Re: PNW Meeting
November is pretty much booked up for me.
My family does an annual Christmas tree outing -- annual being a generous term. This will be year 2 -- in December to the national forest north of Mt. Rainier. You have to get a permit ($10), and you end up with a tree more at the Charlie Brown end of the spectrum, but it's a lot of fun. I'm not sure it'd be a good Northwest Meet and Greet, but anyone is welcome to join. Just let me know.
Waiting till the after the holidays might make more sense, at least for us. Doing something in Southern Washington or Northern Oregon might get us a little bit larger group this time.
Throwing out some ideas:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest (SW Washington). I haven't spent any time down there, but it could be fun. There's the Ape Caves (Lava Tubes) to explore. A good option if there are kids along.
A winter beach run to say Long beach wouldn't be a bad option. There is no dispersed camping as far as I know. It would have to be a, probably State, campground.
The Peninsula is always a good idea. I'm ashamed to say I've never been to either of the rain forests.
Oregon I'm not as up on. The Christmas Valley area is supposed to be pretty nice, but I haven't spent any time there. I just drove forest service roads along the John Day River. That was really nice.
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