Great Times, Great Friends, Great Outdoors

    • Fri, September 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, September 23, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • OAK GLEN RETREAT, YUCAIPA
    • 1
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    Nestled mile-high in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, within the historic farming community of Oak Glen, lies The Wildlands Conservancy’s Oak Glen Preserve. The 2,189 acre preserve is home to the Conservancy’s Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, Los Rios Rancho and apple orchards. The Preserve includes prominent peaks: Wilshire (8,707 feet) and Galena (9,324 feet) and a network of trails within the preserve.

    Our camp is located at Oak Glen Retreat in the village of Oak Glen and adjacent to The Oak Glen Preserve. RV sites are 30 AMP  hookup and are located across from the tent sites. Tents sites include electricity and water; 2 tents and 2 vehicles per tent site. 1 RV and tow vehicle per RV site. Open campfire permitted only if weather conditions are favorable. Propane campfires permitted. Campground Map Here

    Registration Members Only - Prices are based upon you being a Great Outdoors Palm Springs member. To join and purchase a membership: click here

    Members from other chapters should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email)  to be added to our Chapter's website enable registration for our events.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  

    Schedule Of Events

    Friday, Sept 21

    • Noon - Check-in 
    • 2:00 pm - Pool/Spa time 
    • 2:30 pm - Hike Oak Glen Preserve Loop. David S.
    • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
    • 5:30 pm - Tea Time meet and greet. Bring your favorite beverage.
    • 6:30 pm - Optional group dinner at local restaurant*
    • 8:00 pm - Group campfire activities 

    Saturday, Sept 22

    • 9:00 am - Hike Wildland Conservancy Oak Glen Preserve*
    • 12:00 pm - Lunch at Riley's Los Rios Rancho
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck Theme:    Fall Harvest 
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, Sept 23

    • 9:00 am - Hike*
    • 12:00 pm - Check-out time
    * Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

    Amenities:  Hookups for RVs; tent sites have electricity & water. RV dump site nearby. Pool, Spa, Local Restaurants and Attractions, Fall apple harvest. Discount available - on site restaurant.

    Los Rios Rancho  is Southern California's largest historic apple ranch. It has a country store and cafe that features slow cooked meats, fresh baked goods, artisan crafts and seasonal fruit. Think apple pie! Needless to say, it will be a good location for hungry hikers to have a picnic! 

    Trails: Conifers of California, The Artist's Palette, Aquatic Ecosystems, Wetlands Boardwark, Chaparral Loop, Deciduous Forest, Stream Trail, Forest of Fir, Pioneer Loop, Falling Waters, Chaparral Vistas, Pisgah Peak.

    What to Bring: Ten Essentialscamp chair, camp table, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, swimwear for pool/spa, potluck item for Saturday night.

    Directions: 38955 Oak Glen Road Yucaipa CA 92399  MAP DIRECTIONS 

    Climate:  Hist. Avg.:  73° / 50°

    Refunds Cancellation for a refund must be received by September 1, 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.

    Contact: Scott C: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

    Photos:  CLICK HERE 

    Pets:  Pets are welcome. Remember leash and to pick up after pet.

     

    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.

    • Tue, September 25, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
    • 19
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    MEMBER  MEETING, ANNUAL ELECTIONS & SPEAKER  

      6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting                                and Annual Elections
      7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
      8:00 - 9:00 pm Speaker Program: 

    Annual Elections:

    It’s that time of the year again: Elections. No, not the National Election in November, every four years; the chapter officer elections. The management of our chapter is very important. We need good officers so that the chapter flourishes. If you would like to know the responsibilities of these officers, please check on page 5 of the Great Outdoors By Laws.

    There are three officers that are elected to chapter government: President, Vice-President of Outings and Treasurer. The elections will be held at the General Membership meeting on September 25, 2018. Palm Springs is a large and growing chapter and I hope we will continue to elect great officers. 

    Any member who might be interested in serving as one of these 3 officers next year should feel free to offer their name in nomination, or if they prefer, to ask a fellow member to place their name in nomination. All members are encouraged to place other member name(s) in nomination. If you are interested in any of these elected positions, or would like to nominate someone for one of them, please send an email to president-ps@greatoutdoors.org

    Speaker Program:

    Sky Islands And Climate Refugia - Refuge from the Heat in the Mountains of Southern California

    Colin Barrows, Conservation Coordinator at the Friends of the Desert Mountains, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

    The mountains of Southern California rise above the surrounding desert like islands in the ocean. Many unique species found nowhere else on Earth have evolved and flourished on these “sky islands"; but how will these isolated plants and animals adapt to a rapidly changing climate? Some of the unique species of the San Jacinto Mountains are found nowhere else on Earth!

    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings. Members get an advance opportunity to register for this meeting and to listen to our guest speaker. We are asking that you register (free) for this event so we can set the room up for the size attending. If the registration limit is reached, a waiting list will be formed automatically.

    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.

     


    • Sun, September 30, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Palm Springs, CA (address to be provided once you REGISTER for this special event)
    • 24
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    GOPS Members' END OF SUMMER Pool Party

    GOPS members (and one guest per member) are invited to attend our END OF SUMMER POOL PARTY on Sunday, September 30 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

    This party will have a Registration Fee of $10. to all members and guests. (We have a capacity of 70); you do NOT need to bring a Pot Luck dish!   Each member can bring one (1) guest. If you are not a member yet, you will not be able to register for this party.  You can first join as a member online and then register for this pool party if you like.

    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 register for the event. 

    Lunch will include a variety of Burgers (including Veggie/Salmon), side dishes and desserts We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water.   If you want to drink "adult beverages," please BYOB.  There will be some Raffle Prizes also.

    Schedule

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

    • 11:00 am  - Arrive
    • Noon - Lunch, including vegetarian options 
    • 3:00 Raffle Drawing
    • 4:00 pm - Departure

    What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit (no nudity allowed), suntan lotion, folding chair, flip-flops.

    DirectionsTo be provided via e-mail to those who register for this event.

    Contact: David Warren via email:  socialeventscoordinator-ps@greatoutdoors.org

    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.

    Naked Policy:  This event is NOT a clothing-optional event.  Please read our nudity policy at - click here.

    Children:  Require a special waiver liability - contact David if you plan to bring a child.

    Pets: Please leave your pets at home.

    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 party leader if you wish.

    • Fri, October 12, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, October 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK

    ALL CHAPTER CONFERENCE   

    OCTOBER 12-14, 2018

    HOSTED BY SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

    DETAILS AND REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE 

    You will be redirected to San Diego Chapter to register.

    Come out and join the 2018 All Chapter Conference hosted by the San Diego Great Outdoors at Cuyamaca Rancho SP - Green Valley Campground.  

    This year marks the Ruby (40th) Anniversary of the Great Outdoors, for some this has been a journey for others this is new, in either case its a great way to connect with other like minded LGBT and allies.

    Message from the Corporate Chair:

    The Annual Conference is more than just a bunch of business meetings - it’s a full campout with planned activities for all those attending.  Check out their 40th Anniversary Theme!  Can you believe GO is 40 years old?  We will have the usual election of the following three GO Corp. Officers: 

    •             GO Chair of the Board Of Directors
    •             GO Secretary
    •             GO Financial Officer 

    Each Chapter elects or appoints a Board Representative to represent your Chapter at all GO Corp. meetings (usually four per year). 

    The GO Board also consists of the following appointed committees or positions: 

                Archives, Awards, Bylaws, Outings, Outdoors Experience Chair (formerly known as Wilderness Ed), Webmaster & Website Consolidation 

    If you are interested in running for, or nominating someone,for one of the three (3) elected positions or serving on one of our Committees, please let me know. Peter Emond-Worline


    We have a weekend full of fun activities planned for all participants, whether that is to reconnect with old friends or hike in a new area, we'll be offering something for everyone.

    A little about Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    East of San Diego, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park offers respite from the dry Southern California landscape. The park’s 24,700 acres of oak and conifer forests and expansive meadows are broken by running streams.

    Located in the Peninsular Range of mountains, Cuyamaca Peak, at 6,512 feet, is the second highest point in San Diego County. From the peak, visitors can see Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to the east and the Pacific coastline to the west. Over half of the park’s acreage is designated as state wilderness.  

    Our Campground 

    Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground.  We have 12 campsites for sleeping and one campsite designated as our event space.  

    Saturday Night Event

    What would a Anniversary be without a celebration, our celebration will be themed to the 1970s/80s.  So put on your bell bottoms, or dust off your parachute pants, and let's have some fun.  Prizes will be awards to the best dressed participants.

    Please click here to register and read all about this trip hosted by our San Diego 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.



    • Fri, October 12, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Palm Springs, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
    • 25


    Jody King has invited us all for Game Night at his home in Palm Springs.



    This event will have a maximum capacity of 25 people



    SCHEDULE:

    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 Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email rdachman@mac.com 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.

    etc.) 

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts! 

    • Sat, October 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sun, October 14, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Chuckwalla Bench
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    Less than two hours east of Palm Springs, the Chuckwalla Bench is a spectacular landscape abundant with wildlife and rare desert plants. The Chuckwalla Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is home to North America’s biggest and most intact old-growth microphyll woodland, as well as some of California’s best desert tortoise habitat. Now remote and peaceful, the Chuckwalla Bench also features a rich history of human activity, from prehistoric and traditional Native American cultural sites, to historic gold miners’ trails. With hundreds of miles of trails and roads, across rugged mountains and sprawling vistas, there are endless opportunities for exploration. Join Mojave Desert Land Trust on October 13th and 14th for a rare chance to explore this invaluable piece of public land and learn its secrets. Logistics, camping gear, tasty back-country meals, and refreshing drinks are provided by the professional outfitters at Joshua Tree Excursions. Please contact Adam Henne (adam@mdlt.org) for more details.

    Depart from Coachella Valley (meeting spot TBD at 1:00 pm on Saturday the 13th, returning late afternoon on Sunday. Transportation provided.

    Itinerary details will be added later and sent to registered guest.

    What to Bring: Personal Items and layered clothing for warm/cool weather. No pets allowed.

    This free event is sponsored and hosted by The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) who have invited us to participate. Representatives from BLM, Conservation Agencies, and Legislators will be present. This is not a Great Outdoors hosted event. The MDLT will be our featured program with speaker at our October 23rd general membership meeting.

    Great Outdoors Contact: Scott C: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org





    • Tue, October 23, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
    • 30
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    MEMBER MONTHLY MEETING & SPEAKER


      6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting 
      7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
      8:00 - 9:00 pm Speaker:  
    Mojave Desert Land TrustMDLT): Updates and Programs- check back for details. 
    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings. Members get an advance opportunity to register for this meeting and to listen to our guest speaker. We are asking that you register (free) for this event so we can set the room up for the size attending. If the registration limit is reached, a waiting list will be formed automatically. 

    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.

    • Sun, October 28, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tue, October 30, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park, CA
    • 5
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    Experience the majestic desert sunrises and sunsets among the giant boulders of Joshua Tree Park. This place is the stuff of camping dreams…starry nights, huge scale rocks, great hikes, beautiful sites and beautiful views. Explore nearby trails that traverse the boulders and visit some historical sites hidden by time and desert climate. We have reserved the most popular and best sites located among the largest boulders and includes the 'cove' sites. Walk up the boulders for best views overlooking the surrounding desert!

    Registration Members Only - Prices are based upon you being a Great Outdoors member. To join and purchase a membership: click hereMembers from other chapters should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email)  to be added to our Chapter's website to enable registration for our events.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  

    Registration notes: Parking space is limited. Consider ride-sharing. RV driver must select a site that is long enough to accommodate both their rig and any tow vehicle. If you are bringing a tow vehicle, please indicate at time of registration. This includes if you are towing a trailer behind your vehicle. We need this information to assign sites. Tent campers may share a site with RV if parking space is available at the site. Parking for tent is limited to standard size vehicle.  RV's select site size that your rig and tow will  fit into. Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions.

    RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use.  RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).

    Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping. 

    Schedule Of Events

    Sunday, Oct 28

    • Noon - Check-in 
    • 2:30 pm - Explore local trail Skull Rock 
    • 5:15 pm - Sunset hike nearby location top of the boulders*
    • 5:55 pm Sunset
    • 5:30 pm - Tea Time meet and greet. Bring your favorite beverage and appetizer.
    • 6:30 pm - Dinner on your own*
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities - Site 01

    Monday, Oct 29

    • 9:00 am - Hike Crown Point Lookout* Trail begins from camp site.
    • 1:00 pm - Hike Samuelson Rocks or Split Rock*
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck  (bring a dish to share)
    • 6:00 pm - Dutch Oven demo - desert or stew preparation to share*
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire - Site 01

    Tuesday, Oct 30

    • 9:00 am - Hike*
    • 12:00 pm - Check-out time
    * Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

    CARPOOLING ENCOURAGED - LIMITED PARKING SPACES please be sure to indicate if you are in a carpool for this event when you register. Glen S. who lives in Joshua Tree Village MAP CLICK HERE has offered secure parking at his place for carpooling. Contact Scott if interested.

    Amenities: Vault toilets, tables, fire ring.  NO WATER - BRING DRINKING WATER, Showers and  camp supplies available at town of Joshua Tree, Coyote Corner.

    Trails: Skull Rock, Crown Point Lookout, Samuelson Rocks, Live Oak and Ivanpah Tank, Split Rock, Twin Tanks and John's Camp.

    What to Bring: PLENTY OF WATER, Ten Essentialscamp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, day pack for hiking, potluck item, firewood, ear plugs for sleeping and your name tag.

    Directions: Jumbo Rocks Campground is centrally located along Park Boulevard. The campground is approximately 12 miles from Twentynine Palms and 21 miles from the town of Joshua Tree.  MAP CLICK HERE

    Climate:  Hist. Avg.:  78° / 52°   Weather Forecast - click here

    Refunds Refund available only if there is a waitlist.

    Area Information: No cell service or WiFi. No dump station. No water. 

    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.

    Trip Leaders: Scott Connelly and John Niedzwiedz:  eMail click here

    Photos: Jumbo Rocks Campground  & Prior Jumbo Rocks Campout

    Pets:  Pets not allowed on trails. Must be on leash in camp. Snakes and scorpions may be present.

      

     Health Problems/allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip/ hike leader if you wish.

    Refunds
    CARPOOLING ENCOURAGED - LIMITED PARKING SPACES - please be sure to indicate if you are in a carpool for this event when you register.
    • Thu, November 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tue, November 13, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Catalina State Park, Arizona
    • 20
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    "Tucson is a City That Encourages You to Explore. The food is delicious. The access to natural beauty is even better."1  Where desert and mountain environments meet to create an area of varied and unparalleled beauty. Our trip will center itself in the beautiful Catalina State Park at the base of the Mountains in the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. Experience rugged peaks, scenic vistas, waterfalls, and desert scenery. Recharge your senses amid the splendor of  Arizona desert.  Sip hot beverages around a campfire and fall asleep beneath a star-studded sky. Challenge yourself on a variety of day hikes, returning to base camp each day to enjoy the fellowship of similarly emancipated city slickers. Explore the trails with our expert trail guides who know the area. The spacious campground provides both tent and RV opportunities with full amenities. Six days and five nights of adventure and relaxation. 1New York Times 


    Registration Notes
    : Membership Required to register for this trip.

    You can click here to purchase a 1 yr. $25 membership

    Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our registration system for free.

    RV's and tents will share sites. One RV and up to two tents on each site. These are large sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites. We will have propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

    Amenities: Hot showers, flush toilets, water, electric hookup, picnic tables.

    What to BringTen Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, camp chair, potluck item and appetizer to share at tea time.

    Pets:  are welcomed. Must be kept on leash.

    Schedule *(check whiteboard at camp for details and updates):   

    -Optional-

     Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

    Tuesday Nov 6 and Wednesday Nov 7: 

    Twin Peaks campground (34 tent only & 174 RV sits) All restrooms have running water & flush toilets, 3 have solar showers, potable water available throughout, tent pads raised & graded.

    We could get the group site that will accommodate both tents and RV's. Nov weather avg: 75 high/ 46 low. We could caravan ( 325 to 340 miles depending  on route and then 142 miles to Catalina Park). Contact Scott if you are interested in this pre-trip to Organ Pipe and we can plan the details.  Recreation.gov reservations.

    Thursday, November 8

    - 2 PM check in and set up camp 

    - Optional late afternoon hike: Pima Canyon Trail (3.9 mi; 670 ft elev gain)

    - Dinner on your own

    Friday, November 9

    - Santa Catalina Mts (Coronado National Forest)

    - Drive 15 miles from campground to trailhead

    - Hike Bear Canyon Trail to/from Seven Falls (7 mi; 900 ft elev gain)

    - Potluck dinner at the campground

    Saturday, November 10

    - Select one: Santa Rita Mts OR Chiricahua Mts (Coronado National Forest)

    - Drive 45 miles (Santa Rita Mts) OR 115 miles (Chiricahua Mts) to trailhead

    - Santa Rita Mts: Hike Kent Spring Trail (6 mi; 1600 ft elev gain) OR 

    - Chiricahua Mts: Heart of Rocks Loop (6.9 mi; 1600 ft elev gain)

    - Visit Mission San Xavier del Bac ($0)

    - Group dinner at a restaurant (optional; see list of options below)

    Sunday, November 11

    - Tucson Mountains (Saguaro National Park - west unit)

    - Drive 25 miles from campground to trailhead

    - Hike to Wasson Peak (4687 ft) via King Canyon, Hugh Norris, Sendero Esperanza, and Gould Mine Trails (7 mi; 1800 ft elev gain)

    - Visit Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum About 85% of the Desert Museum is  outdoors. ($25 adult, $22 senior) 

    - Dinner on your own

    Monday, November 12

    - Rincon and Santa Catalina Mountains (Coronado National Forest)

    - Hike Agua Caliente Loop (6 mi; 1400 ft elev gain)

    - Dinner on your own

    Tuesday, November 13

    - Check out

    Weather and elevation:  Hist. Avg.  79° /47°

    LocationCatalina State Park is about 2000 ft elevation; downtown Tucson is 2400 ft, Phoenix is 1100 ft, the Madera Canyon Lodge is 5000 ft, and Chiricahua Nat’l Monument entrance station is 5100 ft.

    MAP LOCATION CATALINA STATE PARK AZ

    Catalina State Park is located on State Highway 77 (Oracle Rd.) at mile marker 81, nine miles north of Tucson and six miles north of Ina Rd.

    Three suggested driving routes from Palm Springs to Tucson:

    - Via central Phoenix: I-10 only; 385 mi; 6.0 - 7.0 hrs depending on heavy PHX traffic (map here)

    - Via “Phoenix Cutoff”: I-10, AZ85, I-8, & I-10; 400 mi; 6.3 hrs (map here)

    - Via El Centro and Yuma: I-10, CA86, I-8, & I-10; 410 mi; 7.0 hrs (map here)

    Other Accommodations: Many motels in Tucson

    Refunds: Cancellation for a refund  must be received by September 1, 2018 unless there is a wait-list.

    Contacts:  Kirk Bell:   Email   or  Scott Connelly: Email 

     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.

    • Fri, November 16, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Palm Springs, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
    • 40


    Byron Postma & Ritch Barron have invited us all for Game Night at their home in Palm Springs.



    This event will have a maximum capacity of 40 people



    SCHEDULE:

    5:00 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)

    3) Byron and Ritch will have their pool heated if you wish to use it.  Please bring your bathing suit, towels and chair if you plan to use the pool.

    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 Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email rdachman@mac.com 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.

    To view our pool nudity policy - click here.

    etc.) 

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts! 

    • Tue, November 27, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
    • 30
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    MEMBER MONTHLY MEETING & SPEAKER


      6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting
      7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
      8:00 - 9:00 pm PROGRAM: 
    “The Journey of Water in the Coachella Valley”
    Kerry Berman, CIG

    The presentation will take us from 150,000,000 years ago when this was the Pacific Ocean to the real status of the Salton Sea and our Aquifer.


    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings. Members get an advance opportunity to register for this meeting and to listen to our guest speaker. We are asking that you register (free) for this event so we can set the room up for the size attending. If the registration limit is reached, a waiting list will be formed automatically. 

    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.

    • Tue, December 18, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
    • 30
    Register

    MEMBER MONTHLY MEETING


      6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting
      7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
      8:00 - 9:00 pm No speaker or program tonight
    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings. Members get an advance opportunity to register for this meeting and to listen to our guest speaker. We are asking that you register (free) for this event so we can set the room up for the size attending. If the registration limit is reached, a waiting list will be formed automatically. 

    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.

    • Fri, December 28, 2018
    • 2:00 AM
    • Tue, January 01, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Agua Caliente County Park, San Diego, CA


    Save The Dates:  Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019

    GOLA AND GOPS will be having a joint camping trip to bring in the New Year!

    Check back for Trip Notes.  We are in the process of preparing them.

    • Tue, January 22, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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    Register

    MEMBER MONTHLY MEETING & SPEAKER 

    •  6:30 - 7:45 pm Core Group Meeting
    •  7:45 - 8:00 pm Social Period
    •  8:00 - 9:00 pm Speaker

        Big Horn Institute:

        Speaker Aimee Boyd

    Big Horn Institute was founded in 1982, and is a privately funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s wild sheep through research and education.  It focuses on the endangered Peninsular bighorn in southern California and has long been recognized as an official recovery facility for the species. Over the past 35 years, its captive breeding and wild population augmentation program has resulted in the release of 127 bighorn into the wild. More critically, these efforts have kept two local herds from disappearing altogether. The Institute also monitors wild bighorn populations along the southern rim of the Coachella Valley from Palm Springs to La Quinta.

    All members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings. Members get an advance opportunity to register for this meeting and to listen to our guest speaker. We are asking that you register (free) for this event so we can set the room up for the size attending. If the registration limit is reached, a waiting list will be formed automatically.

    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.




Past events

Wed, September 19, 2018 LA COUNTY FAIR
Sat, September 15, 2018 September Game Night and Pool Time hosted by Jim, Brian & Ed
Fri, August 31, 2018 HIKE: DISCOVER A HIDDEN JEWEL
Tue, August 28, 2018 Member Meeting & SPEAKER -August
Tue, August 21, 2018 SUNSET HIKE & DINE
Fri, August 17, 2018 August Game Night: Gather Your Balls for BOWLING!!
Tue, August 14, 2018 IDYLLWILD CAMPING
Wed, August 08, 2018 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
Thu, August 02, 2018 CANCELED: SUNSET HIKE & DINE
Wed, August 01, 2018 T-Shirt Order: click register to shop
Thu, July 26, 2018 Whitney Portal - Alabama Hills
Tue, July 24, 2018 July 2018 Member Meeting
Tue, July 24, 2018 Backpack: Cottonwood Lakes Loop
Fri, July 20, 2018 July Game Night and Pool Time hosted by Don & David
Wed, July 18, 2018 HIKE & YOGA IN THE MT. SAN JACINTO WILDERNESS
Fri, July 06, 2018 HIKES: Desert View -Lunch - Round Valley
Wed, July 04, 2018 HIKE: Fourth of July Fireworks
Wed, June 27, 2018 SUNSET POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
Tue, June 26, 2018 June 2018 Member Meeting
Sun, June 17, 2018 Big Bear Serrano
Fri, June 15, 2018 June Game Night hosted by George Gosselin
Wed, June 13, 2018 HIKE: HIDDEN DIVIDE TO OVERLOOK
Wed, June 06, 2018 HIKE: TRAM TO IDYLLWILD
Sun, June 03, 2018 GOPS Member's SUMMER POOL PARTY!
Thu, May 31, 2018 HIKE: Mt. San Jacinto Peak
Wed, May 23, 2018 Hike - Deep Creek Hot Springs
Tue, May 22, 2018 May 2018 Member Meeting
Sun, May 20, 2018 SKY WATCH
Sat, May 19, 2018 HIKE: DEVIL'S SLIDE
Fri, May 18, 2018 May Game Night and Pool time, hosted by Bond Shands
Thu, May 17, 2018 Zion National Park, Watchman Campground
Wed, May 09, 2018 POOL PARTY-POTLUCK
Sun, May 06, 2018 Hike Leader Training
Sun, May 06, 2018 SKY WATCH
Thu, April 26, 2018 Cottonwood Camp Joshua Tree Park
Tue, April 24, 2018 April 2018 Member Meeting
Fri, April 20, 2018 April Game Night and Pool Time, hosted by Richard Debner and Mark Stratton
Sun, April 15, 2018 HIKE: SLOT CANYON EXPERIENCE
Fri, April 13, 2018 HIKE: Hidden Palms and Horseshoe Palms Oasis
Wed, April 04, 2018 SWEETWATER REGIONAL PARK CAMPING
Sun, April 01, 2018 Indian Trail Loop Pioneertown Preserve
Sat, March 31, 2018 Cathedral City LGBT Days
Wed, March 28, 2018 East Indio Hills
Tue, March 27, 2018 March 2018 Member Meeting
Sun, March 25, 2018 HIKE: Oswit Canyon
Sat, March 24, 2018 HIKE: QUAIL SPRINGS TO JT & SSR
Fri, March 23, 2018 March Game Night Hosted by Cliff Brown
Tue, March 20, 2018 HIKE: Wonderland of Rocks and Baker Dam
Thu, March 15, 2018 Anza-Borrego Dark Sky Campout
Sun, March 04, 2018 HIKE: Ladder Canyon/Little Painted Canyon Loop
Sat, March 03, 2018 WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL
Thu, March 01, 2018 HIKE-HISTORY-SOAK
Tue, February 27, 2018 February 2018 Member Meeting
Tue, February 27, 2018 HIKE: QUAIL SPRINGS TO JT & SSR
Sat, February 24, 2018 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA PART II
Fri, February 23, 2018 Salton Sea Camping
Fri, February 23, 2018 CV LINK GRAND OPENING
Wed, February 21, 2018 SUNSET BONFIRE-HIKE-POTLUCK
Sat, February 17, 2018 Hike: North Lykken Trail to Museum Trail Junction
Fri, February 16, 2018 February Game Night hosted by Brian Davis
Fri, February 16, 2018 Yosemite Half Dome Village Tent Cabin Camp
Thu, February 15, 2018 GEOLOGY HIKE: Painted Canyon Mecca Hills 2018
Wed, February 14, 2018 SPEAKER EVENT: HIKING IN COLORADO
Sun, February 11, 2018 HIKE: McCallum Trail
Thu, February 08, 2018 Joshua Tree National Park
Tue, February 06, 2018 WILD COACHELLA FILM SCREENING
Tue, February 06, 2018 HIKE & SPA
Sun, February 04, 2018 Super Bowl 2018 - Hosted By Ed & Pete
Sun, February 04, 2018 HIKE: WILLIS PALMS
Sat, February 03, 2018 BIKE: CV LINK new section
Tue, January 23, 2018 January 2018 Member Meeting and Speaker
Sun, January 21, 2018 HIKE: Mecca Hills Little Utah Canyon
Fri, January 19, 2018 January Game Night hosted by Joe & Mike
Wed, January 03, 2018 WILD COACHELLA Part 3
Fri, December 29, 2017 TECOPA HOT SPRINGS
Thu, December 21, 2017 Hike: Solstice Hike at the Whitewater Preserve
Tue, December 19, 2017 December Member Meeting and Speaker
Sat, December 16, 2017 HIKE: MECCA HILLS SIENNA TRAIL
Thu, December 14, 2017 Hike: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Mon, December 11, 2017 HIKE: ARABY
Fri, December 08, 2017 HOLIDAY-theme Game Night. Hosted by Ed & Pete
Fri, December 08, 2017 HIKE: MAGNESIA FALLS CANYON
Wed, December 06, 2017 WILD COACHELLA
Sun, December 03, 2017 Holiday Party
Sat, December 02, 2017 HIKE: LOST PALMS OASIS JOSHUA TREE PARK
Tue, November 28, 2017 November Member Meeting and Speaker
Sat, November 25, 2017 GEOLOGY HIKE PAINTED CANYON MECCA HILLS
Sat, November 18, 2017 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR REDLANDS CA
Fri, November 17, 2017 Buffet Dinner Death Valley
Thu, November 16, 2017 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Tue, November 14, 2017 Lecture: Owls and Other Crepuscular Night Birds
Sun, November 12, 2017 HIKE: Chaparrosa Peak
Fri, November 10, 2017 November Game Night - Hosted by Ritch & Byron
Mon, November 06, 2017 Hike: Murray Hill
Wed, November 01, 2017 Lecture: GHOST LAKE OF THE DESERT
Tue, October 31, 2017 Lecture: HIKING IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY
Mon, October 30, 2017 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
Fri, October 27, 2017 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY hosted by George, Tony & Eddie. PLEASE REGISTER.
Wed, October 25, 2017 Hike: Murray Hill Cancelled due to heat
Tue, October 24, 2017 Meeting and Speaker
Sun, October 22, 2017 MODERNISM BIKE RIDE
Sat, October 21, 2017 Hike Leader Training Refresher
Sun, October 15, 2017 INTERPRETED HIKE: ROUND VALLEY LOOP
Fri, October 13, 2017 October Game Night Hosted by Jody King
Thu, October 12, 2017 Hike: South Lykken Trail
Fri, October 06, 2017 Camping/Conference - Table Mountain
Fri, October 06, 2017 GO Corporate Board Meeting (4th Quarter)
Wed, October 04, 2017 HIKE UPPER CARRIZO CANYON
Tue, September 26, 2017 Monthly Member Meeting and Speaker
Fri, September 22, 2017 LYTLE CREEK at Bonita Ranch
Fri, September 15, 2017 Summer Game Night and Pool Time at 4:30. Hosted by Jim, Ed & Brian
Sun, September 10, 2017 GOPS Member's Fall Pool Party!
Sun, August 27, 2017 Burning Man 2017
Fri, August 25, 2017 Summer Game Night and Pool time @ 4:30. Hosted by Dan Nash
Thu, August 17, 2017 Round Valley Loop Hike
Sun, August 06, 2017 National Monuments Presentation Update
Sun, August 06, 2017 GOPS Member Appreciation Pool Party
Sat, July 29, 2017 GO Corporate Board Meeting
Sun, July 23, 2017 Camping - Big Bear Lake
Thu, July 20, 2017 Tram Hike & Dine
Tue, July 18, 2017 Monthly Member Meeting
Fri, July 14, 2017 Summer Game Night - Cancelled Due To Heat
Tue, July 11, 2017 HIKE: Hidden Divide now Long Valley North
Tue, July 04, 2017 HIKE: Fourth of July Fireworks
Sun, June 25, 2017 Member's Summer Pool Party!
Fri, June 16, 2017 Summer Game Night and Pool Time at 4:30 p.m.; Hosted by Mark Reinecke
Thu, June 15, 2017 Kern River & Whitewater Rafting
Sun, June 11, 2017 HIKE: SAN JACINTO PEAK
Fri, June 02, 2017 SILENT VALLEY CAMPING
Fri, May 26, 2017 Viva, Las Vegas!
Sun, May 21, 2017 HIKE: WELLMAN DIVIDE
Sat, May 20, 2017 HIKE: ROUND VALLEY LOOP
Fri, May 19, 2017 Summer Game Night and Pool Time; Hosted by Don and David
Fri, May 19, 2017 Camping - Bartlett Lake Bash
Thu, May 18, 2017 Pismo Beach Campout
Tue, May 16, 2017 Hike - Deep Creek Hot Springs
Thu, May 11, 2017 Oak Glen Wildflower Walkabout/Hike
Thu, May 11, 2017 All Chapter Jamboree - Sage Hill Campground
Tue, May 09, 2017 HIKE: BIG MORONGO CANYON
Sat, May 06, 2017 HIKE: LUCKY BOY-EAGLE CLIFF MINE
Fri, May 05, 2017 Lake Isabella/Remington Hot Springs Campout
Fri, April 28, 2017 Skyline-to-the-Sea Backpack
Sun, April 23, 2017 Warm Springs, Saline Valley (DVNP) Campout
Thu, April 20, 2017 HIKE: Mission Creek-Whitewater
Tue, April 18, 2017 Monthly Member Meeting
Tue, April 18, 2017 HIKE: MOON COUNTRY
Sat, April 15, 2017 HIKE: The Maze
Fri, April 14, 2017 Game Night and POOL time hosted by Jerry Hansen
Thu, April 13, 2017 HIKE: Cathedral Canyon
Sat, April 08, 2017 Bike: Whitewater River Route
Tue, March 28, 2017 Monthly Member Meeting

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