Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing and protecting desert wilderness wherever we find it. We recognize the places we love to explore will not remain wild unless we give others the opportunity to experience them as we do and unless we remain vigilant and active in our efforts to monitor and preserve them.

At the point where they had to turn around.
  Labor Day weekend 2016 during the Desert Survivors Trout Creek Plateau car camp, in southeast-Oregon.   The trip participants encountered snow as they attempted to drive to the top of the plateau.  The slippery roads and near whiteout conditions made for a treacherous, and pointless journey (they were headed there for the "fantastic views").  Trip leader Dave Oline guided the group back to lower elevations and a hot springs in the Alvord Desert.  After the trip Oline wrote to the participants thanking them for their calm and good humor when abandoning the trip and getting back safely.  Oline noted,  "The desert gives and it takes away too."  Become a member of Desert Survivors and join us in our excursions to beautiful, intriguing and sometimes difficult desert places. 
Photo: Lynne Buckner

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Whisky Hill Farms
Watsonville, CA
October 21-23, 2016

Whiskey Hill Farms

Due to the Sobernanes Fire forcing the closure of Arroyo Seco campground, Desert Survivors has changed the venue for its 2016 weekend retreat and Annual General Meeting (AGM). Jannet Schraer and David Blume have offered to host the AGM at the Whiskey Hill Farms located in the heart of the agricultural region of the Pajaro Valley in Santa Cruz County. Whiskey Hill Farms is a 14-acre, organic specialty produce farm in Watsonville, CA.  It is also developing bio-refineries to produce alcohol fuel from plants and waste. 

There is no campground per se at the farm, but we are invited to camp around the grounds and in the greenhouses.  There is plenty of parking for recreational vehicles and those wishing to sleep in their cars,  You can enjoy stargazing from your outdoor tent site, or camp in the greenhouses and be 'lulled' to sleep by the chirping of tiny frogs.  The farm has bathrooms, electricity, a common kitchen for preparing food with a large refrigerator, a conference room, a swimming pool and hot tub.  Dogs are welcome; they must be on a leash and owners must pick up after their pets. 

Activities will include: a hike in the redwoods at Mount Madonna County Park, a guided tour of the Whisky Hill Farms facility and relaxing by the pool and hot tub. Following tradition, we will enjoy Happy Hour on Friday evening and a pot luck feast for Saturday dinner. 

Sunday morning will feature our annual general meeting--where issues and directions for the organization will be discussed and our board of directors will be elected.  All Desert Survivors members are encouraged to attend.  You do not have to take part in the retreat to attend the meeting. If you wish, just show up on Sunday morning. 

To sign up for the retreat and to get more information contact Marisa Seaman:

Minutes of Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings available on line.
You can now read the Desert Survivors Board of Directors meetings minutes in pdf format by going to the DOCUMENTS PAGE.

Please check back to this website for any additional Desert Survivors trips and events that may be added to our schedule.

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