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May 2013 / June 2013 Newsletter

A condensed events and activities list can be found on our Calendar page.
Membership information can be found on our Membership page.

General Participation Guidelines
Always sign up ("pre-register") for an event by using our Meetup.com site or by contacting the leader so you can be reached if there is a change or an event cancellation.  Trip leaders generally make all reservations and arrangements and may set group size limits on some trips and activities.  If you are not pre-registered you may be turned away at some events.

Additional information about these activities and events may be announced at monthly meetings, on our Meetup.com site, and by Meetup.com messaging.  If you did not sign up for an event or activity at the last club meeting and would like to do so, you may add your name to the list at our Meetup.com site.  If you have additional questions, please contact the trip or activity leader directly.


Sat 5/11, 10:30am, Amelia and Cumberland Islands River Cruise: Come join us for a two-hour cruise providing the rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island. From Fernandina's shrimp boats, historic Old Towne and Ft. Clinch, to the wild horses of Cumberland Island and the ruins of the Carnegie Dungeness Mansion and the Greyfield Inn.  Carpool: Meet at 8:45 am at Hardee's, 9111 Merrill Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225. Ferry Cruise boat departs 10:30am.

Tickets are Adults $27. Seniors $27. Plus sales tax of 7%. Amelia River Cruises Fernandina Harbor Marina,1 North Front Street, Fernandina Beach FL 32034.  http://www.ameliarivercruises.com/dailytours.html

After the cruise there is the option of gathering for lunch at a local restaurant. Hosted by: Vicki A. Contact Phone number:904-504-9432. Sign up on Meetup.com/Sidetrackers. 

Sun 5/12,  8:00am, Bike Ride on Big Talbot Island. We will meet at the Publix on Merrell Rd. just east of 9A; Northeast corner of the parking lot at 8:00AM. Let’s spend a fun morning on the recently completed paved bike trails on the island. The trails are about six miles, round trip. Ranger Ed has offered information about some little known trails and areas. If we have time, there’s a good chance we could explore these trails. Afterwards we could go somewhere nearby for lunch, yet to be decided so bring your suggestions. http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1694150 Dan W. (904) 412-4821, Email: dpwwoolf@gmail.com

Fri- Sun, 5/17-5/19, Camping, Kayaking and Hiking at Sebastian Inlet State Park:  On Friday, we will meet at 8:30am at Dailey’s Gas Station west of I-95 and Old St. Augustine Road (exit 335).  Go West on Old St. Augustine Road and turn at the light. Dailey’s is on the southeast side of the road – across the street from McDonald’s.  The caravan will leave by 9:00am sharp; Car pooling is available, but will take advance planning.

Sebastian State Park has a beach, an inlet to the ocean, the Indian River, concession stand, kayak/boat rental, a near-by Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island Refuge, and Mel Fishers Treasure Museum.  There is a bike trail (mountain bikes recommended).   The Jungle Trail is 7.8 miles from South of Park pass Pelican Island, heading South.  For additional information, click on to the website:  http://www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/activities.cfm. The drive down will be approximately 180 miles and 3 hours.  Take I 95 south, exiting near Melbourne, FL.

Bring plenty of water, food for grilling, fishing gear, water, kayak (optional), and mountain bike.   We will plan a group dinner and breakfast.  This trip is full due to an email that went out to SIDETRACKERS MEMBERS ONLY several weeks ago.  It was crucial to do it this way due to the popularity of the Park in May and the fact that the campsites sell out so quickly.   Leader Victor C., cell 904-517-2321.  As a courtesy, please call Victor if your plans change or if you are unable to attend.    Vic will add the names of members attending.  Once that is done, a waiting list, can be created. 

Sat 5/25, 8:00pm, Full Moon Paddle at Fulton Landing Boat Ramp: We will meet at the boat ramp at 8:00 pm.   The moon is expected to be full on this night.  Fulton Landing Boat Ramp is a small underdeveloped boat ramp at the end of Fulton road in the Arlington area.  Address of ramp is 5099 Fulton Road, Jacksonville, FL  32225.  As there is limited parking, car pooling is advised.  Trip is limited to 15 and to SIDETRACKERS MEMBERS first.  If space allows, non-members may get on the waiting list.   We will be on the St. Johns River and the paddle should be fairly easy.  If you do not have your own kayak or canoe, you will be responsible for getting one.   As this is an evening paddle, you will need to rent something and probably keep it overnight.   Several of the surf shops such as Aqua East rents kayaks.  Aqua East surf Shop has 24 hour rentals available for only $35.  You can keep it all weekend, but you must pick it up and return it.  They only have 5 boats available, so you need to call ASAP to reserve your boat: 246-2550 (ask for Jim).  Aqua East is close to the Fulton Boat Ramp.  Several Sidetrackers members have extra kayaks/canoes and may be willing to share.  Can’t hurt to ask! Afterwards we will get together at a local establishment for pool and darts!  Leader Julie H., cell 904-424-1548.  As a courtesy, please call Julie if your plans change and you are unable to attend.

Sun 5/26, 8:00am, Florida Folk Festival - Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs, FL:  We will meet at McDonalds on Chaffee Road off I-10 and leave shortly thereafter to head for Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.  We will carpool, but be sure that you are riding with someone who does not have a time schedule other than yours; ex:  I will be staying late to hear the last performer at 10:00 p.m.  You may want to bring a chair and/or a blanket, hat, rain gear, suntan lotion, and a cooler for food and drink (no alcohol) if you want your own instead of the great food offered by vendors.  There is a beer garden.  I usually take a cooler to save money. Now, what is the festival about?  "Somewhere between the Seminole fry bread, African crafts, Appalachian folk music and Cuban dance, you'll discover that the state of Florida enjoys one of America's most diverse cultural landscapes.  And the Florida Folk Festival celebrates it all.  Over 400 singers, dancers and storytellers will entertain on 15 stages, and numerous artists, crafters and cooks will share their talents.  Plus, statewide fiddle and banjo contests and a wide array of hands-on activities..."  It is a three-day festival, but Sunday is when the featured performer sings.  You can choose the amount of exercise you get.  You can sit for hours listening to music at one stage or you may wonder back and forth across the park listening to performers at various stages (in doing that you will not lack for exercise.)
Usually the day is hot and you will be tempted to buy some of the best homemade ice cream you have ever tasted. The festival is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.  If you would like, contact me via Meetup.com or bring your money/check to the May 1st meeting of Sidetrackers, and I will order our tickets.  You may also order your own ticket by calling:  1-877-635-3655.  For further information, check-out
www.floridafolkfestival.com.  Leader: Marta W., cell 904-635-7170.  If you are not at McDonalds by 8:00 a.m., please notify the leader by phone so we will know you are on your way.  White Springs where the Festival is located is 59 miles from McDonalds and about an hour's drive.

Fri-Sun, 5/31 & 6/2, Rainbow River Cabin Weekend, Dunnellon, FL: Memorial weekend will be here before you know it! Come join us for a fantastic hiking, kayaking and swimming weekend in Dunnellon, FL. Meet at McDonald’s at 8:00AM..  This trip is approximately 135 miles and will take approximately 21/2 - 3 hours, depending where we begin the caravan. This preserve has many trails and boardwalks to the Rainbow and Withlacoochee rivers. They have a beautiful clubhouse, an outdoor swimming pool; peddle boats, jon boats, which are available for your use at no extra cost to you as a guest of the facility.  Pontoon boats and skiffs are available at the Marina and at the Preserve.  Canoes and kayaks may be rented by the day for $16.00 (which includes sales tax). Canoes, Kayaks, tubes and other gear are also available for rent from KP Hole, http://www.kphole.com/. There is a county park on the river along with ferry service to the upper end for a $10.00 fee. You can read about the county rules governing the river on their site. We have reserved three cabins at the Rainbow Rivers Club, located in Dunnellon, Florida, a beautiful 55-acre property surrounded on three sides by the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers. Each cabin sleeps six, and the cost is $40.00 per person.   Payment is due by May 15, 2013, and any cancellations must be made before May 25, 2013.  Your reservation is for both Friday and Saturday nights, whether you stay for one or both nights.  For more information, visit the website at: http://www.flipkey.com/dunnellon-cabin-rentals/p289048/ or call (352)489-9983.. As the date gets closer we can plan meal preparation for us to eat together as each cabin has a full kitchen and outside grills.  This should be an awesome opportunity for us to commune together in nature! Check in time is after 4:00 and checkout is 11:00. I plan to leave early Friday and make the most of the day, maybe hike the state park, http://www.floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings/ bike, kayak or whatever sounds like fun. If you would like to participate feel free to offer suggestions. Dan W. (904) 412-4821, Email:  dpwwoolf’at’gmail.com

Wed, 6/5, 6:30pm, Monthly Members Meeting and Planning Meeting: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

Sat, 6/8, 9:00am, Westside (Cedar River) Urban Paddle & Lunch: We will meet at 9:00am, at the Curtis Lee Johnson Marina Boat Ramp at 5434 San Juan Avenue.   (http://goo.gl/maps/sFlgR) . Our plan is to paddle two rivers on the same day, without leaving the water (three if you are really up for it!)  We will put our kayaks in on the Cedar River, paddle to the junction of the Ortega River, then paddle to where the Ortega River meets the St. Johns.  Depending on the water and how adventurous some of you might be, you can continue on and paddle some on the St. Johns.  Please note!  There are no kayak rentals available for this trip.  Everyone who RSVPs must bring their own kayak, gear, lunch & beverages.  A PFD (life jacket) and whistle are required.  Sunscreen, bug spray, and water are strongly recommended. We will launch from the Johnson Marina Boat Ramp and will paddle into the Cedar River. We anticipate being on the river by 10:00am. After paddling the Cedar River south down to where it joins the Ortega River, we will then paddle east on the Ortega River and put in at Stinson Park, located at 4050 San Juan Ave.  We will have lunch at the park, and enjoy a different view of the City.  The Park has plenty of shade, but few tables, so bring folding chairs to the launch site.  Now, there is ample parking at the Boat Ramp, but very limited parking at the Park.  We plan to move a car or two over to the Park (approximately a mile by roadway from the launch site) with coolers & some folding chairs before the launch so you can store your lunch items and not worry about paddling with coolers, food or chairs.  And anyone who doesn’t want to paddle back to the Boat Ramp can be chauffeured back to pick up their car.  The paddle from the Ramp to the Park takes approximately 2 hours of leisurely paddling, so figure on about a 5 hour day including lunch and round trip paddle, longer perhaps for those who chose to paddle the St. Johns a bit.   Depending on weather, this should be a moderate paddle overall….easy at first, then maybe a bit choppier but not too bad.  Come on…join us for a nice relaxing day paddling local waterways.  Leader:  Karen M. 904-563-5155. Please call if you have question or change your status. 

Sun, 6/09, 3:00pm, Jax Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series and Beach walk- for Sidetrackers Members and their guests only: The summer jazz concert at the Seawalk Pavilion will be held from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. We will get there earlier in the afternoon to set up our blankets or chairs to make room for all of our Sidetrackers friends and take a walk on the beach. You can stay for some of it or for all of it. Bring your blanket or lawn chair to sit on, any food or drink desired (coolers are welcome) and/or money to buy some refreshments. Also bring sunscreen, appropriate clothing, hat, etc. for the beach. The concert is free. The scheduled performers are The Groov Band, Jonathan Fritzen, and Phil Perry and Joey Sommerville.
For those wanting to carpool, we will meet at the Southeast Branch Library at 3:00pm. If you want to drive separately, you can meet us there at 3:30pm. Directions to the concert: The Seawalk Pavilion is located on the boardwalk at Jacksonville Beach between Beach Blvd and 1st Ave N.  Leader : Paula S. at 904-588-2707

Sat 6/15, 7:00am, Island Tour and Ferry Ride at Sapelo Island, GA  We will meet at Hardees on Merrill Road (off 295). Come earlier if you are having breakfast.
We will take a ferry boat to Sapelo Island in Meridian, Georgia near Cumberland Island.   The cost of the Ferry is $15.00.   The fee for the ferry also includes a bus tour of the Island which is approximately 3 hours.   After the Island tour, we will hike the trails at the visitors center and grab some lunch.  There are many historical sites on the Island. Sapelo Island is the site of the first believed European settlement in the 1500's.   It is the site to several mansions, one being the Reynolds mansion, home to tobacco tycoon R.J.Reynolds.  It is still home to the Gullah who are African slave descendants who still live on the island. Most of the island is a wildlife refuge and marine and eco system research. To make reservations please call 1-912-437-3224.  You must do the bus tour on island in order to get on the ferry.  The reservations are all done individually so we are not listed under a specific name.   There is a limit of 16 on this trip.  We are departing on the 9:00am ferry.  Call soon to make your reservation as the ferry sells out fast. Please bring snacks, bug spray, and water.   Leader, Victor C.  517-2321

Sat, 6/22, Mountain Biking at Hanna Park: Come join us at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville. Meet between 9:15 - 9:30 am at the parking lot just inside the entrance. Intermediate ride begins at 9:45 pm. Bring sunscreen, bug spray and plenty of water for the ride. Helmets are required. Ride at own risk. Link to Hanna Park Bike Trails and Hiking Map. Leader: Steve D. 904.262.7991, 561.602.8613(c), ste_dor ‘at’ bellsouth.net

Sun, 6/30, 10:00am, Skeet Shooting at Amelia Island Shot Gun SportsIt's time for something entirely new - again. Here's your opportunity to shoot things and destroy them, old-time Florida style. We'll be assembling at the Amelia Island Shot Gun Sports Club, 86300 Hot Shot Trl, Yulee, FL 32097, for a late morning skeet shoot. A "round" of skeet consists of 50 shots (rounds) at clay pigeons.  The course consists of 5 stations positioned along a mile semi-circle.   Think of it as “skeet golf.  The fine folks at Amelia Island Shot Gun Sports will supply everything we need for a safe and fun event. All you need bring is sunscreen, bug spray and a comfortable pair of sunglasses or safety glasses (eye protection is required). For those of you without eye protection, the club will have a few pair of safety glasses we can borrow. Based on a turnout of 21 Sidetrackers the cost is $25 per person. If we have fewer members attend we'll adjust the per person cost upward pro-rata. The event should take about two hours so we should be good and hungry for lunch afterward. http://www.ameliashotgunsports.com

Additional information about these activities and events may be announced at monthly meetings and on our Meetup.com/Sidetrackers trip reservation pages.

2013 Monthly Meeting Schedule.  Locations Will Be Announced.
MONTHLY MEETINGS are always on the first non-holiday Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
and the location may vary.  Subscribers to our Meetup.com group receive an automatic reminder message in their email two days before the meeting.

WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2013 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2013 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, September 4, 2013 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2013 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, November 6, 2013 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, December 4, 2013 – 6:30 PM

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