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    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tuolumne Meadows
    • 0

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    Labor Day Weekend Campout- 3 nights, September 1-4 2017


    Come spend Labor Day Weekend in Tuolumne Meadows with your GLS family!  We will be camping in a gorgeous large, open sub-alpine meadow graced by the winding Tuolumne River and surrounded by majestic peaks and domes.  From Tuolumne Meadows, you will see snow-covered peaks, have opportunity to hike along the river, climb domes, visit historic buildings and bag a peak.  In addition to a variety of daily activities,  GLS camping trips feature camaraderie around GLS’s new propane fire pit, a potluck dinner (Saturday), and the option for Follies (skits and home-grown entertainment), game night, a dance party, campfire sing alongs, star gazing, book reading,  and whatever your heart desires.  Some may want to explore Tenaya Lake, go fishing, or leave the park and head east to visit Lee Vining, Mono Lake or even the hot springs at Bridgeport.  

    Fine Print:  Please read the following information to make sure this trip is right for you before registering:

    Cost: $50.00 per person for GLS members; Nonmembers can register after joining GLS.  There is also a $30/car fee to enter Yosemite Park (good for 7 days).

    Elevation:  Tuolumne Meadows is at 8,600 ft.

    Facilities:  We have reserved two group campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, and food storage lockers.  Flush toilets, drinking water, and an ampitheater are provided.  There are NO showers in camp.

    Tuolumne Meadows Campground Policies:  Tuolumne Meadow Group Sites are "Tent only" sites.  Nobody is allowed to sleep in their vehicle.  

    Pets:  No pets are allowed.  Even emotional support or therapy animals are not permitted.  If in doubt, contact leader before signing up.

    Cancellation:  read entire cancellation policy before registering:  Outing Registration and Cancellation Policies

    Medical Information:  in the registration, we will be asking for medical information so that our trip and hike leaders will know in advance of special medical conditions you may have, rather than learning about them in a crisis.  This information will be kept confidential.

    Carpooling:  We strongly encourage carpooling.  It's the right thing to do.  There are fields in the registration form to help you connect with others. 

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Elkhorn Slough
    • 2

    Whales and Wildlife Kayaking!  

    Humpback whales are feeding while in Monterey Bay. They are large magnificent  animals (80,000 pounds and 45 feet long) and they are wild.  We can not predict where they will be nor guarantee sightings. We do our best to keep at least 100 yards away from the whales but sometimes they approach us very close.  My paddlers need to be ready to follow instructions and move out of the way of an  approaching whale.  Sometimes they appear curious,  gliding  by for a closer look at us.  Its quite incredible but there is a chance of capsize and even injury. No one has ever capsized  or been injured on one of our tours while whale watching but the possibility and risk is there. 

    Kayak Experience is required-You must have kayaked 2-3 times in the last 2 years.

    We reserve the right to review  marine conditions on the morning of the trip and decide to spend more of our time in the protected water of Elkhorn Slough.  Our plan,  though subject to change  is to paddle 3-6  miles into Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (roundtrip). 

    In addition to hopefully seeing humpback whales, we will see sea otters, sea lions,  harbor seals and possibly dolphins. The experience is extraordinary!

    Please provide your height and weight so that we can fit you into the proper sea kayaking boat.

    Cost: $73.00 for GLS member.  $75 for non-members

     -Kayak and life jacket provided.

    What to Bring

    * Dress in layers -- Fleece, capilene, silk or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on if cool weather (fog) approaches; a sweatshirt is adequate.
    * Long pants or shorts- sweat pants that can be rolled up work well; an outer shell of nylon material dries quickly, but jeans get soggy and are not recommended.
    * Wind breaker or paddling jacket
    * Footgear - tennis shoes, Teva type sandals or wet suit booties -- any style is fine; they will get wet as you wade in to launch your boat.
    * Hat with visor for sun protection
    * Water bottle
    * Snacks/lunch in a compact lunch bag or ziploc--take in boat with you
    * Sunscreen and lip balm
    * Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash 
    * Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag ( use at your own risk); disposable cameras work well.
    * Small, compact daypack (optional)
    * Change of clothes for ride home to be left in car

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Pillar Point Harbor
    • 21

    Sunset~Moon Rise Paddle, Picnic  & Tidepooling in Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay area)

    Join us on a guided Naturalist kayak trip on November 4th from 3pm-7:30pm for a great day on the water. Launching from Pillar Point Harbor, we'll have a leisurely paddle through the protected and scenic harbor. Cormorants, pelicans, terns and harbor seals join us for our afternoon paddle. Across the harbor we can explore the exceptionally rich intertidal world at a low tide and have a picnic before paddling back. Fall sunsets and moon rises can really be spectacular when experienced from a kayak! Great trip for beginners and those interested in coastal ecology. 

    Pillar Point Harbor offers a protected bay for kayaking and easy access to the superb tide pools adjacent to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. 


    On your kayaking trip, our coast will experience an afternoon low tide so please join our naturalists as we explore this remarkable inter-tidal zone. Tandem style closed deck sea kayaks are used which are very stable and easy to paddle. We will be stopping on shore for a picnic and tide pooling so bring something to snack on.  This trip is appropriate for beginners and/or people intrigued by the natural history of our coast.

    Plan on meeting at the Pillar Point Public Launch Ramp in El Granada, just a few miles north of Half Moon Bay at (time varies with tides; our naturalist-led program runs about 4 1/2  hours from beginning to end). 

    As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer: 

    * Dress in layers -- medium-rated fleece, capilene, or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on as evening  approaches; a thin layer of capilene or silk long  sleeve  underwear are a nice addition, but any longsleeve undershirt will do.
    * Long pants 
    -- quick drying nylon or fleece work well; you will be in a closed deck boats and will stay pretty dry ; sweat pants are ok too. 
    * Wind breaker or paddling jacket 
    * Footgear - tennis shoes, Teva type sandals or wet suit booties -- any style is fine; they will get wet or sandy as we launch 
    * Pair of gloves--paddling gloves or pair of fleece gloves (optional) 
    * Fleece or wool cap 
    * Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash 
    * Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag (use at your own risk) 
    * Water bottle 
    * Snacks or " dinner"  for our picnic on shore 

    Flashlight or headlamp 
    * Change of clothes for ride home

    Don't forget to bring cash to tip our guides!


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