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July 2013 / August 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.




ACTIVITIES and EVENTS
 

Wed, 7/3  No Monthly Meeting Scheduled

Thur, 7/4, 10:00am, ANNUALSIDETRACKERS PICNIC AT KATHRYN ABBEY HANNA PARK- for Members Only: We encourage all Sidetrackers Club members to come to our annual Fourth of July picnic. This is a members only event due to limits on the shelter capacity and the club providing food and drinks. We have reserved shelter # 2 near parking lot #8 again this year.  There is a $3.00 fee per car to get into Hanna Park. The park ranger will provide you with a map of the park and can explain how to get to shelter # 2 and the nearby parking.  http://www.coj.net/departments/recreation-and-community-services/recreation-and-community-programming/hanna-park.aspx. We will enjoy eating, socializing, taking dips in the ocean, going for walks on the beach, and playing beach games if you desire. You can also bring your bike and ride the trails. The club will provide b-b-q chicken and pork as well as drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Bring your bathing suit and appropriate cover and/or hat, towel and sunscreen. Camp or beach chairs are welcome as well as any beach games you desire. You can arrive at any time and we will start eating around noon. You can stay and enjoy the beach as long as you desire. Please sign up as attending on meet up or contact Paula S. @  904-400-6699 or Vicki A. @ 904-504-9432.  

Fri-Sun, 7/19-21, 6:00pm KAYAKING AND SCALLOPING ON THE STEINHATCHEE RIVERGood news. Even though July has been booked solid at this point, we were fortunate to learn that two boats became available. What’s even better is that Mike and Susan, who last year showed us such gracious hospitality, are offering lodging in their home on the river and in a new house they recently purchased located just down the street. Snorkeling for scallops is fun and easy. You hardly need to dip your head below water to pick them up from the grass in 4’ to 5’ of water. After cleaning them when we get back, the five gallon limit is usually enough for a good meal. One of the local restaurants will cook them for us. They don’t get any fresher than that. Bring your own kayak or rent one for the trip down the Steinhatchee River.

Check out www.steinhatchee.com for general information about the area, scalloping, pictures, videos and a river cam. If you use “Paypal” send as to a friend or mail a check for $85.00 to Dan. Email me if you need a mailing address. Payment is due within one week after your reservation is made. If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible in order to allow others the opportunity to go. Total cost is about $137.00 plus your food, drink and gas.

We will leave McDonalds at 454 Cassett Ave. 32205 at 6:15 for the 2:30 drive to Steinhatchee and stop in Live Oak for dinner at a great Bar-B-Q place.

Payment must be received by Sat. TBD or you will be removed from the RSVP list.  Leader: Dan W.
(904) 412-4821, Email:
dpwwoolf ’at’ gmail.com

Sat, 7/27, 8:30am TO BE RESCHEDULED, UNF OSPREY CHALLENGE COURSE:  Participate in a four hour Basic Low Elements program consisting of games and icebreakers and a couple basic low initiatives designed on the premise of building group camaraderie and trust, and forming principals of success for leaders and team players. It is perfect for groups who are getting to know each other or just a fun day to bond with friends. Osprey Challenge Course Program Description.  Please review the UNF OCC-Participant-Guide, Osprey Challenge Course Waiver and the OCC-Health-Disclosure-Form formsCost is $35 payable in cash or with a check made payable to UNF Osprey Challenge Course.  Payment and completed Waiver and Health forms must be submitted to the Eco-Adventure staff at the event.

Meet at 8:30 am at the UNF Eco-Adventure Outfitters Center at parking lot 100 (which is on the right at the southeast corner of UNF Drive/North-South Road).  Limited parking is available in front of the Eco-Adventure office.  Additional parking is available across the street - north of the police department. Directions / Map

Eat a healthy breakfast before attending the Challenge course. You will need all the ENERGY you can get!  Water will be provided all day. Please feel free to bring a refillable water bottle and/or hydrating sports drinks. *PLEASE NO SODA, ENERGY DRINKS, CARBONATED BEVERAGES, ETC.* Comfortable, loose fitting clothing is best.  Wear knee-length shorts, capris or pants.  Must wear tennis shoes, boots or closed-toe equivalent and socks. Please check the weather on the day of your course, and prepare accordingly.  Please wear sun blocking materials – sunscreen, sunglasses with croakies, hats etc. and bug spray.  All personal items that could potentially fall out of pockets (cell phones, wallets, car keys, pocket knives, etc.) will be collected and locked in the staff office.  No jewelry will be allowed on the course. Please leave it at home or in your car.  Event Host: Steve D.  ste_dor ‘at’ bellsouth.net, 561.602.8613

Wed, 8/7, 6:30pm, MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

Fri-Sun, 8-9/8-11, 6:00pm KAYAKING AND SCALLOPING ON THE STEINHATCHEE RIVERGood news. Even though July has been booked solid at this point, we were fortunate to learn that two boats became available. What’s even better is that Mike and Susan, who last year showed us such gracious hospitality, are offering lodging in their home on the river and in a new house they recently purchased located just down the street. Snorkeling for scallops is fun and easy. You hardly need to dip your head below water to pick them up from the grass in 4’ to 5’ of water. After cleaning them when we get back, the five gallon limit is usually enough for a good meal. One of the local restaurants will cook them for us. They don’t get any fresher than that. Bring your own kayak or rent one for the trip down the Steinhatchee River.

Check out www.steinhatchee.com for general information about the area, scalloping, pictures, videos and a river cam. If you use “Paypal” send as to a friend or mail a check for $85.00 to Dan. Email me if you need a mailing address. Payment is due within one week after your reservation is made. If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible in order to allow others the opportunity to go. Total cost is about $137.00 plus your food, drink and gas.

We will leave McDonalds at 454 Cassett Ave. 32205 at 6:15 for the 2:30 drive to Steinhatchee and stop in Live Oak for dinner at a great Bar-B-Q place.

Payment must be received by Sat. TBD or you will be removed from the RSVP list.  Leader: Dan W. (904) 412-4821, Email: Steve D.  ste_dor ‘at’ bellsouth.net, 561.602.8613

Sat, 8/17, 9:00am, JULINGTON CREEK PADDLE: We'll kayak/canoe the beautiful Julington Creek. This is a 6 mile trip and easy paddle through quiet waters, secluded forests and into Mandarin’s backyards at the water’s edge. We will pull up to the boat ramp next to Clark’s to have lunch and use the restrooms. We expect to be back at the boat launch after 3:00pm. There are no rentals available at the site so you can bring your own kayak or rent one in advance. Bring your lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray. We will meet at the Palmetto Leaves Park Boat Launch, 13799 Old St. Augustine Road, just west of I-95 at the Old St. Augustine Road exit just across the street from Kohl's Dept store.  Call Sue R at 904-349-3619 for further information.

Sat, 8/24, 9:00am, BOATING AND FISHING AT LAKE SAMPSON, STARKE, FL:  Come out to Lake Sampson for a day of boating, fishing, and grilling on a   acre lake lot and dock on the south side of the Lake Sampson . The lake is located a few miles southwest of Starke , FL off US301. The lake is about 2 miles in diameter with deep water in the center and shallow water around the perimeter with lily pads, cypress trees, and lots of water birds. There are scenic places to canoe or kayak around the perimeter, including a canal to adjacent Lake Crosby and a canal that ends at a dam to Sampson creek.  All types of boats are welcome (motor boats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks). Motorized boats can be launched at the county boat ramp on the east side of lake and canoes, kayaks and rafts can be put on the water from the dock. The bass fishing is great! There will be a water ski boat there (with skis, kneeboard, inner-tube, and air chair) for anyone young and brave enough to give it a try! Water-volleyball net and floating mats will be available or you can bring your own raft.

There is shade for picnicking and two grills (one charcoal and one electric), so bring whatever you want to grill along with picnic food to share and water or other drinks for yourself. We will cookout around noon. Bring your swi.m suit, towels, sunscreen, bug repellent, and whatever else you need. Drop in whenever and stay as long as you want.  

Leaders are Susan (904)771-2397  and Paula (904)588-2707.

Driving directions to 9541 SW 136th St, Starke, FL 32091

You can take I-10 to US301 to Starke OR I-295 to Blanding Blvd south on SR21 to SR16  to 301 in Starke- from downtown Starke continue south on US 301  for 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Co Rd 225/SW Co Rd 227  for  1.2 mi, Turn right onto SW Co Rd 225  for  3.1 mi, Turn right onto SW 136th St  for  0.1 mi, Turn left onto SW 136th St  for  0.4 mi. Destination will be on the right.  Look for chain link fence with yellow concrete block garage.                    http://www.hookandbullet.com/fishing-lake-sampson-starke-fl/

Sat, 8/31, 9:00am, MOUNTAIN BIKING AT HANNA PARK: Meeting Place/Time: Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville. Meet between 9:00 - 9:15 am at the parking lot just inside the entrance. Intermediate ride on the off road trails begins at 9:30 am.  Those that would like to ride on the paved roads are also welcome to attend. 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. 561.602.8613 ste_dor 'at' bellsouth.net

Wed, 9/4, 6:30pm, MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING AND PLANNING MEETING: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

Fri-Sun, 9/6 – 9/8, 6:00pm KAYAKING AND SCALLOPING ON THE STEINHATCHEE RIVERGood news. Even though July has been booked solid at this point, we were fortunate to learn that two boats became available. What’s even better is that Mike and Susan, who last year showed us such gracious hospitality, are offering lodging in their home on the river and in a new house they recently purchased located just down the street. Snorkeling for scallops is fun and easy. You hardly need to dip your head below water to pick them up from the grass in 4’ to 5’ of water. After cleaning them when we get back, the five gallon limit is usually enough for a good meal. One of the local restaurants will cook them for us. They don’t get any fresher than that. Bring your own kayak or rent one for the trip down the Steinhatchee River.

Check out www.steinhatchee.com for general information about the area, scalloping, pictures, videos and a river cam. If you use “Paypal” send as to a friend or mail a check for $85.00 to Dan. Email me if you need a mailing address. Payment is due within one week after your reservation is made. If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible in order to allow others the opportunity to go. Total cost is about $137.00 plus your food, drink and gas.

We will leave McDonalds at 454 Cassett Ave. 32205 at 6:15 for the 2:30 drive to Steinhatchee and stop in Live Oak for dinner at a great Bar-B-Q place.

Payment must be received by TBD or you will be removed from the RSVP list.  Leader: Steve D.  ste_dor ‘at’ bellsouth.net, 561.602.8613

Sat 9/14 HIKE WASHINGTON OAK – details to follow

Sat 9/21 PADDLE TO JACKSONVILLE ZOO – details to folow

Sat 9/28, 8:00am, HIKE AT KANAPAHA GARDENS: Known as the Best of Attractions of Gainesville Florida is a perfect way to spend a day. Come join Shana Herrin and Sue Rorer on a walk-through of these Botanical Gardens, which are comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Some of Kanapaha's gardens are organized taxonomically; others demonstrate principles of ecology or natural selection. Kanapaha's signature plants include a premier stand of Chinese royal bamboo (Wong Chuk), and--during the warm months--giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums.   We will meet Saturday morning at 8:00 am at the Steak ‘n Shake at 10661 San Jose Boulevard just off I-295.  It is approximately 1 hour & 45 minute drive to Gainesville.

It is $7 plus tax per person for admission – if we want a Guided Tour we need to have at least 10 people minimum attend.  Afterwards we can go to get something to eat at a nearby restaurant before heading back to Jacksonville.  The Group Leader: Sue R. 904 349-3619.   http://www.kanapaha.org

Wed, 10/2, 6:30pm, MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

Fri-Mon 10/4-7, CHEAHA STATE PARK, ANNISTON, ALABAMA: Camping/Hiking/Change of Seasons – Members Only Fall Trip:  This is a SIDETRACKERS MEMBERS ONLY trip.  Due to advance soliciting, this trip is full.

This was needed in order to ensure cabins and guarantee reservations.  An e-mail was sent to all current/paid members a few months ago.  Should any slots open up, please feel free to get on the waiting list. We will meet at McDonalds, 705 Chaffee Rd. S, (off I-10) Exit 351, 32221 at 7:00am, Friday, Oct.4th.   Car pooling is available, but will take advance planning. 

The trip consists of the following: Camping (Chalets and Tent) Several  members have reserved  the Cabins/Chalets.   Each cabin sleeps 5 people.  We have (1) camp site for those who are camping.  Money must be collected by the September Sidetrackers meeting for those already confirmed.  If monies are not collected, those on the waiting list will get first consideration. 

Lodge at State Park  For those members who would like to attend and are not confirmed for a cabin or camping, you can contact the Lodge and get a room, if rooms are still available.   Call (256)488-5111 or (256)488-5115.  The reservation will be under your name, as Sidetrackers does not have any of these rooms blocked.

Hiking  Cheaha State park is the pinnacle of “awe and natural beauty” and is at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and has the highest point in the State, at 2,407 feet.   The Indians called this the “Chaha”, meaning “high place.”  The trails are the Pinhoti Trail and the Chinnabee Silent trail where you will see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area.  The hikes are steep and will require hiking boots.  The hiking will be moderate to difficult as we are in mountain terrain.

Miscellaneous Activities  There are Wineries, an Indian Museum, White Water Rafting, Waterfalls and we will be there for the Change of Seasons.  http://www.stateparks.com/cheaha_state_park_in_alabama.html

Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, food for grilling/cooking, snacks, camera /binoculars.   Leader Victor C, cell 904-517-2321.  As a courtesy, please call Victor if your plans change if you are unable to attend.  There are kitchens in the cabins and a restaurant in the Lodge, so plan accordingly. One way is approximately 420 miles and 7 hour drive.

Wed, 11/6, 6:30pm, MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

Wed, 12/4, 6:30pm, MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256


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, 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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