Wildflower Walk At Calero Park

via Mary Ann Smith - AVAC On Wednesday, April 16, 22 members and guests met at Calero Park to enjoy an easy to moderate 2.6 mile Spring hike on open fire roads with views of spectacular wildflowers and Calero reservoir. We heard the Park Ranger teach us about wildflowers and oak woodlands. At the end... Continue Reading →

Leisure Life: Microadventures

via Jeff Griffith-Jones - AVAC“A microadventure is an adventure that is cheap, short, close to home, simple, and yet very effective..” ~Alastair Humphreys, National Geographic Adventurer of the YearHumphrey’s also says you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to do an expedition, you do not need to be an... Continue Reading →

The Best Week Of My Life

via Sheena Dinga - AVAC When my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to go camping in Colorado with him for a week, I thought, why not? I love the outdoors and I will never turn down an opportunity to actually see the stars. And it turned out to be the most amazing week of... Continue Reading →

Sleeping Under The Stars

via Stac Miller - AVAC A Breath of Fresh Air Every once in a while we all need a breath of fresh air. I find that I enjoy fresh air the most when I’m in a redwood forest, visiting natural hot springs, rock climbing, or taking in the view on a mountain top. I had... Continue Reading →

Leisure Life: 2 Sherpas & A 2-Year-Old

via Jeff Griffith-Jones, General Manager Of Operations – AVAC Two weekends ago I took my son on his second Sierra backpacking trip.  The first was when he was five months old and we had two llamas to carry gear…story for another time.  This time around I needed an extra set of legs and strong back... Continue Reading →

Leisure Life: The Quest for Fulfillment

via Jeff Griffith-Jones, General Manager Of Operations - AVAC Hello Internet!  My name is Jeff Griffith-Jones, and I’m a professional and student in leisure services: General Manager at the Almaden Valley Athletic Club, weekend warrior, grad student at SF State, amateur adventurer, and father of a Tazmanian devil (with a little Taz due in August).... Continue Reading →

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