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Take a trip on Florida’s Rivers with award winning writer, Doug Alderson
Tuesday, November 9th, 7:00 PM

Imagine gliding along a clear watercourse beneath a leafy canopy of maple, cypress, and gum. The current swirls eelgrass in undulating patterns as schools of silvery mullet shoot past. Ahead, a manatee’s snout breaks the surface in a loud whoosh, its gray body lumbering slowly along and showing little fear as you pass by. A red-shouldered hawk cries and soars over treetops while a black anhinga stretches long wings to dry while perched on a cypress knee.

Florida’s rivers are steeped in natural and cultural history. They are avenues through time, and they are showcases for natural beauty, birds and other wildlife. In this program, author Doug Alderson will show photos and share stories from his latest all-color book, Florida’s Rivers: A Celebration of Over 40 of the Sunshine State’s Dynamic Waterways, emphasizing why our rivers are to be enjoyed, protected and restored. Rivers are also great places to hike along and Doug will point out waterways around the state where the Florida National Scenic Trail enables one to experience their beauty from land.

Sign Up and More Information: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/281650320/
"Hiking the Lechweg, a follow-up to the October, 2021 Chapter Program”

Many attendees at our October virtual Lechweg Austrian hike program, presented by Yvonne Gsteiger, expressed interest in learning more about a possible future Lechweg hike that she is intending to lead.   IF you are interested in that information, please contact Howard Pardue at hpardue@comcast.net and he will forward you the information he received and contact information for Yvonne.
NOVEMBER  2021 ACTIVITIES
 

Please read the GUIDELINES FOR OUTING PARTICIPANTS before signing up for an activity. This will make for a better outing experience. COVID Resources.

ACTIVITY SIGN-UP/DETAILS: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/calendar/

Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - MON 5:15 PM - A Walk in the Woods: Lafayette Heritage Trail Park (Piney Z) - 

Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 WED  9:15 AM – Heart & Sole Urban Walk - Miccosukee Greenway, Crump Road Trailhead - FTA Members Only.
  (NP/M-S) (9:15 am -12:30 pm). 
 
Nov 4, 18 THURS 9:30 AM – Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance
Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 / dawngriffinfta@gmail.com or Mike Tucker (850) 545-3489 / tuckems@hotmail.com
 
Nov 6 SAT 8:00 AM-4:00 PM - Bradwell Bay Swamp Stomp – Apalachicola State Forest  Hike about 8 miles from the Monkey Creek Trailhead on FR 329 and hike west to the Bradwell Bay Trailhead on FR 314. Depending on the size of the group, we may split the group & hike from opposite trailheads, meeting on the island for lunch. Expect to wade through knee-deep water and mud for about half the distance depending on how much rain has fallen this hurricane season. This hike is strenuous as we walk through cool water with deep holes and mud and over fallen trees in one of the largest federally designated Wilderness Areas in the eastern U.S., but the air temperature should be pleasant. Bring lots of water and some snacks/lunch, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent and sunscreen (and/or wear a hat) as needed. Contact: Kent Wimmer (850) 528-5261, klwimmer2@gmail.com. BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUENESS OF THIS HIKE, CONTACTING KENT FOR FURTHER MEETING AND TIME INFORMATION IS REQUIRED.
 
Nov 6  SAT 10:00 AM – Quincy Walkabout – FTA Members Only (L/M)
Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll through the quaint Florida town of Quincy.
 
NOV 9 TUE 7:00 PM - Chapter/Program Virtual Meeting.  Take a trip on Florida’s Rivers with award winning writer, Doug Alderson. Sign up and more information: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/281650320/

Nov 13 SAT 8:45 AM – Challenge Hike – Thompson House
Join us for a Challenge Hike: A section of the Florida Trail! Check out a beautiful stretch of the Florida Trail.

Nov 15 MON - Newsletter articles, chapter news, or any other email blast content. Due to holiday, content deadline is moved up.  Send to April Edmonds April.Edmonds.35@gmail.com
  
Nov 17 WED 7:00 PM (EST) - IDIDAHIKE Virtual Planning Meetings - The annual event is expected to draw hundreds of participants from around the state and includes organized hikes on the Florida National Scenic Trail, education & environment booths, and a silent auction. All volunteer talents appreciated!
 
Nov 27 SAT 8:45 AM – Challenge Hike – SoMo and FAMU
Join us for a Challenge Hike: Downtown Tallahassee! Check out some SoMo murals and the FAMU campus.

ACTIVITY SIGN-UP/INFORMATION: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/calendar/

SNEAK PREVIEW - I Did A Hike - SILENT AUCTION 

 

This beautiful wall hanging is one of the silent auction items for the Florida Trail Association IDIDAHIKE to be held in February 2022. Mark your calendars and find time to bid on this beautiful wall hanging. For more information on IDidAHike: https://apalachee.floridatrail.org/ididahike/
 

 

CHAPTER OFFICERS

 
CHAIR:  Elwood McElhaney
VICE-CHAIR:   Dawn Griffin
TREASURER: James Kimbrel
ACTIVITIES: Shellie Johnson
MEMBERSHIP:  Debbie Grant
NEWSLETTER/WEBSITE:  April Edmonds 
PROGRAMS: Howard Pardue
PUBLICITY/SOCIAL MEDIA:  Ron Harrison  
TRAILS: Kent Wimmer 
VOLUNTEER HOURS:  Dawn Brown  

TRAIL SECTION LEADERS

FNST: ANF WEST -  Al Ingle (850) 509-1162
FNST: ANF EAST -  Richard Graham (850) 878-3616
FNST: ST. MARKS - Dale Allen (850) 656-8050
FNST: AUCILLA  -   Need Volunteer(s)
FT. BRADEN TRACT -   Howard Pardue (850) 386-1494
ELINOR KLAPP-PHIPPS PARK - Dawn Brown (850) 668-0091
TORREYA STATE PARK - Need Volunteer(s)

 

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Our Mission: The Florida Trail Association builds, maintains, protects, and promotes the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (Florida Trail), along with a network of hiking trails throughout the state of Florida. Together with our partners, the Association provides opportunities for the public to contribute to meaningful volunteer work, engage in outdoor recreation, and participate in environmental education.   Serving Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla Counties.
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