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Volleyball Beach Party-Manhattan Beach - 8/15/99

Here are some pictures from the last Volleyball Beach Party at Manhattan Beach.

Midnight Rock & Bowl in the South Bay - 7/31/99

This year's midnight rock-n-bowl on July 31 was a huge success. About 28-30 nightowls, 'spared' no reserve by 'striking' out into the wilderness of the Torrance Gable Bowl. Some added swing dancing to the evening's activities, as the music blared. At least two of those present claimed never to have bowled before as they demonstrated the traditional 20s/30s accumen for new sports: racking up strike after strike. Other 20s/30s members are requested to be kind to all of those who may now sport one longer arm. Had it not been for the particularly late hour, those remaining at 3 AM would have certainly continued the festivities at a local coffee shop - no one wanted to leave. article submitted by: M. Presky

Summer Solstice/Father's Day Celebration - 6/20/99

On June 20, several 20s/30s members, under the direction of Heal theBay and Elaine Soost, helped to clean up Torrance Beach. Afterward, of course, these heros of the environment were joined by others as they 'beached' themselves for lunch. A grand time and sun was had by all.
article submitted by: M. Presky

Griffith Park Hike and Dim Sum Feast - 6/12/99

21 individuals braved the 'wilds' of Griffith Park on June 12, and later rewarded themselves with a sumptious dim sum feast at the Golden Dragon Restaurant in Chinatown. Afterward, about seven of these now bloated hikers toured/marketed their way around and through the shops of Chinatown. article submitted by: M. Presky

Red Rock Canyon to Calabasas Peak Hike - 6/13/99

On Sunday, June 13, soon-to-be 20s/30s leader Lorie Girsh successfully completed her provisional hike at Red Rock Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. The hike was well attended with nearly 40 participants. Although the weather was unusually warm, almost everyone decided to do the full hike up to the summit of Calabasas Peak where we were treated to panoramic views of the San Fernando Valley and the Mountains beyond. After the hike, several participants met for lunch at the Reel Inn on Pacific Coast Highway to help Lorie celebrate her accomplishment. Congratulations to Lorie who did a fine job. Her first scheduled outing as a rated leader will on the trip to Northwest Oregon over Labor Day weekend being sponsored by the 20s/30s Section and the 4 Star Committee (see Advance Notice).
article submitted by: C. Caplan

Cambria Pines Memorial Day Luxury Carcamp - 5/28/99 to 5/31/998

To everyone from the Cambria trip: I had a lot of fun with all the activities. A big cheer to all of the leaders for their hard work behind the scenes. The only drawback was that it was TOO DAMN COLD! I think we all had a good time, and I hope everyone can forgive my occasional bouts of silliness! Ta Ta...
article submitted by: J. Morrow

Here are some photos from the Cambria Pines Memorial Day Carcamp.
photos submitted by: S. Han

Here is another photo from the same Memorial Day Carcamp.
photo submitted by: G. Buscher

Presidents Day Weekend Carcamp in Death Valley - 2/12/99 to 2/15/99

First night the temperature was close to freezing, about 37-38 degrees F. You definitely needed your thermals for that night. The following 2 days were much nicer, it warmed up to the high 60's or low 70's during the day. 1st day out the group took a tour (about an hour long) of Scotty's Castle. On the tour we did find out that the original real owner of the castle was not Scotty, and it's not exactly a castle. Afterwards we took a ride through Titus canyon and then back to camp for a man-u-fic Pasta dinner provided my Dave Hyman himself. Next day (Valentines Day) we did a short hike through Golden Canyon to Zabriskie point; this was a spectacular view looking out over the valley and blue sky above (see photos). Next it was off to "Badwater" the lowest elevation in the Western US, a drive by colorful "Artist Palette", a quick visit to an abandoned mining town (Rhyolite), and then dinner just across the Nevada border at a small casino in Beatty. About 24-28 people attended this even. We had a good time!
article submitted by: S. Ramirez

Here are a few photos from the Death Valley Trip, led by David Hyman.
photos submitted by: Lygeia

West LA Dinner Walk - 1/10/99

On Sunday January 10, I led the first Santa Monica dinner walk we've offered in well over a year, assisted by Jeff Breakstone. It turned out to be quite a surprising event. Ordinarily, about 10-20 people attend this event. We were shocked when 51 participants decided to join us.

Our journey was a little longer than we had originally anticipated due to the fact that Palisades Park was closed for restoration. As a result, we went down the famous Adelaide Stairs, through the streets of Santa Monica Canyon, and then on down to the beach where we were treated to a spectacular sunset.

As we have in the past, we walked to the Santa Monica Pier and on up to Third Street where we broke into groups for dinner. After we we reconvened, most of the group decided to sign out, with some people walking back up to their cars, while others engaged in a lively discussion until late in the evening at a local coffee house.
article submitted by: C. Caplan

7th Annual New Year's Eve Celebration - 12/31/98 to 1/3/99
Snowshoe Romp to Dewey Point

No fresh powder had dusted the upper reaches of Yosemite for weeks, so the snow up near Glacier Point was as hard as the ice rink down in Curry Village. Now, I love to cross-country ski, but the idea of flying out of control down a bobsled run (as one experienced skier described the trail to Dewey Point) and falling on my face just didn't sound fun. After landing hard on my rear in the first few minutes, I turned and headed for Summit Meadow, where I thought the snow would be softer and the trail more mellow. The next morning, however, I was back on the Dewey Point Trail. But this time, I wasn't struggling to wedge my skis hard enough to stay upright. Instead, I was easily moving up and down the steepest sections of the icy trail - on snow shoes.

I'd always wanted to try snow shoeing but was never willing to give up a good day of cross-county skiing. In Yosemite, I discovered that snow shoeing is a wonderful way of exploring the winter wonderland when the snow is patchy, frozen and unforgiving. And it doesn't require any special skills - just endurance.

No one in my group had snow shoed before - so it took a little time to get used to the shoes. We spent our first half-hour debating whether we had put them on properly (Is there a right or left? Does the buckle go on the inside or outside?) We started plodding up Glacier Point Road, along the way assessing our techniques, wondering if we should stomp or shuffle. But once we turned onto the Dewey Trail, we started gaining confidence. I was amazed at how well the "claws" of the snow shoes gripped the snow, even on the steepest terrain. Difficulties that confront skiers in such conditions didn't faze us. Patches of bald spots? No problem, we marched right over the dirt. (The rental shop had warned us not to go over granite, however, as that can bend the claws). Icy, bumpy chutes, narrowly threading through trees? Hey, forget trying to traverse or wedge, we just pointed our snowshoes straight down and stomped ahead. We powered up and down that trail like Buck and his band of sled dogs, forging sure-footed along the trail. We traveled the eight miles to Dewey Point and back in less than four hours, with plenty of time to relax, enjoy the views and the peaceful Sierra wilderness.
article submitted by: C. Tucker

Hollywood New Year's Eve Rotational Dinner Dance - 12/31/98

Have a look at some happy campers in these New Year's Eve photos.
photo submitted by: S. Ramirez

Trekking Down the South Bay Run - 11/15/98

Elaine Soost and Ed Mackeen led a walk from Manhattan Beach to King Harbor and back, on Nov 15. Although all seemed to have a good time, and ate well at King Harbor, attrition from beginning to end took a toll on the group size. Three individuals were lost at a bar in Hermosa Beach, without signing out on the way back, when it was ostensibly used for a split break. Despite repeated searches, they were never seen again. Discussion was given to reporting the missing parties to the authorities, but it was deemed to be a futile endeavor. For the future, all remaining hikers noted the dangers of Hermosa Beach watering holes.
article submitted by: M. Presky

Mega Catalina Island Mini-Vacation - 9/25/98 to 9/27/98

Somewhere around 100-120 Sierra Club members attended the October 25-27 Catalina Island trip. It was fabulous! The only thing we could've hoped for was a tiny bit more sun. Friday a group of us got right down to business with a quick hike to Parson's Landing, while others stayed in camp swimming, snorkeling or boating. Friday's lunch and dinner were gourmet delights, as were all the meals. Saturday was spent hiking somewhere between 4-7 miles (no one knew for sure) to Two Harbors, with a quick ferry back to beautiful Emerald Bay. After all that walking, we were pretty tired but not too tired to wag our tails on the dance floor later that evening. After dinner Dan (with a little help from Isabelle) led a huge (40+ people?) swing dance class followed by wild abandonment on the dance floor. Singing 'round the campfire and a midnight hike capped the evening. Sunday was a day for lazy relaxation while we geared up to head back home, relaxed and ready to confront a new day.

Thanks to John, Marty, Andrea, Cliff and Maya (hope I'm not forgetting anyone) for making this trip definitely one to remember!
article submitted by: Lygeia

Pismo Beach Labor Day Carcamp - 9/4/98 to 9/7/98

Check out this Web page on our section's Pismo Beach Trip.
page published by: F. Kleindenst

Crystal Cove State Park - 8/29/98

Some of us found respite from the LA heat wave by venturing to Crystal Cove near Laguna. On this trip we got "up close & personal" with two rattlesnakes, one that came out from a bush as we rounded a corner and one under our feet (thankfully trapped under a boardwalk). After that excitement we ambled down to the calmer beach to view the waves, sand birds, and even spotted a seal frolicking. The focus of the beach jaunt was to investigate the area poised for development of a posh resort (we hope not, SC is fighting this). At the north end of the beach we found "the spot" just in time to watch a glorious sunset, which set the mood for a potluck feast (SC style). Alas darkness encroached and our outing had to end too soon. So we hope for a similar event in the near future.
article submitted by: E. Soost

Moonlight Kayak & Potluck BBQ at Irvine Lake - 7/11/98

That was a lot of fun. We met at Irvine Lake and after some instruction from the Southwest Kayaking group, we tested our skills on the lake. At one point they got almost everybody to form a floating raft (we were all connected to each other) and try to maneuver the entire "raft". We ended up paddling back by moonlight guided by a few people with flashlights. Then we had a great barbecue on shore with lots of food. I think there was around 20 of us.
article submitted by: K. Dirling

Sequoia Splash Car-Camp - 7/2/98 to 7/5/98

I went to the Sequoia trip lead by Ron Domash. This was Ron's first trip leading and he was great. We had about 40 people and 1 bear. Since the bear was not signed onto the trip we requested that he leave. Water was everywhere and we even threw snow around on the 4th of July.
article submitted by: J. Bock


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