Picnic and Hike in Runyon Canyon
When: May 3, 2014 - Picnic 12:00PM - Hike at 2:00 PM4
Where: 1824 N. Curson Ave. Hollywood, CA 90046
Leaders: Russell Hammerl firstname.lastname@example.org & Dennis Strayhan email@example.com Directions: Metro - Bus route 217, walk from subway station is ½ mile
Note: The easiest parking is just south of Hollywood Blvd., walk up Curson to the mansion.
GAY LA DOWNTOWN HISTORY WALKING TOUR with Out and About Tours
Time: Tour starts promptly at 11am. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
Where: Union Station, Information Kiosk, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tour Length: 2 1/2 hrs
Event Host: Matthew DuBois Ofwood@sbcglobal.net
Santa Cruz Island Camping
When: May 23 - May 26, 2014
Where: Santa Cruz Islands Scorpion Ranch Campground
Leader: Russell Hammerl firstname.lastname@example.org
Table Mountain Zip Lining & Camp
When: May 30 - June 1, 2014
Where: Wrightwood, CA
Leader: Matthew DuBois Ofwood@sbcglobal.net
Little Jimmy Backpacking
When: Saturday June 7, 2014 - Sunday June 8, 2014
Where: Little Jimmy campground, San Gabriel Mountains.
Leader: Timothy at email@example.com
The Biltmore opened in 1923 as a 1,000-room hotel that was “first class in every respect.” This was the first hotel commission for the newly founded architecture firm of Schultze and Weaver, who later went on to design such grand hotels as the Park Lane and Waldorf Astoria in New York, and the Miami Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida. In addition to the lobby and grand hallway designed to resemble a Spanish palace, the hotel has several banquet rooms, each decorated in sumptuous Beaux-Arts splendor.
Over the years, the Biltmore played non-stop host to high society, international political figures, movie stars, and royalty (including Rudolph Valentino, the Prince of Wales, J. Paul Getty, Howard Hughes, Herbert Hoover, and Eleanor Roosevelt), and it was the 1960 Democratic Convention headquarters of John F. Kennedy.
After the tour, stay for high tea in the hotel's magnificent Rendezvous Court (additional cost), for tea reservations call the Millennium Biltmore at 213-612-1562).
Meeting location: Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Tour meets in the center of the park, near the mini-grove of orange trees.
Parking: $5 with validation from LA Conservancy in the underground Pershing Square Garage, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square Station. Follow the signs to Pershing Square exit, then cross the street to the park. For details, visit metro.net.
Cost: $10, $5 for Conservancy Members
RSVP REQUIRED – Book directly with the LA Conservancy. This will ensure that a docent will be available for our group. Note: Booking dates will be available about 30 days out from the event, so you can book starting May 15th.
Book directly with the LA Conservancy at https://www.laconservancy.org/node/966.
After you book directly with the Conservancy, please also send an email to Paul Ripley at firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking number, full name and other guests names (if applicable). Please RSVP by June 10, 2014 so that we can provide a count to the LA Conservancy.
Sunset Ranch & Stables -
Evening Horseback Ride and Dinner
When: Saturday June 14th, 3:30 PM.
Where: Sunset Ranch & Stables in Hollywood
Leader: Gary email@example.com
This will be a Dinner Ride. It take 5 Hours, total and covers about 5 miles Round Trip – up & over the
hill and back down to the tie-up, near the Olympic Equestrian Center, Burbank, then up and over - back
to the stables, again. We are planning for the 4:00 PM Ride: So be there at least 30 minutes early! The
event segments are: a 2-Hour ride from Sunset Stables to the Tie-up near the Viva Fresh Restaurant;
then approx. 1 Hour for Dinner; then the 2-Hour ride back to the Stables.
It will be just past the Full Moon so it should be a quite bright night! If it is clear…we will see the
Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory and Panoramas of Downtown LA and Burbank… and much more…on this
Age restrictions: all riders must be at least 16 years old. Sorry - no pets or dogs allowed, for many reasons…
Cost is $100 per person or $80, if we can get 10 People to Pre-sign-up! ($5 Extra for Non-Members and Guests) If you make your reservation with the Stables, directly, the charge is $100. If I can get at least 10 people to sign up, in advance of the event, G.O. can get a discount of $20 per person. The Stables needs to bill one Credit Card to offer the Discount. So, get your friends to commit.... Fill out and send in your Registration Form and your Check made out to Great Outdoors and get ready for a great time! Like I say, if we can get 10 people…I will give each of you… your $20 back!
The more the merrier and save some cash! Send your reservations to your Outing Leader – Gary, at the address on the attached Registration Form. The registration cut-off is May 23rd: RSVP and pay for your ride with Great Outdoors and then contact your outing leader, Gary at GSpake@socal.rr.com or at 714 633-7483. Please, do not just show-up (unless you made a last-minute reservation, directly with the Sunset Stables/Ranch, as you may not be able to be accommodated!
Carpooling is recommended to help reduce driving costs and parking problems in this “tight” canyon area.
Directions:From the US-101 Freeway - North, in Hollywood, take exit 8C and ramp right,
following the signs for Beachwood Drive. You will cross Franklin Ave. and head straight North onto
North Beachwood Drive. Continue North on Beachwood, about 2 miles, to where the paved road ends.
You will be at 3400 North Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles, 90068. Continue straight go up the hill to the
parking lot (on your right) near end of the dirt road. If the lot is full, park legally and safely on the sides
of the road. Walk up the hill, to the Sunset Stables & Ranch, where you will meet your G.O. outing
leader – Gary and our Sunset Stable’s hosts; Check-in and meet your 4-legged “partner” for the evening.
WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy high-topped leather boots (Western styles fit the Stirrups best), but Hightopped
Trail Runners will do. No Open toe or sandals will be allowed. Long socks, and long pants
(preferably Western style jeans) and long sleeved shirts for protection against brush are a must. The well
maintained trails are dirt and/or gravel and can be muddy after rain. Also, bring at least 1 quart water,
sunscreen, a hat, windbreaker/sweater as it gets cool in the evening. Also, your Camera on a short neckstrap,
(binoculars, snacks ??...up to you!), and remember Money for your Dinner”. Do you know what
the ten essentials are? (See the List from G.O. website at: www.greatoutdoorsla.org/essen.html )
In case of drizzle or threatening rain the ride “may” be cancelled, but still show up! The Stables make
that decision. If it is raining, the ride will be cancelled… by the Stables and we will need to reschedule.
Last Minute Reservations? Go to: http://www.sunsetranchhollywood.com/ or Call: 323 469-5450
Tell them you are planning the 4:00 PM Dinner Ride with the Great Outdoors Club and ask if they
have any Space.
Click here for trip note and registration form.
Quaking Aspen, Sequoia National Forest Campout
When: July 3rd-6th, 2014
Where: Quaking Aspen Campground
Trip Leaders: Steve Sisneros, firstname.lastname@example.org, 951-318-0530 or
Wes Stieringer, email@example.com, 818-497-8654
The cool breezes blowing through the trees of Sequoia National Forest will provide a great escape from the heat of summer over the long 4th of July holiday. We have reserved several beautiful campsites nestled among the towering aspens and pines along a scenic meandering creek and lush meadow. Our secluded campsite is located close to numerous hiking trails, Peppermint Falls, with its carved granite swimming pools, and several distinctive Giant Redwood groves, including the Belknap Complex and the famous Trail of 100 Giants. A visit to Dome Rock or the Needles Rock Formation & Lookout, a short drive away, will add to this memorable holiday event. So, grab your hiking boots, Scrabble or other favorite board game, or a good book and meet up with old friends, or make new ones, on this exciting outdoor adventure.
Weenies and Wine
Friday night, Great Outdoors will provide a variety of weenies, including polish sausage & hot links, and sides. You can dress up your weenie with chili or any of your traditional favorites. One of our members will be bringing his famous delicious sangria, and feel free to bring your own favorite weenie vintage to share with your fellow campmates.
On Saturday morning, you will be greeted with a hearty breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs with spinach, and fresh fruit alongside hot coffee or tea.
The cost of this 4 day weekend of adventure in one of our most spectacular mountain landscapes is just $30.00 for Great Outdoors members. Non-members will pay an additional $20.00, which will include a 1 year membership with Great Outdoors Los Angeles.
Ameneties: Improved vaulted toilets, fire ring, tables, potable water.
Firewood: You are not allowed to bring any outside firewood into the campground. You ARE allowed to gather firewood from the forest or purchase near the campground. For more information, please visit: http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/the-problem/state-state-information/california.html
Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: www.greatoutdoorsla.org/essen.html), camping/cooking gear, 2 bundles of firewood (see above notice), food, warm/cool weather clothing, swimsuit. Be sure to bring your campchair, tent, solar shower, hiking boots, and sunscreen.
Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas consumption and parking costs. There may be an additional cost associated with parking. Please make sure to complete the section on carpooling on the sign up form so we can coordinate.Directions:
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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.