Dallas Sierra Club Calendar
Dec 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Scot Miller will give a multimedia presentation about creating the photographs for Emerson, Muir, Thoreau: A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness, the first book to visually connect the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau. Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting. Full details are on our home page now.
Dec 13 (Sun) Sierra Club Holiday Party
Our annual Holiday Party will be held at El Fenix Restaurant at 255 Casa Linda Plaza. We'll party on Sunday, December 13 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Here is a Google map.
Club members and guests will share the holiday spirit, some great Mexican food, and the company of others at this annual event. Join us for some camaraderie, door prizes, silent auction, and perhaps some surprise speakers, you never know. We'll celebrate some of our outstanding volunteers and have plenty of time to mingle. There's bound to be talk about issues of the day -- air, water, fracking, coal, nuclear, whatever strikes your green fancy. The entire menu will be available so you can order whatever you want to eat or drink, including liquid spirits. We'll provide a free round of margaritas. Invite your family and friends. So come on out for a great party, low price, no clean up, and lots of like minded people. What could be better? See you there, and bring your appetite. Happy Holidays!!
Jan 12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Feb 9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Critterman and his animals - Live! The live animals in this family friendly presentation will be engaging entertainment for children and adults alike. Meet some amazing Lone Star natives. Discover the incredibly valuable services that native animals perform as natural pest controllers and waste removers. You will meet a ghost, a janitor, a famous historical creature, and its arch enemy. Everyone is invited. Full details are on our home page now. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.
Feb 26-Mar 2 (Fri-Wed) Big Bend National Park
Board our chartered sleeper bus Friday night and wake to breakfast at the restaurant in the National Park. The 2016 trip will offer options to backpack the Chisos Basin, the Lost Mine Trail, the Window Trail, the Outer Mountain Loop and the Mesa d'Anguila. One trip option will base camp at the Chisos Basin Campground and make day hikes, no backpacking necessary. All trips hike four days (Sat., Sun., Mon., Tues.) and camp three nights, returning to Dallas Wednesday before daybreak. The end of February is prime time to visit the Park, before it's too hot. Complete trip details, including costs and sign up requirements are in this PDF document. Bus trip leader: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210
Mar 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Apr 12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Apr 29-May 1 (Fri-Sun) Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge and Camping, Arkansas
Drive to this gem of a park in the Ouachita Mountains near Mena, Arkansas anytime on Friday, hike Saturday and depart Sunday. We've booked a block of rooms at a great price at the mountaintop lodge, renovated in 2015, also a cluster of campsites. We plan a Saturday day hike of 11.6 miles on the Black Fork Mountain Trail. There are additional hike options in the park or on the Ouachita Trail in Arkansas or nearby Oklahoma. Outing details will appear here in early 2016. Save the dates! Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306
May 10 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
May 27-30 (Fri-Mon) Davis Mountains Explorapalooza
Have a memorable Memorial Day weekend in the sky island towns of Fort Davis and Marfa, Texas, elevation 4,800+. Meet our chartered bus (not a sleeper bus) Friday morning in Dallas to cruise to Fort Davis. We've reserved campsites at Fort Davis State Park and cabins and "camp rooms" at Stone Village Tourist Camp, a renovated 1935 tourist court in the middle of Fort Davis town, for a three-night stay. We plan a 4.5-mile hike from the State Park to the best preserved of the frontier forts in Texas, a night sky party at the McDonald Observatory, more hiking and the botanical garden at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, an afternoon to walk Marfa, an evening to possibly see the Marfa Lights and an hour or two by the spring-fed pool at Balmorhea State Park. All this happens before Monday night when you return to Dallas! Hold these dates now, before trip details appear here in early 2016 and registration opens. Coordinator: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980
Jun 14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Jul 12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Jul 25-28 (Mon-Thu) Backpack around the Collegiate Peaks, Colorado
Backpack four days and three-nights in the center of Colorado, near Buena Vista. Allow two days on each end of the outing to drive from Dallas or one day to fly to Denver and drive. We'll hike from trailheads along the beautiful Cottonwood Pass Road. Probable hiking routes will be about 20 miles, with your choice of a western trip to the Texas Lakes, Brown's Pass and Hartenstein Lake or an eastern trip to Hartenstein Lake, Brown's Pass and Kroenke Lake. Hikes start around 10,000 feet and reach 12,000 feet elevation. If demand warrants, we may organize a slightly more gentle trip on segments of the Colorado Trail. Participants may opt to camp together the night before this outing and/or share a large group cabin at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort on the exit day, but these arrangements will be optional. Previous backpacking experience is required, preferably at high altitude. There will be no fee for the outing. Details will be available in January. Save the week for this adventure! Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Aug 9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Sep 2-6 (Fri-Tue) Santa Fe Peaks and Foothills, New Mexico
Pack three days of backpacking or day hiking--your choice--near Santa Fe into Labor Day weekend. Join our chartered sleeper bus in Dallas Friday night. Wake to breakfast in Santa Fe. Two trip options will backpack three days in the high mountains. Two trip options will make great day hikes and sleep both nights in comfy cabins outside the city. We'll deliver you back to Dallas by daybreak Tuesday. Details will be published in spring 2016. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733
Sep 13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Oct 11 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Oct 14-16 (Fri-Sun) Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma
SAVE THESE 2016 DATES so you can join us for this relaxing weekend of fall beauty in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have an entire group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile roller-coaster trail up and down and over the skyline ridges. The park offers many family-friendly activities you can enjoy. We'll offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. More trip details and price and reservation information will be available in July 2016. Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306
Nov 8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting