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201803 March Activity Calendar

MARCH 2018

Friday, March 2 at 5 pm – Monday, March 5 at 3 pm.  Hike the Florida National Scenic Trail from Oasis Visitor Center on Rte 41 to exit 63 on I-75.  Oasis Visitor center is located at 52105 Tamiami Trail E., Ochopee, FL 34141.   Description:  Backpack the Florida National Scenic Trail 30 miles from the Oasis Visitor Center on Rte 41 to Exit 63 on I-75.  Hikers will camp in two places along the way.  The trail will require wading in places and will be soggy in others.  Hikers should be prepared to wade carefully in certain areas because of holes in limestone and hidden cypress knees.  On Friday, March 2, we will arrange for parking vehicles at the I-75 parking lot for the drive home at the conclusion of the hike.  On Saturday, March 3, we will leave the Oasis visitor center at 9 am.  Hikers should be prepared to carry four liters of water and water filtration and purification gear in addition to their backpack, tent or hammock, sleeping bag and food.  Trekking pole(s) or walking stick recommended for maintaining balance while wading.

Turkey hunters will be using other areas of Big Cypress Preserve this weekend.  We recommend that you wear one item of orange clothing.

Public invited, but first preference given to existing FTA members.  Advertised to public but hikers must be certified capable of this event by the Activity Leaders and be an FTA member at the start of the hike.  Limit: 8 people.  This hike is very strenuous.

RSVP:  Carl at 239-253-4255  email: carl@tenthousandislands.net   or  Donna 239-850-6416  email: dhhiker13@yahoo.com

Saturday, March 10, 8:30 am.   Swamp Buggy ride and Alligator show.  Wooten’s Everglades Swampbuggy rides, 32330 Tammiami Trail E. Ochopee, FL.  Activity Description:  See the natural beauty of a cypress forest and possible sightings of wild animals of the region.  Participants meet at the picnic tables in front of the gift shop at 8:30 am.  Cost of the buggy ride is $22.00 per person and includes Alligator show.  Parking and ticket purchasing is on the south side of Tamiami Trail, buggy ride is on the north side of US41.  Everyone will cross the street as a group.  Public invitied.  Leisure rating.  RSVP to Sharon at 239-357-4418   sharonsuhar@yahoo.com
FTA Members Only hike will follow the event at Wooten’s.  If you are interested please RSVP by March 7. 

Thursday, March 15, Alligator Amblers monthly meeting  at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110.  Social gathering 6:30 pm, meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm.  The speaker will be Jason Boeckman, the Coordinator for  Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 Program.  He will speak about that program and hiking trails in Lee County.

Saturday, March 17,  Hike.  9am.  Caloosahatchee Creek Preserve East, 10130 Bayshore Rd., N. Ft Myers, FL 33917.   Hiking on a boardwalk and grassy trail.  3 1/2 – 4 miles.  Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat and sanck.  Shoes might get wet, so bring another pair.  Dogs permitted in park on a leash.  Public invited. Limit 12 people.  Leisure rating.  RSVP to Sharon at 239-357-4418 or sharonsuhar@yahoo.com 
Sunday, March 25,  3.5 Mile Hike,  9am.  CREW Cypress Dome trails at 3980 Corkscrew Rd., Immokalee, FL 34142.  Directions: From I-75 and Corkscrew Rd. go east on Corkscrew Rd for 14 miles to trailhead on the right.  Watch for the signs.  Description: The Wild Coffee Trail has the most spectacular scenery and vegetation in this area and winds through pine forest, oak hammock and into a seasonally wet ecosystem called a popash slough.  Part of this trail is usually wet but is now completely dry.  Be observant here – there is so much to see and hear: barred owls, swallow-tailed kites, ferns, mosses, oaks, graceful palms and amazing mushrooms.  Toilet available at the beginning of the hike.  Bring lots of water.  Public is invited.  Limit of 20 people.  Leisure hike.  RSVP to Larry 540-686-6000 or email: larrykruhm@gmail.com  or Brenda at 239-594-0401

201804 April Activity Calendar

APRIL 2018

Saturday, April 14, 9 AM to Sunday, April 15, 3 PM  Bicycling and/or Camping.  Location: Bear Island Campground in Big Cypress National Preserve (GPS Coordinates 26.182746   81.247637)  Description:  Camping and/or off-road cycling.  Drive or bicycle to Bear Island Campground.  Cyclists can leave their cars at SR 29 entrance to Big Cypress at GPS Coordinates 26*13’5.65″N,  81*20’40.84″W and bike 6.1 miles to campground over a well-maintained access road.  The activity leader will deliver packs, tents, camping gear and food for cyclists to campsite if delivered to him before the event.  He will also deliver 2 gallons of water for each camper coming by bicycle.  Drivers need to drive 20 miles north from US 41 on Turner River Road over a dusty dirt road.  After arriving at campsite and setting up tents, cyclists can ride over off-road trails in the preserve.  Campers who are not cyclists can walk around the area and enjoy the scenery.   Public invited, limit of 12 people/12 tents,  Moderate level of difficulty.

RSVP to Carl at 239-253-4255  email: carl@tenthousandislands.net  or Chuck at 239-398-3820   email: flswampeagle@aol.com

Thursday, April 19, Alligator Amblers monthly meeting  at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110.  Social gathering 6:30 pm, meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm. Our speaker will be Steven Valdespino.  He will take a beautiful but sobering look at the natural treasure we have here in SW Florida and the threats it faces. With a special emphasis on the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp, the program is chock full of stunning images of flora and fauna as well as a survey of the problems besetting our magnificent, wild heritage.

Saturday, April 28, 10am – 5pm   90th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail.  This festival is being held in Everglades City.  One of our members JoAnn Luce will be at the Everglades City Museum on 105 W. Broadway at a table for Koreshan State Park.  Stop and see her for more information on what is available.  They will be celebrating the 1928 opening of the Tampa to Miami Trail with live music, parades, Model T’s, and history.  For more information you can contact JoAnn at 239-495-7644

Sunday, April 29,  Full Moon Bike Ride,  Shark Valley,  36000 SW 8th St. (US 41), Miami, FL   GPS N25’45.385′  W 80′ 45.994 .  Moonlight scenic loop bike ride, see alligators, wading birds, possible deer also hardwood hammocks, sunset from the observation tower.  Ride takes 2-3 hrs (15 miles).  Starts at 6pm SHARP.  Meet at the ticket booth inside the park.  20 people, leisure ride.  RSVP to Brenda at 239-594-0401

201805 May Activity Calendar

MAY 2018

Sunday, May 6,  9am,  2 Hour Paddle.  3800 Corkscrew Road. Estero, FL.  Directions: Koreshan State Park at intersection of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road.  Activity Description:  Easy and leisurely paddle up the Estero River. We will paddle upstream for one hour and then return. Trees provide canopy so mostly shaded. Bring your own craft or rent from park at a very reasonable rate. ($8 1st hour, $5 2nd hour per canoe) Up to 4 people per boat. 17’ and 13’ canoes or single and double kayaks available. We will meet at the ranger station.  Rest room available in park. Park entry fee per car required.  20 people – limit.  Public invited.  RSVP  Larry Kruhm  540-686-6000    larrykruhm@gmail.com  or Mickey Miller  239-229-0522   hike1962@yahoo.com

Thursday, May 17, Alligator Amblers monthly meeting  at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110.  Social gathering 6:30 pm, meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm.

201806 June Activity Calendar

JUNE 2018

Thursday, June 21, Alligator Amblers monthly meeting  at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110.  Social gathering 6:30 pm, meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm.

201809 September Activity Calendar


Sunday, September 23  6:45 PM to 9:30 PM    Harvest Moon Night Kayak Paddle to Bird Rookery.  Location: Shell Island Boat Launch Ramp, 10 Shell Island Road, Naples, FL 34113.   Description:  Paddle into the sunset nto Hall Bay.  As evening sets in, watch hundreds of birds return to their nesting sites on bird rookery islands.  We will head back under a full harvest moon to the launch site.  Bring your own kayak or canoe, lifejacket and paddles, two liters of water and a snack.  Basic kayak or canoeing skills required.  Close-toed shoes recommended because kayaks travel near oyster bars.  Glow sticks provided, bring your own headlamp as a backup.

Limit 12 people, Public invited.  Moderate difficulty.

RSVP to Carl, 239-253-4255 or  email: carl@tenthousandislands.net