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We will be meeting in the parking lot fo the Anne Kolb Nature Center. 751 Sheridan St Hollywood, FL[masked], US Phone number Nature Center:[masked] The bike ride we are planning is approximately 13 miles. It might seems like a lot, but even the most novice of riders can do it with no problem. We will take a break half way through and then come back. If you want to take a dip in the ocean when we take a break there is a swimming beach inside John u. Lloyd State Park or you could take a walk out on the man made jetty (a bunch if rocks) that separates the inlet and Port Everglades. On the way back we may extend the trip a little with a trip down the Hollywood Broadwalk.... ******************************************************* What to bring: 1. Bike - Any type 2. Water 3. Snack or Bag lunch (optional) 4. $1 dollar/bike for entrance fee into John U Lloyd State Park 5. Swim Suit (optional)
We will be biking directly on the shores of Lake Okeechobee - on the dam that keeps our fresh water safe. Lake O is one of the largest fresh water bodies that lies completely in the US and an integral part of the Everglades ecosystem. It looks like the ocean! The path we are taking is part of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail "LOST". This section is completely paved. We will pedal 8 miles north, then stop at the scenic, friendly and funky J&S Fish Camp for drinks and eats. Our point of beginning is Port Mayaca, site of the lock from Lake O to the St Lucie Canal and thus to the ocean. If we are nice to the lock-keeper he may let us go across, look down, take pictures, etc. There are no facilities at the site. Bring some spending money for our break; water, suncreen and the usuals. go to: http://www.dep.state.... (http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/state/lakeotrail/default.htm) for description and history of the Trail. Click on "Trail map and description". The "print version" of the map is full page. You can use Mapquest with "Port Mayaca" . DIRECTIONS: Turnpike North to Beeline exit (SUN PASS ONLY) . Turn Right onto Hwy #710 (Beeline) and continue for 23 miles to Highway 76. Exit the Beeline to the right following the signs for 76, then turn left at blinking light-76West-Kanner Highway. Go 11 miles, go UNDER the bridge and follow 76 to the end as the road curves to the left. At the stop sign, turn LEFT onto 441N (Conner Highway). Go OVER the bridge and LEFT at the first road at the base of the bridge. You will see the signs for "Port Mayaca Lock" and "LOST". Bear to the RIGHT as the road approaches the water and park in the grassy spots with concrete bumpers. Alternate: Turnpike to PGA Blvd., West to end of PGA, Right onto 710-Beeline. A a half way pit stop at the J&S Fish Camp - J&S Tavern a landmark for many years, some say it's been there since the 1930's Come enjoy a relaxing day by the water, a short distance from anywhere... You'll feel like you have traveled back in time! Have fun, listen to live music, play pool, go for a boat ride or just relax under the tiki hut...
This is a morning on the beach and in the water. Those that wish to snorkel can buddy up and experience this great snorkel site. Others can just enjoy the beach. Just show-up, find the group (& a buddy if you don't have one) and enjoy the day... Be aware that snorkeling can be strenuous. It's your call if you remain ion the beach or in the water. Conditions can change rapidly so please stay apprised of wind, water and your own physical capabilities. Lauderdale By The Sea is doing much to improve it's snorkel and shore diving sites. I have already found replicas of three cannons and an anchor from a Spanish Galleon. I am told there are many more parts of the ship near the first reef line. If you do choose to snorkel: French Angels appear to be wearing makeup on there face, looking like mimes for a mermaids pleasure. You may see schools of small fish swimming back and forth as if performing ballet. Other common fish are Blue Angels and lots of varieties of Parrotfish swimming among the grazing schools of Doctorfish. Blue Headed Wrass set up shop on the reef, this small tropical eats parasites off the fierce looking Barracuda. During the summer months you will frequently see turtles feeding on th reef, they are returning to lay eggs on the very beach they hatched from. If you are lucky enough to see a turtle, remain calm and quiet, it may approach you. Never touch, chase hold on to, or harass a turtle. You could cause it to drown, they need to take a new breath of air more frequently than you might think. There are Big Fish too!!! Schools of Snook are often seen here, an occasional Nurse Shark, and really big Tarpon come cruising through from their prehistoric past. Go often enough and maybe you will swim with a six foot Manta Ray, don't worry this harmless relative of the shark only eats plankton. Spotted Eagle Ray seemingly fly across the reef. Stingrays often lay partially covered in the sand, even this docile creature can be deadly(Steve Irwin)...a lesson to observe and not touch. See a pile of crushed up shells? It is likely there is a small octopus in it's den nearby. All of this and more is a short swim from the beach on the south side of the pier. The reef is in 8 to 15 feet of water and can be accessed by snorkel or SCUBA. You will be amazed at the diversity of wildlife that is just off the shore. (SCUBA divers may want to go beyond the pier to the second part of the first reef line 15' to 21'). RSVP YES OR MAYBE specify your desire to snorkel or SCUBA. If you are experienced diver and want to commit to leading either a snorkel or SCUBA group please state in RSVP If we are having heavy winds it is likely the dive will be canceled. Late afternoon showers in the west often do not effect the coast. YOU WILL NEED a)Your own snorkel or SCUBA gear. b)Bring a dive flag or be sure you are buddied up with someone with a flag.(Never go without a buddy and a flag). c) BRING QUARTERS FOR PARKING METERS!!! $1.25/hour or park at the pier for $10.00 flat fee d) The ability to handle yourself in the water. It is suggested that before beginning any physical activity that you have a comprehensive medical checkup - and approval from your doctor to engage in the activity. ****************************************** DIRECTIONS Commercial Blvd. East to A1A turn right go 1 block to Datura Ave turn left to beach parking spaces. we will be preparing our gear at our cars or the covered benches at the shower area. Parking spaces are on Datura from the beach to the other side of A1A by the 7-11 or one block north in and around the pier area at Commercial Blvd. One block south of Datura also provides additional parking spaces. You can also park at Aruba's for $10.00 with the Valet for the beach. BRING QUARTERS FOR PARKING METERS!!! Local merchants do not like to give out quarters. Be careful there are 4 hour meters and 2 hours meters. DO NOT PARK AT A 2 HOUR meter you won't have time to swim before it expires. You can also park at the pier for $10.00 and there is some local parking as well. Some spots on commercial blvd are free but it's a long walk. The Suntrust Bank on Commercial just west of A1A typically offers parking for $5 for the day