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201411 November Activity Calendar

NOVEMBER 2014

Saturday, November 29 – Hike at Pepper Ranch 6315 Pepper Road, Immokalee, FL 34142.  Meet at the Pepper Ranch visitor center at 10am.  We will get an introduction to the ranch preserve by member Alex Sulecki and then hike 3 miles on the off-road bicycle trail.  Public invited, limit 12 people, difficulty – moderate.   RSVP Carl Kepford 239-253-4255   carl@tenthousandislands.net    or Chuck Wilson 239-398-3820  flswampeagle@aol.com

 

201412 December Activity Calendar

DECEMBER 2014

 Thursday, December 18, 6:30pm  In lieu of a regular meeting in December, we will have a dinner meeting at Randy’s Seafood at 10395 Tamiami Trail N, in Naples on Thursday at 6:30 pm.  Please register at Meetup.com or contact Carl Kepford at carl@tenthousandislands.net or 239-253-4255.

Sunday, December 21, 9am   Day Hiking.  The trailhead is 3.2 miles East of Collier Blvd (CR-951) on Sabal Palm Road in Picayune Strand State Forest.  Look for the trailhead sign on the right.  GPS Coordinates (Lat-Long: 26.095287, 81.634100).  Hike 4.2 miles through flat pinewoods with Cypress trees in areas that are in a slightly lower elevation.  The trail will pass by a colony of endangered red cockaded woodpecker nests.  Portions of the trail may be wet so hikers should be prepared to wade.  Bring a light lunch or snack, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking boots or old tennis shoes for the hike and a dry pair of shoes for the ride home.  Public invited. 12 people limit.  Difficulty – Moderate.  RSVP on meetup.com or to Carl Kepford    carl@tenthousandislands.net   239-253-4255

Wednesday, December 31  4pm  New Year’s Eve dinner and campout at Mariposa, 1721 Rock Road, Naples, 34120.  Bring a dish to share and plan to ring in the New Year around the campfire.  If you don’t wish to camp over night you can join us for the meal and campfire.  Bring your tent/RV/camping vehicle.  New Year’s Day morning Chuck and Betty will cook breakfast for everyone and then whoever wishes can join the New Year’s Day Bike Ride in Bird Rookery (which requires a separate RSVP.  RSVP to Betty at 239-298-2724 wilgoson@aol.com  or Chuck at 239-398-3820  flswampeagle@aol.com  or you can RSVP on meetup.

201501 January Activity Calendar

Thursday, January 1, 2015  HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Bike Ride at Bird Rookery  9am.  Meet at 1721 Rock Road, Naples, 34120.  Bike Ride on back roads in Bird Rookery Preserve.  Bring your “Fat Tire” bike and ride on old tram roads.  The grass and sand surface is not for “Road Bikes”; Hybrids and mountain bikes only.  Helmets required. Bring water, lunch or snacks.  There will be a 6 mile route and a 14 mile route. Public invited.  Moderate difficulty. RSVP to Chuck Wilson 239-398-3820  flswampeagle@aol.com or Betty Wilson 239-298-2724  wilgoson@aol.com  or on meetup.com

Saturday, January 10  Trail Maintenance at Fakahatchee Strand.  Meet at the ranger station at 9am and we will then go together and drive to Gate 18 trail head.  Activity Description:  Trim and refresh blazes as needed along a 1.5 mile trail.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Pruners, loppers, gloves will be supplied however, you are welcome to bring your own.  Public: No    Limit 10 people  FTA members only.  Difficulty: moderate  RSVP: Debra Taylor  978-602-6242  email  debraotaylor@comcast.net  Co-Leader:  Jean Bub  585-261-8409  email  jbubwm@gmail.com

Saturday, January 17  Trail Maintenance at Fakahatchee Strand.  Meet at the ranger station at 9am and we will then go together and drive to Gate 18 trail head.  Activity Description:  Trim and refresh blazes as needed along a 1.5 mile trail.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Pruners, loppers, gloves will be supplied however, you are welcome to bring your own.  Public: No     Limit 10 people  FTA members only.  Difficulty: moderate  RSVP: Debra Taylor  978-602-6242  email  debraotaylor@comcast.net  Co-Leader:  Jean Bub  585-261-8409  email  jbubwm@gmail.com

Monday, January 19   Day hike at Fakahatchee Strand.  Meet at the ranger station at 9am.  Activity Description: This is an eight (8) mile hike through pine trees, cypress and open prairie.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Public: No     Limit 10 people  FTA members only.  Difficulty: moderate  RSVP: Debra Taylor  978-602-6242  email  debraotaylor@comcast.net  Co-Leader:  Jean Bub  585-261-8409  email  jbubwm@gmail.com

Thursday,  January 22   Bike Ride at Sabal Palm Trail,  on Sabal Palm Dr,   Lat 26.095287, -81 634100  From I-75 exit 101 (SR951,Collier Blvd.), drive 4.3 mi. south and turn west onto Sabal Palm Dr. and continue 3.3 miles paved then turning into dirt to trailhead, look to your right for parking lot.  Meet at 9am.   Activity Description: Join us for a 14 mile loop ride through the western section of  Picyune  Strand.  We will start out at Sabal Palm Hiking Trail heading easterly through Flatwoods of Red –cockaded woodpecker habitat, then connect with Miller Blvd, and then make our way back to Sabal Palm Rd.  The ride takes us through sugar sand the first 6.5 miles then mostly firm riding for the second half.  The pace is relaxed, with frequent stops and a lunch break.  Fat tired hybrids or mountain bikes only.  Helmets required. Bring spare tube, two quarts of water, snacks and lunch. Public:  yes       Limit:  No limit   Difficulty: Strenuous.  RSVP:  Debra Taylor  978-602-6242    email  debraotalor@comcast.net  Co Leader:  Chuck Wilson  239-398-3920   email  flswampeagle@aol.com

Sunday, January 25  Trail Maintenance, at Collier Seminole State Park, Naples, Fl. 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34114  Meet at 9am  at the entrance to main gate.  Activity Description:  We will be working on the loop trail which is approx. ¼ mile from the main entrance.  Wear old clothes and shoes –trail can be very wet and muddy at times.  Bring loppers, clippers, lunch, plenty of water and bug spray. We have extra tools if someone does not and would like to join us. Public: no    Limit  20 people  Difficulty:  moderate  RSVP:  Brenda Carneri  239-594-0401  Co-Leader   Jean Bub  585-261-8409     email jbubwm@gmail.com

201502 February Activity Calendar

Sunday,February 08   Trail Maintenance at Collier Seminole State Park, Naples, Fl. 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34114.  Meet at 9am  at entrance to main gate.  Activity Description:  We will be working on the loop trail which is approx. ¼ mile from the main entrance.  Wear old clothes and shoes –trail can be very wet and muddy at times.  Bring loppers, clippers, lunch, plenty of water and bug spray. We have extra tools if someone does not and would like to join us.     Public: no    Limit  20 people   Difficulty:  moderate   RSVP:  Brenda Carneri  239-594-0401   Co-Leader  Jean Bub  585-261-8409     email  jbubwm@gmail.com

Monday, February 09  Trail Maintenance Hike at Prairie Pines, North Ft Myers, Fl.   Time:  Call Mickey Miller  Activity Description:  Trimming and marking trails    Public NO   Limit:  10 People Rating:  Moderate    RSVP   Mickey Miller  239-229-0522  email  mcmiller@leegov.com

Sunday, February 22   Trail Maintenance at Collier Seminole State Park, 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34114.  Meet at 9am  at entrance to main gate.   Activity Description:  We will be working on the loop trail which is approx. ¼ mile from the main entrance.  Wear old clothes and shoes –trail can be very wet and muddy at times.  Bring loppers, clippers, lunch, plenty of water and bug spray. We have extra tools if someone does not have any and would like to join us. The BoyScouts will be with us on this hike.  Public: no    Limit  20 people  Difficulty:  moderate   RSVP:  Brenda Carneri  239-594-0401    Co-Leader  Jean Bub  585-261-8409     email  jbubwm@gmail.com