In Search of the Lightning Bugs: Episode 2

In Search of the Lightning Bugs: Episode 2 - Night Hike
When: Saturday June 15, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. Hiking daylight to dusk to dark.
Where: Holder Mine Campground, Citrus Tract, Withlacoochee State Forest.
Distance: Approximately 7 miles, point to point with an extension.
What to bring: insect repellent, moon screen, one quart water (we will replenish at mile 4), snack, flashlight with new batteries, camping gear and food if you want to camp.

Last year's episode went well.  We discovered that lightning bugs were a scarce commodity in April.  But this year will be different.  A new route and we will be going in June.

We will start at Holder Mine and end at Mutual Mine with a route like this: Holder to Mutual along rarely used trails, paths, traces, hunters' paths and forest roads.  At Mutual Mine rest area, we will replenish our water supplies and then follow the blue blaze along the berm to the orange loop; then return to Mutual Mine on the same berm and where the cars will be for transport back to Holder. Due to the late hour we will not be stopping for any lengthy breaks or sandwich breaks.

This year's pre-hike produced a masterpiece.  We were walking on the blue path along the berm with gorges along both sides.  There were no lightning bugs on the path, but along the side of the berm, in the gorges and as high as head level were at least 12,000 of them sparkling and illuminating the sides of the trail.  It was phenomenal.  This is it!  The real deal!  Who's in?

Camping for all who want.  $20 per site, two tents allowed per site, $10 if 65+.  There are no reservations but the campground should have ample  sites.  There are hot showers.

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  • sue b.

    terrific weekend Gordy!! Gordy is amazing-he can even make the weather do what he wants it to! I arrived at the campground earlier than everyone else-called him to tell him it was pouring rain--he said it would pass thru-and sure enough when Gordy got to the campground-the rain ended!! Great hike! Great camping! Great people..enjoyed the weekend very much!

    June 17, 2013

  • alex

    no bugs

    June 16, 2013

  • Rita

    The hike was very enjoyable. I plan to attend another event in the future. Thanks to everyone for the great company and conversations!

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Jill

    Regretably forced to pass on this hike. Raining here in Polk County and radar map shows storms over Inverness. I wish good hiking to the brave ones.

    June 15, 2013

  • Debbie K.

    Sorry, I will not be attending.

    June 13, 2013

  • Debbie K.

    I will be visiting friends in Floral City - perfect chance to meet like-minded folks.

    June 13, 2013

  • gordyhawkins

    Thank you to all that changed their RSVP when they realized they would be unable to attend. We will miss you and hope you stay healthy even through the summer weather. Everyone is now off the wait list.

    June 13, 2013

  • Adelaida C.

    I wish I could plans fell through

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone want to carpool from St Pete/ Clearwater area? Feel free to contact me on[masked] or email. Thanks

    June 12, 2013

  • Felicia B.

    Can't make it, please let someone else have the opening. Have fun and

    June 12, 2013

  • Darren M.

    sorry, I better study for finals

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow - that sounds great! Would love more info about where to find the lightning bugs...

    June 12, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    With regrets.... Gordy and friends.....see you all next time..

    June 11, 2013

  • Darren M.

    +2 on camping

    May 25, 2013

  • gordyhawkins

    There is no organized carpooling for this hike. Will be a late finish and last time most everyone camped - although that is not necessary - and full cars with camping gear. There may be someone out there who sees your post and carpooling with work for them and they will let you know.

    June 1, 2013

  • gordyhawkins

    There is no backpacking needed. The campsite is at the meeting/starting point. Makes it easy. So no problem at all setting up your campsite and when time to meet walk 50 yards to the start right from your campsite.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we backpacking in to campsite? Is there a way to set up camp before the hike? I don't mind backpacking but my current tent is too big for that.

    June 1, 2013

  • gordyhawkins

    Since the hike will be over later at night, I plan to have my tent set up before we leave for the hike - that removes the hassle of setting up camp after we return.

    May 21, 2013

  • sue b.

    ignore last post-i didn't read the whole description....

    May 21, 2013

  • sue b.

    Gordy-are you going to be camping at holder mine that weekend?

    May 21, 2013

  • Felicia B.

    Sounds like a great time. When do you camp at the end of the hike?

    May 17, 2013

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