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By Bill Hanson  January 10, 2014 12:00 am

The rain, or lack thereof, is making trouble for all of us.

I feel some degree of guilt for enjoying these wonderful sunny days and cool nights. Instead, we hear doomsday reports of a dry spell. On the other hand, the rest of the country seems to be buried in snow…go figure.

I’ve been a member of the Santa Rosa Ski Club since 1995. This is a nonprofit organization that is in the business of having fun. Open to residents of Sonoma County, the club leans toward families. Once you express an interest and go on your first visit, then decide if the club is a good fit, you make a formal application. The membership process takes more than one year. The club members see the chalet as their home away from home and carefully screen applicants for compatibility. The downside is where we are right now, no snow. To check out the club visit:


Planning camping trips

This is the time to plan your camping trips for the summer at some of the busier resorts and parks. Reservations in California State Parks can be made online. 

The details are precise. Go to for details, including advance reservation rules. Rule No. 1 is the seven-month lead time.

For a list of Federal parks and more information on camping in the big parks, go to Visions of Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier National Park will move you to plan that big trip. Lead times for the big parks can be daunting. To get your feet wet in the family camping business, consider trips close to home.


Sportsman’s Expo

The Sportsman’s Expo in Sacramento will be Jan. 9-12. Last year there were more booths, lectures, merchandise and dogs than you could fit into two days.  

They also go all out to engage the kids. Kid camping, fishing and outdoor fun are all on the menu during the whole show. 

One of my favorites is the Splash Dog trials. Even stroller age kids love to watch the dogs try for distance off the deck. Nothing brings a smile to your face like a jacked up lab leaping off the dock and landing in a huge splash. 

To purchase advance tickets and to check out the listings of events, lectures and workshops go to


Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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