Our last trip,  Southern california desert

Our next trip will be to the wonderful and majestic Hearst Castle at San Simeon, CA.  This visit will occur in between Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day, 2017, so that you can share this trip with a loved one or family member.  Plans are underway to make this a "behind-the-scenes" trip to see places and treasures not normally seen by the general public.  We will be led by an experienced state park ranger or museum guide into attics, cellars and rooms that comprise the "castle."  So make plans now to join on this trip.  This trip will be affordable and is open only to members of the Association and their guests.  Overnight accommodations will not be included on this trip and if you plan to overnight, you will need to make a room reservation in San Simeon, Cambria, or Atascadero, all close to the castle.  As always, meals are not provided to participants.

Cost per person is $85, paid in advance.  You can pay by credit card by using this button.

For more information, email your question to: www.caprcbm@sbcglobal.net

OUR NEXT TRIP--june 10, 2017

hearst castle, san simeon, CA

  “The Nudity of Nature - the Luxuries of Liberty”

CAPRCBM California Southern Desert Tour

By Dr. William Thomas


This was the seventh annual educational touring trip sponsored by the California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members. Its purpose was to expand the knowledge of volunteers working within the state in the preservation, recreation, and historical benefits and challenges of park offerings, challenges, and creative benefits. It was led and designed by Pete Dangermond, former Director of California Parks, and Paul Romero, former Chief Deputy Director of the state system and Executive Director of the Association. Both have enjoyed long and significant service in park development in counties and cities within the State and served as designers, leaders, and drivers of our band of October 2016 explorers of facilities within a selection of California’s deserts and populated areas and Little Petroglyph Canyon.  We spent hours admiring not only deserts but popular camping, recreation and leisure facilities described by the directors and volunteers who ran them. We saw mountains, rocks, canyons, plateaus, mesas, and flat sand filled lands. We noted the role of non-profit organizations and citizen’s groups in working with State, county, districts, and cities in identifying and organizing the development and funding of parklands for preserving, conserving, and recreational purposes. We also learned of the constant challenge of pitting parklands against real estate and business objectives. Our traveling group began our adventure with twelve, increasing to 15. We “oohed” and “awed” a lot, drove hundreds of miles between stops, and resided in comfortable motels. We also compared a lot of notes…

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