Upcoming events

    • 19 Jan 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Scott Davis' home in Santa Barbara
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    The Great Outdoors January Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Oriented"

    This romance/documentary follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends as they confront their national and sexual identities in modern Tel Aviv, Israel. There's Khader, a nightlife "darling" who lives with his Jewish boyfriend David and their dalmation Otis; Fadi, an ardent Palestinian nationalist who finds himself falling in love with an Israeli soldier; Naeem, who must gather the courage to come out to his conservative family from a small northern village. Determined to change their reality, the three friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance group called "Qambuta" (Cauliflower) to advocate for sexual and national equality. Meanwhile, a war is brewing. (imdb.com)  

    Location: Scott Davis' home in Goleta.

    Date: Friday, January 19

    6:30  Social hour with hearty appetizers provided by YOU (please bring a ready-to-serve appetizer to share), and BYOB.

    7:30ish  Movie begins.  Discussion to follow.   

    Please RSVP to this event and email Howard if you need the address.  Space is limited.  See you January 19 for "Oriented"!

     

    • 16 Feb 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Yosemite National Park
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      Majestic Yosemite

    President’s Day Weekend:  Feb 16-18, 2018

    The Santa Barbara Ventura Country chapter has hosted a trip to Yosemite for several years in a row. The dates have always been one of the three-day weekends in January or February because Camp Curry was open for three nights on those weekends (otherwise it was open just two nights on weekends in the winter).  That has changed this year. The new contractor is opening Half-Dome Village, as it is now called, for just two nights for the three day weekends, therefore our 2018 President’s Day trip is only two nights. I am hoping that Aramark will change the policy but that can’t be counted on.

    Yosemite is one of the most popular National Parks in the country and we in southern California are very fortunate to have it so close. If you have never seen it then this Great Outdoors trip is a good opportunity for you to be introduced to this special place. If you have been there once or more, then you’ll understand why Great Outdoors has made a Yosemite visit an annual event.  The grandeur and majesty of the park are so enriching that Yosemite can be experienced and enjoyed again and again.  The sublime beauty of the park has inspired many for the last 150 years, but perhaps none more effusive than John Muir, who said of Yosemite, “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Please join us in this temple of the great outdoors.

    The locus of this trip will be Yosemite Valley.  Our accommodations are tent cabins in Half-Dome Village (formerly Camp Curry), a rustic but charming village near the east end of the valley. Arrival should be after 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon.  Once everyone is settled in we will gather for tea in the village dining hall and perhaps decide to have dinner there.  Afterwards we might play games by the fireside or just relax in our cabins.

    On Saturday morning the group activity will be a hike to the top of Vernal Fall, following the Mist Trail (weather conditions permitting) and returning along the beginning section of the famous John Muir Trail.  The difficulty of this hike is characterized as moderate to strenuous, includes about a 1200 foot elevation gain, distance is 6-6.5 miles, and will probably take 3.5-4 hours. If we’re ambitious (and in condition) after reaching the top of Vernal Fall we could continue on to Nevada Fall, adding about 2 miles and another 700 feet in elevation gain.  If this hike sounds like too much of a challenge there are many other hikes and/or activities to choose from, such as walking the “loop” trail around the valley, a flat hike around the beautiful Mirror Lake, a ranger led nature walk, ice skating in Half-Dome Village, skiing and/or hiking at Badger Pass.

    Sunday we will have to check out of Half-Dome Village by 11:00. I propose that we have a late breakfast or lunch at the Ahwahnee Dining Room before we go home. Let me know if you’re interested in that.

    Even though we’ll be there in the middle of February we might not have winter conditions.  Last year there was very little snow on the valley floor and the daytime temperatures were in the mid- to high 50s. The trip leader will inform you of the weather conditions a couple days before our arrival but you may also want to keep abreast of them by using the Yosemite National Park website. http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

    Driving & Directions:

    When driving to Yosemite in winter it is recommended to take CA Hwy 140 through Mariposa. It's the lowest- elevation route and therefore the least likely to be affected by snow and ice. Check highway conditions outside the park at the Caltrans website or call (800) 427-7623. Since weather conditions can change quickly, it is also recommended to check the current conditions inside Yosemite, check online or call (209) 372-0200.

    Tire chains are required when you go to Yosemite in winter, and be prepared to use them, even if you have four-wheel drive. They may become mandatory at any time. You may be able to find chains for rent in Mariposa, but it's better not to count on it.

    What else?

    Cooking facilities/campfire rings are not available in Half-Dome Village. However, there are several dining options near our cabins. You may bring snack food and drinks, but all food and scented items must be stored in the bear-proof storage locker in front of the cabin. This includes all food, food related items, toiletries, sundries and ice chests. Bears have a strong sense of smell and are attracted to anything they think will lead them to human food. Remember, not to store these items in your vehicle or tent cabin. It is recommended to use sealed plastic containers for storing your food inside the bear boxes. This makes it easier to keep your food organized, and away from campground critters.

    Be sure to remember a flashlight or headlamp to find your way around Camp Curry at night. In addition, a sleeping bag or an extra blanket may help keep you warm at night. Other things to bring:

    Warm outer gear appropriate for snow and/or rain

    Layered under gear (long underwear, etc.)

    Hat, gloves, scarf, etc.

    Sunglasses, sunblock (for your face), lip balm

    Broken-in sturdy, hiking shoes (not new)

    Weather: Average daytime temperatures in February in the Yosemite Valley range from the 30s to the 50s. It will be colder at Badger Pass (7,200 ft.), which is about 3,000 feet higher than the valley. Conditions may vary between sun, clouds, rain, or snow. Be prepared for anything.

    Price: $115 for Great Outdoors members, or $140 for non-members.

    Cancellation policy: full refund (minus a service fee of $12.00) given at least eight (8) days prior to the departure (by Feb. 8); no refunds after that.

    For more information, contact:

    Thomas Larson           thomassbca@yahoo.com     (805) 220-8276

    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
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    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
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    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • Leo Carrillo State Beach

     

    Save the date!   April 12-15, 2018

    Leo Carrillo State Beach Campout

    Trip Notes and Registration Coming Soon! 

    • 18 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
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    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 16 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
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    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 25 May 2018
    • 28 May 2018
    • Lake Lopez

     

       

    Save the date!   May 25-28, 2018

    Lake Lopez Campout

    Trip Notes and Registration Coming Soon! 

     

     

    • 7 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • El Capitan State Beach, Santa Barbara
    • 23
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    El Capitan State Beach Campout: June 7-10, 2018

    This extremely popular beach west of Santa Barbara off U.S. Highway 101, is a perfect place to enjoy camping, hiking, surfing, picnicking, and beach walking. Lush sycamores and oaks flourish along El Capitán Creek at the entry to the state beach. Tall bluff-top groves are visible for miles along the terraced coastline. At El Capitán, the moderate climate brings cool fog during the summer months. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area.

    The 2018 AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride from SF to LA is scheduled to pass directly by El Capitán on Day 6 of the tour, (Friday, June 8th). We will plan to “cheer-on” the riders as they pass the campground on their way toward Paradise Pit in Santa Barbara!

    El Capitán SB is located off Hwy 101 seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara. from Hwy 101 North- or Southbound, take Exit 117 for El Capitan State Beach. Proceed south toward the ocean and the park entrance. RV's not recommended as sites have no hookups for electricity or water. Parking is limited to 2 cars per campsite. Parking fee of $10 per car/night will be changed at the entrance kiosk, so please carpool if at all possible.

    If anyone wants to lead a hike for this trip please give me a call or email me  

    Itinerary

    Thursday, 6/7

    2 pm to 4pm........Check-in / Welcome-time

    8 pm...........Group campfire

    Friday, 6/8  

    @Noon.......“Cheer on” AIDS/LifeCycle Riders

    8 pm............Group campfire activities

    Saturday, 6/9

    8 am............Breakfast (Provided)

    10 am..........Hike

    7 pm............Group Potluck Dinner

    8 pm............Group campfire

    Sunday, 6/10

    Noon............Check-out

    Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: www.greatoutdoorsla.org/essen.html), 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.

    $40 Members

    $65 Non-Members

    Cancellation policy: full refund given at least eight (8) days prior to the departure (by May 30th) no refunds after that.

    Contact: Scott Kuther at scott@kuthersmith.com or (760) 333-4563

     

     

     

    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
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    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 1 Jul 2018
    • 5 Jul 2018
    • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

     

       

    Save the date!   July 1-5, 2018

    Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park) Campout

    Trip Notes and Registration Coming Soon! 

     

     

    • 1 Aug 2018
    • 5 Aug 2018
    • Horseshoe Meadow (Eastern Sierras)

     

       

    Save the date!   August 1-5, 2018

    Cottonwood Lakes Beginner Backpack Trip

    Trip Notes and Registration Coming Soon! 

     

     

    • 6 Sep 2018
    • 9 Sep 2018
    • Jalama Beach Campout

     

    Save the date!   September 6-9, 2018

    Jalama Beach Campout

    Trip Notes and Registration Coming Soon! 

     

     

Past events

20 Dec 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
16 Dec 2017 Great Outdoors Christmas Party Potluck
8 Dec 2017 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Walk a Mile in My Pradas
17 Nov 2017 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Big Eden
15 Nov 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
28 Oct 2017 GO Halloween Party - Things that go Bump in the Night
21 Oct 2017 Beach Picnic with Flying Clubs
18 Oct 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
6 Oct 2017 Great Outdoors Annual Conference - Hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter
30 Sep 2017 Day Hike in Montecito
20 Sep 2017 Core Group Elections and Pizza Social!
18 Sep 2017 2018 Overnight Trip Planning Meeting
15 Sep 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Pride"
14 Sep 2017 Pfieffer Big Sur State Park Campout
9 Sep 2017 Murphy Car Museum Visit
7 Sep 2017 Great Outdoors SB/VC Wheeler Gorge/Holiday Group Car Camp
1 Sep 2017 Santa Cruz Island Campout
26 Aug 2017 Santa Barbara Pride Festival
20 Aug 2017 Picnic/Potluck with Prime Timers
19 Aug 2017 Ventura County Beachside Pride Festival
18 Aug 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
16 Aug 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
5 Aug 2017 Day Hike in Montecito
21 Jul 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Almost Normal"
19 Jul 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
8 Jul 2017 Day Hike at Carpinteria Beach
4 Jul 2017 July 4th Santa Barbara Fireworks Viewing
21 Jun 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
16 Jun 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "La Mission"
26 May 2017 Viva, Las Vegas!
19 May 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Another Country"
18 May 2017 Pismo Beach Campout
17 May 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
11 May 2017 All Chapter Jamboree - Sage Hill Campground (Los Padres National Forest)
29 Apr 2017 Day Hike at Gaviota: Gaviota Peak and Trespass Trail
28 Apr 2017 Skyline-to-the-Sea Backpack (Confident Beginner/Intermediate)
25 Apr 2017 Community Spotlight: SB Rainbow Happy Hour
21 Apr 2017 Movie Night - The Trip
19 Apr 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
8 Apr 2017 Day Hike in Carpinteria; Franklin Trail
6 Apr 2017 Community Spotlight: First Thursday Diversity Collective Mixer
28 Mar 2017 Community Spotlight: SB Rainbow Happy Hour
24 Mar 2017 Movie Night - Letter to Anita
18 Mar 2017 Day Hike in Montecito; Cold Spring Trail
15 Mar 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
4 Mar 2017 Day Hike in Montecito; San Ysidro Trail

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