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August 2013 / September 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
 

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 swim 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 and Planning Meetings: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

Fri-Sun 9/6 – 9/8, 6:00pm Kayaking and Scalloping On the Steinhatcee River:  Good 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 Steve or Victor.. 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 9/1 or you will be removed from the RSVP list.

Call Victor C, at 904-517-2321 for best way to get him the funds.

Sat 9/14, 10:30am, Washington Oaks Gardens, Hike and Picnic, Palm Coast, FL:  We will meet at McDonalds at 9:30am - exit at I95 and Old St. Augustine Rd. (go west)  If using a GPS, plug in: 11230 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32257  

The Gardens are the centerpiece of Washington Oaks and contain a formal garden where many species of exotic plants grow along side of azaleas, camellias, roses and multiple reflecting ponds.   There is something growing and blooming at all times of the year.

After we view the “breath taking” gardens we will hike over 2 miles on shaded trails along the coastal maritime hammock and venture into a dense canopied coastal scrub and the tidal marsh along the Matanzas River. 

We will picnic near the water.  Hot dogs, buns, paper plates, forks, napkins and charcoal will be provided by your leader.   Please bring a side dish to share with everyone. Suggestions: condiments, potato salad, fruit, desserts, chips/dip, drinks and more!  Side dishes do not have to be homemade. Grocery stores make great sides.

Please dress accordingly for weather and bring bug spray, water and something for the picnic. Leader: Julie H. 904-424-1548.  Directions and maps will be distributed at McDonalds.  Carpooling can be arranged at McDonalds, or you may want to arrange ahead.  Washington Oaks State Park is located at: 6400 N Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, FL 32137. http://www.washingtonoaks.org/.

Parking fees apply: Please bring correct change - $5.00 per car (up to 8 riders) or $4.00 per car (single rider). It is approximately 45 minutes due south on I95 from McDonalds.

Sun 9/15, 10:00am, 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 swim suit, towels, sunscreen, bug repellent, and whatever else you need. Activities are from 10:00am until 3:00PM    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/

Tue  9/17,  6:15pm, Downtown Jacksonville Bridge Walk:  Come join us for an energetic and challenging walk to get us in shape for the Fall Trip.  Everyone is  welcome to join us!  The hike will be approximately 3-4 miles.  Please wear good walking shoes, bright colors and bring plenty of water.   If it’s not too late, we will grab a bite at the Landing.  Please contact group leader Vic C. at 904 517-2321.We will meet in the MOSH parking lot and walk the Main Street Bridge and the Acosta Bridge.  Mosh Museum 1025 Museum Circle Jacksonville, Fl 32207. http://www.themosh.org/visit.html  they have a link to for a map. 

Sat 9/21, 10:00am, Paddle to Jacksonville Zoo: We will meet at Maxwell's Boat Ramp, located under I-95 and paddle to the zoo. Once we secure our kayaks to the floating dock, we will enter the zoo and enjoy the animals. There is no admission to the zoo when you enter from dockside. You have an option of bringing a lunch or buying lunch at the snack bar. When all is seen and all is fed, we will paddle back to I-95 around 3 pm.  Sue M. is your leader and can be reached at: 215-939-8523. The boat ramp is: Burt Maxwell Boat Ramp, 500 Maxwell Rd. Jacksonville, FL  32218.http://www.coj.net/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation-and-community-programming/parks/bert-maxwell-boat-ramp.aspx

Sat 9/28, 8:00am, Hike at Kanapaha Gardens: Kanapaha has been identified as Best of Attractions of Gainesville Florida and is a perfect place to spend a day. Come join Sue R. on a walk-through 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 McDonald’s on Old St Augustine Rd and 295 in Mandarin.

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 the Ale House before heading back to Jacksonville.  Your leader is Sue R. 904-349-3619.   http://www.kanapaha.org

Sun 9/29, 11:00am at Hiking Training at Theodore Roosevelt Park/Timucuan Preserve:  Come out and join an energetic, challenging and extremely scenic hike at the Theodore Roosevelt Park in the Ft. Caroline area on Mt. Pleasant Road in Jacksonville (see links below).  Be sure to park in the first parking lot (the Timucuan Preserve). There is no exact address available, but the park entrance is approximately 1 mile off Ft. Caroline Road. The hike will be approximately 3-4 miles with some steep hills, views of the salt marshes, wildlife, and some of the most beautifully manicured wooded trails in Florida.   This is an expansion of the Timucuan Preserve.  The park is located in the Ft. Caroline area close to the Wonderwood Bridges.  There is NO fee to get in Parking is limited, but you can park in the grass, per the Park Ranger. Call Leader Vic C. 904 517-2321. Bring plenty of water, bug spray, and typical hiking gear.  Clean bathrooms available at parking lot and also at the main facility. 

http://www.timucuantrail.com/parks/ft_caroline/ft_caroline.html and http://www.timucuantrail.com/parks/ft_caroline/ft_caroline_map.html

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, with a waiting list. 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)

Three cabin/chalets have been reserved each with two queen beds. If someone is willing to bring an air mattress, we can get 5 in each cabin. There is (1) camp site for those who are camping. Please check with Victor regarding details on the campsite.  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, 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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