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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 https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-trails-eatery-san-diego (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.
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.
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
Elevation Gain: ~175 feet
RSVP: RSVP required.
Meeting Location: bv Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Mtnh2BieBAT7G5Eq8
Directions to the Visitor and Interpretive Center: https://mtrp.org/directions/
Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Meeting Date & Time: Memorial Day, Monday May 30, Gather and meditation @ 8:30am, Ethnobotany Introduction @ 9:00am, Hike @9:15 am, Brunch @12 pm.
Parking: Limited 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 Commitment: Plan 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:
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 (email@example.com) and Mike Wilken (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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!
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.
Time Commitment: Plan for approx 2-4 hours.
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.
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A005C76B0EE24D1
* 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
Each year GO holds an annual conference/campout for all members.
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