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March 2016 / April 2016 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.  Non-members and their guests must fill out a liability waiver form, available here, before participating in any Sidetrackers event or activity.  Please note that Meetup group membership alone is not the same as Sidetrackers club membership.  For more information please visit our Membership page.

Additional information about our activities and events may be announced at monthly meetings, on our Meetup.com site, and by Meetup.com email messages.  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 3/2, 6:30pm, Sidetrackers Monthly Meeting & Planning Meeting: Sticky Fingers BBQ, 8129 Point Meadows Way, Jacksonville, FL 32256Jacksonville, FL 32256

Sat 3/5, 10:00am, Frisbee Golf (Disc Golf) Ed Austin Regional Park: Come join us for a fun day of golf Frisbee. Even if you aren't great at throwing a Frisbee, if you've ever wanted to try playing a round of Disc Golf on a real Disc Golf course, this is your opportunity! We'll need at first to limit the number of players and then as our members learn the basic rules we can form additional 4-8somes and have a larger number of members on the course the next time. If you have your own discs you can bring them, otherwise discs will be provided. You might want to bring a hand towel to wipe your disc before you throw, something to drink and some bug spray. Wear sneakers or light hiking shoes and NOT sandals, flip flops or high heels.  There is a limit of 8 people, so please sign-up only if you are planning on attending and update your RSVP if your plans change.  Afterwards we will get a bite to eat; location to be determined later.  Leader Chris G., cell 904-536-3822.  For more information: http://www.pdga.com/course-directory/course/ed-austin-park-fore-palms-disc-golf-course

Sat 3/12, 9:00am, Ocala ATV Adventure Tour in Ocala National Forest:  Looking for something different to do on a Saturday?  Let’s go for a guided 2.5 hour tour on an ATV thru the Ocala National Forest! The tour is $99.00 per driver or $45.00 if you want to be a backseat rider. The tour is for 8 ATV drivers. Two of the ATV'S can carry 2 riders. What’s included in the price? We will have two guides, goggles, gloves, helmets, lunch and water. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and will run on the Longleaf Trail which is about 15-16 miles. This area has a lot of wildlife to be encountered, black bear, snakes, deer, Foxbat and squirrels.

For this event you will need long pants, closed toe shoes, like hiking boots and long socks. Leader for this Sidetrackers event is Victor Corrales 904-5172321; txt or call.  Meeting area is Winn Dixie on 1900 Park Ave (US 17) on the corner of Kingsley Ave and Park Ave in Orange Park, FL by 9:00 am. I plan on leaving by 9:30 am for a one hour drive to ATV trailhead.  Mail a check to: Victor Corrales, 1321 Gately Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225. Or come to the March 2nd, Sidetrackers Monthly Meeting at Sticky Fingers BBQ, with a check or money order. Sorry, but cash will not be accepted. For more information, check out their website. http://atvoffroadadventuretours.com/rates.html.

Thur 3/17, 6:00PM, Frisbee Golf (Disc Golf) Ed Austin Regional Park:

Sat 3/19, 10:00am, Hike Fort Clinch in beautiful Amelia Island/Fernadina: Come join us for a fun six-mile trail for hikers at Fort Clinch. The trail begins at the Fort parking lot and parallels the park drive for approximately three miles, then crosses the road and returns back toward the Fort on the opposite side. Parts of the trail are heavily forested and traverse ancient dunes that are a little steep, offering a challenge to hikers. Fort Clinch is located at: 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The cost of entrance to the park is $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle or $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.  Please use the message board to form carpools to save on entrance fees.  Also bring bug spray, sunglasses, snacks and water. After the hike for those interested we will have lunch somewhere in Fernandina Beach, suggestions welcome. For additional information about the Fort, see: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Fort-Clinch.  Leader: Mike at 904.294.5064. All participants must sign a guest waiver/release form for each event.  Event Leader will bring this form to the event.

Sat 3/26, 8:30am, (Easter w/e); Jekyll Island Bike Ride, Jekyll Island, GA with a limit of 30 people. Due to the limit, dues paying members for 2015 and 2016 will get first priority to be confirmed prior to confirming non dues paying members during the last week or two. Attend an enjoyable 10-12 mile bike ride around portions of Jekyll Island with beautiful views of the ocean, historic district, and other areas.  Visitors are taken back to eras gone by and uncover the heritage that makes this island unique. Pulitzer, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and other prestigious families found respite on this island in its gilded era, developing the club that became their own private world for more than four decades. Our attendees will meet at 8:30AM at Panera Bread in north Jacksonville at the Rivercity Marketplace which is directly east of the airport and I95. Panera is next to Ross’s and Michael’s in the marketplace with the address of 13271 City Station Dr. If you desire breakfast, please arrive by 8:10. We depart sharply by 8:45 AM and will carpool or caravan to the island where we will park at the bike rental/mini golf parking lot located at 60 S. Beachview Dr. (912-635-9801), You can bring your own bike or plan to rent one which costs approx. $ 8 for four hours and $ 11 for over four hours.  We will use the rest rooms and then begin our ride walking the bikes across S. Beachview Dr. and proceeding left (north) on the bicycle path with beautiful views of the ocean and then the island.  After approx. 4 miles we will come to a turnoff for Driftwood Beach at the north tip of the island where we turn right and shortly experience the beauty of the marsh and Driftwood Beach where we will stop, take photos, and relax. You may see a diversity of bird life that thrives in this natural setting with the beautiful driftwood. We then continue along the marsh for a while to the fishing pier area where we take a short jaunt back to the bike path that precedes south next to Riverview Dr. We will stop briefly around Horton House and Dubignon Cemetery to view the old area and signs prior to continuing on southward for approx. 4 miles until we reach the Historic District (next to the Wharf and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel). The Sidetrackers activity will stop for approx. 1.5 hours allowing attendees to lock their bikes, visit the local shops, eat lunch if they desire, and relax at the wharf viewing the Intracoastal.  I will provide a map for everyone just in case you want to skip the shops/lunch and return the mile and a half east back to the parking lot.   Cost of the event is approximately $ 6 per car to go over the bridge to reach the island, $ 8 - $ 11 if you plan to rent a bike, and whatever money you desire to purchase lunch or items at the shops. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, a bike with a bike lock, a helmet, a hat, and a bright smile. Feel free to car pool, caravan, etc. and ensure your fellow riders have the same desire as you do with lunch, return time, etc. Trip Leaders: Mr. Kim Luffberry -904-610-5029 and Jan B. – 904-994-2094. For more info on the web http://www.jekyllisland.com/

Thur 3/31, 6:00PM, Frisbee Golf (Disc Golf) Ed Austin Regional Park:

Sat 4/2, 10am, Hike at Fort Matanzas and Picnic at Washington Oaks State Park (Sidetrackers Members Only):  Come join us at for a fun time at Fort Matanzas National Monument and Washington Oaks. We will take a free ferry ride over to Fort Matanzas and feel like you stepped back in time to the mid-1700s. Soldiers will display their daily activities and there will be cannon firings presented on each tour of the day. There are no fees to enter the park or to take the ferry to the Fort, however, tips/donations are accepted. The 36-passenger ferry operates on a first come basis. Stop at the Visitor Center to pick up free boarding passes. That is also where we will meet at 10:00 am. After the tour we will picnic on the grounds.  (There are no eateries nearby, so bring your lunch.) At 12:30 we will drive south a short distance to Washington Oaks Gardens; Washington Oaks Driving Directions. As you leave Fort Matanzas turn right and head south. It is two miles south of Marineland, off A1A. Leader: Vicki  904-923-2336. Carpool: 8:30 am sharp at the McDonald's (Bartam Park) at 14151 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL near I-95. Washington Oaks Admission: $5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2.00 pedestrians, For additional information, check out: http://www.tidewater-florida.com/state-forests/matanzas-state-forest.htm and https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Washington-Oaks. Fort Matanzas National Monument, 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080. Matanzas Driving Directions Map Entry and Ferry are free.

Wed 4/6, 6:30pm, Sidetrackers Monthly Meeting: Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

THERE ARE WEEKDAY EVENING WALKS IN APRIL IN SAN MARCO, AVONDALE/RIVERSIDE, THE WONDERWOOD BRIDGE AND JAX LANDING. BEST TO CHECK MEETUP.COM/SIDETRACKERS TO SEE IF THE EVENT IS ON. MANY WALKS ARE CANCELLED LAST MINUTE DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. YOU MAY ALSO TEXT OR CALL THE LEADERS, VICTOR OR SANDRA.

Check Meetup.com for all dates in April, Frisbee Golf (Disc Golf) Ed Austin Regional Park: Come join us for a fun day of golf Frisbee. Even if you aren't great at throwing a Frisbee, if you've ever wanted to try playing a round of Disc Golf on a real Disc Golf course, this is your opportunity! We'll need at first to limit the number of players and then as our members learn the basic rules we can form additional 4-8somes and have a larger number of members on the course the next time. If you have your own discs you can bring them, otherwise discs will be provided. You might want to bring a hand towel to wipe your disc before you throw, something to drink and some bug spray. Wear sneakers or light hiking shoes and NOT sandals, flip flops or high heels.  There is a limit of 8 people, so please sign-up only if you are planning on attending and update your RSVP if your plans change.  Afterwards we will get a bite to eat; location to be determined later.  Leader Chris G., cell 904-536-3822.  For more information: http://www.pdga.com/course-directory/course/ed-austin-park-fore-palms-disc-golf-course

Fri-Sun 4/8 thru 4/10, Camping/hiking/paddle/bike at Manatee Springs/Suwannee River:

This event is open to Sidetrackers (paid) Members Only!

Come join us for a fun filled weekend in beautiful Chiefland, FL.

There are plenty of activities to keep one busy.  Let’s see what we can do all weekend!

Hiking: There are 8.5 miles of nature trails that wind through cypress swamps, sinkhole ponds and uplands. Excellent wildlife viewing is available along the boardwalk that winds through the cypress swamp from the spring to the river as well as along the hiking trails.                                                               

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving: Scuba divers must present their certification upon registration. Open water, cavern and cave diving is available in Manatee Spring or Catfish Hotel Sink. Dive instructors are required to purchase a Commercial Dive Permit. All divers are required to register with the office prior to diving.

Canoeing and kayaking: Paddle trips are available year round down the famous Suwannee River. The Park offers rentals and delivery service via contracted Concessionaires. There is a canoe launch into the spring run, portage of canoe or kayak over a distance of about 200 feet from vehicle drop off area to the launch is required. Canoes/kayaks can also launch from two boat ramps on the river, one located on the north end of the park and one on the south end, each is about 1 mile from the park’s main entrance. Both of these are accessible by driving outside the park. Ask for directions at Ranger Station.

Bicycling: Bicycles are welcome on all the park's roads. Mountain bikers can enjoy over eight miles of wooded off road trails within the park.

Fishing: (Freshwater) Fish from the park's boardwalk along the spring run and in the Suwannee River is always popular. Largemouth bass, catfish and a variety of pan-fish will delight the lucky angler.  

*Old Florida Celebration & Festival: April 9 and 10 at Cedar Key about 25 minutes away from the Manatee Springs.  There will be music, food and art on the historic Beachfront City on 2nd Street. This island community is 60 miles SW of Gainesville on Hwy 24

Find your pleasure, Grab a friend and let’s have FUN!

*Carpool: to be announced.

*Individuals will be responsible for reserving their own camp site; see first web link below.

*Campsites reserved 055,057 and 053.They permit two tents per site and up to 8 people.

*$50.30 for two nights with water and electric. Seniors 65 and over, reservations are half price

*Check in 11:00am Friday. Check out Sunday 1:00pm.

*Individuals going so far are: Marta A., Kathy P., Mike S. and Vicki A. 

Individuals will be responsible for reserving their own camp spot:  

http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/manatee-springs-sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=FL&parkId=281053  

  https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/manatee-springs https://www.floridastateparks.org/things-to-know/frequently-asked-questions 

THERE ARE WEEKDAY EVENING WALKS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY IN SAN MARCO, AVONDALE/RIVERSIDE, THE WONDERWOOD BRIDGE AND JAX LANDING. BEST TO CHECK MEETUP.COM/SIDETRACKERS TO SEE IF THE EVENT IS ON. MANY WALKS ARE CANCELLED LAST MINUTE DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. YOU MAY ALSO TEXT OR CALL THE LEADERS, VICTOR OR SANDRA.

Check Meetup.com for all dates in May, Frisbee Golf (Disc Golf) Ed Austin Regional Park: Come join us for a fun day of golf Frisbee. Even if you aren't great at throwing a Frisbee, if you've ever wanted to try playing a round of Disc Golf on a real Disc Golf course, this is your opportunity! We'll need at first to limit the number of players and then as our members learn the basic rules we can form additional 4-8somes and have a larger number of members on the course the next time. If you have your own discs you can bring them, otherwise discs will be provided. You might want to bring a hand towel to wipe your disc before you throw, something to drink and some bug spray. Wear sneakers or light hiking shoes and NOT sandals, flip flops or high heels.  There is a limit of 8 people, so please sign-up only if you are planning on attending and update your RSVP if your plans change.  Afterwards we will get a bite to eat; location to be determined later.  Leader Chris G., cell 904-536-3822.  For more information: http://www.pdga.com/course-directory/course/ed-austin-park-fore-palms-disc-golf-course

Sat 6/25, 9:30 AM, Crazy Fish Airboat Ride: Come experience one of the top ecotour/thrill rides in the state of Florida. You will be amazed as you board this 600 horsepower, state-of-the-art, air boat, piloted by a licensed US Coast Guard Master Captain. Sit back while you tour the views of the Giant Ships of the Mayport Naval Station. You will be in awe of The Planes and Helicopters that do fly-over maneuvers above your head. You will be intrigued as we cruise by the historic and very active Mayport shrimp boats, as these large ships with nets cruise in and out of port with a bounty of fresh shrimp.   Get ready for your hair to stand up on top of your head, as we fly and spin around the magnificent marshlands, wetlands, creeks, streams and islands, this is the part of the tour that will blow you away... Goose bumps will form on your skin as we float through the pods of atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Yes folks, it's true, there's so much wildlife on our tour we GUARANTEE YOU WILL SEE DOLPHINS!  Captain Josh is offering a special price of $39.99 (regular $99) for a one hour tour with 15 prepaid riders.  If you RSVP for this event, you must mail a check in the amount of $42.80 made payable to Old Florida Aquatics to 4461 Port Arthur Rd, Jacksonville, FL  32224. We will meet at 9:30 am at Morningstar Marina at 4852 Ocean St, Jacksonville, FL  32233 – just past the Ferry.  For more information, check out http://www.crazyfishjax.com/fun.html

THERE ARE WEEKDAY EVENING WALKS IN JUNE IN SAN MARCO, AVONDALE/RIVERSIDE, THE WONDERWOOD BRIDGE AND JAX LANDING. BEST TO CHECK MEETUP.COM/SIDETRACKERS TO SEE IF THE EVENT IS ON. MANY WALKS ARE CANCELLED LAST MINUTE DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. YOU MAY ALSO TEXT OR CALL THE LEADERS, VICTOR OR SANDRA


Non-members and their guests must fill out a liability waiver form, available here, before participating in any Sidetrackers event or activity.  Please note that Meetup group membership alone is not the same as Sidetrackers club membership.  For more information please visit our Membership page.

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

2016 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, April 6, 2016 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, August 3, 2016 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, September 7, 2016 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2016 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, November 2, 2016 - 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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Members pay a small annual fee to help share the annual cost of maintaining this web site and the small costs of running the club.  Members are not required to submit a Guest Waiver form at each Sidetrackers trip, activity or event.  Membership applications are accepted throughout the year.  Please visit our Membership page, or send questions and comments to membership 'at' sidetrackers.com.

The Sidetrackers Web Site

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