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Great Outdoors - Conference 2014

October 17, 2014

Great Outdoors - Conference 2014
Harvest Festival at the Shore

When: October 17 - 19, 2014
Where: Carpinteria

Ah! The last sunny days of autumn, warm days and chilly nights, a crispness in the air and a special time to spend with friends old and new around a flickering camp fire.

Come and join us in the sleepy seaside town of Carpinteria for the Annual Great Outdoors Conference Weekend.

We are planning a Harvest Festival by the Shore with a full schedule of events and workshops from a welcoming “tea” on Friday to an old fashioned County Hoedown on Saturday night. There will be numerous day hikes from viewing tide pools to mountain vistas, a master class in pumpkin carving and competitions for the best Country Dessert, Carved Pumpkin and Rattiest Blue Jeans.

The campground is right on the shore of the Pacific in the village of Carpinteria. It is a five minute walk to the downtown which offers numerous art galleries, antique stores, surf shops, restaurants and amenities and is a 15 minute drive from Santa Barbara for those who wish to go wine tasting, sight-seeing or power shopping. The first night “tea,” two Continental breakfasts, the Hoe Down Dinner and campground charges are all included in the registration fee.

This is sure to be a Conference to remember. So, pack your favorite old jeans and plaid shirt, your version of grandma’s famous dessert and a pumpkin for carving and join us for an unforgettable Harvest Festival by the Shore.

Arrive Friday, October 17 any time 11am or after. A limited number of spaces available to arrive Thursday evening, check with us first.

Location: The Park is off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara. Exit at Casitas. Pass Road, travel West on Casitas Pass Road to Carpinteria Avenue, make a right at the signal; then turn left at Palm. The beach is at the end of Palm Ave.

Provided meals: Friday night "tea," Continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Hoedown Dinner on Saturday.

Bring: 1 bundle of firewood/person, “Country” Dessert to share Saturday night, pumpkin to carve (optional), ratty blue jeans (optional)

Price: $60 per person for GO members in tents ($85 non/member includes 1 yr. membership to chapter of your choice)

Trip Notes 36th Annual Conference & Campout

Register Now at http://www.regonline.com/GOConference2014

$40 per person for GO members in RV (RV campers must make own site reservation by visiting http://tinyurl.com/o9r7ve2)

All vehicles pay own parking fee $10/night, so carpooling is encouraged.

Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. They are not allowed on the beach, may not be left unattended, and must be in a tent or vehicle at night.

Musch Trail to Eagle Rock – Topanga Canyon

November 1, 2014

Panoramic Views of Surrounding Canyons and Ocean – Beautiful Oak Groves and Meadows
Date: November 1, 2014
Time: 9:30 am
Near: Topanga, CA 90290
Distance: 7.25 miles round trip
Difficulty:  Moderate
Elevation: 800 feet
Hike Time: 4 1/2 hours
Trail Type: Trail/Fire Road
Hike Type: Loop
Higlights:  Beautiful meadows, oak groves, panoramic views, impressive Eagle Rock

Summary: Trippet Ranch is the main entrance and parking area for Topanga State Park. We will start at the Musch Trail along a grassy hillside and soon plunge into the shade of oak and bay trees.  We pass a trail campground and soon begin our winding ascent through chaparral.  Soon we will see the imposing Eagle Rock.  This layered sandstone outcrop is pitted with caves and is part of a 15 million year-old Topanga Canyon Formation. Eagle Rock is easily the most impressive landmark in Topanga State Park and affords great panoramic views of the surrounding canyons and the ocean.  Back on the fire road, we continue along the ridgeline to “hub junction.”  We will take a short detour to Cathedral Rock before we continue our descent back to Trippet Ranch.

Trailhead: From the San Fernando Valley, take Topanga Canyon Blvd South for 12 miles and turn left on Entrada Road.  From Santa Monica, drive north on PCH to Topanga Canyon Blvd and turn right.  Drive about 4.6 miles and turn right on to Entrada Road.  Once on Entrada Road, follow the signs to Trippet Ranch Parking Lot.  There is some parking on the street before you reach the entrance station.  Otherwise, if you park inside the fee is $10 per car. We will meet at near the restrooms on the left hand side of the parking lot.

What to Bring: Good hiking boots/shoes. A hiking/trekking pole may be useful for the occasional step ascent/descent on the trail, but not necessary. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen.

Carpooling: Contact other members to carpool; share the conversation and travel expenses.

Rain Cancels.  Contact Menard at menard3@yahoo.com or (323) 804-4700.

Greater Palm Springs Pride

November 8, 2014

Palm Springs Pride
Nov 8 – Great Outdoors BBQ and Pool Party - afternoon
Nov 8 – Arenas Road Block Party – Downtown (6:00-11:00 pm) – Free Pride event
Nov 8-9 – Pride Festival – Free Pride event – Downtown
Nov 9 – Pride Parade – (10:00 am) Palm Canyon Drive

This is a Pride weekend that you will not want to miss!  Great Outdoors Palm Springs will be hosting this event. Book your stay early in Palm Springs or stay with friends!  Hotels will sell out early for this weekend.  Come for the day or the whole weekend.  March with us on parade day and show your pride!

Palm Springs Pride is Southern California’s popular and longest-running LGBT festival in the Coachella Valley. Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California.  A diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive.  See more at: http://pspride.org

If you have any questions, contact Menard Jaramillo at 323-804-4700 or email at menard3@yahoo.com

New to Camping?

If you have any general questions about car camping, camping gear & equipment, carpooling, camp meals, membership benefits, or procedures specific to Great Outdoors; if you'd like to meet some of the other campers at a pre-outing (warm-up) meeting ... please don't hesitate to contact the group via email at outings@greatoutdoorsla.org.

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Do you have a favorite day activity that you would like to lead or maybe suggestions for a fun outdoors activity or social event? Get involved and make some new buddies while being in the Great Outdoors.

Thank you for your
anticipated participation.

Contact us at:

Day Activities Coordinator:
Menard Jaramillo
(323) 804-4700


Great Outdoors is comprised of five Chapters located in the southern part of California. Each Chapter creates their own overnight trips for camping (cars, tents & RVs), backpacking, off roading, etc. During our annual conference (held in October each year), the five Chapters compile the calendar.

The calendar dates are for planning purposes only. Dates may change and trips may be canceled due to weather, problems getting campground reservations, schedule conflicts, etc.


Steve Sisneros

V.P. Outings
Russell Hammerl

Wes Stieringer

Dennis Strayhan

Membership Chair
Matthew DuBois

Board Representative
Steve Sisneros

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