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    • Mon, May 30, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Mission Trail Regional Park Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater

    Great Outdoors - San Diego

    Back by Popular Demand - Nature Walk:

    Native Plants and Native Peoples of Mission Trails

    (plus Optional Outdoor Meditation and Brunch)

    Memorial Day, Monday May 30, 2022

    • 8:30 gather, morning meditation

    • 9:00 am ethnobotany overview and Q&A

    • 9:15 am 2-hour ethnobotany hike (limit 25 participants)

      • OR For those who cannot hike, tour the award-winning, highly accessible visitor center with exhibits and videos in their theatre

    • 12:00 pm Brunch - the Trails Eatery (or similar)

    Join us for a fascinating walk and talk through the heart of Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) and learn from Professor Michael Wilken-Robertson, Anthropologist, Naturalist, author of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias, and esteemed SDGO member.

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    This event is designed to be accessible and inclusive of all members of our LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. Those who enjoy silence and shared spiritual experience in nature, please come to the outdoor amphitheater (follow the concrete walkway to the right of the visitor center) for an inclusive, outdoor meditation led by Rev. Caedmon Grace (he/him) of MCC San Diego beginning at 8:30 a.m. The amphitheater is a short distance from the handicapped parking spaces at the top of the visitor center parking lot, and the entire facility is highly accessible.

    At 9:00 a.m., Mike will provide an ethnobotanical overview and answer our questions. We’ll wrap up by 9:30 am and participants can either:

    • Join Mike on an easy, 2-mile roundtrip, relatively flat walk (175 ft. elevation gain overall) to the grinding rocks alongside the San Diego River that flows through the gorge, and along the way he will share about how indigenous peoples have long used many of the familiar native plants of the area for food, medicine, construction materials, tools, and ceremony. 

    • OR you can explore the award-winning visitor center, exhibits, and theater with films about the geography and history of the park and the native plant garden along the walkway to the amphitheater, with many plants in bloom at this time, all are easily accessible for those who rely on a walker or wheelchair for support.

    We invite all LGBTQIA+ people and their allies to join us for this special holiday experience! Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance as needed, which is very easy. 

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    Walk Details: We will meet at the MTRP Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater where we will see examples of the many animals and other critters that inhabit the area and also learn about how Kumeyaay territory extends from the coasts to the mountains and deserts. From there we will walk down the Riverside Grinding Site Trail, with stops all along the way to talk about native vegetation. The trail leads to one of the archaeological sites in the park: bedrock mortars and grinding slicks used by the Kumeyaay Indians for food preparation. 

    From there we will head to the Visitor Center Loop Trail, which will take us through coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and riparian woodland habitats, where we will learn more about how the plants in these areas have been used in daily life as well as in stories and other aspects of native cosmology. Our guide, GO member Mike Wilken, is an anthropologist, naturalist, and author of the book Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias. 

    Hosts: Mike Wilken and Steve Fitzgerald

    Trails: Meet at Visitor Center amphitheater. From there walk to Riverside Grinding Site Trail and Visitor Center Loop Trail.

    Length: ~2 miles 

    Difficulty: EASY

    Elevation Gain: ~175 feet 

    RSVP: RSVP required.

    Meeting Location: bv Google Map:

    Directions to the Visitor and Interpretive Center: 

    Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119

    Meeting Date & TimeMemorial Day, Monday May 30, Gather and meditation @ 8:30am, Ethnobotany Introduction @ 9:00am, Hike @9:15 am, Brunch @12 pm.

    ParkingLimited parking is available at the parking area by the MTRP Visitor Center. Numerous spaces are reserved for those with handicapped card at top of the lot. See the google pin meeting spot. Ample parking is also available at overflow parking area at Mission Gorge and Jackson, however it is about a 20 minute walk to the Visitor Center, and should not be needed at that hour of the morning.

    Cost: There is no fee for parking or entry to the park. 

    Time CommitmentPlan for as little as 2 (hike only) or up to 5 hours (including meditation and brunch)

    Dogs: Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. Lots of foxtails and bees right now.

    Trail Details: The first part of the trail goes gently down from the Visitor Center to the grinding rock area by the creek. From there we return to the Visitor Center loop; here is more detailed info:

    Note: These do not depict the exact route we will be taking, but they provide valuable information.

    What to Bring:

    • Ten Essentials

    • Phone/camera 

    • Warm/cool weather clothing

    • Any prescription or other needed medications

    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

    Cell Phone Service: No reception issues anticipated.

    Health Problems/Allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish. Bees have been reported in the area. 

    Contact/Question: If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leaders: Steve Fitzgerald ( and Mike Wilken (

    • Sat, June 04, 2022
    • 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Liberty Station North Sails Parking Lot - 4630 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109

    Liberty Station to Embarcadero Bike Ride

    Saturday, May 28th

    • 8:45 Meet up at Liberty Station

    • 9:00 Start the Bike Ride

    • 12:00 Finish the Bike Ride

    Event Lead: Steven Stowe (619-309-5674)

    Join us Saturday, June 4th, for a bike ride through Liberty Station to the south side of Embarcadero. (See the attached map for details on the route.) In total, we’ll bike ride almost 17 miles, which will take us about 3 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, but not much since we will be at sea level (183 FT).  Difficulty is moderate. 

    And we’ll be making plenty of stops and water breaks, there are 4 restroom stops along the bike route, we will stop at each one and do a bladder check.  Along with a muster.

    We’ll meet at Liberty Station in front of North Sails Parking lot (4630 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109)  Plenty of Parking in the Parking Lot.  As a reference point, the parking lot is on the East side of Liberty Station Public Market.  This will be our starting point and end point.  We’ll start at Liberty station, then venture south following the water.  Making our way to Spanish Landing, then circling around Harbor Island.  After that we will proceed around the bay going through Seaport Village till we get to our turnaround point, the south side of Embarcadero.  After that we will proceed back to Liberty Station.  During the route, we will stop at a few photo op places to capture the memory and have some water breaks. Also bring some cash if you choose to partake in some eating at the Street food Market Fair across the midway. It will be one of out rest and bathroom stops. They have a great selection of food and live music (1009 N Harbor Drive).  Lots of sightseeing and views.

    What to bring: 

    Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, make sure your tires are aired up, any snack/s you may want, any medications you may need, a face mask (for just in case), and weather-appropriate clothing. 

    Hope you can join us!

    • Sat, June 11, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Downtown Oceanside

    Join us for "Pride By The Beach" on Saturday, June 11th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.  Nestled under the umbrella of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, this event is North County's premier Pride event.  Located in downtown Oceanside, steps from the iconic pier and picturesque beach, this family friendly event will include: performances, food trucks and local vendors.  

    Proceeds from this event will go to support the Center's extensive programming including: mental health resources, support groups for transgender youth, HIV prevention and care, and their spotlight program "Unicorn Homes," which connects LGBTQ youth with temporary housing.

    RSVP for a head count. 

    Host: Aaron Giron - (619) 400 - 9719

    RSVP: RSVP if possible to help us keep a head count.

    Location: Downtown, Oceanside, CA

    Parking: Parking is close by.

    Cost: Free

    Time Commitment: Plan for approx 2-4 hours.

    Pets Allowed
    • Sun, June 12, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

    This summer, the San Diego County Fair returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds with power-packed plans to celebrate the action-packed pop culture superheroes from comic books and the silver screen, to those awe-inspiring community heroes we’ve found right in our own neighborhoods. Join us as “Heroes Re-Unite!” at the San Diego County Fair, June 8–July 4 (closed Mondays and Tuesday in June.)

    You can soar through the air on adrenaline-pumping carnival rides, strike a power pose with your favorite superheroes, taste your way through the Fair’s superfoods, discover entertainment surprises around every corner, learn the science and history of being a superhero and meet real-life community heroes who put Clark Kent to shame.

    Join us for Pride Out At The Fair.


    * Please note there will be NO tickets sold the day of at the door & with only 50,000 tickets available the day will sell out. Please buy early & tell your friends to do the same.

    Please RSVP for a headcount.

    Contact Dre Tinder (317) 507 - 2298 or Aaron Giron (619) 400 - 9719 with any questions regarding this event. 

    • Wed, June 15, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • UTC Mall - Outside Tender Greens

    The Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Core Group meets every month on the 1st Wednesday of the month to conduct GOSD business and share a meal together. Members and interested others are welcome to join. If you'll be joining us, please RSVP so we can reserve the right number of seats at the restaurant.

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    Location: Westfield UTC Mall 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 

    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm, Note: From 12pm-1pm official business will be conducted

    Parking: Free in lot.

    Contact: Tyler Roosden (651.497.1611)


    • Sun, June 26, 2022
    • 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Vermont St Bridge

    The seven bridges hike is a semi-established hiking path through several neighborhoods of urban San Diego. Banker Hill, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Balboa, and North Park are all visited along the way. At each bridge I will provide a brief history and trivia about that feature. The hike allows for the observation of different architectural examples, urban gardenscapes, tucked away historical neighborhoods, and a pretty decent workout. At the end of the hike we will arrive at Great Maple restaurant where anyone who wishes would be welcome to stay for brunch following the hike. I will have a reservation for up to the full group.

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    Hike leader: KJ Archer

    Date: June 26th, 2022 at 9am

    Location: Start at Vermont St Bridge @ approx. 4071 Vermont St, San Diego, CA 92103

    Parking: Residential street parking is available but expect it to be limited and include a small walk to the starting point. Alternatively, the Hub shopping center is located across the Vermont street bridge.

    Length of hike: Due to various construction projects ongoing in the area the hike can vary between 5.5 and 6.2 miles. The exact length and path will be provided closer to the date of the hike so construction paths can be verified.

    Fees: None except for optional brunch at the end of the hike

    Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Some steep hills and inclines and a few stairs but no technical terrain. Elevation gain roughly 350 feet. Nearly all paved asphalt/concrete. The Spruce Street Suspension bridge does sway a noticeable amount. People with unstable gait or fear of heights should be aware of this.

    • Sun, July 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Aqua Adventures Mission Bay

    Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding

    It’s become an annual summer tradition for us in GOSD to meet up at Aqua Adventures on Mission Bay and go kayaking and stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding as a group. Those who want to kayak can kayak. And those who want to SUP board can SUP board. Renting a kayak costs $20/hr for a single and $25/hr for a tandem. SUP board rental cost is $25/hr. Each person will pay for his/her rental there that morning. Lockers are available.

    We'll be out on the water for at least an hour, stopping at one of the beaches out in the bay, then heading back. It’s always a great time, as we even see some wildlife on the way, including sea lions!

    We'll meet at 10 AM at Aqua Adventures and rent our gear. We should be in the water by 10:30 AM. Please plan to bring clothes you can get wet in, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if you like. You might also bring a dry change of clothes, if not a towel for the shower as well. Some of us may go grab lunch afterwards.

    Event Coordinator: Tyler Roosden (651) 497 - 1611
    Location: Aqua Adventures
    1548 Quivira Way
    San Diego, CA 92109

    Please register via our website so we know to expect you.

    We hope to see you there!

    • Fri, October 14, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, October 16, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • To Be Determined

    Each year GO holds an annual conference/campout for all members.

    The dates are now set - Oct 14-16.  Our OCLB Chapter is now planning the event.  Please check back later for details

    For further information, contact:

    Lance via email at:

Past events

Wed, May 25, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
Mon, May 23, 2022 SD - T-Shirt Design Competition
Sat, May 21, 2022 SD - Hike - Mission Trails Regional Park Ethnobotany Hike
Fri, May 20, 2022 SD - Social - Fiesta Island Movie Night
Sat, May 07, 2022 SD - Hike - Sunset Trail to Water of the Woods (& Dinner)
Sat, May 07, 2022 SD - Bird Walk in Big Bear Lake
Fri, May 06, 2022 SD - Social - Out At The Park (Padres Vs Marlins)
Fri, April 29, 2022 SD - Catalina State Park Campout
Sat, April 23, 2022 SD - Hike - Volcan Mountain Trail
Fri, April 22, 2022 SD - Social - Cosmic Bowling
Wed, April 20, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
Sun, April 17, 2022 SD - Hike - City Heights Canyons Hike + Lunch
Sat, April 16, 2022 CORP - Board Mtg
Sat, April 09, 2022 SD - Social Hike - Fiesta Island Dog Walk
Sat, March 26, 2022 SD - Hike - Iron Mountain
Sun, March 20, 2022 SD - Biking - Mission Bay
Fri, March 18, 2022 SD - Social - St. Patrick's Day Movie Night
Sun, March 13, 2022 SD - Urban Hike/Social - San Diego Zoo
Wed, March 09, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
Sun, March 06, 2022 SD - Hike - Ranch Penasquitos Loop
Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
Wed, February 23, 2022 SD - Biking - Chula Vista River (Cancelled due to bad weather)
Fri, February 11, 2022 SD - Campout - Agua Caliente Regional Park
Sun, February 06, 2022 SD - Hike - Balboa Park
Wed, February 02, 2022 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
Sun, January 30, 2022 SD - Biking - Coronado Island
Sun, January 23, 2022 SD - Hike - Daley Ranch
Sat, January 22, 2022 CORP - Board Mtg
Thu, December 16, 2021 SD - Social - Gas Lamp Bowling
Sat, December 04, 2021 SD - Hike - Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
Wed, December 01, 2021 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
Thu, November 25, 2021 SD - Campout - Death Valley National Park
Wed, November 03, 2021 SD - Core Group Meeting Luncheon
Sat, October 23, 2021 SD - Day Hike - Tecolote Canyon
Thu, October 21, 2021 SD - Monthly Bonfire
Wed, October 20, 2021 SD - Social Event - Haunted Trail and Experiment Maze of Balboa Park
Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Outings Committee Mtg
Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Annual Conference and Election of Officers
Thu, September 16, 2021 SD - Monthly Bonfire
Sun, September 12, 2021 SD - Day Event - End of Summer Hike, BBQ, and Pool Party
Sun, August 29, 2021 SD - Day Hike - Palomar Mountain Day Hike
Thu, August 19, 2021 SD - Monthly Bonfire
Sun, August 08, 2021 SD - Day Event - La Jolla Shores Snorkeling
Sun, July 25, 2021 SD - Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding
Fri, June 11, 2021 SD - Mount Laguna Campout
Sat, May 08, 2021 SD - Day Hike - Mission Trails-Kwaay Paay Peak Hike
Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
Wed, April 07, 2021 CORP - Reopening Plan Review
Sat, March 27, 2021 CORP - Training - Trip Leader - Outdoors Experience
Wed, March 10, 2021 CORP - Training - Covid Protocols Event Leader
Tue, March 09, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Sat, January 30, 2021 CORP - Online Training - Outdoor Experiences
Tue, January 19, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Thu, November 19, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Wed, September 16, 2020 SD - GOSD General Membership Meeting/Election 2020-2021
Fri, August 21, 2020 CORP - Online Training - Outdoors Experience - Interest Survey
Fri, August 14, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Fri, July 10, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Fri, May 22, 2020 Cancelled - SD - Campout - Lake Edison
Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
Sat, May 09, 2020 CANCELLED - SD - Day Hike - Cedar Creek Falls: West Approach
Sun, April 26, 2020 CANCELLED - SD - Day Hike - Three Sisters Waterfalls
Fri, March 27, 2020 SD - Campout - Agua Caliente Regional Park
Wed, March 11, 2020 SD - Core Group Meeting
Sat, March 07, 2020 SD - Whale Watching
Sat, February 22, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike And Trip Leader Training
Wed, February 12, 2020 SD - Core Group Meeting***Canceled***
Sun, February 09, 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!! SD - Day Hike - Woodson Mountain: West Approach (Potato Chip Rock)
Fri, January 17, 2020 SD - Mojave National Preserve & Mitchell Caverns Campout
Wed, January 15, 2020 SD - Core Group Meeting
Sat, December 14, 2019 SD - Holiday Party/Sleepover/Hike
Wed, December 11, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
Sun, November 17, 2019 SD - Day Hike Santa Ysabel Preserve West
Wed, November 13, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
Sun, October 20, 2019 SD - Palomar Mountain Day Hike
Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
Wed, October 09, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
Sat, September 21, 2019 SD - Coastal Cleanup Day
Wed, September 11, 2019 SD - Core Group Elections
Sun, August 25, 2019 SD - End of Summer BBQ, Hike and Pool Party
Tue, August 20, 2019 SD - 2020 Event Planning Meeting and Member Appreciation Pizza Party
Sun, August 04, 2019 SD - Day Event - La Jolla Shores Snorkeling
Wed, July 10, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
Thu, July 04, 2019 SD - Kings Canyon National Park
Sat, June 29, 2019 GO - Hike Leader Training - Outdoor Experience
Sun, June 23, 2019 SD - Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding
Wed, June 12, 2019 SD - Core Group Meeting
Sun, May 19, 2019 SD - Dripping Springs Hike (Cancelled due to Weather!)
Fri, April 26, 2019 SD - Santa Cruz Island Camp Out
Wed, April 10, 2019 SD - Monthly Core Group Meeting & Dinner

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