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.