CANCELED - Adventure Speaker Series-Unexpected Baja & Discoveries along the Road- Allen Mote

Olympia Branch Meet the Mountaineers Adventure Speaker Series and Potluck, featuring "Unexpected Baja: Discoveries Along The Road Less Traveled by Allen Mote"On January 13, 2014, Allen departed Olympia, WA, to explore the backcountry and meet the people of Baja California, Mexico. Against the advice of the US Border Patrol and not speaking Spanish, he crossed the Border at Tecate and with no set schedule spent the next 6 weeks as much as possible off-pavement, away from cities, beyond guidebook coverage, and off the grid. Along the way he encountered pristine deserted beaches, hiked trails and xc in the International Biosphere and mountains, explored ancient cave paintings, forded rivers, re-built road, visited local ranchos, ate locally, joined local fisherman off-shore in a panga, and discovered countless oases and circa 1800s Shangri-la canyons lush with tropical fruit, waterfalls, organic gardens, and villages of brightly painted houses. While whale watching, he experienced “timeless” eye-to-eye moments as he petted mother and baby gray whales. Everywhere he was met kindness, generosity, and a slower pace, where relationships took precedence over tasks, and communities, including expats, joined in building projects and to deliver health care.
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Who: All members and anyone interested in learning more about the Mountaineers are welcome.

What: The Monthly Meet the Mountaineers Adventure Speaker Presentation and Potluck. Bring a dish to share, your own plate and flatware. No paper tossing at our potlucks!

Where: Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road. (From I-5, Plum Street, head north, left side, next to Priest Point Park)

When: The first Wednesday of the Month, September to May (excluding November), at 6:00 PM for a shared potluck and socializing hour, followed by an Outdoor Adventure Presentation at 7:00 PM

Why: Meet your fellow Mountaineers, share ideas, learn about others’ escapades and adventures, and connect with our great community of outdoor enthusiasts. (Librarian Maxine Dunkelman will have a selection of books available for checkout to Mountaineer Club members. Contact her at if you have special requests.)

Join us for this interesting and useful presentation on food for the trail, at the Friends Center on May 6 at 7pm!  For more information, go to


Adventure Speaker Series Chair- Carolyn Burreson

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