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.