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Oakland Rockridge Hills Stairway Hike, Sun. Oct. 19, 2014

Nelson Stamp~Hoyt Nelson~

Take a 5-mile steeplechase through upscale neighborhoods in the Oakland / Berkeley hills with even more stairs and hidden paths than our San Francisco stairway hikes.  We will meet at the east end of Broadway at the corner of Rockridge Blvd. (near Hwy. 24) at 10 AM. We should be back to our cars by 1:30 and out from lunch by 3:00.

Bring warm and cool weather clothing, hat, camera, drinks and snacks and sturdy walking shoes.  Except for shops on nearby College Ave., there are no places for food, drink or facilities.  If lucky, we may find unlocked construction porta-potties along the route.  We will plan to meet at a local restaurant after the hike (optional) for lunch etc.

Hoyt StampSince we will go through mainly residential areas, I have to limit size to 17 maximum, so contact Hoyt Nelson at rockridge@niseiskiclub.org soon to signup or for more info.  This hike was last run in October of 2006, so it will be new to most of you.
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San Francisco Lands End hike report – August 17, 2014

~ by Freeman Wong ~
(with a few edits by Hoyt)

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Sacramento Group

We five from Sacramento met Hoyt and about 15 other Nisei Ski Club members and friends at the Sutro Baths Visitor Center in San Francisco. We planned to hike to the old Sutro mansion site across the road, but since the fog was too thick for good views, we hiked down to the bath ruins before starting the headlands hike.  The weather was cool and the fog layer was just high enough to reveal most of the views along the headlands – perfect weather for a hike.

We took a spur off the main trail down to a labyrinth for some fun. Somelabyrinth 2a of us tried to follow the large labyrinth. I heard one person say she got dizzy
trying to get to the center but was very excited to get there.

We also hiked along El Camino Del Mar in the Sea Cliff district where we saw many multi-million dollar homes with views of the Golden gate Bridge from their backyards. We saw Robin Williams’ old home where fans had left flowers and candles in his memory.  As we stopped at the Palace of the Legion of Honor*  on the way back, we were lucky enough to see 60 plus vintage motor scooters drive up and park for a meeting to display their scooters in front of the museum.
(* editor’s note- did you know that the Palace of Legion of Honor is modeled after the  Musée National de la Légion d’honneur in Paris?)

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Just before ending our four hour hike, we stopped at the USS San Francisco Naval Memorial where we saw part of a damaged warship and signs about its history in WW II.

Thanks to Hoyt Nelson for leading us on another scenic and informative hike. Looking forward to another one soon!DSC06610a

September 2014 Editor’s Message

Welcome to the End of Summer / Back to School edition of the NSC monthly newsletter!

Lots in store this month for your reading pleasure.

From the President’s Desk

First off, we have our club president, Armand’s President’s Message and for an update on our current membership and the Jackson Hole trip. Speaking of the Jackson Hole trip, don’t forget to send you your final payments by September 15!!

 

Jackson Hole

For those of you whom have not been to Jackson Hole before, the town will offer lots of non-snow attractions.  I have fond memories of my two trips to Jackson Hole.  One of the attractions are the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar with its bar with embedded silver dollars! Here are a couple of pictures of the bar.  There’s no time like the present to brush up on your line dancing steps!

 

Another memorable attraction is the arch of antlers at the Jackson Hole town square.

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Annual Picnic

We had another successful annal picnic and BBQ!  Melissa Wong (a.k.a. Fanatic A’s Fan) desribes the picnic and her fortuitous luck at the Left/Right/Center game that netted her almost $100!!!  Our ever present paparazzo, Bill Pseudonym, has supplied a plethora of pictures and a video of the Left/Right/Center game.  Read Melissa’s recounting and see Bill’s photographic oeuvre here: NSC Annual Picnic August 2014.

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SJ SHARKS vs VANCOUVER CANUCKS

The first ever Bay Area Snow Sports Concil’s (BAC) San Jose Sharks Hockey night is coming up!!!

When : Thursday, November 6, 2014
Game Time : 7:30 pm
Where : San Hose Shark Tank,, AKA SAP Center , 525 W. Santa Clara St San Jose, Ca
Cost : $43 / ticket

Ticket Ordering DEADLINE : October 9, 2014

Details in the BAC Flyer:  2014 BAC Sharks Game FLyer 

For more info, contact Dennis Heffley (bac.president@skibac.org) or 925-998-4415

Sharks Home page: http://sharks.nhl.com/index.html

~Nota Bene – this is NOT an NSC event~

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Far West Ski Association Whistler 2015 Trip

Just in case you didn’t get onto Armand’s Jackson Hole trip, here’s an invite from the Far West Ski Association (FWSA) to go to Whistler, British Columbia.

~Nota Bene – this is NOT an NSC event~

Far West Ski Association

Hello Fellow BAC Skiers!

The FWSA Ski Week to Whistler BC is coming up next year, and it is going to be an AWESOME trip.  Whistler is the largest ski resort in North America with the longest runs, and a new “Peak to Peak” gondola connecting the twin peaks.  It is consistently rated the #1 Ski Resort in North American by Ski Magazine, so this will be a trip you do not want to miss.
We already have over 70 people from 8 different ski clubs in the BAC signed up, but we couldn’t help but notice that no one from your club is signed up!  We have attached the announcement flyer and a trip preference form here.  Could you please circulate these to your members and put them in your newsletter?  Thanks for helping get the word out.

Hope to see you on the slopes at Whistler! –

Don & Veronica Shaver

BAC Travel Directors
P.O. Box 579642
Modesto, CA 95357
(209) 543-4871

Details here in : Whistler BAC Flyer – Complete

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49ers Levi’s Stadium Visit – Assessment of Interest~

Any one intersested in visitiong the new 49ers Levi’s stadium? Trip director, Karen Soo, would like to know.  If there is enough interest, she wll pusue the next steps for a visit.

If you are interested, let her know by dropping her an email at: tripdirector@niseiskiclub.org

 

That that that’s All Folks – until next month…

 

September 2014 President’s Message

~ Armand Gutierrez, President ~

Are You Ready for Winter?

Now that Labor Day has passed, summer is giving way to fall and the next thing we know it will be winter. Are you ready for the upcoming snow season? I’ve got a new pair of skis/bindings and boots that I picked up at the end of last season. So, yes, I am ready. Well, almost ready. The bindings still need to be mounted on the skis and the boots adjusted to the bindings. Then, I’ll be ready.

If you need new equipment then starting in October is when the ski shops start having some sales for last year’s inventory. And then, in November, there are the annual Snow Bomb shows in San Francisco and San Jose. These events offer great deals on ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories, plus it’s like attending a great big party. There will be more details on the Snow Bomb shows in future newsletters.

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Was that a great picnic we had last month? There must have been at least 50 people wandering around sampling a variety of foods, talking with old friends, and enjoying what turned out to be a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Sunnyvale. Many thanks to Karen Soo for organizing the event and to Curtis Otaguro as chef extraordinaire on the BBQ. And a special Thank You for all of the members that attended and made this a great event.

 

September 2014 Membership Report & Jackson Hole Report

~ President Armand Gutierrez ~

 

Membership Activity

As expected, membership in August dropped off quite a bit as most members joined in the previous months. However, there were two returning members who signed up for the Jackson Hole trip. Currently, we have 88 members.

I would like to welcome the following returning members:

  • Elizabeth Slocum Jensen
  • David Jensen
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Is everyone excited about Jackson Hole? We’re up to 70 people and I’m expecting a few more signups before the end of the month. This has turned out to be a very popular trip and let’s hope Mother Nature does her part.

Some members have inquired about trip insurance and it is available through Sports America. Download the Travel Guard Flyer : TravelGuard_flyer_2014  and the Travel Guard sign-up form : Travel Insurance Signup and submit them to Sports America. Since there was very little interest in the SJC departure, those seats have been released.

Please be sure to make your final payments by September 15th.

Karen Soo is still working on the souvenir gifts, so be sure to make your selection as soon as possible to ensure that you get your preferred color/size.

NSC Picnic August 2014

~ By : Melissa Wong aka Fanatic Oakland A’s fan ~

2014-2015NSCPicnicArticle-Melissa2014-2015NSCPicnicArticle-MelissaOn a mildly warm day on August 9th, about 50 NSC members and their families and friends gathered in Sunnyvale’s Las Palmas Park for the annual NSC picnic.

Immediately upon arrival, Karen got the setup crew (Wes, Armand, Frank, Curtis) going with assignments.  After setup, Head Chef Curtis started the grill and his rotation of sous chefs kept the mostly prompt arrivals fed with hot dogs, hamburgers and ribs.  I was given the task of greeting each attendee with a personalized name tag and a raffle ticket for wonderful prizes.  Attendees generously provided a variety of salads and chips/dips, fried chicken, egg rolls, tamales, sushi and lots of sweets.  An adequate amount of adult beverages were also consumed.

In the second half of the party, Karen drew the winning raffle tickets.  The lucky winners were given items from Trader Joes (Cookie butter, Jo Jo Cookies and Chocolate Bars). Soon after, the final anticipation of the afternoon came  - the popular dollar dice game (LEFT/ RIGHT / CENTER) .  Every adult was encouraged to participate.  Some appeared eagerly awaiting this game all day long while others who were unfamiliar needed encouragement.  As the inaugural and 2nd year champions, Amy and David T excused themselves from this year’s contest.  Amy was later seen being a babysitter to little Kai while Mommy Michelle played on.

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As many rounds of rolling took place and $1 bills were slowly thrown onto the center bin, Joe, Armand’s nephew from L-o-n-g Island, needed a couple of timeouts and dipped into the beer cooler.  We witnessed the quick timeouts since the beer cooler was also used as a leg to elevate the bin.  As the contest finally came down to four and then two gamers, Melissa (that’s me again!) was the last person standing, holding TWO $1 bills in hand.  I became the champion of the 3rd annual dice game of the NSC picnic.  My winning tally was $96.00!  I also have the pleasure of writing this lovely article for the monthly newsletter.

I hope everyone had an awesome time.  Obviously, I did!

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More pictures & videos, courtesy of Bill “Pseudonym” (what a nom de plume!) -

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1st BAC ~ San Jose Sharks Hockey Night – Nov 6, 2014

        

SJ SHARKS vs VANCOUVER CANUCKS

The first ever Bay Area Snow Sports Concil’s (BAC) San Jose Sharks Hockey night is coming up!!!

When : Thursday, November 6, 2014
Game Time : 7:30 pm
Where : San Hose Shark Tank,, AKA SAP Center , 525 W. Santa Clara St San Jose, Ca
Cost : $43 / ticket

Ticket Ordering DEADLINE : October 9, 2014

Details in the BAC Flyer:  2014 BAC Sharks Game FLyer 

For more info, contact Dennis Heffley (bac.president@skibac.org) or 925-998-4415

Sharks Home page: http://sharks.nhl.com/index.html

Nota Bene – This is NOT an NSC event

FWSA Whistler Ski Week ~ Jan 31-Feb 7, 2015

Just in case you didn’t get onto Armand’s Jackson Hole trip, here’s an invite from the Far West Ski Association (FWSA) and BAC to go with them to Whistler, British Columbia.

Far West Ski Association

Hello Fellow BAC Skiers!

The FWSA Ski Week to Whistler BC is coming up next year, and it is going to be an AWESOME trip.  Whistler is the largest ski resort in North America with the longest runs, and a new “Peak to Peak” gondola connecting the twin peaks.  It is consistently rated the #1 Ski Resort in North American by Ski Magazine, so this will be a trip you do not want to miss.
  We already have over 70 people from 8 different ski clubs in the BAC signed up, but we couldn’t help but notice that no one from your club is signed up!  We have attached the announcement flyer and a trip preference form here.  Could you please circulate these to your members and put them in your newsletter?  Thanks for helping get the word out.

  Hope to see you on the slopes at Whistler! –

Don & Veronica Shaver

BAC Travel Directors
P.O. Box 579642
Modesto, CA 95357
(209) 543-4871

Details here in : Whistler BAC Flyer – Complete

Nota Bene – this is NOT an NSC event

2014 August – Editor’s Missive

Yes, this is not really a missive, but close enough, I’m taking poetic license ….

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Don’t forget that this Saturday’s BBQ and picnic at Las Palmas park in Sunnyvale!
Date: August 9   ~ Place: Las Palmas Park

For details, see this link: 2014 Picnic and Membership Meeting

 

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JACKSON HOLE 2015 Participants

Those intrepid skiers and boarders who are going to on the Jackson Hole trip, don’t forget to choose your trip souvenir!  Many thanks to Karen for procuring such a wide variety of choices!  There are jackets, fleece sweaters, vests and ¼ zip tops!  Thou who tarry risk the loss of choices!

Oh, don’t forget that your 2nd payment is due by August 15!!

Those not going on this trip, well, you’ll miss out…

 

Speaking of Jackson Hole…..

President’s August Message and Membership & Jackson Hole reports

Here is President Armand’s Membership and Jackson Hole report, and, of course, we have his August 2014 President’s Message.  The President’s Monthly Message gives thanks to those who volunteered at the Obon Festival beer venue.

If you are interested in a San Jose airport departure for Jackson Hole, read the details in Armand’s Membership + Jackson Hole report.  A minimum of 10 San Jose departures are required to get the group rate which will have a higher cost than the SFO departure.

I, for one, am studying videos of Corbet’s Couloir in mental preparation!!

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San Francisco Headlands Hike

And don’t forget about Hoyt’s August 17 Sunday hike through San Francisco’s Headlands where Hoyt will lead you through verdant trails, the old Sutro Bath ruins and the old Sutro Mansion site.  If the fog cooperates, you will have some spectacular views!
For more info, see: SF Headlands Hike.

White Water River Rafting with the Monterey Ski and Social Club

NSC members Fern Uehara Chan and her husband recently joined the Monterey Ski and Social Club on a white water rafting trip on the American River.

Fern reports:

What a lucky break that we were able to join the Monterey Ski and Social Club on their summer getaway weekend.  A big thank you to Amy McDonald and her team for planning this great weekend event.

Our final Saturday in June was the perfect window of opportunity between 100-degree days in the central valley. My husband Kevin and I who are Nisei Ski Club members drove through the rural hills between Placer and El Dorado counties. We wondered with a tiny bit of anxiety on my part. What quaint Georgetown and its beckoning outskirts has to offer?….

Read the rest of Fern’s report here : Nisei Ski Club Back Paddling with the Monterey Ski and Social Club

Until next month, your N.E.

August 2014 President’s Message

~ President Armand Gutierrez ~

Can you believe that August is here and summer will soon turn to fall? Where did the summer go? Seems like there were a lot of chores I was going to do during summer and here it is August and they still haven’t been taken care of. Well, at least some chores are in progress: our Summer BBQ picnic is in the works, and the Jackson Hole ski week trip is progressing well.

Memberships went well for July, as well did the signups for the Jackson Hole trip. For details take a gander at the Membership and Jackson Hole reports.

At our last board meeting, held on Sunday, August 3, discussion mainly focused on our usual financial status, ski weekend trips, memberships, and the Jackson Hole ski week. Rest assured that NSC is financially sound, memberships is doing well, and there are a lot of signups for Jackson Hole. Yes, the club is doing well.

Mt. View Obon Festival

I would like to recognize and thank the following NSC members for volunteering their time to help out at the Mt. View Obon Festival held last month. Our volunteering effort is a reflection of our club members, which also gets recognized by FWSA/BAC.

    1. Jenni Kaneda
    2. Tom Ryugo
    3. Haruko Nagaishi
    4. Karen Soo
    5. Curtis Otaguro
    6. Hoyt Nelson
    7. Frank Chang
    8. David Uyeda
    9. Ken Kato
    10. David Miura
    11. Tony Moy
    12. David Schultz
 

Picnic Ants

NSC Picnic, August 9th

Don’t forget the NSC summer BBQ this month and we’ve got a great crowd showing up (new members, former members, and the usual regulars). Karen Soo has arranged for the food and beverages, and Curtis Otaguro will be in control of the grill. Bring a friend, bring an appetite, bring 3 one-dollar bills, and let’s have some fun at Las Palmas Park in Sunnyvale.