At the point where they had to turn around.
Labor Day weekend 2016 during the Desert Survivors Trout Creek Plateau
car camp, in southeast-Oregon. The trip participants encountered
snow as they attempted to drive to the top of the plateau. The
slippery roads and near whiteout conditions made for a treacherous, and
pointless journey (they were headed there for the "fantastic
views"). Trip leader Dave Oline guided the group back to lower
elevations and a hot springs in the Alvord Desert. After the trip
Oline wrote to the participants thanking them for their calm and good
humor when abandoning the trip and getting back safely. Oline
noted, "The desert gives and it takes away too." Become a
of Desert Survivors and join us in our excursions to beautiful,
intriguing and sometimes difficult desert places.
Photo: Lynne Buckner
& UPCOMING EVENTS
DESERT SURVIVORS 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Whisky Hill Farms
October 21-23, 2016
Whiskey Hill Farms
to the Sobernanes Fire forcing the closure of Arroyo Seco campground,
Desert Survivors has changed the venue for its 2016 weekend retreat and
Annual General Meeting (AGM). Jannet Schraer and David Blume have
offered to host the AGM at the Whiskey Hill Farms located in the heart
of the agricultural region of the Pajaro Valley in Santa Cruz County.
Whiskey Hill Farms is a 14-acre, organic specialty produce farm in
Watsonville, CA. It is also developing bio-refineries to produce
alcohol fuel from plants and waste.
There is no campground per se at the farm, but
we are invited to camp around the grounds and in the greenhouses.
There is plenty of parking for recreational vehicles and those wishing
to sleep in their cars, You can enjoy stargazing from your
outdoor tent site, or camp in the greenhouses and be 'lulled' to sleep
by the chirping of tiny frogs. The farm has bathrooms,
electricity, a common kitchen for preparing food with a large
refrigerator, a conference room, a swimming pool and hot tub.
Dogs are welcome; they must be on a leash and owners must pick up after
Activities will include: a hike in the redwoods at Mount Madonna County
Park, a guided tour of the Whisky Hill Farms facility and relaxing by
the pool and hot tub. Following tradition, we will enjoy Happy Hour on
Friday evening and a pot luck feast for Saturday dinner.
Sunday morning will feature our annual general meeting--where issues
and directions for the organization will be discussed and our board of
directors will be elected. All Desert Survivors members are
encouraged to attend. You do not have to take part in the retreat
to attend the meeting. If you wish, just show up on Sunday
To sign up for the retreat and to get more information contact Marisa Seaman: Seaman.firstname.lastname@example.org
Minutes of Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings available on line.
You can now read the Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings minutes in pdf format by going to the DOCUMENTS PAGE.
Please check back to this website for any additional
Desert Survivors trips and events that may be added to our schedule.
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