I have vacation the last two weeks of September, which means I’m free for an outing either the weekend of Sept. 22-23, or 29-30.
Last year’s outing at Gumboot Lake in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest was great fun attended by the elite of outdoor bloggers who had the weekend free and didn’t mind hanging out with the likes of yours truly. A small number, but a worthy group. (This year I will show restraint and self-discipline no matter how much wine is available for sampling).
Here’s a page that will have all Ho Down-related posts (including this one, just scroll past).
GoBlog’s Climb_CA tells me he’s interested.
Naturally, I’d be most interested in a California/West Coast locale, though I realize I owe at least a couple of you a return flight.
Car camping seems like the best option, and since we’ve got a bit more time to plan this year, Yosemite might be the best locale. There are National Forest campgrounds outside the eastern entrance that probably won’t be too crowded that late in the year. Could get cold in the high country, but that’s why we all have our zero-degree down bags, right?
Suggestions and volunteers welcome. (Another idea in honor of this week’s Wildebeat: Lassen Volcanic National Park. The peak’s fairly easy — like Mission Peak if it were at 8,000 feet — and we could all gather at Bumpass Hell and remark on the wonderful smell of sulfur).
UPDATE: Wildebeat Steve says he’s free the weekend of the 22nd — any other takers for that one?
I have the earlier of those two weekends free.
I’ll research some suggestions for locations — something not too developed and not too close to a main road.
I’m probably interested, though its hard to plan that far in advance.
And its “Hoedown”
You’ll be there, I can sense it.
By the way the misspelling was intentional, unless I’m giving Climb_CA credit for being cooler than he actually is.
Hi Tom, et al:
The second of those two weekends is a possibility for me at this point. (The first one _might_ work, but then again… I start the fall term that Monday.)
California locale would pretty much be a necessity for me. I’m sort of partial to the Sierra, esp. the east side, that time of year. Though it is hard to predict in this drought year, the aspens are just starting to crank up about then.
Ho! I’m down with it! Gotta go with the 22-23 weekend in the eastern Sierra. Aspens, indeed! Woods Lake Campground, anyone? Larry and Mary, cordial campground hosts, suggest Site 16 as the best, but it’s first come, first served.
I’ll have to agree on the spelling of “Hoedown”, but I must admit that I get more traffic with “Ho Down”….
I need to get out more often, both camping and on the real outdoor blogs, seeing that I’m a month late to this. If you’d have a “shopping” blogger along, I’d like to join if the hoedown is in the West Coast area. All weekends are rough for me, so any date is as good as the others.
It looks like disciussion on this event has somewhat stalled.
Russ, are you talking about Woods Lake near Carson Pass? That would be fine.
I was thinking of proposing a delightful, but totally primative dispersed camping area along highway 4, near Ebbetts Pass. Another idea I had was a campground along Hwy. 49 near Sierra Buttes. I think it might be preferrable to get either a group area or a place without designated individual camp sites.
But I still have the 22-23 weekend free, and should be able to join the gang, if you go.