Earth Day 2013
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Come join us for a bit of mid-week conditioning exercise. This brisk walk will be starting at 6:15pm from the parking lot behind Hotel California at California and Ash in Palo Alto. With several routes to choose from, we will travel in a different direction each week.
This will be a medium-fast-paced walk of 5 miles. Portions will not be well lighted, so bring a flashlight if you can.
Directions: Google Ash & California, Palo Alto, CA.
From 280, take the Page Mill exit East. Turn Left on El Camino Real.
Turn right on California, go one block to Ash. Right on Ash.
Parking lot is in middle of block on your left. Look for us under a light post on the Ash side of the parking lot. Light-medium rain will not cancel, but route may be modified. Heavy rain will just give us an excuse to go for an early dinner.
Event covers 5 miles.
Leader: Denise Vann 408-218-3911
Open to the public. Sierra Club members, in particular, are urged to attend and to participate. Hope to see you there!
Jaime Guoz, an active member of the Long Beach Beekeepers, will bring a few members of his hive to provide an interactive demonstration and presentation all about bees. Don't worry, it is totally safe - the bees will be in a specially constructed see-through beequarium. Don't miss this free presentation.
Shelly Dearhart SCAquarium presents Sustainable Seafood : Fish for the future Sustainable Seafood: Fish for the future, offers an overview of some complex issues our oceans are currently facing, overfishing and sustainable practices. The discussion will focus on the fishing industry, management put into place working towards more sustainable practices, and the Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Learn about what fish are good choices and what questions you should be asking to do your part! Working together, we can make the right choices to create and maintain a balance between our needs as consumers and the health and long term viability of individual marine species.
Shelley Dearhart, Sustainable Seafood Initiative Coordinator, South Carolina Aquarium, is a Charleston area native, and has been part of the South Carolina Aquarium’s education team for over 7 years. After graduating from Clemson University in 2003, she began pursuing her love of all things ocean. Shelley researched whales in New England, studied bottlenose dolphin behavior in the gulf and found a love of conservation and education while working at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys. She has also worked for Potter Park Zoo in East Lansing, Michigan to help create and lead a unique high school course teaching students about running a zoo or aquarium.
Shelley is currently working to complete her Master’s thesis in the Environmental Studies Program at the College of Charleston and expects to graduate in the spring of 2014. Shelley moved into the role of the Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Coordinator this past summer and is enjoying this new challenge trying to make a difference in ocean conservation.
SC Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Initiative
Dec 6-13 Fri-Fri Orange County Sierra Singles
O: 20s30s40s Hawaii, Big Island Adventure: Meet us at Kona International Airport (KOA) for a full week of easy-moderate 4-5 mile day hikes to waterfalls, volcanos & secluded beaches. Includes 7 nights shared lodging in a 2 bed, 2 bath condo at The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort and shared meals while at the condo. Airfare, rental cars, & gas are not included. Limit: 6, Cost $400 non-SC, $350 SC Member. Ldr: Mountain Dave Kuhn (email@example.com). Co-ldr: Irene Prokopenko (firstname.lastname@example.org)
<p>UUCR's Green Sanctuary team will be showing the visually stunning, yet heartbreaking film <em>Chasing Ice</em>. The film tells the story of photographer James Balog, and his use of time-lapse cameras to document the dramatic disappearance of Arctic ice that is happening now as a result of Earth's rapidly changing climate.</p><p>Coffee and tea will be provided, and you are encouraged to bring your own brown bag dinner or snack. As always, guests are welcome.</p>
Take a beautiful walk in the forest on this comfortably-paced hike from the mouth of Icehouse Canyon. It’s 9 miles round trip, 2700' gain to the saddle at 7580' elevation. On the way up we’ll explore the newer Chapman Trail through Cedar Glen Trail Camp. On the way down we’ll pass by Columbine spring. Historic Icehouse Canyon has stunning scenery. Precipitous canyon walls rise steeply into the blue sky. Soaring peaks and ridges contour the skyline. Huge boulders dot the canyon bottom. A year-around creek provides a delightful soundtrack. Majestic fir, pine, and cedar reach to the sky while alder, oak and sycamore fill out a shady canopy in places. Meet at 6:30 am at Long Beach rideshare point. Bring lunch, 2 quarts water, lugsoled hiking boots, shade hat, other appropriate clothing, and adventure pass. Rain cancels.
Help maintain and build the trails we all love to hike on by joining the Trail Center (www.trailcenter.org) for its monthly work day.
The exact location of this work day is still being determined due to soil condition considerations.
If you are interested in joining this fun group of volunteers for a rewarding day of trail work -- followed by a great tailgate party -- contact Marilyn Stockdale Green, email@example.com, for final details and the meeting location. Rain cancels.
Meeting location: TBD
I have an SCDNR permit for up to 8 people to camp on Otter Island over night (Dec 7-8).
This trip has some open water paddling and with water temperatures in the high 50’s getting dunked would not be pleasant. The trip rating is between a II and a III
You should feel comfortable:
• Paddling 6 miles in a day.
• Performing a wet exit.
• Performing an assisted deep-water rescue.
• Maintaining a heading for short distances without the use of a rudder.
• Turning a kayak using forward and reverse sweep strokes.
You should be able to:
• Perform the skills listed above.
• Paddle 10 miles in a day.
• Paddle in 10- to 15-knot winds and 2- to 3-foot waves
Contact me if you have questions.
You will need your own kayak, paddle (bring a spare if you have one), PFD and spray skirt. Your kayak needs to be 14 feet or longer (shorter boats work fine on creeks but are too slow for this trip). We will have UHF radio, first aid kit and emergency shelters.
This Sierra Club trip is an overnight kayak camping trip to a primitive area. Drive time to and from the put-in /take out (Bennett’s Point-Mosquito Creek) is about one hour each way. The one-way transit (on the water) time is about 2.5 hours. We will camp on the south end of Otter Island past the mouth of the Ashepoo River but not on the front beach. We will walk the beaches and try once again to locate the remains of a Confederate Fort that commanded the St Helena Sound channel during the Civil War. This time we can probably bushwhack (gently) right to the fort. If not, the setting is spectacular just being there will be grand.
There will be waxing crescent moon and if clear the stars should be spectacular. The Geminid meteor shower peak will not peak til the13-14th
You will need Lunch and Supper for Saturday, Breakfast and lunch Sunday. You should consider carrying some extra food and water just in case we have to delay return due to weather. If there is interest we can plan to prepare a group supper Sat night. I am thinking of a sort of shrimp stew (frogmore; we bought shrimp two years ago and they made a lovely supplement to everyone’s supper). We can buy shrimp right at the put in dock. Group meals require planning. If enough express interest we will advance this planning further. When you reply please state your preference for a group supper.
Speaking of what goes in, leads to a discussion of what comes out. Urine should be left below the tide line. I will have individual “poo” bags for participants and I’ll show you how to use them.
You should bring enough water to drink, cook and clean. There is NO fresh water on Otter Island.
Do not wear or even bring any cotton clothing. Wool and/or synthetics are de rigueur. Plan to bring paddling clothes and a complete second set of clothes for hiking and hanging out. Low temperatures will likely be in the 50s but could range to the 40s. It will not likely freeze but you never know for certain. You will need at least a 40 F sleeping bag and shelter (a self supporting tent with mosquito netting; bring your long plastic tent stakes- regular metal stakes do not hold well in sand.
Pack all your gear in proper dry-bags or at least sturdy trash bags. Many small bags are preferable to one or two large bags. You should practice packing you entire kit PRIOR to Dec 7. If possible paddle you loaded kayak a bit to get used to the performance when loaded.
Bring cameras, binoculars, insect repellant (it almost never freezes on Otter; ergo the mosquitoes and no-see-ums get chilly and sort of lethargic but are always around) and sunscreen.
Plan to wear your PFD zipped and have a spray skirt on at all times while on the water. You should dress to be just a little chilly while standing around. Once on the water the effort of paddling will warm you up. Plan to have a wind-breaker or other garment handy to put on when we stop for lunch and immediately when we arrive on Otter.
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