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This is a group for people that like to paddle, trail run, backpack, camp and hike.

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Breakfast at First Watch/Hike Orlando Urban Trail/Learn of William Bartram

We're hiking a half of a mile from Orlando's Art Hub on the Orlando Urban Trail, around the east side of Lake Formosa to First Watch Cafe on Virginia and Mills Avenue and ordering breakfast.

After breakfast, we'll perambulate back up the Orlando Urban Trail 1.7 miles to explore Mead Botanical Gardens. Discover at your own pace the Wetlands Boardwalk, sit on a bench by Alice's Pond and stroll along the edge of serene Howell Creek. The community residents have a greenhouse dedicated to the locals where they can plant and grow what they want. A beautiful amphitheatre is nestled in one corner of the park.

Mead Gardens is home to the William Bartram Trail and celebrates his botanic and ornithological discoveries that made Florida famous.

We'll regroup and hike back to our cars at 10ish. The round-triphike is 3.4 miles, plus whatever exploring you do inside Mead Gardens.

• WHAT TO BRING FOR THE HIKE

  1. Comfortable shoes (the trail is paved; Mead Gardens is varied)
  2. Rain wear and clothes conducive to the local forecast
  3. Water
  4. The Kid
  5. The Dog
  6. Energy Foods/Carbs (if you're not stuffed after breakfast)
  7. Money for your own breakfast

• IMPORTANT TO KNOW
Dogs are welcome at First Watch at their outdoor seating. Dogs are also welcome at Mead Gardens on a leash. This particular Sunday, combine your dog walk with your morning walk. And the young hikers need some fresh air, too! Restrooms are available at Mead Gardens.

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