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Little Manatee River (Last Minute Weekend Celebration, Paddle and Campout)

  • Mar 1, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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It's been a rough week with all the commits so I decided to schedule a last minute campout. Let get together, party, paddle and campout.

We will be camping Friday and Saturday nights at the awesome Canoe Outpost.

Connie has scheduled a couple of hikes in the area Saturday and Sunday that people can attend.

The camping cost will be $20.00 per tent per night. If will can get 10 or more people I will try and reserve the group campsite and save us some money. There are wonderful bathrooms and great hot showers available for this camping and paddling adventure. Depending on water levels we will be paddling some part of the little Manatee or another river in the area.

The Little Manatee River is a classic tannin-stained Central Florida river. It is a Florida Designated Outstanding Waterway. In a day's paddle, it transitions from a 10-20 foot wide creek meandering through ash and oak dominated floodplain to a 300-foot wide tide influenced river fanning through tidal marsh that empties into Cockroach Bay/ Tampa Bay. The sandy bottom and gently sloping banks create a number of spots to stop and stretch or eat.

Please bring a PDF, whistle, water and lunch/snack.

Call me if you have any questions (Sam[masked])

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  • Kim M.

    4 of us went on the paddle. It was really good:)

    March 3, 2013

    • Connie

      You guys are just jealous that 90% of the pictures have me in them. Guess I'm worth taking a photo of, why I'm not sure!!!!

      March 4, 2013

    • Sam G.

      After looking at all those pictures, I saw two of Connie and all the rest were the back of some girls head.

      March 4, 2013

  • diane

    cold but nice

    March 3, 2013

  • Connie

    Had a great weekend camping, hiking and kayaking. Was so nice to meet so many new people. While kayaking today we saw one otter and 3 kites (bird), will not mention the poor animals who appeared to have their last drink on the banks of the Little Manatee. Sam is offically a hiker now, 6.9 miles- since I have to count the distance to the rest area and not just the loop!

    March 3, 2013

  • michele c

    i'm going to pass as i won't make it to the straz on time tomorrow.

    March 2, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Sam, do you know what time you are paddling on Sunday and how long the paddle will be? I may be able to join you depending on the time frame.

    March 1, 2013

    • Sam G.

      About 10 am. Paddle about 5-7 miles

      March 1, 2013

    • Ronda G

      Thanks for your response! I may just meet you guys! Have fun tonight!

      March 1, 2013

  • Kim M.

    I'll be there for the Sunday Paddle. See you soon!

    March 1, 2013

  • Sharon

    coming for paddle on Sunday - what time are you leaving?

    March 1, 2013

  • diane

    sam r we doing group site or indivdual??

    February 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      sry late in response i plan on freezing both fri and saturday night ....i have a site already and i believe there are 2 others reserved from slackers....i am grabbing a 1/2 face cord of wood on my way in tomorrow afternoon hope to be there @3

      1 · February 28, 2013

  • diane

    jon what nite r u camping? i got wood for fri....

    February 28, 2013

  • michele c

    What time is the paddle on Sun?

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time camping with the Slackers, not sure whether I reserve my own site, if so is there a particular area of the camground we are camping. I will be arriving sometime Saturday so I may miss the hike. Look forward to meeting everyone

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am buying a 1/2 face cord of firewood enroute tomorrow. Chilling and freezing are not related.

    February 28, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Thanks / Let me know cost so that we can pitch in.

      February 28, 2013

  • michele c

    Sam,
    What time is Sat's paddle?

    February 28, 2013

    • Sam G.

      We are paddling Sunday / We are hiking with Connie on Saturday. Sorry

      February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have reserved a site...looks like Brian is grouping us together...I have camp stove, latern, propane if anyone wants to pack less..I have 2 extra tents 1 single and one 2-person if any one wants to "last minute camp"....gonna be chilly nights

    February 28, 2013

  • michele c

    can only make the sat paddle.

    February 28, 2013

  • David B

    I'll be there Saturday morning.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, Wish I could go, I would much rather apologize in person but will be in Boca Raton this weekend. My apology is to you and the rest for sounding off at the inquisitive people and their comments. My issue is if they knew you and our other wonderful assistant organizers and of course, Sheri A. our founder, they would know the kind of meritous folks you are. If they had read the original post heralding the fee they would know that the surplus (if there is any) is for celebrations/parties/outings of whatever type you deem fit and for drawings of prizes/equipment again, at your descretion.

    I aplogize for my part in this scandal, but stand firm in my support of all you do!

    I just wish they would come along on a trip and see what an amazing sharing/caring and protective/helpful group we are!

    Have fun! <3 <3

    February 28, 2013

  • Connie

    Bringing Harley (miniature snoodle) Friday night.

    February 27, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Can't wait to meet him

      February 28, 2013

  • diane

    that way i can have my dues paid on time!!!

    February 27, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Luv ya Diane

      February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Downstream yes?... gonna test the back if so ....

    February 27, 2013

    • Sam G.

      yes / slackers always try and go downstream

      2 · February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wanted to go, but can't kick this cough -- better off staying home :(

    February 28, 2013

  • diane

    i'll be there friday,fri nite but have to work saturday am

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How I wish I could attend this but Saturday is my daughters 18th Bday....we are going horseback riding and then OMG we are jumping out of a plane!

    February 26, 2013

    • Carl R.

      Use a CHUTE !!!!

      2 · February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As I get my RSVP in order, please let me know if you need a boat (need to be a bit on the smaller side). I'll be happy to provide details.

    I'm a bit short on camping gear (have to see what's available), let me know if there's a shareable tent.

    Thanks all.

    February 26, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I have extra gear if you want to join me

      February 27, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Unfortunately my weekend to work :-/

    February 27, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Wish I could do this! I have another committment on Saturday evening! Trying to figure out how or if I can do them both.

    February 27, 2013

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