What we're about

Have your entered what others have told you are your "golden" years, but not ready to retire to the rocking chair yet? Still have that "zest" for exploration and discovery? Then you have come to the right site for sure…Our group is all about exploring places and things to do, indoors and out. If you are fifty plus, come explore with us on biking, kayaking, hiking, camping, other fun expeditions and social outings!

Please invite others to join our group to help it be vibrant.

Welcome aboard!

Negative or adversarial comments, posts or actions will result in removal and banning of the offending party.

Don't send instant messages through meetup to folks you haven't met. Propositions to meet outside of meetup events to a virtual stranger is creepy. Of course a relevant message to an event host regarding an upcoming meetup is different.

Thank you for that consideration.

Players there are plenty of other sites if you just want to hook up one on one, don't make folks feel unsafe here. If you have done a meetup with someone and want to send them a good to see/meet you followup to me that is totally different, but if they do not reply or aren't interested don't be a "meetup creep". Of course it's great if folks "meetup" and some magic develops. So please remember while it is fun to "meetup", this group is not "hookup.com" or "match.com". Not everyone here is single or seeking a romance.

Remember if you receive an unsolicited message or suspicious or inappropriate behavior, please report it to Jim M or Paul S, it is grounds for dismissal of violating party. They probably are spamming others here and in other groups.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER AND LIABILITY POLICY:

By joining this group, RSVPing to events, and attending events, you are confirming that you have read, understand, accept and are legally bound by the following:

1. FiftyPlus-Explorers is a meetup group. Attending events or trips is voluntary by you as a member. Participation in any activity with us by you is at your own risk. You assume the risk for any guest you bring, adult or minor.

2. By joining FiftyPlus-Explorers as a member you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the group, it's organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, event hosts, other members and guests from all claims or liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property, loss of personal property or any other wrongful act arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you and to other persons who may accompany you in these endeavors, adult or minor.

3. You also agree to hold the organizers as well as other group members harmless. By participating voluntarily in the group, you expressly waive any and all such claims against each and every other member and their guests in the group, including without limitation any and all claims against the group organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, and event hosts.

4. Any social events or trips that FiftyPlus-Explorers sponsors, holds or provides information about will fall also under the same Disclaimer and Liability guidelines listed above.
5. Re kayaking, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sets the rules and regulations for all motorized and non-motorized watercraft. While kayakers do not have to follow all of the same rules as motorized vessels, some of the rules and regulations do apply.

Life Jackets-Every child in your kayak under the age of 6 must wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) while the kayak is moving. For everyone over the age of 6, there must be an approved PFD available inside the kayak unless the kayak is being used within a "swimming, surfing, or bathing area." While those over the age of 6 are not required to wear their life jackets, it's good practice to keep your life jacket on and securely fastened while you are on the water. 
Sound Device-Kayakers are required to carry a sound-making device that can be heard for at least one-half nautical mile when the kayak is in use. A whistle or horn are the most commonly used sound devices. The sound device is required in the event that you need to alert other boaters of your presence in order to avoid a collision. The sound device can also be used to signal for help should you find yourself in trouble and require assistance. To signal distress, blow hard into your whistle three times in a row. Most kayakers will attach a whistle to their life jacket where it is easily accessible. 
Lights-When kayaking between sunset and sunrise, or during periods of reduced visibility such as fog or rain, kayakers are required to carry a white light onboard their kayak. The kayaker is to display the light if another vessel approaches, to avoid a possible collision. Most kayakers use a flashlight or lantern as their light. Take note that the light should not be continually displayed, but shown only when other vessels are approaching. 
Registration-Kayaks do not have to be registered in the state of Florida unless they have a motor. 
Law Enforcement-According to state law, law enforcement officers have the authority to stop you while you are kayaking to check and make sure you are complying with all safety laws. Law enforcement officers also have the authority to order the removal or relocation of your kayak if it is deemed a hazard to public safety or is found to be interfering with the navigation of other vessels. 
Manatee Awareness-Manatees in Florida and around the world are listed as vulnerable, meaning their populations are declining. There are an estimated 6,130 manatees in Florida and they are protected by state and federal law. Anything that disrupts a manatee's normal behavior is punishable by law and could result in a $50,000 fine or land you in jail for a year. Should you be lucky enough to see a manatee while you are in your kayak, maintain a respectable distance and let the animal have its space. 
Seagrass Awareness -Seagrasses are the main source of food for marine herbivores such as manatees and green sea turtles. In some Florida waters it is a violation of state law to damage seagrass beds. While kayaking, stay within channels and avoid taking shortcuts through seagrass beds. Seagrass beds are marked as light green or by the letters "grs" on navigational charts. 
General Safety-In addition to following all of the kayaking safety rules and regulations, it's important to follow general safety tips, too.
• Let someone know where you will be kayaking.
• Check your kayak for leaks or points of weakness before entering the water.
• Whenever possible, kayak with a buddy.
• Be aware of obstructions in the water that could trap your boat and throw you out of it.
• Be aware of other boats and know that motorized watercraft may not see you.
• Wear appropriate clothing, including sun protection. 
• Pay attention to the weather and do not go out on the water if hazardous conditions are expected.
6. No hate zone. Please avoid any hateful comments, profanity, political ranting or rhetoric. We will ban rabble rousers. Let's keep this a friendly positive place. 
Do you have some fun ideas for events?
If you want to be an event host so you may post an outing just let Jim M or Paul S know. The cool thing about hosting is you pick, the what, where and when of things that you want to do!  The more variety of event types, venues and hosts the better.

Check out our calendar: https://www.meetup.com/FiftyPlus-Explorers/events/calendar/

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Join us soon, https://www.meetup.com/FiftyPlus-Explorers/

Please join our CYCLING FACEBOOK group too,
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TampaBayCycling/

Want to kayak, paddleboard, hike, dance, yoga or ?? Check out https://www.meetup.com/Random-Fun-Stuff-I-Want-To-Do-On-a-Short-Notice-Club/events/

For multi-day bike trips check out Rails To Trails USA Bike Adventures Meetup.
https://www.meetup.com/railstotrailsbiketrips/

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Tampa Bay Dance Club: Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, FoxTrot, Bachata, Swing, Freestyle

8401 W Hillsborough Ave

$12.00

Friday Night Dance@Tampa Bay Dance Club 8401 W. Hillsborough Ave Tampa

Great Dance and people attending it. Great variety of danceable music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond by DJ Mike.

Date/Time
Every Friday
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm (although it thins out a lot after 930 or 10).

Great Dance Opportunity with Tampa Bay Dance Club: Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Fox Trot, Bachata, Swing, Freestyle and more.

We found a fun dance venue, mostly couples aged 60+ plus but some singles. Very friendly and good dancers. It is a church social hall but you may bring your own adult beverages and snacks, they do sell soda and set ups. It is not a "club" setting more a place to practice dances with other mature folks.

Some songs they played:
Night Train by James Brown (swing or free style)
Build me up Buttercup by Foundations
The Way you the Things you Do (temps)
My Girl
A couple good waltz and rumba songs
Senorita (Bachata)
Oyo Como Va by Santana (Cha Cha)
Fly me to the moon by Frank Sinatra
Run Around Sue by Dion
How Deep is your Love by Bee Gees
Tennessee Whiskey
Good Golly Miss Molly

Several line dances
Cupid Shuffle
Chilly Cha Cha
Electric Slide
2 Step

They do requests. It is BYOB but they sell sodas and set ups.

No masks required. All guys wore long pants lol, and women mostly dresses.

We enjoy going there as a couple to practice varied dances so thought we would share this so other couples or singles who want to get some social dancing practice can too, either with their partner (like we do) or someone new.

The dancers are pretty good. Many of them come with a partner (as a couple) but some don't. If some additional singles sign up here other singles may have some partners to choose from.

This is not a lesson format, it is a social dance, folks are friendly so feel free to mingle and dance-dance-dance.

Their website is http://bayareasinglesdance.com/events/friday-night-dancetampa-bay-dance-club-8401-w-hillsborough-ave-tampa/

Christy's Thirsty "SHINE Mural - Sunday Funday" Beer Ride

St. Pete Brewing Company

$10.00

(This ride is not limited to 50+ age group - all ages welcome)

**Arrive by 1:30pm to be entered in the first FREE Beer Drawing**

Join Christy’s Thirsty Beer Rides, LLC as we take a leisurely, fun, bike ride around St. Pete checking out the newest murals from the SHINE 2021 Mural Festival with brewery pitstops along the way!

DRINK SPECIALS exclusively for Christy's Thirsty Beer Rides!

FREE DRINK DRAWINGS sponsored by our favorite realtor - "Von Tiki"

ROUTE and STOPS: Working on it! Stay tuned.

DISTANCE and SPEED: 5 (ish) miles ... maybe a little more, maybe a little less at a very casual speed.

RIDE FEE: Bring your own bike - $10 for advanced/$15 day of ride *Need a bike? $25 advanced RSVP only*

CHECK-IN: Arrive as early as 1:00 pm to check-in and enjoy a beverage before we roll out. Check-in before partaking for drink specials!!

ROLL-OUT TIME: 2:00 PM

FORMS OF PAYMENT:
- Venmo - @Christy-Haagsma
- Cash App - $ChristyHaagsma
- PayPal –[masked] or @christyhaagsma
- Zelle -[masked]
- Cash works too ($10 advanced/$15 day of ride)

WHAT TO BRING:
- Bike
- Lights
- Bike lock
- Water
- Helmet recommended

WAIVER: EVERYONE must sign the waiver for 2022 - signing the waiver covers you for 2022. Click here... https://app.waiversign.com/e/603c0adb7f7f610019a7293b/doc/603c0b743222d400197e44d5?event=none

DOWNLOAD the Free PixelStix App to instantly connect mural viewers to online content:
https://pixelstix.com/pixelstix-app/

NOTE: Electric bikes/scooters are not covered under Christy's Thirsty Beer Rides, LLC liability coverage, therefore those riding electric bikes/scooters will not be able to participate on this ride.

Refunds will be issued for cancellations up to 24 hours before the posted start time of the ride. Refunds will be issued via original form of payment. Ride will go on rain/sprinkle (within reason – to be determined by the ride leader) or shine. If the ride is canceled by the ride leader, refunds will be issued via original form of payment within 48 hours.

Critical Mass social bike ride 10 to 15 Miles at 10 mph, 🚴‍♀️🚴🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴

Critical Mass is a worldwide movement to help promote “share the road”. We come together to ride bicycles, creating awareness, respect, community and fun.

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We will be riding with the St Pete Critical mass group of maybe 40 people.

ST PETE —This ride is held on the last Friday of every month. In St. Pete, the gathering starts at at 7pm at Williams Park in Downtown — leaving at 7:30 sharp, so arrive by no later than 720.

This is a free, community-organized, family-friendly and medium-paced ride at about 10 mph, usually 10 to 15 miles long. All bikes and ages welcome! Don’t forget to tag your photos with #SPCM.

Be sure to have plenty of air before the ride so you can avoid flats. Florida law also requires bicycles to have front and rear lights at night and for all children under 16 to wear helmets.

Ride respectfully and responsibly. Ride at your own risk.

For more St. Pete Critical Mass ride information, contact https://www.facebook.com/groups/618110148259617/

When I went before most folks went out for refreshments. This month ride starts at Williams Park and may end at Fergs on Central.

We will be part of a larger public group. When I went there was a very vibrant, festive crowd.

Check out facebook for current month. https://www.facebook.com/groups/618110148259617/ for group

See photos of biking at Critical Mass by hitting slideshow at https://www.meetup.com/tampabayadventures/photos/29052576/473256093/#[masked]

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The Critical Mass ride will move at a fairly casual pace of 10 mph. The ride is ~10 to 12 miles. The rides are at night, so we HIGHLY recommend Lights (LOTS of lights!) (Law REQUIRES lights at night, but that'll be between you and the popos. We're not your mom.) Critical Mass is a large group ride to have FUN, meet new people, and to promote urban bicycle safety, skills, & confidence.

By attending You accept all responsibility for risk of injury in this nighttime activity.

Remember besides lights being important on this nighttime ride that bright clothes and a helmet would be prudent too. Critical Mass does NOT have a support vehicle so test your bike before you get there, inflating tires and take a spin testing brakes and gears etc.

Questions? Post them here or im me through Meetup.

We are part of a larger group who are the actual hosts. So you need to look for other meetup members and say hi, as there are 30 to 50 riders or so, they may not recognize you if you don't make an effort to mingle.

• See all our rides we need you with us!
https://www.meetup.com/Pinellas-Pedalers/events/calendar/

Like to bike? Join our 4000+ member Facebook group and invite your friends to it! Here's the link! https://www.facebook.com/groups/TampaBayCycling/

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