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    GOSD Holiday Potluck, Slumber Party & Hike

     7:00 PM Saturday, December 15, 2018

    through

    2:00 PM Sunday, December 16th

    You're invited to join Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) for our Holiday Potluck, Slumber Party & Hike! Our host, Louis Colton, has invited us back to his beautiful home in the Ramona area to celebrate the holiday season Great Outdoors style! 

    Our itinerary for Saturday and Sunday include:

    • 7:00 PM Saturday potluck
    • Saturday night sleep over
    • Sunday morning breakfast
    • Sunday morning hike

    For the potluck, please bring your favorite dish to share with the others. (If you haven’t experienced a Great Outdoors potluck, you haven’t experienced a true feast!)  If you'll be sleeping over, plan on bringing your sleeping bag, and air mattress, pad or cot.  Sunday morning breakfast and hike start time will depend on the group.  We'll be flexible, while ensuring a 2:00 departure time after the hike. (We'll be back from the hike and ready to go our separate ways by 2:00 Sunday.)

    After you register, you'll receive a confirmation email with Louis' contact info, including address.

    Looking forward to celebrating the season with you!

     - The GOSD Core Team

    • 28 Dec 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 01 Jan 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Agua Caliente County Park


    Sponsored by Great Outdoors Palm Springs
    To see details and register for this trip, follow this link:

    Aqua Caliente New Years Campout

    • 18 Jan 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Black Canyon Group Campground, Mojave National Preserve, CA
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    Great Outdoors San Diego Chapter presents

    Mojave National Preserve & Mitchell Caverns
     

    Friday, January 18 - Monday, January 21

    A little about our destinations...

    Mojave National Preserve

    The Mojave Desert may have a reputation as being a hot, rattlesnake-infested sandy wasteland, but it contains numerous particular places of interest, and the vast open spaces have a special, stark beauty of their own, which has to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. 

    This was re-designated a National Preserve following the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, a move which in theory affords the land greater protection, but has met with mixed responses owing to the possible detrimental effects of the likely increase in visitation and publicity, though the preserve remains very lightly traveled compared to the nearby Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks.

    Providence Mountains State Recreation Area - Mitchell Caverns

    After being closed for nearly seven years due to major infrastructure upgrades, Providence Mountains State Recreation Area reopened on November 3, 2017.

    Outdoor enthusiasts will once again be able to enjoy one of the most iconic and time capsule parks in California. This unique and remote travel destination offers a frontier experience of timeless landscapes and breathtaking views. The park is also home to the beautiful Mitchell Caverns, a diverse habitat full of limestone cave formations and unique wildlife - everything from bats to tiny pseudo scorpions and more.

    Our weekend getaway...

    The inspiration to the latest release of Apple's Mac operating system, the Mojave has much to offer us for the weekend.  We will explore the iconic sand dunes, hike some of the unique landscapes, and enjoy some of the best preserved caverns around.  Our home base will be the group camp at Black Canyon, located just across from the Hole-In-The-Wall campground/visitors center.  

    On Sunday, we will make our way down to the Providence Mountain State Recreation Area (SRA), where our group will get a private 2-hour tour of the caverns.  Afterwards we'll eat our lunch and explore the other nearby trails in the SRA.

    The weather...

    The weather this time of year can vary tremendously, so please be prepared for temperatures below freezing at night, and warm during the day. Average temperatures are 50 daytime/36 nighttime.

    Our Campground...

    We have secured the group campground at Black Rock, which is directly across the road from the Hole-In-The-Wall campground/visitor center.  It is a wonderful campground that has vault toilets, trash receptacles, potable water, fire ring, grill, picnic shelter with tables, sorry no showers.  Trailers and RV's are welcome, but there are no hook-ups or dump stations available at this location.

    Services...

    There are no services available near the campground or throughout the park for that matter, so we recommend that you fuel up your vehicle as you exit the freeway, and bring all the food and supplies necessary for the weekend, as there is no store or gas station nearby.

    Itinerary

    Friday, 1/15 

    • 2 pm Check-in
    • 6 pm Meet & Greet
    • 7 pm Group campfire

    Saturday, 1/16 

    • 9 am Day Hike/Exploring
    • 6 pm Potluck
    • 7 pm Group campfire

    Sunday, 1/17 

    • 11 am Guided Tour of Mitchell Caverns (explore Providence Mountains SRA)
    • 7 pm Potluck
    • 8 pm Group campfire 

    Monday, 1/18

    • 12 PM - Noon Check-out 

    Registration for this event is restricted to Great Outdoors Members Only.  Prices are based upon you being a paid member in one of our five (5) Chapters. To join and purchase a GOSD membership: click here. Members from other GO Chapters should register for this trip as "Other Great Outdoors Chapter" member.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.

    If you are not currently a member of one of our 5 Chapters, you’ll need to register with the Chapter of your choice first and then register on the GOSD website for this trip.


    Trip Leader...

    Matthew Schreiner, 949-394-9607, matthew.schreiner@mac.com

    Trip Cancellations/Refunds...

    You can cancel up to 7-days prior to the trip start date for a full refund (January 11, 2019), any cancellations after that date will not receive a refund.

    Don't forget your 10 Essentials...

    Bring your ten essentials listed here, camping/cooking gear, firewood, food, warm/cool weather clothing and swimming suits if you plan to do water activities or sun bathe. Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking.


    • 24 Jan 2019
    • 28 Jan 2019


    Sponsored by Great Outdoors Palm Springs
    To see details and register for this trip, follow the link below
    Tecopa Hot Springs Camping

    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • Aqua Caliente County Park

    This trip is currently in the planning stages by our Great Outdoors San Diego (GO-SD) Chapter. As with all trips, dates may change or the trip might be cancelled due to inability to secure site reservations. Please contact the Vice President of Outings (VPO) via email at VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org for further details about this overnight event. You can also check for overnight trip updates on the GO-SD website at this link: http://greatoutdoorssandiego.wildapricot.org/page-1292906

    • 24 May 2019
    • 27 May 2019
    • Santa Cruz Island

    This trip is currently in the planning stages by our Great Outdoors San Diego (GO-SD) Chapter. As with all trips, dates may change or the trip might be cancelled due to inability to secure site reservations. Please contact the Vice President of Outings (VPO) via email at VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org for further details about this overnight event. You can also check for overnight trip updates on the GO-SD website at this link: http://greatoutdoorssandiego.wildapricot.org/page-1292906

    • 04 Jul 2019
    • 07 Jul 2019
    • Kings Canyon

    This trip is currently in the planning stages by our Great Outdoors San Diego (GO-SD) Chapter. As with all trips, dates may change or the trip might be cancelled due to inability to secure site reservations. Please contact the Vice President of Outings (VPO) via email at VPO-SD@GreatOutdoors.org for further details about this overnight event. You can also check for overnight trip updates on the GO-SD website at this link: http://greatoutdoorssandiego.wildapricot.org/page-1292906

Past events

14 Nov 2018 GOSD Annual Elections Meeting
12 Oct 2018 All Chapter Conference
30 Sep 2018 Day Event - End of Summer Hike/BBQ/Pool Party
26 Aug 2018 Day Event - SCUBA/Snorkel/Picnic La Jolla Shores
10 Aug 2018 Campout - June Lake
22 Jul 2018 Day Event - Whale Watching
24 Jun 2018 Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP
16 Jun 2018 Day Event - Sunset Trail to Big Laguna Loop
25 May 2018 Campout - Lake Edison (Cancelled due to lack of registrants)
29 Apr 2018 Day Hike: Hellhole Canyon County Preserve
18 Mar 2018 Day Hike - Woodson Mountain: East Approach
17 Sep 2017 End of Summer Hike/BBQ/Pool Party
01 Sep 2017 Santa Cruz Island Campout
13 Aug 2017 Day Event - Snorkeling/Picnic La Jolla Shores
09 Jul 2017 Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP
05 May 2017 Lake Isabella/Remington Hot Springs Campout
30 Apr 2017 Day Hike - Santa Rosa Plateau Loop
31 Mar 2017 Agua Caliente Campout
26 Mar 2017 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - East Approach
29 Jan 2017 Whale Watching
13 Jan 2017 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Campout
31 Dec 2016 New Year's Eve (Cabin Sytle)
30 Sep 2016 Buccaneer Days on Catalina Island - Weekend Campout
18 Sep 2016 StandUp Paddleboarding
11 Sep 2016 End of Summer Hike/BBQ/Pool Party
05 Aug 2016 Horse Heaven (Laguna Mountains) - Weekend Campout
27 May 2016 Lake Edison - Weekend Campout
24 Apr 2016 Day Hike - McGinty Mountain
27 Mar 2016 Bike San Diego Bay
17 Mar 2016 Monthly Bonfire
04 Mar 2016 Agua Caliente - Weekend Campout
28 Feb 2016 Day Hike - Lawson Peak
24 Jan 2016 Whale Watching
15 Jan 2016 Mojave National Preserve - MLK Weekend Campout
14 Nov 2015 Potluck/Sleepover/Hike
04 Sep 2015 Campout - Pinnacles National Park
30 Aug 2015 Day Hike - Big Bend Loop & BBQ
10 Jul 2015 Mount Laguna El Prado Campout
28 Jun 2015 Day Event - Kayaking Mission Bay
10 Apr 2015 Campout - Agua Caliente Fly-in & Camp-out (SOLD OUT)
29 Mar 2015 Day Hike - Blue Angels Peak
16 Jan 2015 Campout - Joshua Tree National Park
07 Dec 2014 Day Hike - Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
23 Nov 2014 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - East Approach
26 Oct 2014 Day Hike - Barker Valley
14 Sep 2014 Day Hike - Indian Creek Loop
10 Aug 2014 Day Event - Kayak Adventure
27 Jun 2014 Campout - Catalina Island Adventure
22 Jun 2014 Day Hike - Pyles Peak
10 May 2014 Day Hike - Woodson Mountain - West Approach
13 Apr 2014 Day Hike - Hollenbeck Canyon
04 Apr 2014 Tecate, Mexico Campout 2014
14 Mar 2014 Anza Borrego Wild Flower Tour 2014
17 Jan 2014 Death Valley National Park Campout
17 Nov 2013 Day Hike - North Fortuna Mountain
20 Oct 2013 Day Hike - Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve
11 Oct 2013 California Great Outdoors, Inc. - 35th Annual Conference
18 Aug 2013 Torrey Pines State Reserve
21 Jul 2013 Day Hike - La Jolla Shores to Blacks Beach
16 Jun 2013 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon
12 May 2013 Day Hike - Santa Rosa Plateau Loop
04 May 2013 Night at Petco Park - San Diego Padres - Saturday, May 4th
31 Mar 2013 Day Hike - Bernardo Mountain
15 Mar 2013 Campout - Anza-Borrego Wild Flower Tour 2013
17 Feb 2013 Day Hike - Iron Mountain
27 Jan 2013 Day Hike - El Capitan
13 Jan 2013 Day Hike - Downtown Organ Pavilion to Star of India
31 Dec 2012 New Year's Eve Sleepover - Julian
25 Nov 2012 Day Hike - Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
28 Oct 2012 Day Hike - South Fortuna Mountain (Mission Trails)
23 Sep 2012 Day Hike - Cuyamaca Peak
25 Aug 2012 Pool Party/BBQ
17 Aug 2012 Santa Rosa Mountains - Yellow Post Camping
10 Jun 2012 Day Hike - Los Penasquitos Canyon - West Approach
19 May 2012 Day Hike - Three Sisters Waterfalls
29 Apr 2012 Day Hike - Lake Cuyamaca
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