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Meet @Riverhills Park, (hopefully still free). Bring 2-lts water/juice, snack/lunch/fruit, hat sunscreen, & PFD. Should be lots of birds and gators onshore. Easy low current ~12-miles total. Easy launch right @water. Bathrooms & water @park.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Entrance
A road trip to do some camping and exploring the trails in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park with the highlight being a night hike in a park that meets International Night Sky Standards for almost no light pollution. This will be at a "no moon phase", so star-gazing is supposed to be at its best. I am scheduling two moonless nights in the park to increase our chances of a great night sky! I will have my little Runaway trailer set up on Astronomy Pad A so just book a standard camp-site! NOTE: THESES TWO NIGHTS ARE MOONLESS FOR BEST VIEWING SO BOOK QUICKLY BECAUSE THERE ARE ONLY 20 SITES AND HALF OF THEM ARE ALREADY TAKEN You must camp to camp to experience the night sky, because the only way to stay in the park after sunset is to be a registered camper. We have one member that is an Astronomy fan that will be assisting us (Thank you Anna) and another that will be bringing a night sky guide (Thank you Leah). This park is near Okeechobee and is remote for the most part so bring everything you need including good hiking shoes and a chair to use at night. If anyone has a telescope, I recommend that you bring it along. ***************Also take note, in the Astronomy Pad Area and if we do a night hike only red spectrum lights are allowed, so if you have a red spectrum lantern, flashlight or headlamp bring it!**************
Kayak, Canoe or SUP Ft.DeSto, fish, paddle, explore, Ft.DeSoto. Please be early, bring 2-lts water/juice, snacks/fruit/lunch, hat sunscreen, bathing suit, fishrod w/license if want to fish, snorkel gear, beach toys, etc. We will meet @grassy field on right (East) off Pinellas Bayway South before $5.toll. Easy launch, easy paddle. We'll circle this section of bay and have lunch on Shell key (Campable), eat/drink/fish/snorkel,hunt sashells,play & explore on beach/ShellKey. Afterwards, seek repose @Billy's StoneCrab topdeck and watch sunset.
Cross posted w/Fifty plus Explorers, Tampa Walking Meetup, Tampa Bay Moves!, Boomers Travel Together JOIN US FOR A CAPE COD/NANTUCKET BIKING TOUR! Included are 3 nights lodging on Cape Cod, 3 nights on Nantucket, daily breakfasts and dinners, tour guide, bicycle rental, ferry boat to Nantucket, all entrance fees. Biking 13-25 miles per day on mostly flat bike trails, with stops along the way at scenic vistas, lunch, museums, etc. ON CAPE COD we will bike the scenic Cape Cod Rail Trail while staying 3 nights at The Old Sea pines Inn in Brewster, Massachusetts (www.oldseapinesinn.com). Our guided bike rides will take us past salt marshes, cranberry bogs and salt ponds. We'll stop for lunch and local museums to learn about the area's nature and marine life, and, learn how the cranberry industry functions. WE'LL TAKE A FERRY to Nantucket, and stay 3 nights at The Nantucket Inn & Conference Center (www.nantucketinn.net/en-us/). Nantucket is a tiny isolated island off Cape Cod. The historic town area is known for wharves, cobblestone streets, graceful old buildings, restaurants, high-end boutiques and steeped churches. We will bike on trails to both the west and east ends of the island, admiring the dune-backed beaches that line the shores and the cliffs that set off Siasconset on the eastern ocean side. A local guide will also take us on a walking tour of Nantucket's historic district. BE PREPARED TO BIKE 13-23 miles per day on mostly flat terrain. There will be a tour guide leading the group with a 'Sweep' person assigned each day to be the last biker making sure that no one is left behind. This is considered an EASY biking adventure, but please be sure you are up for the work out. Hybrid bikes with 21 gears will be fitted to each of us. THE COST for this trip is $1750. Add $550 for Single supplement. The full itinerary, lodging info, deposits and cancellations, etc. is available at www.internationalbicycletours.com. Click on Cape Cod-Nantucket, Sept. 8-14 (this date may show as full but it is reserved for us). Click on 'request an itinerary'. You will then need to put in your name and email address. The detailed itinerary will then show up. CONTACT: INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE TOURS, FRANK BEHRENDT,[masked] to pay a $500 deposit for the Boomer Buddies tour of Cape Cod and Nantucket in September. You can also email questions to Frank ([masked]). We have a limited time period to have 15 people who have paid this deposit so that this will be our own private tour. If there's less than 15, it will be open to the public. Signing up does not guarantee you a spot--the DEPOSIT guarantees you a spot provided there are enough people. If not, your deposit will be refunded. I am thinking this will be a popular event, so please don't delay. By the way, IBT provides many biking for Road Scholar, so it is a very credible company. When we are certain there are enough people for this trip, we should each book our own flights. Nonstop flights from Tampa appear to be about $225 (probably extra for seat assignment). If we have at least 15 people available for pick-up at the Logan Airport/Boston by noon on Sept. 8, a bus provided for us by International Bicycle Tours will take us to our destination. We will all share the cost of the bus. Other buses to and from the airport are also available. IBT can help us with that. If you wish to share a room with someone, you can post your request in the comments area of this posting. Or, you can see if International Bicycle Tours can help you with that. Another possibility is that we could have a 'Meet and Greet' for all signed up. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to see Cape Cod by bike with like-minded active people from the Tampa Bay Area.