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Hike and Picnic - Ortega Stream Valley Trail at Ringhaver Park

Sat 12/1, 10:00am Hike and Picnic - Ortega Stream Valley Trail at Ringhaver Park: Come out and join us at Ringhaver Park and do an easy hike on the nature trail for some fresh air and exercise then stick around for some outdoor games and a picnic. Ringhaver Park is located in southwest Jacksonville, extending south from 118th Street, along the western border of the Ortega River. The park is named for Lambert C. Ringhaver, the founder of Ring Power Corp. who served as president of the Florida Forestry Association, as a trustee of Jacksonville University, and as president of the Greater Jacksonville Open. His family made a memorial donation for the initial park development, which has grown from 36 acres in 1977 to 576 acres today. The multi-use park is home to the Ortega Stream Valley nature area, which contains an 826-foot boardwalk along the Ortega River and a pier that may be used for launching kayaks and canoes.

This activity is open to members and non-members.  If you have not paid dues in 2012 as a Sidetrackers Club member, please fill out and bring a guest waiver form with you.

We will meet in the parking lot and hike the trail first, then set up for a relaxing picnic and some outdoor fun with friends. Bring food and drinks for the picnic whether it’s for yourself or enough to share. Also feel free to bring any outdoor games you want to play and dress for the weather. Leader - Paula S. [masked]-2707.

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  • Inita

    It rained but I had a great time.

    December 5, 2012

  • Julie

    another wonderful get together

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time socializing with a super crowd! It didn't seem to matter that it was raining! We always know how to have a good time.

    December 1, 2012

  • Kathy C

    Had a great time!

    December 1, 2012

  • Claudia B.

    It was another fun adventure! We got a little wet exploring the beauty of the park and the river. Coming back our leader got us hooked on geocaching. Jason found the hidden treasure. Tamiko made some very delicious treats!

    December 1, 2012

  • Sally

    Even though it was raining, I had a great time socializing with everyone. The "treasure" hunt was especially fun!

    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time hiking, geo-caching

    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I will not be there.

    December 1, 2012

  • beverly m.

    I cannot locate the waiver for the hike tomorrow.

    November 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Beverly, it is right in the write-up above. Click on the link. It is also on Sidetrackers.com in the newsletter section under the hike info.

      November 30, 2012

  • Marta D.

    I've got a cold and cough that has lingered several weeks now so I'm cancelling once again -BAH !!!
    Won't see any of you til January so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas <3

    November 30, 2012

  • Carole

    My cell is[masked]
    For those meeting @ Tinseltown @ 9am
    Carole

    November 30, 2012

  • John P.

    I'll try to meet you there. My cell is[masked] in case I am late.

    November 30, 2012

  • Inita

    I was just cleared from the waiting list. This is my first outing. I live near Tinseltown and would like to carpool if there is still room. Please let me know.

    November 30, 2012

  • John P.

    No, where in Tinseltown?

    November 29, 2012

    • Ingrid

      Carole and I are meeting there to either carpool or caravan. 9:00 am

      November 29, 2012

    • Ingrid

      At the movie theater.

      November 30, 2012

  • John P.

    Ingrid, I live near there. Give me a call at[masked]-0951. John P.

    November 29, 2012

    • Ingrid

      hi John. Did you see the post about meeting at Tinseltown?

      November 29, 2012

  • Ingrid

    I live at Baymeadows and Southside Blvd. Anyone near there and care to carpool?

    November 26, 2012

    • beverly m.

      no I did not. what time??

      November 29, 2012

    • beverly m.

      I see the time 9am good thanks

      November 29, 2012

  • Dan W.

    Joan and Ingrid, change of plan. I've got a relative who's decided to join me in the hike and have to pick them up on the west side, so I'm not going to be able to carpool with you. See you at the park.

    November 29, 2012

  • Ingrid

    I e-mailed Paula and she said the hike wouldn't take very long and that leaving around 2 shouldn't be a problem. So Carole and I were planning to leave around then.

    1 · November 28, 2012

  • Dan W.

    Do you still need to get back by 3:00? Past hikes lasted to about that time and then most people went to eat after that.

    November 28, 2012

  • Ingrid

    I talked with Carole recently and we thought it would be a good idea to meet at the Tinseltown theatre around 9 a.m. We plan on carpooling together and/or caravan to the location. Let us know if it would help anyone to meet us there? Dan, we could still pick you up? What do you think?

    1 · November 28, 2012

  • Karen L.

    I won't be able to make this one as I'm going to San Antonio, TX then Albuquerque, NM then Montrose, CO. Hope ya'll have a good time!

    November 20, 2012

    • Susan D.

      sounds like your trip is far mar exciting!!! Have FUN!!

      November 27, 2012

  • Joan

    Hi Marta and Dan and Janice I have room for you in my car. We just need to pick a convenient spot to meet.

    November 26, 2012

    • Ingrid

      Hi Dan. Sounds good to me. I'm assuming from reading that we are all in the car with Joan?

      November 26, 2012

    • Ingrid

      My only concern is that I'm headed to St. Augustine that evening. Need to be back home by 2:30 to 3. I assumed that we would have plenty of time. But if not, I can always take my own car.

      November 26, 2012

  • Carole

    I'm in Bartram Park (mandarin)
    Would love to car pool also[masked]

    November 26, 2012

  • Jerri B.

    I will be coming from St Augustine anyone wanting to carpool from there or 95/295 area?

    November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Help! This is my first hike. Any tips on essentials besides water?? Thanks.

    November 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yvonne- This is one of our much shorter city hikes but I always recommend comfortable shoes, a hat and water along with dressing for the weather. Bug spray and sunscreen are optional depending on conditions. For to follow...

      November 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you very much, Paula!

      November 26, 2012

  • Joan

    I'll drive if anyone would like to carpool. I live at Kernan and McCormick in E Arlington.

    November 25, 2012

    • Marta D.

      Joan I'll ride with you. Will call you later in the week to make arrangements ~ Thanks

      November 25, 2012

    • Dan W.

      I wouldn't mind carpooling if you have room. I live near JU.

      November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was going to bring a platter to share. If everyone interested would like to bring a dish to share of some lind, we can have a potluck of sorts.

    November 19, 2012

  • Karen L.

    OK, are we just bringing picnic stuff for ourselves? Or is anyone interested in sharing a dish?

    November 18, 2012

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