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

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