Northern California Updates

Hiking Journey in Southern France to Highlight December 2019 Northern California Chapter Lunch

The Northern California TCC Chapter will meet on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Skates on the Bay, a waterfront seafood restaurant at the Berkeley Marina. Social hour will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The address is 100 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710; parking is free.

The speaker will be Sam Wilson, a retired accountant who first heard of the TCC through past member Stewart Karlinsky, while taking his Corporate Tax class at San Jose State University. Sam remembers thinking, “100 countries, that’s a lot!” In addition to working on his country count, Sam enjoys hiking, backpacking, and visiting family in Austin.

Sam’s presentation is about a hotel-to-hotel hike through the Gorges of Verdon in southern France, which he and his travel companion, Celia Woodfill, took in 2018. The presentation will discuss:

  • Sentiers de Grande Randonnée (GR), the national long trails in France
  • The company Sentiers de France and the organization of the trip
  • Pictures of the Gorges of Verdon and the accommodations
  • Closing thoughts regarding both the practical and inspirational elements of the trip

RSVPs with payment must be received by mail by Nov. 29. The cost is $49 per person, with a choice of prime rib steak sandwich, turkey club sandwich, salmon poke bowl (served as a salad), or vegetarian risotto. Contact Chapter Coordinator Tim Carlson ( for details about where to send payment.