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?

Sep'18 Hiking: Cataract Falls & Alpine Lake

September 23rd (Sunday)

Hi friends,

This hike’s been on my list for a long time and I am excited for us to finally get to it. It’s a long and beautiful one. More exciting than the falls itself, there’s the Alpine Lake and a few different biomes we’ll get to enjoy.

Also, I’d love to see all of you before we go on a hiatus for the foreseeable future starting January ‘19. More on that soon :)

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 Point: Google Maps (~45 minutes drive from SF, one-way)

  • Starting Time at Trailhead: 9:30 AM

Questions [Please respond September 17, you can reply here or to me@varadhja.in]

  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

P.S. If this is your first email, here's some context: about once a month I like to get a group of friends together to hike. There's something very special about getting everyone together in nature that allows for serendipitous interactions and fun conversations. Plus, I get to see each of you more frequently.

P.P.S. If you’re interested in joining a few us trying to book an evening of bioluminescent kayaking in Point Reyes in Oct/Nov, let me know. We’ve reached out are currently on a waitlist for a private tour so the exact date is TBD.

Aug'18: Marin Headlands Hike

August 26th (Sunday) || Adventures of a Human: Hiking

Hi friends,

Hope you’ve had a fun month so far. I’ve had a great Aug; it’s included taking my first week-long vacation in almost been 2 years; not taking that long between vacations again, and being back in Phoenix, AZ after a few months 💜. Do you have fun travels coming up?

For this month’s hike, we’re going to keep it close to SF which should give us more transport options and get some good weather.

Coastal Trail to Bobcat Trail Loop

Trail: Coastal Trail to Bobcat Trail Loop is a 8.1 mile loop trail located near Sausalito, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. More on  . This is our first hike in Marin.

  • Distance: 8.1 mi

  • Estimated Time: 3 hr 15 min

  • Elevation Gain: 1656ft

  • Directions/Starting Point: Google Maps (~20 minutes drive form SF, one-way)

  • You can also Uber & take a bus to this hike

Questions [Reply to this by Aug 22]

  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, yay! 

    2. If you're open to having folks ride with you: many spots do you have and what’s a convenient meet-up spot? (Always very grateful for people who drive, thank you!)

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

  4. Anything else?

You can reply here or to me@varadhja.in

Varadh

P.S. If this is your first email, here's some context: about once a month I like to get a group of 15-20 friends together to hike. The key idea being: there's something very special about getting everyone together in nature that allows for serendipitous interactions and fun conversations. Plus, I get to see each of you more frequently.

P.P.S. Incase you’d like to join Kevin and I on a 11 mi, 3700ft hike to Mt. Diablo’s summit tomorrow, lmk.

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