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Boycott the Malls! Black Friday Hike on the Ft King/Dead River Loop

 

Join me on a post Thanksgiving Day hike!

LET US GIVE THANKS... for fresh air, our beautiful natural woods, AND that we will not be jammed elbow to elbow with a bunch of voracious, frenetic bargain hunters....

This is a pleasant, mostly shaded trek.

No fee for parking. Water but no restrooms available at the trail head. 

Total distance will be about 7.5 miles.Be sure of your conditioning level and ability to hike this distance.

We will start off taking an unmapped, primitive, VERY rough in parts, lightly used canopied segment for first 1.5 miles or so. Possible ankle deep wet crossing.

The route then takes us on a footpath along the Hillsborough River to Dead River Park where there are restrooms, water, picnic tables, and a very pleasant scenic spot to take a break. The return leg will take us on the unpaved and beautifully canopied Dead River Road.

This trek has been one of our favorites!  Link to last year's Black Friday hike.

http://www.meetup.com/Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/91226202/

Our route going counterclockwise....courtesy of Rick G.

Bring food, water,  possibly insect repellent.... proper hiking footwear important. Hiking stick may be helpful as extensive hog damage and erosion may have rendered sections of tread uneven .

Old Ft. King Trail Head turnoff is 300 yards south of Hillsborough River State Park entrance on hwy 301. Coming from Zephyrhills, it is 5.3 miles south from the intersection of 301 and Chancey Rd.

From the intersection of Fowler Ave and 301 it is 9 miles north

This activity is sponsored by the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. There is no fee to hike and you need not be an FTA member to participate but we encourage you to take a moment to learn about the FTA and consider being a part of our community.

http://www.floridatrail.org/

 Lenny

[masked] day of hike


..... quote from WILLIAM BARTRAM, English botanist, commenting on Florida's astonishing natural beauty while on his journey in the 18th century exploring the southern colonies..........

"Whilst I, continually impelled by a restless spirit of curiosity, in pursuit of new productions of nature, my chief happiness consisted in tracing and admiring the infinite power, majesty, and perfection of the great Almighty Creator"

 

 

 

 

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  • Ds G.

    The day could not have been better.
    “Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”
    ― Zhuangzi,

    1 · December 1, 2013

    • Hyeyong T.

      Love the quote!!

      December 1, 2013

    • Ds G.

      Thanks Hyeyong ....Love the zen quotes myself

      December 1, 2013

  • Eddie

    First pre-Thanksgiving Day casualty. Dropped an unopened can of pumpkin pie filling square on my big toe. The nail is a nice shade of purple and smarts when I put my boot on. Catch up with you all another day.

    November 27, 2013

    • Hyeyong T.

      LOL

      1 · November 27, 2013

    • Eddie

      Marty, sounds like my next idea for trail food: What if you mix the mayonnaise in the can, WITH the tuna fish? Or... hold it! I got it! Take LIVE tuna fish, and FEED 'em mayonnaise! OK, I stole the lines from the movie "Night Shift" but your idea is a little easier on the toes. That and steel-toed boots. Thanks for the holiday tips. Great pics by the way. Wish I'd been there.

      November 30, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_adgG8Ba2Q

    Look at all the fun we missed! No fights out on the Ft King /Dead River Trail.LOL! Just beautiful weather, scenery and fellowship! Had a terrific day with all of you and so glad to hang out with old friends, get to better know recently met friends, and meet new ones....You all made my day!

    5 · November 30, 2013

    • Swami

      Thank you very much for sharing the video - I had no idea this is how things get nowadays. Lenny, how about calling the day 'Green Friday' instead of 'Black Friday' and having our own tradition? What do you think? We can just have something different, positive, enriching and good for the spirit, mind and body which has its own name too ... just a thought.

      2 · November 30, 2013

    • Wes C

      Well, we did have to fight the Caesar Weed. I think it won. I must have picked a hundred burrs off my clothing and day pack.

      4 · November 30, 2013

  • SunAnnie

    Sorry I didnt make it! Ended up on 579 instead of 301. Next time! :)

    November 29, 2013

  • Sharon S.

    Had a great time. I am new to the group and I will be back. Thank you to Lenny and everyone who was there for making me feel welcome.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lenny, and the whole crew, for making me feel so welcome on my first hike with all of you. It won't be my last!

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Mike N.

    Very pleasant hike, beautiful scenery, everyone walking at their own pace, working off the turkey. Another good one, Lenny.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • David A.

    Great, great way to spend the morning. Wonderful, interesting people!

    3 · November 30, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    It was as usual a great hike but for some reason I was unable to catch up with the leader. Bummer!

    2 · November 29, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Thanks for being a diligent "sweep" Marty!!

      2 · November 29, 2013

  • Terry

    What a spectacular day. How lucky are we? Great to be with you all. Lenny, thanks for another wonderful walk in the woods.

    4 · November 29, 2013

  • Wes C

    Good way to spend Black Friday morning instead of fighting the shoppers. Good group of people with lots of conservation and laughter. Thanks, Lenny, for getting the Holiday Season kicked off right.

    2 · November 29, 2013

  • John A.

    Great hike as always with you Lenny..many thanks

    2 · November 29, 2013

  • Swami

    A wonderful hike on a beautiful day with the best people to be hiking with. Lenny, thank you very much for once again organizing so perfectly and all who made this morning so enjoyable.

    3 · November 29, 2013

  • Hyeyong T.

    Beautiful day, awesome people and fantastic time!! Great hiking and thank you, Lenny!!

    4 · November 29, 2013

  • Shelley B.

    So sorry I won't be able to make my first hike with the group. I have to work tomorrow.

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can no longer attend. My car is acting up and won't make it from Sarasota to and back. hopefully someone on the wait list will see this in time to go

    November 28, 2013

  • Susan H.

    I won't be joining this party group after all...I will catching up on some much needing painting. My easel is calling to me. Have fun everyone! See you soon.

    November 28, 2013

  • Sharon S.

    I am camping at hillsborough state park. Would like to home with you! Let me know if ok

    1 · November 28, 2013

  • Ceci L.

    Lenny, I won't be able to make this hike unfortunately. I hate to miss it and hope you do it again sometime. I changed my RSVP. See you another time!

    November 27, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Now you're alarming me. "proper hiking footwear important. Hiking stick may be helpful as extensive hog damage and erosion may have rendered sections of tread uneven ." My boots were purchased in 1995, just high-top, but not water proof. I don't have a hiking stick. I'm game for it, but I don't want to hold anybody back. Let me know if you think I should pass on this and let some more capable wait-lister have my spot.

    November 24, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Thanks for all the encouragement and the offers to share. Terry, do you want to ride share? I could meet you somewhere on 301. GJ

      November 25, 2013

    • Terry

      I may have to stop by my office to handle a couple of things early that morning so I better just meet you at the hike. I believe this trail is very near the Hillsborough River park so it's close for us "country folk" to get to. See you there!

      November 25, 2013

  • cathy m

    Sorry I am going to miss a beautiful hike. Scheduled to work.

    November 23, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      bummer! sorry we won't see you Cathy...

      November 23, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Hi everyone... I am SO glad to see that there are many who don't need the Black Friday madness and choose to spend a day out in the woods... That being said, if you have RSVP'd and your plans have changed, could you please amend your RSVP for the benefit of those on the "Wait List"...

    November 20, 2013

    • Wes C

      Uh, I'm doing both. I'm heading over to Go2Outfitters, one of our sponsors, after the hike. Anyone care to join me? I've got a couple of camping items to pick up & just want to look around. I just noticed the 15% off to FTA members if you spend $20.

      1 · November 20, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      I might join you Wes... I haven't been there in awhile and the store is very near my house....

      1 · November 22, 2013

  • DONNA S.

    Hey I am Diane Davis sis she just joined. And on hike , like to see if i can come.

    November 20, 2013

    • Wes C

      Donna, are you Diane's +1? If so, you're covered. If not, you'll have to ask Lenny, "Pretty please…?"

      November 20, 2013

  • Diane D.

    just joined group ,from Knoxville /tn.would like to attend and my sister also.

    November 15, 2013

  • Terry

    Black Friday? Is that the wrestling match you see on the news every November where 6 people try to kill each other over a toaster oven? No thanks. I'll pray to the hiking Gods for a spot to open up. :)

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Just how arduous is this trek? Do you all go at an aggressive pace, or is it more of a meander? I did a walk at Hillsborough State Park a few weeks ago, all trails made up about 5 miles and that was no problem, but we were definitely at the meander pace. If I were to join in, I would not want to hold anybody back.

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      casual..... come join us....

      November 6, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Will be in New England. Enjoy!

    October 13, 2013

  • Sheila B.

    Lenny, are dogs on leashes allowed on the trail?

    October 1, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Sheila, dogs are not prohibited but it is 7.5 miles and there will be a couple of remote places close to the river where gators could be lurking unbeknownst to us....so you need to keep your doggy away from waters edge at all times.....

      October 1, 2013

  • Julie M

    I will be working 20+ hours thanksgiving evening into friday.... so yes boycott the malls/stores!!! Save our retail souls, or after the hike bring "us unfortunate" coffee refills ;-)

    October 1, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Was planning on doing the Thanksgiving backpack but if that doesn't work out I'll join you guys. Or if I do the backpacking maybe Marty will do this hike. Will keep you in the loop

    October 1, 2013

  • Ceci L.

    I am seriously considering this one. Still nailing down TGiving plans.

    October 1, 2013

  • Swami

    Thanks for bringing this hike back Lenny, I was unable to make the last one and the date is just perfect.

    1 · October 1, 2013

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