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(Bandana day) Day Hike 8 miles

Hello everyone, this area will not disappoint! The nature preserve is 4700 acres owned by S.W Florida Water Management District and managed by Hillsborough County Parks Dept. The hiking trail winds through a 60 year old phosphate mining area. Most of the trail is within Hardwood Hammock, various mined lakes and semi improved pastures. The area has sun and shade. This hike will be a combination of linear, loop, ad out and back hiking. With a total of 8 miles. The trip should take about four and a half hours including breaks and lunch stops. Trails are groomed and no heavy brush or off trail hiking is scheduled. We will hike out to Serengeti loop in hopes to spot a giraffe, wild hog or a possible zebra. We will break at Serengeti, after our break we will forge on to lake Nirvana where we will take our lunch stop. At lunch we will discuss the (bandana). Please bring or if you have one. As always I promote wilderness safety, survival and leave no trace practices. The wilderness can be unpredictable at times. Be prepared!! A planed day trip can quickly turn into an unplanned over night in the wilderness. Dress appropriately, carry rain gear, always know your water sources and or carry plenty of it. Try to carry at least a few basic supplies such as: a small first aid kit, a mini flashlight, knife, a fire starting kit, a map and compass and a cell phone. Most importantly bring a positive mental attitude if nothing else. Your preparedness may help others to survive. Please bring: your basic supplies and personal items, a minimum of two liters of water, snacks, lunch, bug spray and sunscreen.

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  • Carol M.

    Absolutely gorgeous day in an area brand new to me. The 10.5 mile hike was lots of fun with many highlights, including the feral hogs running across the trail ahead of us. Great hike!

    April 8, 2013

  • Sheri A.

    Tracy, Do me a favor-- Be SURE to ask Marilyn G what she was taught to do with her bandana!!!

    March 21, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Well.... now we know!!! thanks for sharing Marilyn!!

      April 6, 2013

    • Carol M.

      Too funny :-)

      April 8, 2013

  • Tracy H.

    Thank you all for coming and posting so many nice comments. Such a positive group, you all made this a great day. I hope to see and hike with you all again in the future. I want to give extra thanks to Lenny for having the faith in me and patience with my struggling technical/computer skills. Also wanting to thank my volunteer special response team of James, Mike, Marilyn and Cathy.

    1 · April 8, 2013

    • Barb K.

      Tracy, thank you for a great day. I had a wonderful time. Thanks also for taking me out ofmy comfort zone. Now I know what I can do. See you next time. Barb Kemper.

      April 8, 2013

  • Diana S.

    Had a great time!

    April 7, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Great hike, Tracy! What a beautiful area with lots of variation in the terrain. Very interesting all along the way, and the first time I have seen running hogs crossing the trail. Great job! Looking forward to the next event :-)

    April 6, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Also kudos to our sweep (and soon to be FTA Activity Leader) Jim McCallister who kept us in line during our 10.5 mile adventure today !!

    April 6, 2013

  • cathy m

    Wow Tracy, you sure know how to do a hike!! What a beautiful day on such a pristine nature trail. Doesn't get any better than that!
    Thank you so much for a perfect day. Looking forward to the next one...

    April 6, 2013

  • Mike N.

    A very professionally done hike, complete with a sign-in table with FTA literature and donuts, a 10.5 miles route (it was supposed to be 8 but there were only a few complaints about that) that took us through all of the intersting and beautiful habitats of the Alafia Corridor, lunch by a lovely lake, bandana games, several hogs and great companions. Congratulations, Tracy, on a great flagship hike.

    April 6, 2013

  • Marilyn G

    Wow Tracy, what a fun day! Kudos on leading a fantastic hike. You handled everything like a pro. Thanks for all you did to make it so easy and pleasurable for the rest of us. I'm looking forward to your next one!

    April 6, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    All right Tracy!!! You done GREAT! man! and we were blessed with beautiful weather again... what a beautiful tract.... great folks to spend the day with...

    April 6, 2013

  • Vickey E.

    Great job Tracy. Beautiful hike and great company! I can't wait till next time. :)

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Jose B.

    A well done job for beeing the 1st hike in that area. Thank you Tracy (and Quinn). I can't wait for the next hike with you.

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • alex

    great hike tracy ! i think it will be hard to top this hike , thanks for your dedication , see you on the next one

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well we maybe went a little furthur than the posted 8 miles...10.5 and rounded off to eleven and squared up to 15...but who counts. WOW is all I can say about Tracey's ability to lead. We had an exhibitors table complete with phamplets to sell FTA, along with FTA map, doughnuts, water...the whole nine yards. Great group and the hike was seneic.

    2 · April 6, 2013

  • Barb K.

    Had a fun time for my first hike with you guys. It was great to meet you all.....and I have some fine blisters to show for it! I'll get these feet into shape in no time!

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Kathy

    I had a great time!! Met some new people and got to see some from previous hikes, the trail was beautiful!!!

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • treehouseyoga

    I want to see this area. I hate it when work gets in the way of hiking!

    April 5, 2013

  • Michelle

    Just moved Yikes!

    April 2, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Michelle good luck with the move and unpacking all those boxes. Hope to see you next time. Thanks

      April 4, 2013

  • Mandy

    I will not be able to make it to the Bandana day hike. I hope someone takes my spot!

    April 4, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Thanks for letting us know! Hope to see you at the next FTA event.

      April 4, 2013

  • Toni

    There is still small chance I might could make this hike. How strict is the RSVP? Could my daughter and I come at last minute if possible?

    April 4, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Toni usually people drop out at the last minute and some just don't show at all. There should be room for you if are able to make it.

      April 4, 2013

  • Toni

    Sigh..... have to work. :(

    March 31, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Sorry about that. I guess be thankful you have work. Hope to see you next time Toni. Out

      April 1, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Looking forward to exploring a new (to me) area! Also, the bandana thing is intriguing.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Great! I get to wear my new bandana!

    March 20, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      That is Great, can we use it to demonstrate how to clean ones feet after a mud crossing with no shoes on.

      1 · March 21, 2013

  • Sheri A.

    OMG Tracy, I didn't know this place existed. I may steal this for a dayhike since I am working this weekend :-(

    1 · March 21, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      So Sheri...we would be honored by your presence.....

      1 · March 21, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Someone said it may have been a Wood Stork???

      March 21, 2013

  • Rick G.

    I'd love to Tracy, but with us leaving for the NC trip the following weekend...I want to spend this weekend with the family. Have a great hike & I'll see ya in the mountains!

    March 21, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Enjoy that family and those kids my friend, as they grow up so fast. We have some really good hiking and backpacking ahead of us. See you in NC.

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will try and help out with anything and any way I can. See you on the hike.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • healthymom

    Can you give me directions from Tampa?

    March 20, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      From I-75, take exit 250(gibsonton dr.) head east (road name changes to boyette rd, then fish hawk blvd) for 8 miles to lithia pine crest rd. Turn southeast, continue 4 miles to Cr 39 for 2 miles. Trailhead is just past Aldermans Ford park at the baseball fields in the far left hand corner as you pull in. It's located in the north end of the complex. I hope this helps. You can search pinecrest sports complex also. That is the name of baseball fields. The address listed is 9312 Cr 39

      March 20, 2013

  • Brian L.

    Sounds good, looking forward to walking with you again

    March 20, 2013

  • cathy m

    Sounds like a great hike. Looking forward!

    March 20, 2013

  • Michelle

    This sound s awesome!

    March 20, 2013

  • Sheri

    Sounds wonderful, but I already have plans.

    March 20, 2013

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