Florida Trail Association Fun Weekend and Fall Chapter Meeting

Our Fall Florida Trail Association Chapter Meeting will be around 1:pm Saturday 9/21/2013 at Silver Lake Rec Area Pavillion in Withlacoochee State Forest.

Saturday lunch will feature grilled hot dogs along with leftovers from Friday night campout and assorted pot luck.  A $2.00 donation to cover lunch expenses will be collected.

We ask that you bring your own table setting (plate / utensils) if you can.

In addition to our FTA Meeting, the weekend will be comprised of: Camping / hiking / paddling/biking, family fun, and food!

For those camping, we will be at the Cypress Glen Campground within the Silver Lake Recreation Area. You can camp Friday, Saturday or both nights. Fee is $20.00 per night / $10 for over age 65.

Friday night potluck at Cypress Glen Campground- or dinner on your own.  See comments...

Those coming just for the day Saturday, $2.00 per person fee at self service honor system kiosk at the pavillion. Registered campers don't pay this day fee.

Camping is first come first serve at the self pay kiosk.  In the past we have tried to congregate near the canoe/kayak launch which is also near the shower/ restroom.... sharing a site is encouraged... two tents per site allowed...maximum of 5 persons per site

We will plan on two hikes for Saturday morning... one will be the traditional shorter trek of about 4 miles, and one the traditional 8 mile linear River Trail hike from Ridge Manor Trailhead back to the pavillion in time for lunch... We will need a few shuttle drivers to drive us down to Ridge Manor Trailhead.

Those going on the 8 mile hike meet at Silver Lake Pavillion 8:30 am on Saturday. Please bring 2 litres water and be sure of your ability to complete 8 miles. There may be patches of wet trail, and other sections may be loose sand.

Those going on the 4 mile hike meet at 9:30 at the pavillion.. Tom Hogan and Mitch Almon will lead this hike. Due to high water conditions, there will be some off trail hiking. This will include waist high grass, areas recently disturbed by hogs, exposed roots, thorny vines, and climbing over a few down trees. If the route under I-75 is not clear, we will move by car to a different start point. Be prepared.


Those who don't want to hike can paddle Silver Lake or bike ride on the Withlacoochee State Trail till lunch.

Silver Lake Recreation Area to include Cypress Glen Campground has a stated "No Alcohol Allowed" policy.

For those camping Saturday... Sue Bunge is coordinating a group breakfast for Sunday morning.  Email her directly through Meetup if you want to participate.

 

lenny

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FEATURES

  • Canoe/kayak launch
  • Nature trail and boardwalk
  • Fishing
  • Canoe Trail
  • Leashed pets allowed

FACILITIES

  • 34 campsites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring
  • Restrooms and showers

 

 

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  • Allen F.

    Fun

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Thanks for the unreal mango!!

      1 · September 24, 2013

    • Allen F.

      My pleasure, glad you like them.

      September 24, 2013

  • Kate M.

    Thank you everyone, especially the event coordinators and hike leaders, for making us feel very welcome at our first FTA event! We really enjoyed meeting so many hike-minded people and look forward to participating in lots of events in the future. -Kate and Brian

    September 23, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      nice to meet you and Brian....hope to see you out in the woods in the near future...

      September 23, 2013

  • healthymom

    I need to know where I can get copies of the petition and the profile Ralph was talking about.

    September 22, 2013

  • Amanda

    Greaat weekend.
    Great weather.
    Great fun.
    Great people.
    Thanks everyone who worked really hard to make this group so wonderful!
    Thanks Ralph & Lenny.
    Thanks Sue & Cathy for cooking a wonderful breakfast for us all.
    Thanks everyone for being so super & enjoying the outside world!

    September 23, 2013

  • Wes C

    Sorry to have to say this, but everyone who hiked or camped, make sure you check yourself for very small ticks. http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html

    September 23, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Yeah! I found a few.... a couple not so small... goes with the territory!

      September 23, 2013

  • Ann

    Thanks to the organizers and contributors for all their hard work. We really appreciate all you do!

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      always great to have you on our hikes Ann...thanks for doing sweep duty on our trek!!

      September 22, 2013

  • cathy m

    Thanks Lenny, Sue,Tom and all who helped put together a great weekend. The lower river hike was beautiful, always one of my
    favorites. Nice to meet the new members and hope they enjoyed
    the weekend as I did. Thanks to everyone who brought such great food to the table on Friday and Saturday. See you all next time....

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Thanks Cathy....

      September 22, 2013

  • Cheryl H.

    Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to organize and make this a wonderful weekend. I appreciate all the effort and the warm welcome. Glad people liked the Death by Chocolate.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Wes C

    Enjoyed talking with everyone at lunch and dinner times. Very nice hike. Thanks, Lenny.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Thanks to all who came out this weekend... We were happy to introduce many newcomers to the beautiful Withlachoochee State Forest... Thanks to ALL the FTA volunteers who helped facilitate the weekend... We welcome the "newbies" and first timers to hiking in Florida..... hope you will explore beautiful natural Florida with us and on your own...,, had a great weekend with y'all!!

    September 22, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Thanks to the organizers for a wonderful weekend! Enjoyed the camping, and the 8 mile River Trail was both pretty and dry! The "death by chocolate" dessert was quite awesome.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Thom H.

    Thom & Patty will be there on Saturday for the short hike, the lunch and the meeting.

    September 20, 2013

  • sue b.

    SUNDAY BREAKFAST.. we have eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon and pancakes--all are welcome!!!

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to share a site. I am bringing my dog, but she is excellent with two and four leggeds and barely barks.

    September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I should be there around three and will set up camp. I have a white odyssey van with a canoe on top.

      September 19, 2013

    • SunAnnie

      Change in plans! Won't make it for camping but will be there for the hike/meeting!

      September 20, 2013

  • Cheryl H.

    I've never been to one of these before. Plan to be there Saturday. Is it acceptable to bring something totally unhealthy for the lunch? I can make "Death by Chocolate". It contains everything you should not eat and feeds a multitude.

    1 · September 20, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      It will go great with our hot dogs and potato chips! Go for it!

      September 20, 2013

  • Phyllis J.

    I plan to get there Saturday in time for the 4-mile hike.

    September 20, 2013

  • Karen H.

    I am tentatively scheduled to lead a hike a Brooker Creek on Sat morning...otherwise I would love to camp Fri. Can I be a tentative camper for Sat? Is there anyway to know for sure whether we can get a spot (sharing is fine) for Sat night. It'll be me, hubby and son.

    September 18, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Karen, actually I am sharing a site Friday with Brian Lloyd. Neither of us are staying Saturday night so you can have ours if you want....

      September 19, 2013

  • Julie

    I'm aiming for 8:30 hike and meeting

    September 19, 2013

  • cathy m

    Looks good Lenny!!

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Gary Y.

    Will be there Sat. for 8:30 AM hike and Meeting.

    2 · September 18, 2013

  • Bonnie B.

    I was so looking forward to attending the Chapter Meeting and getting back in touch with the FTA group and hiking again. But I have just started a new job which requires me to work on Saturdays, so I, very reluctantly, will have to cancel. Truly sorry. Miss you guys. Maybe I can participate in Sunday or Monday hikes on my days off. Bonnie

    September 15, 2013

    • cathy m

      Congrats on the new job Bonnie!! Was looking forward to seeing you, maybe next time...

      1 · September 15, 2013

    • Karen H.

      Congrats on the job Bonnie! I had a feeling about that one ;)

      September 18, 2013

  • Brian L.

    Hi, I am coming on my own, just a hiking tent. Is anyone interested in sharing a campsite Friday, I must get back Saturday pm.

    September 15, 2013

    • Brian L.

      thanks Lenny, I will be there around 2pm friday

      September 16, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      OK Brian... done deal... see you Friday...

      September 17, 2013

  • B m.

    Barbara Moritz

    September 17, 2013

  • Susan G.

    We will be bringing our motor home and will arrive Friday evening after work. We are looking forward to hiking after the long hot and rainy summer. Fall is here. Yeah!

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • kevin

      Do u have a spare bedroom lol

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • Allen F.

    To answer the unspoken question, yes Smokey will be there. I'll be doing kielbasa stew in the Dutch oven again and bringing some homemade mango cookies.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Ed

    In Arizona. May be able to attend some activities on Saturday when I return.

    September 16, 2013

  • Allen F.

    We'll be bringing the camper and the whole herd. Kayaks too.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Amanda

    Yay, just got back in town & really looking forward to this fun weekend at Silver Lake! Bringing my tent & going to wing it for a site. I plan to bring kayak & bicycle. Now just gotta figure out food!
    See ya'll soon! yay.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Jay G.

    Hi,
    I just spread out three wheelbarrow loads of firewood to dry in the sun (it's been a rainy summer). I'll bring the wood for the weekend. The wood isn't pretty, but they'll burn.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Carol L.

    Not sure if I can camp yet but will be there for the meeting

    August 13, 2013

  • Jay G.

    I'll start my plants now so they'll be ready for new homes in September.

    1 · June 10, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      My catnip that you gave me seems to be thriving!!

      June 10, 2013

    • sue b.

      Great! you have nice plants always...thanks for bringing them!

      August 8, 2013

  • Kate M.

    Newbies to the group! We can't get off to come Friday but can make the meeting on Sat. What time would it start?

    August 6, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      The business meeting is around lunch time and will be FTA specific. You are very welcome to attend and learn about FTA. We plan to have two hikes scheduled for before the meeting which will commence around 8:30.

      August 8, 2013

  • SiSi

    Mandatory class with the AUX...can't make it this weekend.

    July 28, 2013

  • Lynn C.

    I live in mid St Pete and can drive if somebody wants to carpool. i am thinking I may stay overnight Saturday, not sure.

    July 17, 2013

  • Amanda

    Yay, play!

    June 23, 2013

  • Bonnie B.

    I will attend on Saturday for the meeting and hike.

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • healthymom

    I'm assuming there will be hike the morning of the meeting?
    Do we need to bring anything for lunch?

    June 1, 2013

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