Edit: Post updated Jan. 22nd
To the BPL family.
Please welcome in 2013 by attending the 5th annual GGG. January 25-27th at Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill, CA.
Manzanita Point Group Spot #5 is where you will find the big blue and white courtesy tent and camping info. We have group spot
4 also, That one has Oaks for shade and hammocks. Two new bathrooms too. Around 3.2 mile easy hike/ride in. There will be
some organized events again this year along with some special presentations. Another big crowd this year.
We will have more room to spread out.
We will have support vehicles like last year. This allows us to haul in firewood, water, supplies to camp.
Better signage this time. So look for signs.
Let me know if you plan to bike in and have a trailer. You could be useful. Anyone? Brompton?
As always your financial support to cover costs is greatly appreciated/needed. kenthompson2(at)mac.com is my Paypal address.
I'm asking $15 each this time around. If you are going to pay me in camp, please try to not need change. I'll have some, but people love their 20s.
Be nice to Ranger Jen Nabor, and all the volunteers. They have been good to us.
How it works:
The group spots are dry, no water. No problem, We will haul in plenty of water for everyone. We are also able to shuttle food, equipment, firewood and a few people even to the group spot by vehicle(weather permitting). If you are in need of having stuff hauled in please follow these steps. By mid afternoon Friday, Saturday morning. We have to go in before the staff goes home/before dark. Drive to campsite 19 at the HQ campground and drop off your stuff. Buy your parking permit($8per day/night, try not to need change, checks OK) at the HQ and go park in the overflow lot down the hill a bit from the HQ. Then hike to camp and be reunited with your stuff.
***** Arriving after hours/dark?
Permits at iron ranger across from the visitor center. If overflow lot gate is closed and looks locked, it is not. Just lift off the chain, pull in and close the gate behind you.*****
The park does not allow us to make multiple trips back and forth to haul stuff in. We need to do one big load ideally. Any thing else can be hauled in by bicycle trailer as well. I will get one vehicle in on Saturday.
If you have been contacted about a parking permit they will be waiting for you at park HQ.
Not sure how to get there? Look here.
HQ address is 9100 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
What about the weather?
If you are thinking about the car camping spots by the park HQ, say for Thurs. night they are $20 a night, one vehicle.
I have reserved spot 19. This spot has good parking nearby so you can drop off what you want shuttled to camp.
Questions? Ask away...
If all goes well Cameron may have some home brew.
Live Gearswap. Sell a little, buy a little.
Too many seemed to miss out on the swap in the lot last time. I figure if we do it Saturday in camp, how could you miss it? With some vehicles for support it should not be much of a burden. Any other suggestions?
Amy L. and Jim will be there too giving a talk about the birds of Coe.
Geocacheing with Manfred
More cottage manufacturers this time too.
Grant and crew, Gossamer Gear
Ron Moak, Six Moon Designs And he's got a surprise!
Kat P., Mountaingoat Hats and Goods Kat will do another nature hike.
Jack Elliot, Borah Gear
The Trail Designs Crew
D. Gardner, G.O.L.D.
Burn off is back this time. Bring your wood stove. I'll supply the "official competition grade wood" for the contest. It's dry, and it is wood. No more info until contest time.
Hikin Jim will be back with more pyrotechnics
Andrew Johnson, Gaia app developer will be there to do a demo.
Gonna be a good one!
With families now coming just a few words on behavior.
The following I'm just putting out there. There have been no issues...
A note to drinkers: Know your limit and don't get annoying.
A note to pot smokers: Be a little discreet would you? Not everyone does or want to see you doing. No pulling bongs out in the
middle of a group like it is legal. Not everyone has a 215 either I bet. Just be cool OK?
If you make a bad guest you will be ejected. NO BS. Everyone is there for a good time, Don't be a downer.