Our cultural and wildlife journey takes us by rail and van to three incredible national parks where we'll have a good chance of seeing wild tigers, superb birds, and possibly all of the big game animals on the Indian subcontinent. We will explore the beguiling treasures of this ancient land, including the medieval monuments of Khajuraho, the sublimely magnificent Taj Mahal, and the mysterious lost temples reclaimed by the forest and taken over by big cats. Accommodations are in hotels and nature lodges.
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Southwest of Tucson, beneath an incomparable night sky, peaceful foothills surround our rustic lodging near Baboquivari Peak. We'll work to enhance grassland and woodland habitats of endangered species.
Trade in the winter doldrums for the crystal clear waters of Vieques, a peaceful Caribbean island with a complex history. Our trip will mix adventure and relaxation as we explore the island, learn about its history, take a guided kayak trip, snorkel, and relax on beautiful sandy beaches. Also included are guesthouse accommodations and nighttime paddling in a world-famous bioluminescent bay.
MAR 6-9 (THU-SUN) SPRING ATJOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CARCAMP
Visit Joshua Tree National Park when temperatures are cooler and wild flowers may be blooming. We may explore palm oases, boulder areas, and desert canyons or climb peaks within the Park. Camp in the Indian Cove campground (picnic tables, fire grates, and pit toilets). Bring your own drinking water or fill up at the Indian Cove Ranger Station. Hikes may be off trail. Some vehicle travel on dirt roads may be required. Cost is $30 per person and includes 3 nights of camping. $20 deposit required to confirm participation. Group size limited to 16. For reservation information call leader: Rich Juricich, email@example.com, 916-492-2181. Delta Sierra Group/ CNRCC DESERT COMMITTEE
Join us on an exploration of southern, central, and northern Vietnam, visiting many of the most beautiful, important, and interesting natural and cultural sites from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. We'll hike in a national park, snorkel, and kayak on Ha Long Bay (all physical activities are optional). We'll stay overnight in a mountain village and experience Vietnamese culture through music, dance and water-puppetry performances.
Backcountry oriented fun-filled weekend. Ski downhill or snowboard on Mammoth Mtn, daily leader led backcountry ski tours and snowshoe tours. Visit geological formations. Ski on your own at Tamarack Nordic Ski Center. Non Skiers Welcome. Quality Inn lodging, two person, 2 beds/private bath, microwave, fridge, indoor spa. Close to shopping, night life, casual and fine dining, free shuttles. Leave Orange County 2:00 pm. South Bay and Sylmar pick-up later. Return Orange County Sunday approx 10pm. Includes bus, lodging, full breakfast, happy hour, bus refreshments, Sunday dinner. Send 2 sase OR 1 sase and e mail address, phones, $305 (made out to Orange County Sierra Singles) to Reserv: Beth Martin, 530 South Lake Ave. #708, Pasadena CA 91101 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Leader: Keith Martin (email@example.com). Asst: Donna Specht, Mark Mitchell, Snowshoe ldrs: Kent Schwitkis, Sherry Ross.
This will be a dayhike commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. We will walk in on the previously maintained Moody Point Trail and have an opportunity to see how this area has recovered from the 2000 Coon Fire and the leader will discuss fire ecology on our lunch break. We will turn right onto the Rim Trail and clear trees and brush as necessary where the Rim Trail contours around the upper part of Deep Creek. There are excellent views off to the east. Tools will be provided by the leader. Participants will need to bring their own work gloves. For reservations, meeting time and place; contact your leader, Jim Vaaler, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-553-8208. Phoenix
I: San Emigdio Mtn (7495') Brush Mtn (7040'): Venture up forgotten jeep roads, and forested ridges that invite you to stretch your legs and breathe in the beauty and history of the area. Once the home of native Americans, these mountains and canyons were then explored and inhabited by missionaries, pioneers, mountainmen and miners. The totals for this nonstandard route will be 11.5 miles rt and 2650' gain. Please bring liquids, lugsoles, layers, lunch, and hat. Contact email@example.com for trip details. Leaders Peter & Ignacia Doggett
March 8 - 9, Sat – Sun
O: Backpack: CHRT, Joshua Tree National Park
Dora Olea, Jeff Johnson; and Susan Campo supporting
Backpacking at Joshua Tree on the California Riding and Hiking Trail is our next adventure. This time we will hike about 16.5 miles in two days. It is a beautiful experience that you cannot miss. On Saturday, we will pack in about 6.5 miles and set up the camp in the middle of nowhere. On Sunday, we will hike out around 10 miles. This trip requires backpacking experience and involves a car shuttle. Optional Mexican Feast on Sunday. Space is limited. Cost is only $20 per person. This includes camping fees on Friday and other group expenses. For more info and RSVP contact leader Dora at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 213-200-0239.
MAR 8 (SAT) 7:30 AM LOST HORSE MINE LOOP (JOSHUA TREE NP) HIKE
This loop trail is 8.4 miles long with about a 500 foot elevation gain overall. The trail starts up an old, rutted wagon road to the Lost Horse Mine about 2 miles in. The gold mine's wooden stamp mill is still mostly intact and well preserved in the aridity of the desert. From the mine, the trail climbs over a ridge with spectacular desert views, drops down past other smaller claims, and then climbs back up again. The terrain varies from rugged pinyon/juniper hillsides to Joshua tree lined washes. RATING: Some short sections of the trail are strenuous but most of the trail is moderate. MEET: Hikers will meet at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA. Carpooling from there, we will take as few cars as possible as the parking area for the trail is fairly small, at the end of a one-mile dirt road. There is a $15 per car entrance fee to Joshua Tree National Park unless you have a federal parks pass. BRING: Ten essentials, 2-3 liters of water, lunch & snacks, and sun protection - there is virtually no shade along the hiking route. RAIN CANCELS as the dirt road would be too muddy. CALL: for reservations and additional information, L.J.Foster, Apprentice Hike Leader (951) 845-9440 email@example.com or Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (760) 328-1090 or firstname.lastname@example.org. BIG BEAR GROUP
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