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Due to the nature of this paddle, it is being limited to only 6 people. I have a friend that paddles this frequently and will be leading us.
DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU DO NOT INTEND TO SHOW UP!
This is an easy 45-minute paddle from Hillsborough River State Park to Dead River Park for our last bathroom break. From Dead River we will then spend the next 4-5 hours paddling, portaging and ducking under trees and brush about 4 miles of the river.
Once we leave Dead River we will paddle a short distance and enter the Seventeen Runs. As the river sign says,
“Give up hope all ye who enter here.”
Once we pass the sign, the river will lose its definition and fan out into 17 creeks. We will be getting out on logs, possibly deep mud, dragging and carrying our kayaks over as many as 70 fallen trees blocking the path. So, be ready for a very difficult challenge. Wear your worst clothes. Bring another set for your drive home.
We will have a real adventure with plenty of good stories to tell. The trip will take about 5-6 hours from the Hillsborough River State Park to Sargeant Park. The actual number of portages and group dynamics will set the pace. We only move as fast as the last kayaker!
Do not be expecting us to haul your kayak over logs. This trip is guided but not pampered. You will be getting out, lifting boats, balancing on trees, getting dirty. There is no whining allowed on this trip. So if you are a couch potato, complainer, or non-adventurous person the 17 Runs is not for you.
WHAT TO BRING
We recommend all items be packed in a small bag, backpack or dry bag. Small bags that can be stowed in your kayak and are out of the way are easier. Bags should be able to zip, fold securely, and tie to the canoe.
Bring a good lunch and at least 1 bottle of water per person per hour. A camera in a dry bag. Old sneakers or booties to get dirty/muddy. A hat, bug repellant, and gloves are a good idea. I also recommend a change of clothes for the ride home.
The reward you ask? You will get to see scenery few ever get a chance to see: giant cypress trees half a millennium old, giant ferns lining the bank, and plenty of other beautiful plants, as well as wildlife that you wouldn’t otherwise see on the more traveled sections of the river.
You’re invited to the
2ND ANNUAL BOO’S AND BOOZE WITCHES BALL
HALLOWEEN WEEKEND CAMPING PARTY
GROUP SITE IS FULL
For individual campsites/cabins/bus reservations contact Canoe Outpost Little Manatee River @[masked]
For a spot in the group site the cost is $10 per night.
Event is $20.00 per person.
All fees to be paid to Tracy upon arrival.
THE GROUP SITE WILL BE WHERE THE PARTY IS!
DO NOT EXPECT IT TO BE QUIET BEFORE 1:00 a.m.
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS ACCORDINGLY!!!
Friday October 29, 2021 @ 6 p.m.
Make your own pizza night
pizza oven provided
10 P.M. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
"LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN"
"IT’S JUST A STEP TO THE LEFT......"
DRESS THE PART AND BRING YOUR PROPS
*Some props will be provided. A list will be added closer to the event.
Saturday, October 30th 9:00 a.m.
HOCUS POCUS BRUNCH
BLACK AS YOUR SOUL SANGRIA
Bagels and spreads
After the brunch is a great time for a paddle on the Little Manatee River
BOO’S AND BOOZE WITCHES BALL
STARTS AT DARK
Witches, Warlocks, Monsters, Vampires and
Ghosts dressed for a ball are invited to join us for a Witches Ball
*Costumes are required
** NO exceptions....
Pictures at 5:15 p.m. Meet at the stage in group site.
Trick-or-treat at the sites
Who will have the scariest site?
THEN WE PARTY UNDER THE STARS
*more details will be added closer to the event
Things to know:
I will update from time to time as the event gets closer.
I would not wait to purchase your site.
Limited room in group site. Please be considerate of tent size.
Pets are allowed (follow Canoe Outpost rules)
You can buy ice and firewood at the campground
Decorate your camp site for Trick-OR-Treaters
Witches Ball is not a costume party…meaning, dress as a witch, warlock, monster, vampire or a ghost going to a Ball.
Learn the Witches Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjUV-byB8ls, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8UrtQ17z08
Learn the Time Warp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umj0gu5nEGs
Any questions please message me.
Time to get out on those bikes and ride!
Come out for the weekend or come out for just the day.
We will be camping at Silver Lake Recreation Area at Crooked River which is located in the very back section of Silver Lake.
You may book your site at the following:
I have reserved site 67.
Saturday the plan is to ride in the ride morning. We will meet in Ridge Manor and be ready to ride at 8:30am. Would like to ride to Floral City and stop for lunch somewhere and then ride back to the campground. Depending on what time we complete the ride, we may paddle. I believe the mileage to be about 23.2 miles each way for a total of 46.4. We may do all of it, we may not.
If you do not want to ride, please come out and just paddle.
Sunday we can pedal, paddle, or hike. Silver Lake has a lot to offer.
The bathrooms are very big and clean with great hot water.
If you want to bring a camper, there are 3 campgrounds at Silver Lake Recreation Area Complex, they are Silver Lake, Cypress Glen, and Crooked River. We are staying at Crooked River, tent camping only and no electric. The other two offer electric and you can bring pop ups, etc.
There will be no potluck. Please bring all your own meals.
Please be prepared to bring plenty of water and Snacks for the bike ride. There are two bike shops along the route where you could pick up snacks, energy chews etc.
At 46 miles in length, the Withlacoochee State Trail is presently the longest paved rail-trail in Florida. With a generally flat terrain and many access points, the trail is an ideal venue for all skill and fitness levels of cycling, running, walking and skating and an unpaved equestrian trail parallels portions of the paved trail. The trail corridor traverses three counties (Citrus, Hernando and Pasco), offering an enjoyable, varied journey as it runs through small towns, ranches and six distinct natural communities between Citrus Springs and Trilby. Officially designated as part of the Florida Greenways and Trail System, this State Trail is also a National Recreation Trail® which offers rich opportunities for viewing wildlife and access to many other outstanding recreational opportunities. Among the recreational highlights nearby are the unpaved trails in the Croom area of the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail and Fort Cooper State Park.
This event ties into the Corn Maze event at 5:45pm down the road. You DO NOT have to participate in the Corn Maze to attend this event.
We did this last year and it was a blast.
For a nominal fee of $10.00 (CASH), you receive a vase. You head out into the sunflower field with your vase and a pair of clippers. Whatever you can clip and fit into the vase, you take home. You should be able to get about $30-$40 worth of flowers.
There are different types of sunflowers and zinnias to choose from.
Prettiest arrangement of flowers...ever!