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Get a life! Get outside and see the wonderful world our Heavenly Father has made.  Creation SafarisTM, now continuing our 29th anniversary year, can take you to unusual and beautiful places where you can have fun, fellowship and worship God while enjoying the Great Outdoors.  And while you’re at it, you will learn important evidence for creation and against evolution. Creation Safaris: Escape to Reality!

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Havasu Falls
Updated: 08/24/2014

END-OF-SUMMER BEACH BOOGIE
 
at a local So Cal beach TBD, probably near Ventura
Saturday, Sept 13, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
If you missed out on the beach this summer, it's not too late!  Last year we had a good time all in just 8 hours including driving. 


YELLOWSTONE FALL COLORS
 
in Yellowstone National Park
September or October 2014
An 8-day road trip to Yellowstone is being planned for September or October 2014 (dates to be determined).  Many short walks through the geyser basins and to points of interest not always seen by the public.  Longer hikes and overnighters will include Heart Lake Geyser Basin and possibly the Shoshone Lake Geyser Basin and Bechler waterfall regions.  Accommodations mostly campgrounds, but possibly motels en route, and maybe a stay at Old Faithful Inn or Lodge one night.  Route will include short visits to Grand Teton and other points of interest along the way.  Email the bwana if interested.


PARIA PLATEAU PHOTO EXPLORATION
 
in Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona
November 2014
Looking for 4-wheel-drive equipped & experienced explorers to tour one of the most remote and fascinating places in the West.  Dates after Nov. 7 for about 4-6 days.  The Paria Plateau is relatively flat, but has many stretches of deep sand and rocky bumps that require experienced drivers with high clearance and 4WD.  The area is east of the famous "WAVE" sought out by photographers all over America and Europe; it has many of the same kinds of colorful rock formations.&nbps; A lot of history out there as well.  Contact the bwana if interested.


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ANNUAL STAR PARTY
 
at Mt Pinos
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014, 5:00 optional dinner (RSVP); 6:00 p.m. main event
Trip Report: A record crowd came to this 30th anniversary star party; well over a 100, some estimate about 130 people in all.  Judy Rose made a terrific dinner for the 60 who RSVP'd in advance for it.  The group had some good worship singing time, then Dave talked about planets, solar eclipses, spacecraft, and stars.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying the fellowship as the sky darkened, then small groups wandered through the large telescopes for looks at celestial wonders.


LAKE EDISON EXPLORATION  
August 16-17, 2014
Trip Report: 3 ladies joined Dave for a one-night reconnoiter of the Lake Edison area for a possible backpack jumpoff point next year.  We hiked to Rancheria Falls near Huntington Lake (just a trickle this year due to the drought), then hopped into one of the Mono Hot Springs and camped at Vermillion Campground at Lake Edison (20 miles of rough road).  The reservoir was only at 6% capacity, so rather than take the ferry across, we opted to hike on the north side of the lake to Devil's Bathtub Lake.  That was a good call, despite the name.  it was a pleasant 8.8 mile hike mostly through forest, with a great view at the end of the lake and Silver Divide behind it.  After some quality loafing time, we hiked out, drove the bumpy 20 miles, had Thai food in Fresno and made it home by about 11:00 p.m.

SIERRA LAKES LOOP
 
in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness
June 22-23, 2014
Trip Report:  In this quick overnighter, we drove 575 miles in Dave's new Toyota 4Runner (including 25 miles on rough roads), hiked 10 miles with 1200' elevation gain, and saw 7 lakes.  At First Dinkey Lake, we were treated to the sight of a bald eagle swooping down to catch a fish in its talons.  Our lesson the night before around the campfire, as we munched on s'mores at Camp Edison ($30 per night, ouch!) was about "a word fitly spoken" based on Titus 2:8.  All went well except for a slight injury when one hiker fell on rocks, dislocating his thumb and getting banged and scraped up a little; he was able to hike out under his own power, fortunately, till we got him to an emergency room in Fresno.  This was a short trip full of adventure for only 36 hours away from home!


UTAH GEOLOGY PHOTO SHOOT
 
in the Paria area
April 7-11, 2014
Trip report:  Great fun, good fellowship, lots of sightseeing.  In Zion, the four of us hiked the Emerald Pools Trail, the Weeping Rock Trail, and part way up the Narrows Trail.  In Bryce, we saw all the lookouts, and hiked the Queens Garden Trail and part of the Navajo Loop Trail.  In the Paria area, we hiked 9.5 miles from Buckskin Gulch to the top of West Clark Bench and back, seeing incredible formations in the Navajo Sandstone.  We also explored the interesting rocks near the White House Campground.  A good time was had by all.


END-OF-SUMMER BEACH BOOGIE
 
at Zuma Beach and Point Dume
Saturday, Sept 14, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
Trip Report: Small turnout (just 3 besides the bwana) but all who came had fun.  Boogie boarding was good at Zuma, in good weather.  Then we hiked 1.3 miles up and over Point Dume for beautiful views of the coast east and west.  Entire event only 8 hours including driving.


Annual Star Party
 
at Mt Pinos
Saturday, Sept 7, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Trip Report: A good group came early to hike to the summit, then many more came for the stars.  At 6:00, Dave taught about "Powers of Ten" to explore human's place in the cosmos, with application to the omnipresence of God.  About 70 people, many young adults, came to this star party – one of our largest turnouts ever.  The Roses and others brought snacks, hot chocolate and tea participants enjoyed as the sky darkened, then as the stars came out, everyone thrilled at sights of Saturn, the M13 globular cluster, the M31 spiral galaxy, and other celestial objects.  Thanks to Vic for sharing his 15" Dobsonian.  Several learned how to use the SkyScout gadget.  Everyone got home in time not to be late for church.


SIERRA LAKES TREK in Sabrina Lake Basin  
August 23-26, 2013
Trip Report: A cheerful group of 5 young adults joined old chief bwana Dave on a rewarding trek to more than two dozen lakes above Sabrina Reservoir west of Bishop for 3 days and 2 nights at a base camp at Blue Lake, 3 miles up 1400' from the trailhead. The evening of the first day it looked like smoke from the Yosemite Rim Fire might mar their view, but wind cleared the skies overnight. On the second day, they hiked to Emerald Lakes, Dingleberry Lake, Midnight Lake, Sailor Lake, Hungry Packer Lake where they had lunch & a long rest. Then they continued on to Moonlight Lake and its outlet waterfall, Topsy Turvy Lake and back to camp. On the third day they hiked up to Baboon Lakes (very pretty 3rd one) and down to Donkey Lake, picked up their packs and hiked out. Dave taught about apologetics, the nature of scientific knowledge, and how to respond to hard-core evolutionists.

MT. PINOS SUMMIT WALK  
June 29, 2013
Trip Report:Approximately 30 young adults took a short walk from the parking lot to the summit on Mt. Pinos. Dave talked about apologetics. Afterward, older adults joined them at the Lebec MPA house for an afternoon fellowship and meal.

HAVASUPAI AGAIN  
June 15-21, 2013
Trip Report: Fifteen mostly young adults did the Supai trail all the way in & out, including Dave, just 4 months after surgery. Dave even did Skydiver Leap and carried his pack 20 miles and hiked another 15. The usual jumps, mine exploring & day hikes were fun, but the place was really crowded this year (one church group of about 60 teens was rowdy). Nathan taught on the concept of Glory. Dave gave a talk about the Flood.

COAST DRIVE  
June 12-14, 2013
Trip Report: Four explorers including one from Australia took to the California coast for 3 days and 2 nights. Engine troubles with the van took away a few hours, but the group did see the sea: Pt. Lobos State Reserve, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (camp), the elephant seals near San Simeon, and Montana de Oro State Park (camp) with a few short walks.  The entire event took only 1.75 hours.

ECOLOGY WALK in Placerita Canyon, Newhall  
Sat April 13, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Trip Report: Another happy group of 18 hiked a mile up and a mile back in this lovely canyon, seeing many kinds of plants along the way.  Dave gave a short talk about ecology from a Christian perspective, giving examples of ecosystems, and discussing Christian stewardship of the environment.  The entire event took only 1.75 hours.

WELLNESS WALK in Elsmere Canyon, Newhall  
Sat April 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. (vote)
Trip Report:  18 people aged 7 months to 65 years had a good time in perfect weather conditions on this beautiful trail.  The younger ones took part in a "science project" to count as many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and flowers as they could: the cookie prize went to Charles Jr.  We saw and heard many birds, including scrub jays, Stellar's jays, doves, and more.  Dave saw a big tiger swallowtail.  We all wondered what was in the caves high on the sandstone cliffs.  After a mile of pleasant walking, Dave shared from 3 John 2-4 about "wellness," what it means, and what contributes to it (health, truth, and joy), sharing his own personal challenges and motivations after cancer surgery 5.5 weeks ago.  It was a great day.  The entire event took only an hour and 40 minutes.

MISSION TO THE MOUNTAINTOP  
Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Event Report: About 40 people came to the event, a great blessing to me.  It was a perfect day--sunny, comfortable, with a few light clouds.  25 people helped me to the top of Mission Peak, then we came down the mountain to a terrific lunch prepared by Sally and Anna.  Then, a moving time of Bible reading and prayer was held.  After that, nine made it through thick bushes to "Little Utah" and "Coppedge Arch" where I posed with my picture in the window.  Thanks to all who made this a very special occasion for me as I faced surgery on Feb. 26 (successful).  —David Coppedge

Quigley Canyon Open Space Walk  
Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Trip Report:  A nice group of 9 people walked the two "easy" trails in this delightful open space preserve in Newhall, practically in The Master's College's backyard.  On the Oro Fino Mountainway, we passed the remains of a horse ranch, then saw a large buck deer bounding through an oak thicket.  Then we walked off-trail to experience the naturalness of the area.  Circling back, we took a shortcut over to the Fox Loop and walked its easy, shaded mile through a nice grove of California live oak, hearing some scrub jays along the way.  Dave shared thoughts from Revelation 4:12 and 10:6 about the centrality of creation to God's glory.  A lot of good friendly conversation was heard throughout the walk, and as we reached the cars at the end, we realized all this enjoyment took only an hour and 20 minutes.

Breakfast with the Birds  at Placerita Canyon Nature Center
 
Saturday Nov 24, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
Trip Report: 21 came to this pleasant, easy event.  We had breakfast served by Dave & Gene, then took a gentle walk up Placerita Canyon trail for a devotional on Luke 12.  A few took an additional walk to the Oak of the Golden Dream.  We didn't see many birds, but saw three White-Headed Woodpeckers with their red caps high on a sycamore tree.  All done in less than two hours – a nice start to a beautiful southern California day!

SAFARI REUNIONS   

Annual Star Party
 
at Mt Pinos
Saturday, August 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Trip Report: About 35-40 people came and had a great time. Most were young adults, 18-33. Dave taught about astronomy news, and emphasized the difference between scientific discovery and scientific explanation. Many large telescope owners opened their eyepieces to our group: we had good views of globular clusters, the Andromeda galaxy, and planetary nebulae. Dave taught several how to use the SkyScout. Judy provided hot drinks and brownies, a nice touch that helped everybody feel welcome. In spite of partly-cloudy forecast, the sky was clear until a few clouds entered on the horizons after most had already left (around 11:30 p.m.) In all this was another successful Star Party.
Note: there will not be a star party in September. Remember the
Bible-Science Association meeting on Sept. 15.

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OTHER EVENTS:

BIBLE-SCIENCE ASSOCIATION of the San Fernando Valley
Monthly meetings: special speakers, large creation book table.  Meets 3rd Sat of month (except summer and December), 7:00 p.m. at The Masters College, Newhall.
Website: http://bsa-ca.org.