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Annual Stone Soup! Chapter Meeting / Camping / Hiking / Fun / Food

Stone Soup.... Highlight Annual Suncoast Chapter FTA event which pre dates  hiking days for many of us with the Suncoast Chapter- a great tradition which brings out many of the "old school" FTA members whom we have had the opportunity to meet and become friends with in the past few years....

Stone Soup... A wonderful old folk tale which is the basis for our tradition, teaching us a lesson in cooperation in the midst of scarcity... http://vimeo.com/8671479

Stone Soup.... alot of fun! great soup! great camping! hiking! hanging around with friends and making new ones!!

Friday and Saturday night - We are camping in sites C/D in the Youth group site. (right half of site as you walk/drive in) Maximum capacity is 35 campers.  This site has flush toilets, potable water, no hot showers.  Tents only..  Walk in site, or drop off gear, and park car in outer parking lot. 

RV's can reserve on their own in family campground..

We usually have some kind of Friday pot luck....Hot dogs by Sue...donations will be taken.. Campfire and chatting!!

Saturday morning..... 8:45 am We plan to have 2/ 3 hikes.... 7 mile Dead River Loop led by Lenny Chew / 3.5 mile FTA loop trail/ light maintenance hike will be led by Cheryl Holland/ you can come on this hike and not have to do any maintenance work.. / 1.5 or so mile self guided hikes on Baynard and / or River Rapids Trails......

The parked has asked us to do the following......

1. Trimming back  the vegetation on the trail

2. Removing any debris/trash from the trail and primitive camp site A, B, C, and D including any non burnables in the fire rings

3. Removing cobwebs and wiping down trail kiosks

So we will need a few of those going on this hike with Cheryl Holland to bring loppers....we will have a few FTA owned loppers / no machetes please / one or two folk with small trash bags.

 

Alan Bailey is our Soup Steward and HAS PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING DIRECTION ON WHAT TO BRING, NOT TO BRING AND WHEN.

1. Fresh, completely deboned, uncooked meats only cut into 1" squares. No whole poultry. Absolutely no  leftover cooked meat dishes sitting around your freezer.  We will have one vegetarian pot and one with meat.

2.  LOTS of fresh vegetables - these must be there by 11:am but can be dropped of earlier. 

3. If bringing fresh meats, dried beans or other items requiring long cooking times, you must bring them to our pavilion before the start of the hikes which will be 9:am. Dried beans must be washed and pre soaked overnight. Alan will be there with a cooler to receive them from you. 

4. Bring your own soup bowl /cup / utensils.

5. Take out containers if you want to bring home leftover soup

6. Right now the Kitchen prep / clean up staff is Alan / Sue Bunge / Marty and Arlene / Kevin Dodd/ Cathy Muckler/ Marilyn/Beth /, Beth/ Linda D./Lenny/Wes/Lisa D and others I am sure... Thanks in advance to everyone for pitching in and lightening the load...

Preppers bring cutting board and kitchen knife. You will have to forgo participating in the long hike to help on the prep part. 

We will need a few sides/salads/bread..

Soup is on immediately following 12:30 pm Chapter Business Meeting.... to be followed by our fundraiser auction

Annual FTA fundraising auction...IMPORTANT!  Bring your never or seldom used camp gear, other usable outdoor items... or any interesting curios in good condition for our annual auction...All funds raised go towards trail maintenance, equipment repair, etc. TRACY HYDE will be our auctioneer this year.  

We  will be taking cash donations as well if you don't find something you want to buy


Saturday night will be hanging around the campfire..... Tracy Hyde will lead the 2nd annual Glow in the Dark night hike around the 3.5 mile loop.

Sunday morning group breakfast coordinated by Sue Bunge. Fort Foster tour 11:am Sunday on your own...

As of today, January 14, the park has given us the campground and pavilion rental for free.   Saturday attendees should expect to pay normal day use fee upon entry. 

Lenny

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  • Lenny C.

    Thank you to everyone who came out and to those who donated to our auction.... please patronize our sponsors who contributed some REALLY nice stuff for auction....Alligator Bob, Tampa Bay Outfitters, Go 2 Outfitters, Southern Wilderness Depot, Bill Jacksons's.....and Others..... look for FTA in store discounts....also thanks to Treehouse Yoga who has organized and facilitated all the Western Corridor hikes this year....

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Tom

    Tracy - I have your bag of balls, whackers, wickets.

    Ben declared it the best soup! I think that is year 7 of tasting.

    January 27, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      yes... best soup by far.....

      January 27, 2014

  • Ds G.

    “No matter where you are, you're always a bit on your own, always an outsider.”
    ― Banana Yoshimoto,
    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

    January 27, 2014

  • Sindhu k.

    I just want to thank the group I camped with on Friday evening for their kindness and help. Really meant a lot to me - as I shared with many of you, I was nervous coming out not knowing anyone but your help made this a wonderful experience I hope to repeat soon. The whole package including the hike was beautiful. Thankyou again.
    Regards
    Sindhu

    3 · January 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad you made the decision to come out!

      January 26, 2014

    • Wes C

      Sindhu, I hope you stayed warm enough and will come out camping with us again.

      January 27, 2014

  • Wes C

    If anyone found a Coleman 500ml water bottle, please let me know. I might have left it at the pavilion on Saturday. Thanks.

    January 26, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      I think Tracy auctioned it for 5 bucks...

      January 26, 2014

    • Wes C

      That's unfortunate. I'll have to find another bottle for my waist pack. I'm glad my car wasn't parked too near the pavilion. :D

      January 27, 2014

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Click on the url to see the long hike route. I chose just a few pictures from the many great ones posted. Enjoy, Arlene Winick
    http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/martywinick/jan-25-14-stone-soup-long-hike/#.UuXU1Zco4y4

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • michele c

    Thanks, everyone for putting all of this together. Tracy, you are certainly the Master of Fun--from your auctioning skills to the croquet game. Alan, you & soup go together. Happy trails.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Susan G.

    We had a wonderful time. Great food, great people, great auctioneer. All this in a beautiful setting. What more could you want?

    January 26, 2014

  • Lenny C.

    This weekend was a GREAT team effort.... won't mention all the names who pitched in, but you know who you are.... but will give special hats off to Tracy for the night hike and superb job as first time auctioneer!! And kudos to Soup Steward Alan........ Thanks to HRSP being gracious hosts.... as always.... enjoyed hanging around old friends and great to meet new ones.....

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Beth A.

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it out for Stone Soup. Got a bad stomach flu

    January 25, 2014

    • Catherine

      now I have to figure out what to do with all of these veggies.

      January 25, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      hope you are feeling better... guess you are going vegan for a few days..... lol...

      January 26, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    Thanks to everyone for such a great weekend!

    January 26, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      nice to meet you Anthony.... enjoyed you camping out with us.

      January 26, 2014

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Great fun, great spot, great food, great weather & BEST OF ALL... great people.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Cheryl H.

    What a great time! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard. The soup was super, the auction a lot of fun! Special thanks to Tracy for the night hike. Don't know when I've had a better time lost in the dark with a bunch of strangers. Root! Root!

    January 26, 2014

  • Carol M.

    Thank you to all the organizers, cooks and cook helpers/cleanup crew, hike leaders, auctioneers, suppliers of food and fire wood, and all the friendly faces during another fantastic Stone Soup weekend. Just great!

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Emma

    I really enjoyed the 7-mi hike with Lenny and the group. The soup was great. Thanks to everyone who made this such a successful event. I look forward to many more. :-) Emma

    January 25, 2014

  • Corin K.

    I had a wonderful 1st hike, ty to everyone for being so helpful and welcoming

    1 · January 25, 2014

    • Emma

      It was nice meeting you, Corin. I'm sure our paths will cross again. Emma

      January 25, 2014

  • Sindhu k.

    Also Lenny and Tom - you were both right. Could not get the sleeping bag or the air mattress back into the original packages :)

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • kevin

    Great night fri. Thank u sue B. For dinner. Tom an ben for breakfast Danish. Stone soup was yhe best ever. Thsnk u all. An a big hell ya to Hillsborough state park for the free weekend of camping

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • cathy m

    Please take a minute to go over the notes for Stone Soup tomorrow. Don't want anyone to forget anything. Thanks!!

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brought some wood and dropped at both sites C/D. Let me know if more is needed; by Friday evening though. Not camping.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • kevin

    Lol ..... its cold. I will be there by 3

    January 24, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      looks like plenty of room for the Coleman Condo!

      1 · January 24, 2014

    • kevin

      Solo this weekend. Small condo

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would it be okay to just come for the stone soup segment. I would like to join the FTA and this seems like a great way to meet everyone? I can give a donation rather than come at 8:30 to drop off food?

    January 24, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      Yes please Janet.... many are coming just for Saturday.... we will gladly accept donations... or you may want to purchase something from our auction...

      January 24, 2014

  • Corin K.

    Well I was unable to get camping gear back from abeing borrowed, so I wont be camping, but I will be doing the hiking and just need clarification hikes are Saturday statting what time???

    January 24, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      Saturday morning..... 8:45 am We plan to have 2/ 3 hikes.... 7 mile Dead River Loop led by Lenny Chew / 3.5 mile FTA loop trail/ light maintenance hike will be led by Cheryl Holland/ you can come on this hike and not have to do any maintenance work.. / 1.5 or so mile self guided hikes on Baynard and / or River Rapids Trails......

      January 24, 2014

  • michele c

    Lenny
    I'm going to a lecture tonight so I won't camp. I plan to hike & bring food for soup Sat. Have a safe trip.

    January 24, 2014

  • Mitch A.

    Carly,
    Hikes are Saturday. Camping starts Friday PM.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Lenny C.

    Plenty of campsites for the hearty souls on Friday night......

    January 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Let's do this! :)

      2 · January 24, 2014

  • Anna B.

    I will bring also bacon, 2 cans of baked beans, some fresh bread, mayo and ketchup etc, chips and dips,and extras bowls, and also if anyone needs a tent, let me know ; I did find out what the auction goodies were Go 2 outfitters gave Lenny, but I will not tell Lenny :) I will bring a fire bowl, fatwood starter, wood, and my Fiskars wood splitter, dying to try it out. Looking forward to this. Related to cold, have been using a propane heater a lot this year, and it really helps. Uses 2 cans in 8 hours, but is is so worth it. Lator, gators

    January 23, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      thanks Anna for stopping by Go2....got some good stuff from them as well as from Lori D at Southern Wilderness.....will be a GREAT weekend......

      January 23, 2014

  • sue b.

    talking about FOOD...Friday night i am bringing 33 hot dogs and hot dog buns--if we don't eat up on Friday night can have for Saturday night..along with a can of baked beans...I'll bring some potato salad and meat for the pot for Stone Soup and the eggs, hash browns and bread for Sunday breakfast--i also have some batter to make waffles...i don't think anyone will starve...looking forward to it!!!

    4 · January 15, 2014

    • sue b.

      yep i have all 3...

      1 · January 23, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      I am all packed up and ready to go!.....don't need ice tomorrow night.....

      January 23, 2014

  • Jay G.

    Bad news. I have to have emergency eye surgery tomorrow so I won't be bringing any veggies or plants or enjoying a great weekend event.

    January 22, 2014

    • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

      Jay, be well - heal fast - see you next time.

      January 22, 2014

    • Carol M.

      Hope your eye surgery went well today and that you recover quickly, Jay!

      January 23, 2014

  • Emma

    So...is the stone soup being served at lunch on Saturday?

    January 23, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      Soup is on immediately following 12:30 pm Chapter Business Meeting.... to be followed by our fundraiser auction

      January 23, 2014

  • Lenny C.

    Campers and day attenders.... when you get to the gate tell them you are with Florida Trail Association.
    [masked] HRSP ranger station / front gate

    Looks like great weather!!!

    Jan 24
    Cooler with periods of sun
    56°Lo 31°

    January 23, 2014

  • Mitch A.

    to campers,

    I am going to bring down a load of firewood Friday afternoon. Good oak, just got more than I need and need to get rid of it. Probably after 3. Someone might bring an ax if they want to turn some pieces into smaller pieces for startup. I am not staying. Hope someone will be there by then.

    1 · January 22, 2014

    • Tracy H.

      I will not be there Mitch but that is really nice of you!

      January 22, 2014

  • michele c

    Jay, wishing you health, a quick healing & recovery.

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • sue b.

    Reminder: for all meals the entire weekend please bring your own plates, bowls, and eating utensils...thanks bunches!

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Sindhu k.

    This is the second time I have gone camping and do not know how to pitch a tent. Will someone be kind enough to show me? Also I do not do well in the cold and it is supposed to be 45 degrees. Any suggestions? Can't imagine sleeping bag will be enough. Do you take extra blankets etc?
    any suggestions will be appreciated
    Thanks

    January 20, 2014

  • kevin

    i was given a really nice water color painting today from a local artist that i do work for from time to time to auction on sat. bring your checkbook

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Sharon S.

    I will be camping with my family at site 51A. I am new to group…hope to meet some of you….I plan on hiking on Saturday morning. Does anyone know if it would be ok for me to bring one more hiker?

    January 20, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      Hi Sharon, plenty of room for extra hikers

      January 21, 2014

    • Sharon S.

      Thank you…see you Saturday.

      January 21, 2014

  • Martin B.

    Will we be gathering at our reserved Pavilion on Saturday morning for the 8:45 am hikes? Which Pavilion (next to Parking lot #3... or #4)? Is this where we drop off the food before the hikes? This is my first Stone Soup experience.

    January 21, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      Good questions Martin.... I will have signs out. It will be near parking area # 3. Yes.. this is where we drop off the food before the hikes.. Alan Bailey will be there to receive... btw... Activity Leaders..... I only have two signs ... don't know where my other ones are...someone please bring a couple more.....It is pavilion # 9, the Cypress pavilion, the largest one and is right next to the sidewalk near the restrooms.

      January 21, 2014

  • Anna B.

    I'll bring some firewood, tables and meat for stews. I will bring Lisa's chair also.

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • Tracy H.

    The glow sticks for this years night hike have been ordered and are on there way. I've changed the color of the glow for this years hike. Hint, although it may be cold it will be a Red hot hike. There is also a special event scheduled for this years hike at the mile, mile and a half mark. This will be a top secret funtion that only the night hikers will know about. This is a easy paced hike and everyone is invited. We will walk at a pace that is comfortable for all. No one will be rushed or left behind. Kids are welcome and encouraged. LIVE LIFE WITHOUT REGRETS. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS YEARS NIGHT HIKE!

    2 · January 9, 2014

    • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

      Will we encounter ghosts? I'm afraid of the dark. M!

      January 14, 2014

    • Tracy H.

      I will bring the ghost spray but I only have one bottle left so get with me early. You will be safe with the combination of the glow stick and ghost spray.

      January 14, 2014

  • Wes C

    I'm doing the long hike, so I'll help with cleanup. I'll bring some bread rolls and chicken cut into one-inch pieces.

    January 13, 2014

    • cathy m

      That's great Wes, thanks.

      January 14, 2014

  • cathy m

    What ever you need me to do ,Alan, I shall help in anyway I can.

    1 · January 9, 2014

    • Lenny C.

      you da' best... thanks Cathy.....

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to attend and camp both Friday & Saturday. Is there still room for a small tent?

    January 13, 2014

  • sue b.

    Sunday morning breakfast--i am bringing eggs, hash browns and bread and butter for toast...everyone is welcome and if you would like to contribute something that would be great...see you there!

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Wes C

      I'll bring two packages of Banquet Brown 'N Serve Sausages (total 20 sausages). I'll cook them and any more others bring. Please don't bring bacon; takes too long and makes a big mess. I'll bring my two-burner stove and stove-top toaster.

      January 8, 2014

    • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

      MMMMMMM "beggin strips" can't live without them!!!!

      January 12, 2014

  • Lenny C.

    Tracy Hyde.... you have been appointed as our auctioneer this year... Congratulations.....

    2 · January 8, 2014

    • Tracy H.

      Wow, I feel honored. I will give it my best although I dropped out of auctioneer class on the first day.

      1 · January 9, 2014

  • Phyllis J.

    I'd like to camp both nights.

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • Donna

    I would like to camp both nights also. Will we be getting assigned sites before or at the camp ground?

    January 2, 2014

  • lois v.

    I'll be there. I'll bring beef, carrots and a can of tomatoes for the soup.

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Will be camping both nights. Looking forward to the Dead River morning hike. Any night hikes this year?

    1 · November 28, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      The night hike last year was a blast. Hope we can add that to the agenda.....

      1 · December 9, 2013

  • JUSTIN S.

    I'm going to be there both night's, can't wait to see everyone

    November 26, 2013

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