Upcoming events

    • 24 May 2018
    • 28 May 2018
    • Lopez Lake
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    Lopez Lake Camp Out - May 24-28, 2018

    Here’s your chance to explore and experience this hidden gem of the central coast! Lopez Lake is tucked away in the hills east of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach, and other than a sign on the freeway, there’s little to tell you what it has to offer. So let me tell you about it!

    While so many lakes have been sapped to nothing by the drought here in California, Lopez Lake is still holding it’s own at about 40% of capacity. So it’s still looking great! And it’s a CONTACT lake! You can touch it, swim in it, fish in it (with a license of course!), boat on it, and on and on! There are also hiking trails around the lake, and the Vista Lago zip line course (starting at $12 to try it out!). And if the lake doesn’t have what you’re looking for, it’s a short drive into the village of Arroyo Grande, home to wine tasting rooms, antique shops, art galleries, and more! Or, another twenty minutes down the road is Pismo Beach, with the sand dunes, with the Monarch butterfly groves, and more! PLUS this happens to be the weekend of the famous ARROYO GRANDE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL! So if you’ve been dreaming of some fresh strawberry pie or shortcake, this will be your chance! YUM!

    You can arrive Thurs or Fri, depending on your work schedule/etc. Parking is SUPER tight as always, with only room for about 10 vehicles, so PLEASE carpool if you can. Only SMALL RVs are possible on this trip, so contact the trip leader to coordinate BEFORE registering!

    For those of you who have camped with me before, you KNOW my schedule for the weekend is very soft, and can be altered as the group votes/etc. We can just as easily break up into smaller groups doing several activities. The big thing is for us all to have a good enjoyable trip!


    We’re camping in the Lobo loop, with Electric hookups! While that doesn’t mean RVs can hook up with A/C or anything crazy, it does mean you can charge your cell phones, perk some coffee, or run a blender for an adult beverage! We have five sites, so there will be lots of places for tents to be pitched. Running water bathroom with hot water showers (Coin op, bring your quarters!) is just a short walk down the hill.

    Lopez Lake is east of Arroyo Grande/Hwy 101. The address (For GPS purposes) is 6800 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, Ca. 93420. Its about 30 mins north of Santa Maria, about 30 mins south of San Luis Obispo.

    If anyone wants to lead a hike for this trip or if you would like to help out on this trip to get experience with trip leading please give me a call or email me (contact info above).


    Thursday, 05/24

    2pm - Check-in (5-Day campers) 7pm 

    First Night Campfire Social/MixerFriday, 05/25

    2pm - Check-in (4-Day campers) 

    7pm - Group campfire activities

    Saturday, 05/26

    10am - Day Activity One/Strawberry Festival! 

    1pm - Day Activity Two 

    6pm - Potluck 

    8pm - Group campfire activities

    Sunday, 05/27

    10am-ish - Day Activity One/Strawberry Festival! 

    1pm-ish - Day Activity TwoMonday, 05/28

    11am - Check Out 

    Noonish - Group Lunch On The Way Home-TBD By Group! 

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

    Cancellation Policy

    Full Refund-Before April 19th
    Half Refund-Before April 26th
    No Refunds After April 26th Folks...

    Contact Joe D. for more info. 

    • 7 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • El Capitan State Beach, Santa Barbara
    • 6
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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.

     

    • 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

16 May 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
6 May 2018 Great Outdoors Hike Leader Training
20 Apr 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Flawless
18 Apr 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
12 Apr 2018 Big Sur Campout
21 Mar 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
17 Mar 2018 Day Hike/Potluck/Gay-Themed Movie Night - Birdcage
23 Feb 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Making Love
21 Feb 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
16 Feb 2018 Yosemite Half Dome Village Tent Cabin Camp
19 Jan 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Oriented
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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