.
2. There will be no RV's or Trailers on this trip. A good portion of the campground (loop B) is closed for roadwork while we're there, and the remaining loop (loop A) appears to be booked solid, The sites are being released one day at a time, and only the single day is reservable at the booking window. You can try and get your own but remember, it is available only one day at at time! You would have to book 3 different reservations, and if someone grabs your site before you, you're getting booted.
All of that being said, just plan on a tent! Or, there is another RV park just outside Zion, and you can try there - click here,
Please click here to read all about this trip hosted by our Los Angeles Chapter.
Bond has invited us for a "dip," dinner and games at his lovely home.
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - POOL & SWIM time
3) Bathing Suit and Towel if you plan to use the pool
Brad & Nicolás have invited us all for Pool/Swim time and Game Night at their new home.
Join us for a cool time in the mountains with a variety of activities: Hike, bike, kayak, boat tour, 4x4, museum visit, ski lift ride, and campfire activities. We have spacious campsites in the top-rated Serrano campground located within easy access to all activities.
Details and registration information will be posted in the future.
For further information or details about this upcoming event,send email :
Trip Leader Dennis Curran: Email
Few places in California capture your spirit and imagination like Mt. Whitney and the visually stunning Alabama Hills. Hiking the Sierras with movie history! Hikes, docent led tour of Alabama Hills, private movie screening at the museum and hosted BBQ dinner. We have two campsite locations: tents and RV’s. Tent sites are at Whitney Portal Campground (group site) at 8600 feet and RV sites located in Lone Pine at the Boulder Creek RV Resort. Driving distance between the two sites is 20 minutes. RV participants need to reserve sites at their own expense. Request one of the 6 sites reserved by Great Outdoors. Boulder Creek RV Resort (directions) 760-875-4243.
Thursday July 26
Friday July 27
Saturday July 28
Sunday July 29
What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing and firewood.
Facilities: The tent campground is adjacent to Whitney Creek. Paved roads, vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Bears frequent the area, and campers are required to use the bear-proof food storage lockers provided in the campground. Firewood is available for purchase on-site, and a small convenience store with showers is nearby. No pets in group tent site.
Fishing Information - A one-day license is available at local sports shops.
Directions: From U.S. Highway 395 in California, travel to the town of Lone Pine.
- The Whitney Portal Campground (click here for directions) for tents is 13 miles west of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road.
- The Boulder Creek RV Resort (click here for directions) is located on U.S. Highway 395 on the southern outskirts of the town of Lone Pine, CA.
Climate: Hist. Avg.: 60° /80°
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund (minus service fee of $5.00) must be received by July 19, 2018. RV owners responsible for cancelling their own site reservations.
Trip Leaders: Scott Connelly: Email Lloyd Queen: Email
Photos: Click here for photos of Whitney Portal
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