Joe had to move his Apoxee hike in case you had not heard due to the City of WPB closing the Apoxee trail. This Natural Area is 772 acres of mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, hydric hammock, wet prairie, depression marsh and dome swamp!!! So it sounds like a fun place and one where you can still get your feet wet! Joe likes to start walking at 8. Bring plenty to drink and a light snack as Joe will still get in about 9 miles. Public/Strenuous Contact Joe:[masked]
A spirited one-hour walk will get your appetite up for breakfast at Toojay's afterward! If you keep up with Paul you will walk a little over 3 miles in a hour... but if you are not up for it you can slow to your own pace and shorten the distance. But you need to be back at the parking lot in a hour to head for breakfast!
Contact Paul Cummings,[masked].
This is a BIG park with several entrances. Use the entrance on Congress Avenue between Lantana Road and 6th Ave S. Go east to the first intersection and make a right. In about 50 yards turn left into the first parking lot you come to. The numerous times I have been to this walk our group has been the only ones in the parking lot.
Mary leads one of our most popular hikes and moves it around each month. Gather at the front gate at 8:00 a.m. Bring two liters of water to keep hydrated. You may be turned away if you do not have the requisite water. The hike will be anywhere from 7-12 miles long. The trail taken will be decided upon by the Mary on the day of the hike.
Lunch afterwards at Dune Dog. We leave on time, so if you are late you may miss us.
Contact: Mary Miller,[masked].
Reminder: There is an entry fee to this State Park. $6.00 per vehicle with 2 plus people or $4.00 for one person in a single vehicle. You could also join "The Friends of JD Park" for $40 and with the membership receive 12 free park entries for the year.
Monthly Chapter Meeting. Social with refreshments at 7:00 p.m. followed by the program and chapter business at 7:30. Program to be determined.
We meet in the Nature Center. Follow the signs for the Nature Center all the way to the back of this huge park.
Contact: Roy Moore[masked]
Lake Arbuckle (Lake Wales Ridge State Forest) --- November 10th-11th (Saturday-Sunday) --- Arrival 9:30 AM --- Hike Begins 10:00 AM --- Public/ Strenuous --- Activity Leaders: Ryan Lusk, Brynn Kramer --- Get yourselves ready for the first of our beginners backpacking trips this season at the Lake Arbuckle (Lake Wales Ridge State Forest)! This will be a beginner backpacking adventure for all skill levels. If you have ever been interested in backpacking this is a great entry level event design for those who want to dip a toe into this exciting hobby (for some a lifestyle!). It is however a GROUP event. Brynn and I as FTA Activity Leaders feel a certain level of responsibility for the ENTIRE Group. Cell phone service is spotty in the area. If you sign up, plan to hike with the group and according to the group schedule. That being said I know that there are those that will sign up with more backpacking experience than me and know the area as well as I do. In the past I have agreed to allow them to leave the group and hike on their own pace. If you want to do that this year, MAKE CERTAIN YOU TALK TO ME ABOUT IT FIRST. Otherwise plan to stay with the group; which means getting up on Sunday and being ready to go by 10:00. The hike will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday November 10th and will end as we exit on Sunday the 11th. For all who sign up everyone should expect to arrive at the McLean Cabin parking lot by no later than 9:30 AM Saturday. Maps of the trails will be provided by emailing me if you would like a digital copy. Both days total miles will be about 12.5 miles. About 9.5 miles day one out to Lakeside Primitive Campsite and around 3 miles second day hiking back to parking lot. I will scout this location a couple of weeks out of hike to get you the most updated info on the trail. We will be staying at Lakeside Primitive Campsite on the 10th. You will get your feet wet so be prepared (we can talk about this at Mary's hike). Hiking with a backpack/ gear is very different than a stroll through a park. To ensure everyone is physically able to complete the hike safely all hikers who wish to attend will need to also join me the Sunday before at Mary’s Jonathan Dickinson Hike (typically about 7-9 miles without full backpacks). This will be a meet and greet so I can answer any questions you may have on the hike, gear to bring, etc. Of course, we will be doing the hike that day as well. We usually find a restaurant to eat at after the trip on Sunday. We will be near Sebring/ Avon Park. I will come up with some options but feel free to put some options on the table. There is NO water drop for this location. You will need to filter water. There is a $3 fee per person for park entry. I will also be dividing up the cost ($30) for the campsite reservation through Reserve America. Minimum Hiking Gear List: - Backpack - Tent - Sleeping pad - Sleeping bag - Insect repellent - Flashlight - Whistle - Food for one lunch, one dinner, one breakfast (You could always bring food that does not need to be cooked and cut out cookware/ stove/ etc.) PS Food should be as light weight as possible. - Snacks - Stove - Cookware - Eating utensils - Toilet paper and lightweight trowel to bury waste there will be no outhouse/ privy) - Water filtration/ treatment *If you do not own this equipment and you plan on buying, please remember to buy the lightest weight equipment you can afford. The more weight you have to carry the harder it will be. I do have some extra gear just in case you forget something. **Keep your gear to a bare minimum. Clothes worn day one can be worn second day. You may want to have a couple pairs of socks and maybe a change of underwear. If you have any questions please let me know. Ryan Lusk[masked] or cell at[masked] [masked] --- Brynn Kramer[masked]
Come on out for a 4 mile walk with Bruce in this expansive park. Breakfast afterward at Pete's Place.
We'll meet at the new Boat Ramp in Okeeheelee South. I'll have a sign on the main park road pointing towards the parking lot.
Contact: Bruce Brown (772)[masked].
Join Rita for 10.5 mile hike in this beautiful former ranch. Expect wet, muddy and rough terrain. There is some good sun exposure too, so be prepared! Please do not sign up if you don't think you can make that many miles, and at a pace of 2.5-3 mph, depending on terrain. This is truly in the middle of nowhere and if you start you will need to finish the whole hike with the group. This 3285 acre natural area contains scub, pine flatwoods, prairie hammock, wet flatwoods, wet prairie, dry prairie and depression marsh; quite a variety of habitat! A little under the halfway point (4 miles in) is a primitive campsite with picnic tables and portalets where we will take a break. Bring plenty to stay hydrated and a snack/lunch.
I'm starting this hike at 9am, to allow time for those traveling a pretty long distance.
Public/strenuous Contact: Rita Black[masked]
I do not carry my cell on me at work, so please feel free to text. And if you call, please leave a voice mail, so I can get back to you.
Cell service tends to drop as you turn onto the gravel, so please pay attention to the directions above.
Looking forward to hiking with you all on National Go Take a Hike Day!
Started in 1992 by the Loxahatchee Chapter, this hike is comprised of several day hikes, walking on trails around Lake Okeechobee, and afternoon/evenings camping at full service campgrounds or in local motels with a high emphasis on good times. The 27th annual Big “O” hike will be held from November 18 to November 23, 2018. There will be six days of hiking around or near Lake Okeechobee. Camping and afternoon activities will be centered at the KOA Kampground in Okeechobee, FL with shared daily transportation from the campgrounds to the beginning of each day’s hike. The first 26 Big “O”s included approximately 80,000 miles of individual hiking, great friendships, fabulous afternoons in relaxing camaraderie, some sunburn, chattering teeth, and more than a few blisters. Make your plans now to help us celebrate our 27th anniversary Thanksgiving week, November 18-23, 2018, with hikes on the dikes. Additional details are found on the 2018 Big "O" Preparation Checklist Here's a link to the 2018 Big "O" Registration Form. If you have further questions, email Roy Moore (shotgun.mgc -at - gmail.com)
This is a new one. Joe had to move his Apoxee hike in case you had not heard due to the City of WPB closing the Apoxee trail. This Natural Area is 772 acres of mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, hydric hammock, wet prairie, depression marsh and dome swamp!!! So it sounds like a fun place and one where you can still get your feet wet! Joe likes to start walking at 8. Bring plenty to drink and a light snack as Joe will still get in about 9 miles. Public/Strenuous Contact Joe:[masked]