202003 March Activity Calendar

MARCH 2020

Sunday, March 15,  Hike.   9am  Approx. 3 hour hike.
Location  Lovers Key State Park, DO NOT USE MAIN ENTRANCE! Park at the NORTH gate which is on the west side
of Estero Blvd, JUST BEFORE “BIG CARLOS PASS BRIDGE” There is a $2 per person fee.
 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach Fl  33931-main gate
Activity Description  Leisurely hike from  the north gate along the shore in sand. Hopefully, we will see lots of shore birds
and possibly some dolphins.  We will then cross the causeway to the Lovers Key Adventures parking area and walk North
on Black Island back to the parking area.  Toilets available at the beginning of the hike.  Bring plenty of water.
Difficulty rating  Leisure  Public  YES   Limit  20     RSVP to Larry at 540-686-6000 or email larrykruhm@gmail.com  
Thursday, March 19.  Alligator Ambler Monthly Meeting at Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero, FL 33928.     6:30 Social Hour     7:00 Discussion of this year’s accomplishments in maintaining our Section of the Florida National Scenic Trail in the Big Cypress National Preserve, our special trail in the Fakahatchee Strand State Park, and the Collier Seminole State Park loop trail.      7:30  Discussion about proposed changes to Chapter Operation procedures and Leadership positions.  8:10  Celebration of our 20th anniversary as a chapter with the Florida Trail Association.  With Cake!  8:30 Adjourn     We are cancelling the March 19th Meeting because we were concerned about COVID-19 implications. We will make a decision about the April 16th meeting at a later date.
Saturday, March 28 9AM to Sunday March 29 3PM.  Bicycling and/or Camping.  Bear Island Campground in Big Cypress National Preserve (GPS 26.182746 – 81.247637).   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 8 miles to the Bear Island Campground over a well-maintained secondary access road.  Cyclists who need to have water, food, or camping gear delivered to the campground must arrange ahead of time for a person arriving by car to deliver them.  THERE IS NO WATER AT THE CAMPGROUND.  Drivers need to drive 20 miles north from US 41 on Turner River Road over a secondary 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, take a short hike and enjoy the scenery.  Overnight campers must pay National Park Service Fees.  All cyclists must wear safety helmets, have a spare tube, tire-changing gear, and a bicycle pump.  Some trails are well-maintained and comfortable to ride.  Others are more strenuous and require a mountain bike or fat tire bike.   Public invited, limit of 12 people/12 tents.  Moderate to strenuous activity rating.  RSVP to Carl Kepford at 239-253-4255 or email carl@tenthousandislands.net  or Lorraine Thomas at 305 926 5223  email  thomaslt@umich.edu