TRAIL MAINTENANCE! Thanksgiving Turkey Fry,Chapter Meeting, Camping

 

Hello everyone!

OK... now that we know we will all be well fed and giving thanks for our ample bounty......the map shows the trail we will be working on. I don't think you can read it but it is available online.


There are numbered markers every half mile going from 1-12 in a clockwise direction.  I did a scout hike yesterday 10/18.

From #1-4 the trail is in good condition with just a trim here and there needed.The blue blazed connector looks pretty good but I just went a few hundred yards in at both sides.

From 4-7 the trail had practically disappeared. Due to the condition of this 1.5 mile section, Ralph in his wisdom thought it best to try to have this segment cleared with mowers and brushcutters before our event so there is more time to eat and have fun.

As of today, 11/7, this section is now passable but is in real need of lopping/trimming with hand tools.

We want you to get involved in maintenance.....but we also want you to come back a second time!

There is plenty of work to be done with hand tools on sections 4-12.

Sections 7-12 are currently passable but will be overgrown by next spring. We can use a couple of string trimmers along a few sections of   # 7- 12.  We will need folks with loppers and long blade (old fashioned) hedge trimmers for sections 4-12 including the spur trail to the primitive campground. There is a blowdown that just past the primitive camp spur.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING A CHAINSAW UNLESS YOU ARE AN FTA CERTIFIED SAWYER. A couple of handsaws /Sven saws might be useful. 
This is one of the nicest hikes in the area and the trail needs our help! I think we will need to split into 2-3 crews working in opposite directions.

Here is what we know so far....

  • Ed Hess, last years turkey fryer, returns as our head chef. Looks like we are going to have a great turnout!... Ed's doing a shrimp boil Friday night.... $5.00 donation per shrimper.....
  • We have the primitive group camp reserved for Nov 15 and 16.  This site can accommodate up to 20 campers.  The fee for this site is $5.00 per person per night but will be waived for anyone who completes meaningful substantial work on the trail. (update to follow 10/16.)
  • There will be a work project involving the LMRSP  6.5 mile loop trail.  Update to follow on what tools and skill sets needed.
  • The primitive group site is totally "pack in / pack out". There is no running water or facilities.  However, the park said it is fine for primitive campers to use the restrooms in the family campground-just a short stroll away.  If you'd prefer, you may make reservations on your own in the family campground.  This area usually fills up fast in the fall. Camping fees will not be waived for anyone staying in the family campground.
  • Saturday afternoon we have Ed's fried turkey / potluck, followed by our Q4 chapter business meeting.  Some may want to go paddling or hike The park rents  canoes.  Canoe Outpost is just a ways down the road....  or, an after lunch nap , relax, and chat with  friends under the trees!  or continue maintenance work if needed.

This activity is sponsored by the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. There is no fee to participate and you need not be an FTA member. However, if you regularly enjoy our free activities, we encourage you to take a moment to learn about the FTA and consider joining our organization.

http://www.floridatrail.org/

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  • Susan G.

    We had a great time! My spirits are always lifted after spending time outside with great folks. Thanks to everyone.

    2 · November 19, 2013

  • Allen F.

    Kayaking on Friday followed by a shrimp boil with good company-hiking & trail work on Saturday followed by a turkey fry with good company-kayaking on Sunday and getting to watch the Bucs win a football game followed by some quality steaks on the barbie-does it get any better than this? Is this a great country or what?

    3 · November 18, 2013

  • cathy m

    Sorry to have missed most of the weekend events. So glad everything went great. It was good to see you all on Sat. night and for breakfast which was super. Thank you Ed and April for all your hard work in making this weekend a success. Thanks to Lenny who does such a great job in organizing these events!! Couldn't do it without you all.

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Amanda

    What a great weekend to share with friends! Delicious food, easy trail maintaince (looking forward to doing more here!) wonderful fun & conversation round the campfire, great paddle on the river for the weekend finale! Thank you everyone for organizing, thank you everyone for preparing such yummy dishes, thank you everyone for putting up with my silliness - I had fun!

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Great weekend everyone! We got a good chunk of the trail cleared. THANKS SO MUCH TO ED AND APRIL ... Fantastic!

    DID ANYBODY GET BACK OUT SUNDAY TO WORK THE TRAIL SECTIONS BETWEEN # 5 AND #7 ? NO PROBLEM IF NOT BUT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE AND REPORT BACK TO THE PARK..OR ORGANIZE SMALL WORK PARTY TO GET THAT FINISHED AND DONE FOR WINTER HIKING SEASON.

    2 · November 18, 2013

  • Cheryl H.

    I will be there early Saturday morning to do trail work or help with the food, whichever is needed. Can't make the shrimp boil but will be there for the turkey fry. Will bring a vegan dish, roasted winter squash with pear, cranberry and walnut topping. and some very non-vegan turtle brownies.

    2 · November 12, 2013

    • Cheryl H.

      Lenny, sorry you missed it. The squash was more popular than I expected. Next time I will make more.

      1 · November 18, 2013

    • Hyeyong T.

      It was an awesome dish and nice meeting you, Cheryl.

      November 18, 2013

  • Wes C

    Had a great time. Thanks, Ed and April for doing the shrimp boil and turkey fry. Delicious! And thanks to everyone for bringing the yummy side dishes. The campfire chatter and evening hikes were entertaining. Got to see a pygmy rattlesnake and a gopher tortoise, too. I'll be looking forward to going back to help with the trail again, Jay.

    2 · November 17, 2013

    • Hyeyong T.

      Missed the campfire and evening hikes,,, Bummer.... Would have loved it. Hopefully next time,,,, It was a great day of event and I enjoyed it. Thanks everyone!!

      2 · November 17, 2013

  • Wes C

    If you left your hat at the primitive group campsite, I have it.

    November 17, 2013

  • Hyeyong T.

    What a great day for working the trails with the most wonderful people. Had a fantastic time hiking, working, meeting new people, seeing old friends. socializing and sharing yummy turkey fry. Thank you and looking forward to the next time.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • lois v.

    I didn't join the maintenance crews this year. But the Turkey dinner was a huge success. Fri. nights shrimp boil looked wonderful. Hope I can be more involved next time.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Cheryl H.

    Saturday was wonderful. I enjoyed my first try at trail maintenance. The fried turkey was sumptuous. Thank you to everyone who made the day special.

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there Saturday for work, meeting, potluck and turkey. What time should I arrive Saturday morning? Also, I am looking for any opportunity for any required training to be able to help the most.

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Cheryl H.

      Lenny, How do I find out about the training classes, time, location, etc? Thank you!

      November 15, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      David, sorry we missed you... I had sent out a note to all to meet at the youth group site... but I understand as we all get way too many emails... We do want all willing hands to help out.... please feel free to contact me directly next time...

      November 16, 2013

  • kevin

    On my way

    November 15, 2013

  • Susan G.

    Joe and I will be there Friday afternoon. Our camping spot is not in the same area but we will track you down. I will bring a few different side dishes for the Saturday Turkey Fry. We are looking forward to helping on the trail. Susan

    November 15, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Did anyone who was a Potts 2 weeks ago pick up a blue yoga mat? Let me know, arlene

    November 15, 2013

  • sue b.

    sunday morning potluck breakfast--i am bringing 18 eggs, a pkg of hash browns, a loaf of bread,,Arlene is bringing veggie bacon, anyone is welcome to join in... see you friday!!

    November 11, 2013

    • Wes C

      I'll bring more hash browns, some pork bacon, and a skillet and stove to cook them.

      November 15, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Are potatoes/stuffing/sweet potatoes etc all included in the Turkey fry or do we have to bring sides &/or desserts? arlene

    November 14, 2013

  • Pauline

    I'm was looking forward to some fun this weekend, but now I'm unable to make it. I have camp site #28. Let me know if anyone would like the site.

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • kevin

      Pauline I will take it if its still available

      November 14, 2013

    • Elizabeth P

      Sorry Kevin, I beat you to it

      November 14, 2013

  • kevin

    fire wood. dont forget fire wood

    November 14, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Hey Al Force, The park just confirmed that there are two picnic tables at the group site where we are having the shrimp boil. Please circle back to Ed to see if your tables are still necessary...

    Also there are benches around the fire pit. We have a few spots open in the group site if any late takers...The group site is no charge for anyone working on the trail on Saturday.

    November 14, 2013

    • Allen F.

      I'm already here along with the tables. We're making a long weekend of it. We're in site 14.

      1 · November 14, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Whoa. Al, see you tomorrow....

      November 14, 2013

  • Hyeyong T.

    I can be there Saturday morning. I will stay for turkey fry and will bring some brownie to snack on for energy.

    November 14, 2013

    • Wes C

      You always bring energy, Hyeyong.

      November 14, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    How many would be interested in Ed doing a shrimp boil. Folks. If 20 people gave $5 I think that would cover the shrimp. Also we will be asking for a $5.00 donation for Saturday's turkey fry. Like we did at Silver Lake, we are asking that everyone bring their own cups, plates, cutlery etc...that seemed to work out OK....fun to talk about food. Beth's pork sliders sound great as well!

    3 · October 15, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      BB.... will assume primitive group site... I think we have a spot left... Otherwise, I think there are some share spots available in the family campground....

      1 · November 11, 2013

    • BB

      Primitive is perfect or I can even sleep in my truck. I'm flexible with whatever.

      November 14, 2013

  • Ed & April H.

    If anyone is able to bring a folding banquet-style table for serving shrimp and fixin's on Friday evening, please drop a reply to me. I have a card table, but having more room to serve would be better. Thanks, Ed Hess

    November 13, 2013

    • Allen F.

      You got it. Want two?

      1 · November 13, 2013

    • Ed & April H.

      That's great Allen! I think having one will do the trick. Thanks for the offer.

      November 13, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    F.Y.I was just talking with staff at the park & apparently you can park your car in the youth area but washrooms/showers are about .2 miles away. arlene

    November 13, 2013

  • Dave R.

    I can be there Friday morning to help with trail maintenance but I can't camp. All right maybe I'll eat some shrimp.
    Will there be anyone working on the trails Friday afternoon?

    November 12, 2013

  • Allen F.

    We're coming down early with the trailer on Thurs. I'm bringing a couple of loafs of homemade Magic Mango bread. and the Orange Blossom Special (big orange tandem kayak) for paddling with Smokey & the better half. See ya there.

    November 12, 2013

  • cathy m

    I will bring a side for Saturday and bacon for Sunday. I'm in for the shrimp boil. I am bringing a tank and a fryer. Not sure about the burner yet. Will know by Wednesday.

    November 11, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      OK, Ed wanted to confirm the availability of the second fryer . I was going to call Tom Hogan this morning but sounds like you have it?? Please confirm

      November 12, 2013

  • Tom

    I'm planning to eat both meals, bring sides. Will camp if there is room ( I think there was one spot left when I saw the list) and will Kayak on Sunday. I have paddled up river and back before.

    Ed I can bring burner and tanks if you are in need. I also have a double burner if anyone wants to heat up food for sides.

    November 11, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Tom, there is room at the group site. A couple had to cancel....

      November 12, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      I think those items would be good to have.

      November 12, 2013

  • Pauline

    Is anyone planning on Kayaking?

    November 9, 2013

    • Elizabeth P

      I will bring my kayak and will probably launch from the canoe launch within the park (the Steps)

      November 9, 2013

    • Amanda

      I plan to bring my kayak also.

      November 11, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Hey Lenny does Ed need to have a head count for the Friday Shrimp boil? arl

    November 11, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Yes,,, I am going to be talking to Ed later today after I catch my breath from a busy weekend and I review approx head count

      November 11, 2013

  • Jay G.

    Hi,

    What do I have to do to have a place to pitch my tent for Friday and Saturday nights?

    Thanks,

    Jay

    November 10, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Jay, we already have you on the RSVP list for the group site...

      November 10, 2013

    • Jay G.

      Great!

      November 11, 2013

  • Amanda

    Ooh what fun this is gonna be!
    Looking forward to camping, Shrimp boil, trail work, turkey fry, more food, and fun fun fun!!!!!! yippee!
    Oh, I plan to bring my kayak also.

    November 10, 2013

  • Ruth R.

    I am in for food all the way Ed's Shrimp boil hopefully right through breakfast on Sunday. Thanx. will bring some stuff to round out meals or drive down to Publix to pick some extras up.

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Have a work training all day on Saturday. Sorry to miss!

    November 9, 2013

  • Beth A.

    Looks like the weather is going to be awesome for next weekend and a full moon as well.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • April D.

    Not camping, not working, just coming for the fun.

    2 · November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will bring a side for Friday night

    2 · October 21, 2013

  • Ed & April H.

    I think this is going to be a lot of fun! Lenny brought up a good point. We are having a late lunch on Saturday with the turkey fry. As in 1-2:00. Maybe not the best idea to have the boil a few hours afterwards for dinner. What would you say for the boil on Friday say 6-6:30. Are enough people off work and able to be at he campground? I really like Beth Ann's idea for pulled pork sliders. Maybe we could have that Saturday evening for dinner. Just brain-storming. What are your ideas?

    October 16, 2013

    • sue b.

      count me in for the friday night shrimp boil

      October 17, 2013

    • cathy m

      Good idea Ed. We usually have Turkey left overs on Sat. night anyway.. Shrimp sounds GRAND!!

      October 17, 2013

  • Beth A.

    Don't forget that the time changes the first weekend in November, will start getting dark around 6:00 - 6:30. I'm planning on having the sliders on Friday, not sure about Saturday evening yet probably be to stuffed from the Turkey Fry. LOL

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Randall.... I think Ed will be taking a leap of faith...we will collect for the boil on Friday....so.... I think we are more than half way there for commits on the shrimp boil....... let's go for it... what a culinary event!! I will bring super hot chili and hot sauce if anyone likes that...

    1 · October 15, 2013

    • Randall

      I'll also have the money for both evenings meals for my +1. Wasn't sure if that was part of the calculation to get enough people signed up.

      1 · October 15, 2013

    • Beth A.

      I'm in for the shrimp boil. Sounds like we're going to be having an awesome weekend.

      1 · October 16, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Hope the pot is strong enough for the hot sauce, Lenny, bring it on! Marty

    October 16, 2013

  • lois v.

    Tammy, Destiney and I will help with the shrimp expenses. We will bring potato salad.,too.

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • kevin

    I will eat anything ed cooks all weekend

    October 15, 2013

  • Beth A.

    Anybody wanting to do a Potluck for Friday evening? I'm planning on to bringing pulled pork sliders and slaw

    October 14, 2013

  • Ed & April H.

    I would be willing to put on a shrimp boil Friday or Saturday night with shrimp, sausage, potatoes, & corn if there are others would chip in to help buy the shrimp. I can have a boil for about 30 with my setup.

    October 14, 2013

  • Beth A.

    I've got site # 20, sharing with Randall & Ida. Planning on camping both nights

    October 14, 2013

  • Ed & April H.

    My wife April and I have snagged site #23 in the campground at LMRSP for Friday nite thru Sunday morning. If there are others staying in the campground, maybe we can make some dinner plans for Friday or Saturday. Drop us an email.

    October 14, 2013

  • Jay G.

    HI,
    I'll be available to work both Friday and Saturday. Is there still space available in the primitive site for two nights?

    Thanks,
    Jay

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Ha Jay... you already RSVP'd for the group primitive site...

      October 14, 2013

  • Jim G.

    Got room for me in primitive site

    October 13, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Here are excerpts from an email I got from Ranger Christy back in July "As far as volunteer work, using the loppers on the trail is fine but we also have some larger trees that could be cut with a chainsaw and moved off the trail if anyone in your group has chainsaw experience. A weedeater would also be useful because many of the sections of trail need extensive weedeating and loppers don’t seem to do very well for that. The area that needs the most weedeating is the section between markers 2 and 4 along the river.

    Currently we need to replace or do major repairs to the bridges located between markers 6 and 7. " She has also asked if Suncoast could do maybe 3 or 4 work days per year. They are a small staff but their trail receives alot of traffic.

    September 29, 2013

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