Meetup is an amazing online social network found in New York back in 2002. It is for people from all around the US (and perhaps in other countries now) to meet and share common interests. You can find groups on anything you can think of… seriously anything! I discovered meetup.com when I moved to Los Angeles twelve years ago and I wanted to find a hiking group in the city. I remember doing a search on Google and Meetup came up so I filled out a profile and within days I was contacted by someone that wanted to start a backpacking group. To this day, some of my best and closest friends are from that first trip that I took with the backpacking group. Today I belong to about twenty different groups. It just becomes addictive! although I don’t do activities with all of them, I always have options. In the recent past I have done activities in canyoneering, backpacking, hiking, and most recently rafting. For an outdoors lover like me, this is a great way to find tons of activities that I can join every single weekend (and weekdays too). I happened to look in there today and I found 308 meetups just in the groups that I belong to that are planned for the rest of this month alone.
I usually do a fun activity for my birthday so this past weekend I decided to join the Mix Professionals meetup group to go on a camping/rafting trip. We were around 65 people sharing a beautiful campsite right by Lake Isabella near Kernville, CA. The organizers Anna and Dee, the proud parents of a four-month old, organized a weekend full of fun activities including camping, hiking to the beautiful Nobe Young Falls and the trail of 100 Giants (Sequoia trees), rafting the Kern River, cooking great food, star gazing, and even karaokeing. We had a blast!
Check out this fun video of the rafting made by Pepe, one of the group members.
I always recommend meetup.com to anyone (singles, couples, groups) wanting to meet new people and share their hobbies with others. It is also a great way for tourists to find fun and very affordable activities while they are visiting a new city or town. Try it out!!!