FORT CLINCH CAMPING / BIKING

December 14 – 16, Friday – Sunday, FORT CLINCH CAMPING / BIKING: 

UPDATE

We have room for two additional tents as of 12/9.  If you are interested in joining the fun, please RSVP and send me an email ([masked]) or call me at 561.602.8613.

For Friday night, we will have the fire going for anyone that would like to cook on the grill.  Saturday is potluck.  We currently have Chili, Ziti (vegetarian and meat meatball) and many deserts and appetizers.  Bring anything else that you would like to share.  Sue will contact those that contributed to the food kitty to confirm plans.

Planned activities for Saturday are mountain biking in the morning and hiking in the afternoon.  Arrive early at the Visitor Center, we will leave at 10 am and 2:30 pm. 

If anyone would like to kayak, a few of us are planning to kayak before heading home on Sunday.

***Please bring firewood to keep us warm for the (hopefully) cool evenings.***

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Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought there, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period re-enactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors. The Park offers one of the most well preserved maritime hammock communities which provides critical habitat for a diversity of wildlife including White Tailed Deer, Bobcat, Raccoons and other wildlife regularly seen at the park!  Sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing are popular activities at the beach. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile multi use trail through the park.  Bring your mountain and/or road bikes and fishing gear.

We will hike and bike on the trails (or the road) and enjoy time around the campfire and walking on the beach. We will be camping in the Amelia River Campground which has an old Florida ambience with shady, Spanish moss- laden oak trees.  Camping Fee is $30.00 per night, per site (total $30 to share a site).  Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 1:00 p.m.  All eight of our reserved campsites [masked] and[masked]) are occupied but, as of 10/13, there are four additional sites available online. If not interested in camping, you are welcome to come over for the day (until sundown).

Admission Fees (for those not camping) are $6.00 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people), $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle, $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.  Fort admission fee is $2.00 per person.

Fort Clinch is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown.  It is located at 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.  Take I-95 to the Fernandina Beach/Callahan exit (Milepost Exit 373 - Old Exit 129), and stay to the right. You will then be traveling east on A1A. (This road becomes 8th Street within the town limits of Fernandina.) Stay on this road, (A1A), for 16 miles until you come to the intersection of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Turn right on Atlantic Avenue and go about two miles, Fort Clinch State Park will be on the left.  Visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch or call[masked] for additional park details.

Leader: Steve D., ste_dor ‘at’ bellsouth.net, 561.602.8613.

A “Guest Release and Indemnity Agreement” form must be signed for each event.  Blank waivers will be available at the event.  However, you can reduce the registration time prior to the event by printing the liability waiver (http://www.sidetrackers.com/Documents/Form-GuestWaiver.pdf) and turning in your completed/signed form to the trip leader at the event.  The Guest Release is not required for members who have signed the annual waiver and paid the $15 annual fee.  Members are covered by our supplemental insurance policy.

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  • Marta W.

    Had a great weekend, but then what other kind of weekend is there for Sidetracker events. Have camped at Fort Clinch several times and ready to camp there again soon. Would recommend it for first time campers.

    December 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    great event, and the bike riding was awesome :) keep an eye out for Gail's eagle :)

    December 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent!

    December 16, 2012

  • David

    I am at Ft Clinch. It is cold on the beaches where the wind is. The camp ground is sheltered and warmer. These are rv sites. Electric available. The site was raided earlier by raccoons. be prepared for those thieves.

    December 13, 2012

  • Karen L.

    Steve, I just realized I don't know what name the site is reserved in. If it's in my name, just let me know. If it's in your name, I sent you an email to find out what your last name is.

    I am in site # 54.

    Thanks for all your time in doing this for us,
    Karen

    December 13, 2012

  • Diane J.

    Every Saturday, weather permitting. There is a guided nature walk around Willow Pond trail, which winds through a coastal maritime hammock down to fresh water ponds. Through an informative presentation, visitors will discover a wide variety of native plants and animals. It last about an hour.

    December 12, 2012

    • Steve

      The guided nature walk is at 10:30.

      December 12, 2012

  • David

    Ft Clinch Chicken pot pie is back on the pot luck board.

    December 10, 2012

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    Hey Marta, I have only been in the group for less than a year. I was not given a rule book or a sheet on past practices. I would love for something to go by so I can please everyone. On the other hand, life is ever changing. I can only promise that I will do my best to enable you and all to have the best experience each and every trip. On another note...The food may not cost me the full $25. I am aksing more so I don't get stuck paying the extra due to the fact that I am not 100% up to date on food cost. Now cook? I can cook and love it! I will do it rite. If there is money left over, I will return it. Keep in mind that Pot Luck is on Friday. I cant wait!!! See you there. Hugs, Sue

    December 6, 2012

    • Marta W.

      Sue, this message should be addressed to the group as it is the same thing you told me on the telephone and at the meeting.

      December 7, 2012

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    Just a reminder...bring your camp chair, coffee mug or cup, mess kit or dish and flat ware. Wood for the fire is on the top of the list so please be a part of keeping the fire going.

    SR

    December 6, 2012

  • Marta W.

    Sue, it is sweet of you to offer to prepare our meals, but I cannot afford the $25, and I like the way we have always done our Steak nights where we bring our own meat and a dish to share. It is part of the fun to see what everyone brings to share; especially, the ones who always bring something great. As far breakfast, it is usually a pitch=in affair or eveyone does their own thing.

    December 2, 2012

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    Saturday and Sunday) and Saturday night, a first class steak dinner with all the fixins. *********
    ******** I will be collecting $25.00 Per person for two breakfast-Saturday Scrambled eggs, cheese, veggies in a rap, juice and coffee.
    Saturday night- Choice cut steak, Sauted onions, Baked potatoe with all the fixins and a salad.
    Sunday- Scrambled eggs, Bacon or Sausage, home fries and a fruit with juice and coffee.
    If you have special dietary needs and would prefer fish or chicken over any of the meats, it would be no problem. Call me at[masked] to place your order.
    If I have enough money left over I will buy fruit to fill your meal plan and take for snack.
    This dinning choice is not manditory and is up to each individual. I just always find it more bonding to break bread together and pass the plate, so to speak. I have cooked for larger groups. This is easy.

    December 2, 2012

    • Jim H.

      I'll be doing my own thing as far as food goes, thanks. I'll bring something for the pot luck on Saturday. Probably Vodka.

      1 · December 2, 2012

    • Susan Kahrnoff R.

      Please bring enough vodca for everyone, Jim. I will drink all the leftovers with you.

      December 2, 2012

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    I am sorry Dave, You can still bring your pot pie and everyone will love it I am sure. Steve and I talked about this today and he told me to changed the schedule for cooking and pot luck to work with everyone who will be comming at all different times on Friday. I look forward to seeing you.

    December 2, 2012

  • David

    Susan you are changing the schedule. You moved pot luck from Saturday to Friday. I won't be there Friday.

    December 2, 2012

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    Sorry Guys and Gals, I wrote this long post on what I have planned and it was like 287 characters over limit and had to cut and paste. The information is alittle chopped up but it is all there. If you find it difficult to put together, feel free to call me. Sue

    December 2, 2012

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    If you want to follow this meal plan, please bring your money($25) to the Wednesday night meeting at Sneakers, off 9A and Baymedows at 6:30 PM or make arrangements to pay me by the end of next week so I can start buying food and getting things in order. My phone number is[masked]-3619. Sue Rorer

    December 2, 2012

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    Hi Everyone, It looks as though we will be doing Potluck on Friday night. While everyone is rolling in and it is becoming dark, All of you will be setting up. I will set up a big table and a camp fire along with a grill to make it all happen. All you will have to worry about is getting settled and dropping off your potluck dish to the Banquet table for sharing.

    December 2, 2012

  • Stephanie M.

    I plan on bringing something for the pot luck, I just haven't decided yet.

    1 · December 1, 2012

  • Judy M.

    I will bring a dessert for after dinner. I just don't know what yet!

    1 · November 27, 2012

  • Jennifer

    I'm bringing a homemade apple pie.

    November 27, 2012

  • David

    A hot dish.........think Ft Clinch Chicken pot pie.

    1 · November 27, 2012

  • David

    Pot luck ......... Count on me for a hot dish.

    1 · November 19, 2012

  • Diane J.

    I like that idea, potluck, I will bring a crockpot of chili.

    1 · November 19, 2012

  • Karen L.

    Anyone interested in a potluck for Sat night?

    November 18, 2012

  • Debbie

    I can't spend the night but would like to see if anyone. Would like to go early to bike? Also,would like to be there for the fire then go home..do I need to be on a waiting list?

    1 · November 15, 2012

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