🌲 2019 Hike Photo 📸

Only one hike in 2019 but it was a memorable one. Here's the group picture

A few of you followed up asking for the picture from the hike…I’ve attached it below. It was wonderful to see folks on my brief trip to the US 💙 Hope to see everyone again soon.

My apologies in advance to those of you who aren't in the picture but still received this email and special apologies to Corbin H who joined but after this picture was taken. You’re receiving this mostly because of my laziness to extract each persons email and send it to them individually 🙈

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P.S while I have your attention, I am curious if you’d be interested in receiving once a month life updates as I travel for rest of the year. lmk :)

🌲 July 28th: Marin Headlands Hike

✨ Reply by the 20th of July

We’re two weeks away from this hike and I’m pumped to have the chance to see you. Especially since this is a super short trip for me. It’s likely that 15+ folks join and you’ll get to hang with friends old & new — in case I wasn’t reason enough to come 😆

Coastal Trail, Miwok Trail, and Bonita Lighthouse Loop

Having done this hike before I’d rate it an easy/moderate — very doable for everyone! (👀 Susan) Additionally, this is an early afternoon hike with a public transit option available to reach the trailhead — which should make it more convenient for folks.

Lastly, if I recall correctly there’s little reception so try and be there on time and download the trail on AllTails ahead of time (in case you’re paranoid 🙇🏽‍♂️)

Trail: 8.5 A trafficked loop trail located near Sausalito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. - AllTrails

  • Distance: 8.5 mi

  • Estimated Hiking Duration: 3 hr 45 min

  • Elevation Gain: 1,430 feet

  • Directions/Starting Point: ~20 minutes drive from SF + public transit options available too. Google Maps Driving || Google Maps Transit

  • Weather: Max: 21ºC - Min: 12ºC AccuWeather (Je ne comprends pas Fahrenheit…)

  • Date: July 28th, Sunday

  • Starting Time at Trailhead: 12:30 PM — you can enjoy your Sunday Brunch sorta…pfft


Questions: Please reply before Jul 20th.

  1. Are you joining? Yes/No. 

  2. Bringing +1’s (or more), please reply with them on the thread…

  3. Driving or need a ride? 🚗 (P.S public transit / Uber an option too)

    1. If you’re driving 👌🏽

    2. If you're open to having folks ride with you: many spots do you have and what’s a convenient meet-up spot and at what time? Either your own car or a rental. 

    3. If you need a ride, how many spots do you need and what part of town are you based in?


Personal Update

I leave the US on July 31st and will be in Vancouver, CA 🇨🇦 until September 21st. Thinking of doing something in Whistler during that time but more on that in a future email.

So...2019!

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Hi friends,

It’s a little bittersweet to say bye to 2018 but I’m pretty excited about what’s to come next year. When talking with a few of you, something came up: a ski/snowboard trip in Feb/March to Whistler, BC 🇨🇦 A few questions:

  1. Would you be interested in such a trip? Yes/No

  2. Do you have a preference between A. Mar 1-3, 2019 or B. Mar 16-18, 2019?

  3. Hitting the slopes or here for the post?

  4. By when do you think we should confirm plans? A. Jan 15th B. Feb 1 or C. Feb 15

Varadh

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🌲 Dec '18: Last adventure of 2018!

✨ December 2nd hike, North Bay. Also, I'm moving!

Hi friends!

Hard to believe we’re nearing the end of 2018, but the end of another trip around the sun gives us time to reflect on the past and the future. Looking back, this year’s been once I have been incredibly grateful for, for many reason. This little group of friends has certainly been a one of those key highlights. My best weekends of the year were spent with friends, old and new, going on adventures. Organizing some of those has been worth the effort and I look forward to probably doing these for a long, long time. Here’s to many more adventures🌲

Memory || Feedback

I do have one favor though: I’d love to hear from you with anything: a favorite adventure or hike, a memory, a friendship, or maybe even feedback on what you’d improve. 💙

Moving: 🇺🇸 -> 🇮🇳 -> ?

With the end of the year, I have have some bittersweet news to share: I’ll be moving soon after a little under 7 years here and what a blast it has been; everything I’ve hoped for and more. At the turn of the new year, I’m first going home (Bangalore, IN) to spend time with my family as I decide what’s next. However, given there’s a few weekends left, this means there’s time for one more hike this year until we have more clarity for 2019. I hope to see many of you join, more details below :)

“The most beautiful moments always seemed to accelerate and slip beyond one’s grasp just when you want to hold onto them for as long as possible.” 
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

December 2nd: Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop via Coastal Trail

Excited for us to be taking on one of the first hikes I did in the Bay Area many years ago and one you’re all likely familiar with. Given the gorgeous views and decent distance/elevation, it makes for a great one to end the year on.

Trail: Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop via Coastal Trail is a moderately trafficked loop trail located near Muir Beach, California that offers scenic views. - AllTrails

  • Distance: 10.0 mi

  • Estimated Hiking Duration: 4 hr 30 min

  • Elevation Gain: 1,938 feet

  • Directions/Starting PointGoogle Maps ~30 minutes drive from SF, one-way

  • Starting Time at Trailhead: 8:30 AM

  • Date: December 2nd, Sunday

Questions [If you haven’t responded yet]

  1. Will you be joining? Yes/No. 

  2. If you’re bringing +n’s, please reply with them on the thread.

  3. Will you be driving or need a ride? 🚗

    1. If you’re driving 👌🏽

    2. If you're open to having folks ride with you: many spots do you have and what’s a convenient meet-up spot? Either your own car or a rental. 

    3. If you need a ride, how many spots do you need and what part of town are you based in?

- Varadh

Bioluminescence Tour (Nov 9th) + Hike (Sep 23rd)

Private Kayaking Tour in November & Upcoming Weekend Hike

Nov 9th: Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour (Time Sensitive)

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. On dark (moonless) nights on Tomales Bay, bluish white flickers are visible in the water column, which come from blooms of bioluminescent “dinoflagellates”. These tiny critters emit short flashes of light when disturbed, and at certain times of the year put on quite a show for kayakers. 

Looks like this might be happen but it will be a tight squeeze. Blue Waters Kayaking, the company running the tour, just got back about the details for a private tour but we have to get back to them by tomorrow on how many people will be joining. If you’d reserve a spot please Venmo me $114 (@varadh) as we try and make this happen - we have to do it in multiple of 6 so there might be some gymnastics here.

  • Date: November 9th, 2018 (Friday)

  • Estimated Kayaking Duration: 4 hours

  • Directions/Starting PointGoogle Maps ~1 hr 45 min drive from SF, one-way

  • Start Time: 4:40 PM in Point Reyes

  • Leave Time: 2:45-3:00 PM from SF

  • Return Time: 10:15 PM to SF

Sep 23rd: Cataract Falls and Potrero Meadows Loop

Trail: Cataract Falls and Potrero Meadows Loop (Cataract, Helen Market, Kent, Benstein Trails) is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. - AllTrails

  • Distance: 8.4 miles

  • Estimated Hiking Duration: 3 hr 45 min

  • Elevation Gain: 1,837 feet

  • Directions/Starting PointGoogle Maps ~45 minutes drive from SF, one-way

  • Starting Time at Trailhead: 9:30 AM

Questions [If you haven’t responded yet]

  1. Will you be joining? Yes/No. 

  2. If you’re bringing +n’s, please reply with them on the thread.

  3. Will you be driving or need a ride? 🚗

    1. If you’re driving 👌🏽

    2. If you're open to having folks ride with you: many spots do you have and what’s a convenient meet-up spot? Either your own car or a rental. 

    3. If you need a ride, how many spots do you need and what part of town are you based in?

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