00/2015 Alligator Amblers Meetup Website

Alligator Amblers Meetup Join Meetup today and RSVP for hikes and other activities on line from the comfort of your Smartphone or Home Computer!

 

Alligator Amblers Activities

202105 May Activities


Calendar View


What: Overnight Backcountry Backpacking Trip
Where: Florida National Scenic Trail I75 MM63 (map)
When: May 1, 2021 8:00 am – May 2, 3:00 pm
Who: FTA Members Only – limit of 8 participants
RSVP: Event Registration

Description:
This will be a backpacking trip for beginners. We will hike 4.8 miles along the Florida National Scenic Trail from the north gate of the I-75 rest area at mile marker 63 to Nobles Camp. The trail will be uneven with very little shade. Standing water on the trail can be expected if recent heavy rainfall. Once at Nobles Camp we will setup camp to include shelter setup, hanging bear bags, fire preparation and water filtering. Opportunities will exist for additional hiking and exploration further along the FNST or the close by Carpenter Camp Loop Trail. We will break camp the morning of the 2 nd
and return to the trailhead using one of four possible routes selected by a unanimous vote of participants. Routes can be reviewed here.

Additional Information:
We will meet at the north trailhead in the I75 rest area at MM63. It is highly recommended that participants attend the Backpacking for Beginners Workshop on April 13th (Event Registration) . Potable water and restrooms available at rest area. POTABLE WATER AND RESTROOMS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THIS TRIP. Participants will be expected to adhere to Leave No Trace practices. This activity will be held rain or shine.
WE RECOMMEND THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS USE THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT TO FILTER NON-POTABLE WATER DURING THIS TRIP. IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF DOING THIS, CONTACT THE ACTIVITY LEADER BEFORE SIGNING UP SO THAT WE CAN SAFELY ARRANGE TO GET WATER FOR YOU FOLLOWING STRICT COVID-19 RULES.

Recommended Attire:
Loose fitting lightweight long sleeve shirt, long pants, trail runner type hiking shoes, and sun hat.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Equipment will vary by individual. Participants should also review ” What to Bring ” article for additional items to consider.
TWO COVID-19 FACE MASKS, Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shelter (tent/tarp/hammock), multiple pairs of socks, umbrella, trekking poles, trowel & toilet paper, first aid kit, knife, food bag, 50′ para cord, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, snacks, stove & fuel, 2 liters water, water filter, dirty water bag, insect repellent, misquito head net, rain jacket/pants, plastic trash bag(s), ziplock bag(s), head lamp/flash light, cell phone (with GaiaGPS installed), and battery pack.
BECAUSE OF COVID-19 CONCERNS, IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO SHARE EQUIPMENT. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT AND DO
NOT PLAN TO SHARE.

Links:
Trail Map (Courtesy Happy Hoofers FTA chapter)
Google Maps Route

Activity Leaders
Carl Kepford – Activity Leader
Wes Walker – Co-Leader

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: Guided Walk (4.5 miles)
Where: Gordon River Greenway – meet at Baker Park(map)
When: May 7, 2021 8:15 am – 12:00 pm
Who: FTA Members Only – limit of 10 participants

Description:
Walk approximately 4.5 miles from Baker Park along the Gordon River Greenway to behind the Naples Zoo, and back again. The trail consists of wide asphalt walkways, boardwalks, a bridge over the Gordon River, and a short portion covered with mulch.  Your guide will point out the restoration areas, gopher tortoise conservation area, and talk about the project development. 

Additional Information:
Participants will meet at the stairway in Baker Park adjacent to the parking area off Riverside Circle at 8:15 am for sign-in and welcome. We will depart promptly at 8:30 am. Potable water fountains and restrooms onsite. You can bring a sack lunch or go to one of many nearby local restaurants for lunch. 

Recommended Attire:
Shorts and sandals are fine to wear, but please also wear a hat.

What to Bring:
Sunscreen, insect repellent, snack, and a water bottle. Bird life can be abundant along the Gordon River, so bring binoculars.

Links:
Gordon River Greenway
Trail Map

Activity Leader Contact Information:
Alex Sulecki – Activity Leader
239-777-7705
asulecki12@gmail.com

Anne Rapp – Activity Co-Leader
508-361-0204
anne.rapp99@gmail.com

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: Hike – Collier-Seminole State Park Adventure Trail (7.5 miles)
Where: 20200 Tamiami Trail East (US-41) Naples, Florida 34114 (map)
When: May 12, 2021 7:45 am – 3:00 pm
Who: Florida Trail Association Members – limit of 10 participants
Difficulty Rating: Strenuous (difficulty rating guide)
RSVP: John Hughes at 239-936-6571 / hughesj318@aol.com

Description:
Join us to celebrate the re-opening of the 7.5 mile Collier-Seminole Adventure Trail and Primitive Campsite Spur. This trail is maintained by the local Alligator Amblers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association under the leadership of member Brenda Carneri. This 7.5 mile hike is rated “Strenuous” due to length, varied terrain, and heat especially near the end of the hike. There will be frequent shade and periodic water and rest breaks and a mid-hike lunch break is planned. We will stop frequently to admire many native plants and wild flowers in bloom, and to hydrate. Plan for about 5 hours of hiking at a steady 1.5 mile per hour pace (total hike time of 6 hours including breaks). This hike highlights plant and animal life in the “Mesic Pine Flatwood”, the “Strand Swamp” interspersed by pine islands and hardwood hammocks. Finally we will finish up by traversing the Black Water River head waters by navigating some mud and crossing the new bog bridge. The trail including cypress slough portions is mostly dry and mosquitoes are minimal.

What to Bring:
BRING PLENTY OF WATER (3 liters recommended) or Electrolytes of your choice (Gatorade, Nuun, etc.)., a small snack or two and a light lunch. Sun screen and insect repellant are recommended. A cool loose fitting long-sleeve shirt, hat, long zip-off pants, and good closed-type hiking shoes are also advisable (as sections of the trail will likely be muddy). There is poison ivy and Brazilian pepper in some areas that we will try to avoid. If showers are forecast bring your rain gear. Bring hiking poles if you like. Bring a change of socks and shoes for the drive home and a trash bag for muddy socks and shoes. If we have to cancel or reschedule this hike for any reason you will receive an email by Tue 5/11/21 with this information.

Links:
Collier-Seminole State Park
Trail map – Not currently available on-line. Maps will be provided at the Ranger Station.

Additional Information:
Travel East of Naples on US-41 about 8 miles and look for the sign for the Collier-Seminole State Park entrance. At the park entrance, tell gatehouse staff you plan to attend the FL Trail Association Hike and will pay the Park Entrance Fee ($5 dollars per car, $4 if only the driver) and get a special park Adventure Trail map at the Ranger Station where we will meet as a group. A hike orientation will be held at the hike trail head. Please be prompt as the park will open early at 7:45AM just for us as we will be starting this hike in early morning to avoid the heat of the day. After the group leaves the Ranger Station to access the hike trail head, late comers will not be able to join the hike. Paying fees, bathroom time, travel to the trail head, and hike orientation will take about an hour for a goal of starting the actual Adventure Trail hike by about 8:45AM.

Special Covid-19 Precautions required by the Florida Trail Association:
o Please be aware that there is an inherent risk of illness when participating in this activity during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are taking precautions, but if you are in a high-risk group you may want to reconsider joining.
o You may not participate if you tested positive for Covid-19 or have had any potential Covid symptoms within 14 days of the activity.
o Group size limit of 10 – first come-first served. Please cancel promptly if plans change.
o Please bring your own cloth mask – fits snuggly but comfortably, multiple layers of cloth, secured with loops. Masks will be worn during group gathering as the activity starts.
o We will maintain standard social distancing during the activity.


What: Airboat Ride
Where: 6001 Lake Trafford Rd., Immokalee, Fl, 34142  (map)
When: May 14, 2021 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Who: Public invited – limit of 8 participants

Description:
Explore Lake Trafford and the Corkscrew Swamp, Headwaters of the Historic Everglades on the West Coast of Florida. View its creatures in their natural habitat while experiencing the thrill of an airboat ride. Birds and Alligators flourish in the abundance of vegetation making it a birders heaven and a photographer’s paradise. Cost is $37.50 per person. Toilet available at the beginning. Bring 2 quarts of water and a face mask. We will not maintain standard social distancing on this activity, so masks will be required. Suggested post activities include a visit to one of the best local farmer’s markets and/or lunch at one of Immokalee’s interesting restaurants.

What to Bring:
Bring 2 quarts of water and a face mask.

Links:
http://www.airboatsandalligators.com/

RSVP:
Larry Kruhm
540-686-600 (call or text)
larrykruhm@gmail.com

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: Guided Hike (2.5 miles)
Where: Nancy Payton Preserve  (map)
When: May 22, 2021 8:30 am – 11:30 pm
Who: FTA Members Only – limit of 10 participants

Description:
Hike approximately 2.5 miles on a rough trail through level pine and scrubby flatwoods with partial shade. Gopher tortoises, deer and numerous bird species frequent the preserve, including five species of woodpeckers. The preserve was the site of a panther den that produced 2 cubs in 2017.

Additional Information:
There is no water or restroom onsite. Parking is available at the trailhead for approximately five cars. Carpool if you feel comfortable doing so. The access road is not paved and depending on recent weather, its condition can be somewhat poor. Don’t drive your Rolls Royce.

Recommended Attire:
Long pants, socks, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and hat.

What to Bring:
*2 liters of water, sunscreen, insect repellent, snack, and a water bottle.
*Also see “What to Bring

Links:
Nancy Payton Preserve
Trail Map

Activity Leader Contact Information:
Alex Sulecki – Activity Leader
239-777-7705
asulecki12@gmail.com

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS


What: Kayak Float Trip (4.5 miles)
Where: Rainbow River – 12121 River View, Dunnellon, FL  (map)
When: May 22, 2021 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Who: Public invited – limit of 10 participants
RSVP: Meetup Event Registration

Description:
Enjoy a leisure 4 1/2 mile kayaking float trip down the beautiful crystal clear Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida. This spring is one of the largest in the world and is absolutely beautiful. Swim and/or snorkel along the way or just enjoy floating and seeing the sights. Participants will meet at the Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak rental (location address above). Thereafter, receive a ride from the Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak shuttle to KP Hole drop off point up river from the rental company. Float in a group leisurely down the river south to end up back at the Canoe & Kayak rental company where the vehicles will be parked. After completing the river float trip participants are invited to meet for dinner at Swampy’s Bar & Grille, 19773 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunnellon, FL which is one mile from the take out point. The float trip itself is an all day event ending at approximately 4:30 p.m. Participants are on their own for overnight accommodations should they wish to stay in the area either the night before or after, etc. Comfort Suites in Dunnellon has availability.

Additional Information:
PRIOR TO the event- Note: 10 kayaks have been reserved, 5 sit-on and 5 sit-in. Enrolled participants shall contact Sharon Suhar by May 19th to indicated which type kayak they wish to rent or if they will bring their own (there is a $22 fee to have your own kayak shuttled to the KP Hole, plus the $5.00 drop off fee). Kayak details are on the Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak website and payment for the rental will be made directly to the company the morning of the activity; also,
participants must complete an on line liability release form located on the Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak website prior to the event day.
DAY OF the event, Particiapants will meet at 11:30 a.m. 30 minutes prior to the 12 Noon departure on the shuttle. Vehicles will be left at the rental company and participants will float back to the vehicles. Typically, without paddling the trip takes 3-4 hours.
Each participant needs to be prepared to pay $38.52 per person for the kayak rental directly to the Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak company (either sit-in or sit-on top). There is a shuttle fee if you bring your own kayak ($22.00 for a single kayak).
ADDITIONAL FEE OF $5.00 (cash only) is required for the KP Put-in point, plus tipping is appreciated.
Should the participant wish to stay near Dunnellon then overnight accommodation must be made on your own. The Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak website has many recommendations and Comfort Suites is conveniently located to the River.
There is a restroom at the kayak rental company and at the KP Hole put-in. No other public restrooms are available along the river and places to stop and get out on shore are few. Be prepared to be in/on the boat for the duration of the float trip, meaning there are no picnic stops available along the river.

PRIOR TO the event- Note: 10 kayaks have been reserved, 5 sit-on and 5 sit-in.  Enrolled participants shall contact Sharon Suhar by May 19thto indicated which type kayak they wish to rent or if they will bring their own (there is a $22 fee to have your own kayak shuttled to the KP Hole, plus the $5.00 drop off fee).  Kayak details are on the Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak website and payment for the rental will be made directly to the company the morning of the activity; also, participants must complete an on line liability release form located on the Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak website prior to the event day. 

DAY OF the event, Particiapants will meet at 11:30 a.m.  30 minutes prior to the 12 Noon departure on the shuttle.  Vehicles will be left at the rental company and participants will float back to the vehicles.  Typically, without paddling the trip takes 3-4 hours.

Each participant needs to be prepared to pay $38.52 per person for the kayak rental directly to the Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak company (either sit-in or sit-on top).  There is a shuttle fee if you bring your own kayak ($22.00 for a single kayak).

ADDITIONAL FEE OF $5.00 (cash only) is required for the KP Put-in point, plus tipping is appreciated.

Should the participant wish to stay near Dunnellon then overnight accommodation must be made on your own.  The Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak website has many recommendations and Comfort Suites is conveniently located to the River.There is a restroom at the kayak rental company and at the KP Hole put-in.  No other public restrooms are available along the river and places to stop and get out on shore are few.  Be prepared to be in/on the boat for the duration of the float trip, meaning there are no picnic stops available along the river.  

Recommended Attire:
Bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, cover-up to protect from sun and/or wind, sandles or water shoes for when getting in and out of boat and the lunch stop.  Face mask.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Towel; sunscreen, bug spray, dry bag for things such as keys, wallet, phone, etc.; snacks; and water (minimum of 64 ounces or water per person); rope or carabiner to secure items to the boat.  Snorkeling gear, including dive flag, if you wish to snorkel.  IMPORTANT!!  DISPOSABLE ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED ON THE RIVER.  Only bring non-desposable items on the trip.  No single use plastic or paper.  Any food or drinks brought on the river must be in non-disposable, dishwasher-safe containers.  There are many city, county, and state officials that patrol the river and they can fine you for having disposable food or drink containers in your boat.  Don’t have Coke cans, Gatorade bottles, Doritos bags, etc.  They are illegal on the Rainbow!  Thermos’, travel mugs, tupperware, gladware, camelbacks, nalgene bottles, etc. are all dishwasher safe items are permitted.

The Florida Trail Association required COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to during this event. Please familiarize yourself with the required precautions linked below before attending.
FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS