201802 February Activity Calendar


Sunday, February 11, 9:30 AM.  Beach Walk.   Location: Lover’s Key State Park, North entrance (1 mile north of main entrance) on Estero Blvd.)  A leisurely 4 mile amble in sand along the gulf coast at Lover’s Key State Park.  Begin inside gate by parking lot (toilets available) and walk along shore of Big Carlos Bay.  At the point we will turn south and walk along Lover’s Key to the Gazebo (toilets and snacks available).  Turn north along tram road for .25 mile to boardwalk that will return us to the beach.  Turn north and retrace our path to the parking area.  $2 per person entry fee at gate.  (honor system, exact change).  Limit 20 people, public invited, leisure activity.  RSVP to Brenda 239-370-3393,  bkcscuba@aol.com   or to Larry at 540-686-6000  larrykruhm@gmail.com

Thursday, February 15, 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.  Kelly Wiener, the Florida Trail Association Central and South Regional Representative and Van Tran, the Florida Trail Association Community Outreach Coordinator, will be here to discuss changes to Florida Trail Association structure.  They, along with Alligator Ambler member Becky Troop, will also update us on the recent maintenance on the Florida Trail in the Big Cypress Preserve.  Please be sure and attend this informative meeting.

Sunday, February 18,  9 AM.  Hike.  Caracara Prairie Preserve hiking trail at 3980 Corkscrew Rd., Immokalee, FL 34142. Directions: From I-75 and Corkscrew Rd. go east on Corkscrew Rd. for 14 miles to trailhead on the right. Watch for the signs.Description:  A leisurely 5 mile hike through the Caracara Prairie Preserve at the CREW Cypress Dome Hiking trails that is a home to a nesting pair of crested caracara. This is in an area of an active cattle ranch and the trail takes us through nine kissing Gates that are designed to allow people to pass but not the cattle.  We will begin at the parking lot, take the yellow, green, and white trails to the red trail. Then we will hike the red trail loop and return via the white and green trails. You can view/print the trail map at http://www.colliercountyfl.gov/home/showdocument?id=44114. Toilet available near parking area.  Bring water and insect repellant.  Limit – 20 people.  Moderate activity level.   RSVP Carl at  239-253-4255  email: carl.kepford@tenthousandislands.net  or Larry at 540-686-6000   email: larrykruhm@gmail.com