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 (https://myfwc.com/boating/regulations/) 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 (https://www.trails.com/list_231_best-life-jackets-kayaking.html) (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 (https://www.trails.com/facts_40180_kayak-safety-lighting.html) 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 (https://www.trails.com/list_33297_kayak-safety-tips.html), too.

• Let someone know where you will be kayaking.

• Check your kayak (https://www.trails.com/facts_33305_anatomy-kayak.html) 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 (https://www.trails.com/how_973_read-weather-sea-kayaking.html) 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/ (https://www.meetup.com/FiftyPlus-Explorers/events/calendar/)

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Upcoming events (5)

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

Details Last Friday Every Month Critical Mass is a worldwide movement to help promote “share the road”. We come together to ride bicycles, creating awareness, respect, community and fun. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ST PETE —This ride is held on the last Friday of every month. In St. Pete, it starts at at 7pm at Williams Park in Downtown — leaving at 7:30 sharp, so arrive by 720. This is a free, community-organized, family-friendly and medium-paced ride at about 12mph, 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 ride information, contact https://www.facebook.com/groups/618110148259617/; When I went before most folks went out for refreshments afterwards. We will be part of a larger public group. When I went there was a very vibrant almost festive crowd. By attending You accept all responsibility for risk of injury in this nighttime activity. Remember lights are important on this nighttime ride!!! Bright clothes would be prudent too. Questions? Post them here or im me through Meetup. In prior months we went to Pinellas Ale Works afterwards with live music We will be riding with the St Pete Critical mass group of maybe 80 people and Pinellas Pedalers meetup. See all our events at https://www.meetup.com/FiftyPlus-Explorers/events/calendar/ Please also RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Cycling/events/ Please join our Biking Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/TampaBayCycling/ TIME TO GIVE BACK Do you wish there were more rides that were at a different speed then this one, maybe shorter/longer, closer to your house/work, or at a different time, or maybe more hiking, kayaking, dancing, pickle ball etc? Message Jim McConnell or Paul S through meetup and we will make you a host so you can post it. The more variety in events and hosts the better. For more biking events check out, https://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Cycling/events/

Indian Key (St. Pete) Kayak

Maximo Park

We will leave from the Maximo Park Boat Ramp and paddle to and around Indian Key. "Indian Key is one of several islands which comprise the Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge and Bird Sanctuary was established in 1951. Public entry to all islands in the refuge is prohibited because of their small size and critical importance to coastal bird species. "No entry" signs are posted. The island serves as a rookery year-round, and is best observed from small-draft vessels with non-combustible engines, considering the surrounding grass flats. Indian Key is a popular kayaking destination for the Eckerd College community and those who launch from nearby Maximo Park. The interior of the island contains a network of mangrove-covered canals running in cardinal directions. We can do a small picnic at Maximo park after the paddle so please bring something to share. I will be bringing grasshopper bars....

Miss Vicki's on the River Kayak Trip (Lunch with Miss Vicki)

Fred Howard Park

We will put in at Fred Howard park at the kayak put-in (plentiful and free parking). Watch for signs with a kayak on them. If you go across the causeway, you have gone too far. After put-in, we will paddle through a small section of mangrove tunnel, turn north, paddle across the mouth of the Anclote river and we are there. Little less than 3 miles, one way. There are rentals at Wheel Fun (833)[masked] but you will have to paddle across the bay to meet up with us. They are across the causeway where the paid parking is. We will have lunch at Vicki's with a few adult bevs and then paddle back. The food is good (worth the paddle) and they take cash and credit. I am limiting the sign-up to ten with 1 guest. Vicki's is not that large to accommodate lots of people. Well, that went out the window...lol. So, instead, let's do a picnic at the Anclote River State Park! It is right next door to Vicki's so we can phone it in, pick it up and take it to the park. Menu and number are here: Menu: http://places.singleplatform.com/miss-vickis-on-the-river/menu?ref=google Phone: (727)[masked] Everyone should bring their own drinks keeping in mind that this is a state park and it is our duty as Explorers to be cool. There is a picnic pavillion at the park and there is casual seating at Vicki's.

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

Details Last Friday Every Month Critical Mass is a worldwide movement to help promote “share the road”. We come together to ride bicycles, creating awareness, respect, community and fun. Halloween ride, costumes optional just like past two years! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ST PETE —This ride is held on the last Friday of every month. In St. Pete, it starts at at 7pm at Williams Park in Downtown — leaving at 7:30 sharp, so arrive by 720. This is a free, community-organized, family-friendly and medium-paced ride at about 12mph, 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 ride information, contact https://www.facebook.com/groups/618110148259617/; When I went before most folks went out for refreshments afterwards. We will be part of a larger public group. When I went there was a very vibrant almost festive crowd. By attending You accept all responsibility for risk of injury in this nighttime activity. Remember lights are important on this nighttime ride!!! Bright clothes would be prudent too. Questions? Post them here or im me through Meetup. In prior months we went to Pinellas Ale Works afterwards with live music We will be riding with the St Pete Critical mass group of maybe 80 people and Pinellas Pedalers meetup. See all our events at https://www.meetup.com/FiftyPlus-Explorers/events/calendar/ Please also RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Cycling/events/ Please join our Biking Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/TampaBayCycling/ TIME TO GIVE BACK Do you wish there were more rides that were at a different speed then this one, maybe shorter/longer, closer to your house/work, or at a different time, or maybe more hiking, kayaking, dancing, pickle ball etc? Message Jim McConnell or Paul S through meetup and we will make you a host so you can post it. The more variety in events and hosts the better. For more biking events check out, https://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Cycling/events/

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