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201902 February Activity Calendar

FEBRUARY 2019

Saturday, February 9, 8:15 am – 3:00 pm,  Fakahatchee Gate 18 Trail Maintenance.  Fakahatchee Ranger Station, 137 Coast Line Drive, Copeland, FL 34137.  Arrive 8:15 am at the Copland Ranger Station Parking.  Meetup at 8:30 at the barn in the back to form work groups and to sign the Assumption of Risk and sign in sheet.  Activity Description:  Moderate.  FTA members only.  We will be working with park staff and Friends of the Fakahatchee (Faka-Hackers) to complete weed whacking, brushing back and clearing flagged trees on the Amblers’ Gate 18 1.5 mile trail.  Please bring 2 quarts of water, long sleeves/pants, hat, gloves, snacks/lunch, favorite lopper/saw.  Equipment will also be available.  No cell service.  Plan a full day.   RSPV to Debra  a must:  debraotaylor@comcast.net  978-732-6336    Note:  Rain cancels.  Debra will notify.    Leave plenty of transit time due to the Everglades City Seafood Festival.

Friday, February 15, 8:30 am, Biking and Hiking, Fakahatchee Ranger Station, 137 Coast Line Drive, Copeland, Fl  34137       GPS 25.951632, -81.360486   The Copeland Fakahatchee Ranger station is the 8:30 meeting spot. Bathrooms available. $3.00 park fee/car.  The group will then drive approximately ½ hour and 6.5 miles north on Janes Scenic Drive to Gate 12 where we will park to bike 3.5 miles to Gate 18. We will then leave the bikes and hike 1.5 miles in/out back to Janes and the bikes to ride back to the cars at Gate 12. Explore a remote area of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park by biking a total of 7 miles and hiking a total of 3 miles from Gate 12 on Janes Scenic Drive. 10 years ago the Alligator Amblers worked with park staff to establish a unique 1.5 mile long walking trail from Gate 18 to an intersection with several tram routes. This path takes the hiker through 8 habitats. The bike is on a smooth packed dirt road (now Janes Scenic Trail). All bikes are acceptable. Wear zip off or long pants for hiking. If there is rain prior to the event, the trail will be wet in spots so wear shoes that you can bike and hike in wet and dry.   Bring at least 2 quarts of water, snacks, lunch, bike chain/lock, appropriate biking/hiking shoes; hat for hiking.    Helmets required.  Public invited.  Moderate activity level.  Duration: Approximately 6.5 hours. Plan to be back at the Copeland Ranger Station 3:00.  Note that there is no (or spotty) cell service and that the road to Gate 12 has avoidable potholes but is slow going.  Optional – once we have returned to the cars at Gate 12, those who wish to bike or hike 4 miles round trip down East Main Tram to the cabin can do that.  Please RSVP to Debra   Debrdebraotaylor@comcast.net 978-732-6336

Monday, 18 February, 9 am – 11 am.  3 mile hike.  CREW Flint Pen Strand Trails, 15970 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.  I-75 to exit 116 and turn east on Bonita Beach Rd.  Travel approximately 3.8 miles and turn left onto Vincent Rd (opposite the fire station).  The trailhead and parking lot are on the left.  Description:  Introduction to the Flint Pen Strand Trails.  Just opened to the public.  The red trail offers and easy 1.5 mile hike through pine flatwoods, old homesteads and oak hammocks with view of the Kehl Canal.  The trail is seasonally wet, offering wet-walk enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy hikes during the rainy season.  We will hike part of the equestrian trail to provide greater distance.  Trail map can be viewed at https://crewtrust.org/flint-pen-strand-2/.  Bring lots of  water.  Public invited, 20 people total, Leisure activity level.  Leader – Larry Kruhm, Co-leader – Len Shivok.  RSVP to Larry at 540-686-6000 or email  larrykruhm@gmail.com  

Thursday, 21 February, 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 for the February meeting will be Rachel Rainbolt, the Development and Educational Manger of CROW, the Clinic for the  Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island.

 Friday, 22 February,  8:30 am,  Hike Caracara and Wild Coffee CREW Trails.  Location:  CREW Cypress Dome Trails, 3980 Corkscrew Road,  Immokalee   GPS N26 27.387, W81 33.712     Activity Description:  Meet at 8:30.  Ample parking and bathroom facility at the Cypress Dome Trail head. Join us on an 8 mile walk of  two beautiful adjoining CREW trails – The Caracara Prairie Preserve and Wild Coffee Hiking Trails.  CREW (Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed) coordinates the public use in this watershed district including hiking trails.  These trails pass through pine flatwoods, hammock and slough habitats.  You will see birds (sometimes Sandhill Cranes), flowers and cattle as you pass through kissing gates on Caracara.   We will walk at a leisurely pace starting with the Caracara Trail  and will have a lunch stop.  You will be hiking in water for a short distance on the Wild Coffee Trail so bring a change of shoes.  Bring at least 2 quarts of water, appropriate shoes, hat,  snacks and lunch.   Public invited, moderate activity level.  6 hour duration.  Please RSPV to Debra  debraotaylor@comcast.net   or 978-732-6336    Rain Cancels – Debra will notify.

Sunday, 24 February,  Kayak at John Pennekemp State Park, Key Largo, FL  MM 102.5 on US 1.   Enjoy kayaking through canals of mangrove inside the park.  There is always lots to see, the water is crystal clear, many aquatic birds, fish,
stingrays are seen in these clear waterways.  Kayak rental is $12 per hour. We will meet at 10 am at the front entrance to
the concession shop. If you wish to spend the night they have camp sites avail.  You have to make the reservations.
Public invited   Limit:  15   Difficulty:  moderate   RSVP to Brenda 239-594-0401
Thursday, 28 February, 9:00 am,  Biking.  Location:  Jones Grade Road, Immokalee. Take first right onto Jones Grade Road turning S on 29 off of I-75 E. White mail box and orange post at the corner of 29. Follow Jones Grade dirt road straight to ‘T’ at gate. Do not continue left. Parking for 4 cars at gate. Otherwise additional parking along Jones E back out towards 29.   Meet time 9:00.  Duration about 4 hours.   GPS 26.143242, -81.360689    Explore by Mountain, Fat Tire or Hybrid bike the north east corner of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park by biking off road trams for 7-8 miles. We will bike W on the Jones Grade Tram then N on East Main and W out Pennington Post. We will then double back and head S on East Main then return Jones Grade.  Pace will be slow to observe wildlife and flora.  Bring: At least 2 quarts of water, snacks, lunch  Helmet Required.  Limit : 12 people  Moderate activity level.  Please RSPV to Debra at Debraotaylor@comcast.net  or 978-932-6336   Rain Cancels: Debra will notify.

 

201903 March Activity Calendar

MARCH 2019

Friday, 1 March, 8:30 am  Biking and Hiking, Fakahatchee Ranger Station, 137 Coast Line Drive, Copeland, Fl  34137GPS 25.951632, -81.360486     The Copeland Fakahatchee Ranger station is the 8:30 meeting spot. Bathrooms available. $3.00 park fee/car.   The group will then drive approximately ½ hour and 6.5 miles north on Janes Scenic Drive to Gate 12 where we will park to bike 3.5 miles to Gate 18. We will then leave the bikes and hike 1.5 miles in/out back to Janes and the bikes to ride back to the cars at Gate 12.   Activity Description:  Explore a remote area of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park by biking a total of 7 miles and hiking a total of 3 miles from Gate 12 on Janes Scenic Drive. 10 years ago the Alligator Amblers worked with park staff to establish a unique 1.5 mile long walking trail from Gate 18 to an intersection with several tram routes. This path takes the hiker through 8 habitats. The bike is on a smooth packed dirt road (now Janes Scenic Trail). All bikes are acceptable. Wear zip off or long pants for hiking. If there is rain prior to the event, the trail will be wet in spots so wear shoes that you can bike and hike in wet and dry.  Bring at least 2 quarts of water, snacks, lunch, bike chain/lock, appropriate biking/hiking shoes; hat for hiking.   Helmets required.  Duration: Aproximately 6.5 hours. Plan to be back at the Copeland Ranger Station 3:00.   Note that there is no (or spotty) cell service and that the road to Gate 12 has avoidable potholes but is slow going.   Public invited. Moderate activity level.  Optional – once we have returned to the cars at Gate 12, those who wish to bike or hike 4 miles round trip down East Main Tram to the cabin can do that.  RSVP to Debra debraotaylor@comcast.net 978-732-6336

Saturday, 2 March, 9 am.  Paddle Orange River, Location: 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd. First right after FPL canal heading E on 80), Fort Myers, Fl 33905     GPS 26.693665, -81.777490    Paddle upstream approximately 3 miles and back for a total of 6 miles from Lee County Manatee Park on the beautiful and tranquil Orange River. Unload at the SE corner of Manatee Park parking field since the park kayak launch is closed. You will need to walk your paddle craft about 390 ft to access the put in. This is a leisurely paddle with manatee viewing around the launch then heading upstream and back.   Life Jackets Required. Bring your paddle craft and paddles if not renting, water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch for after paddling at park picnic tables. We’ll walk around the park and enjoy the manatee viewing stations after the paddle.   Kayak rentals are available through the Calusa Blueway Outfitters by contacting the gift shop (9:00-5:00) at 239-481-4600.   Pay $5 day use park fee at metered station. Bathrooms available at park.

Duration on water about 3 hours. There is no take out while on the water.  Public invited.  Leisure activity rating.  RSVP to Debra at  978-732-6336 or email:  debraotaylor@comcast.net    Rain cancels – Debra will notify.

Sunday, 3 March, Duration 3 hours.  Hike (birding).  Okaloacoochee State Forest, 6265 Keri Rd, Felda, FL  33930 off of just north of Felda on 29.  Activity Description:  meet at ranger station 9:30 am.  Great birding area, you will see Caracara, possibly wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, sandhill cranes, woodstorks and other birds also a sighting of deer might occur.  Bring your binoculars, water, snacks, sunglasses and bugspray.  Public invited, 20 people limit, leisure activity rating.   RSVP to Brenda   239-594-0401