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Work Hike(s): White Springs

Sometime between Monday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 14 I plan to lop and clear limbs off the section from US 41 to White Springs. If anyone wants to help, they could email. My schedule is flexible that week, so if anyone wants to help, they can pick their best times and day(s). That should take about 2-3 days, and the other day(s) thought I'd walk the already cleared section between 41 and Bell Springs and pick up any newly fallen limbs, etc. Since the flood out here, there's been more than the usual amount of limbs continuing to fall. None of this will be real physically difficult.

This will be a fun and relaxed opportunity to get more familiar with the trail in this area.

Robin Luger

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This is the last portion we have to maintain along the Suwannee. Since it's a mid-week event we won't have the mower out but if you can join Robin for some lopping and clearing that would be a great help.

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  • Aaron B.

    I think it is a good idea to have Cary run interference with the mower. Robin. Thanks for the heads up! BTW Robin I need your new mail address. I sent you something and it bounced back as "account closed."

    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    That Deep Creek trail is so overgrown that lopping would be much, much easier and more efficient if the trail were mowed first. And safer, snakewise!

    December 16, 2012

    • Cary B

      I'll have the mower with me. I don't go anywhere without it. :) I appreciate the feedback in the email you sent. Sorry I didn't respond. I've been under the weather all weekend.

      December 16, 2012

  • Aaron B.

    Mike, send me your e mail to [masked]. I will coordinate with you and Cary and we can then post when we will go so others can join if they wish. I do not go back to work until Jan. 2

    December 16, 2012

  • Aaron B.

    Perhaps right after Christmas Mike Hankey and I--two people of leisure-can do some lopping and clearing and we can get the mower in right after New Year.

    December 16, 2012

    • Mike H.

      "two people of leisure" :) I like that. Yes anytime you would like to do it Aaron let me know, I am free most any time.

      December 16, 2012

    • Cary B

      Great attitudes! ;-) I'm off the last week of the year. I'll be in touch about being leisurely.

      December 16, 2012

  • Cary B

    Thank you for all the hard work this week everyone!

    December 14, 2012

    • Mike H.

      David is right we went to the Deep Creek Trail head and there was no apparent trail is was grown over.

      December 16, 2012

  • Mary Alice W.

    Mike Hankey, you left your waterbottle by Robin's car. I have it in my trunk. Next time we hike together, one of us should try to remember that I have it there. Also, nice hiking with you & Robin always.

    December 15, 2012

    • Mike H.

      Thanks Mary Alice I noticed it was missing when I got down the road will get it next time. Nice hiking with you also.

      December 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yesterday we cleared that section right past the 136 bridge, picked up the trash and lopped a million smilax vines. Today we reblazed from the Tourism Center to US 41. Thanks to Mike, David, Ivette, and Mary Alice for the fun and hard work.

    December 14, 2012

  • Mike H.

    We got a lot of work done, got in a few pleasure hikes and got to know the area. Robin was a good hostess and a hard worker that cares a lot about her section.

    December 14, 2012

  • Laurie

    I am unable to make it tomorrow (Friday), so don't wait for me:). I hope everyone has a nice holiday, and I will see you all soon. Laurie

    December 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, thanks for letting us know.

      December 13, 2012

  • Mary Alice W.

    See you at 9am. !!!!

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, after 3 days we've lopped and cleared limbs from U.S. 41 to Suwannee Valley Resort. Then at Bell Springs picked up limbs from there west to 41. This section had already been done, but there were new limbs down and a bit of lopping to do. We've still got the dreaded section right in White Springs, between the Resort and the 136 bridge-dreaded because there's always lots of garbage, plus lots of thorny vines grow here. Then we plan to reblaze from Stephen Foster on through the town of White Springs and on toward 41. We've come across no major fallen trees or washouts-nothing to interfere with hikers' enjoyment of the trail.

    December 13, 2012

  • Leslie

    Hey there weekday Trail loppers - give us a report of your progress!

    December 12, 2012

    • Ivette B.

      Hi, I joined Robin and Mike on Tuesday. The first trail was the most difficult (not sure of the name). The cutting and clearing of overgrown branches was continuous throughout the hike. The second trail (Little Shoals) was not as difficult as Robin and Mike had worked it the day before, so efforts were on clearing fallen branches and fine tuning some branches. All in all it was a rewarding effort, and yes my forearms are still sore. :-)

      December 12, 2012

    • Cary B

      No pain no gain! ;-) Let me know of any big obstructions that need to be cleared with the saw.

      December 12, 2012

  • Mary Alice W.

    I can work Friday. Just tell me when and where. I am driving from Jacksonville.

    December 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good!! We'll meet at the time and place listed up top.

      December 12, 2012

  • Mary Alice W.

    Trying to cancel something so that I can come out on Friday.

    1 · December 10, 2012

    • Leslie

      We should be able to schedule our paying jobs around the hiking season, not the other way around! <g>

      December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ivette,
    Just bring loppers and gloves.

    December 10, 2012

    • Leslie

      Ivette - under the More tab>Files, look for the document "What is a Work Hike?" It will give you a bit of an introduction of what to expect. We use hand clippers or short loppers to trim small branches and palmettos off the trail. You''ll have fun - thanks for helping!!

      December 10, 2012

  • Ivette B.

    Robin, I will be there tomorrow (Tuesday) @ 9:00am. Looking forward to helping out. Should I bring loppers and/or paint brush?

    December 10, 2012

  • Aaron B.

    Robin, regret I cannot join you. Duty calls! I commend you for the excellent work you have done in keeping up the area around Big and Little Shoals. When we went through with our work crew there was little to do except mow. Job well done!

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'll meet in the morning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Nature and Heritage Tourism Center at the corner of U.S. 41 and S.R. 136. If you can come for a day(s), please post here for which days, so we know to meet first in that same parking lot. Laurie, Wednesday or Friday would be great. Everyone will need loppers, food and water, protective eye covering (glasses or goggles), and work gloves.

    December 9, 2012

    • Cary B

      Did you find a place to camp? I didn't have any sites marked on my GPS track for that section. :(

      December 9, 2012

    • Laurie

      Robin, it will be Friday if I come. I will stay in touch to see where I should meet you all. Have fun.

      December 9, 2012

  • Cary B

    Thanks for running this Robin!

    December 9, 2012

  • Sylvia D.

    Sorry can't join you because of a bum knee! but will be with you in spirit!

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's generally plan on meeting at the Visitor Center in White Springs at 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday but please call or email if you plan to come. It'll be a small group and we want to adjust the schedule to whomever is working on any specific day, so we won't necessarily be at the Visitor Center unless notified ahead of time.

    December 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are some primitive campsites at Stephen Foster State Park that are about a half mile from the regular campground. People may have to pay the entry fee but we could use my state park pass. Vehicles can be driven to the campsites. There's also a nice site in the Swift Creek track that's fairly close by and only about a tenth of a mile from parking.

    December 6, 2012

  • Mike H.

    I'm available all week and would like to camp at a central location, any ideas?

    December 4, 2012

    • Cary B

      Aside from Stephen Foster let me look at my maps and see what notes I have.

      December 4, 2012

    • Mike H.

      Thanks I appreciate it because SF is $25/night a little to rich for me.

      December 5, 2012

5 went

  • Cary B
    FTA Member, Trail Coordinator, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Ivette B.
    FTA MEMBER
  • Mike H.
    FTA Member, Suwanne River Section Leader, Activity Leader, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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