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COVID UPDATES 9/23/2021 - 
New COVID guidelines from our Association Main Office require that in order to participate in any Florida Trail Association activity or event, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to attending the event. Individuals who wish to participate in an FTA event will be asked to sign an Assumption of Risk form on the day of the event attesting to their compliance with these requirements.   

 
OCTOBER  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/

OCT 3 SUN 8:00 AM - Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance
Lop, mow, blaze and clear the Florida National Scenic Trail in the eastern section of the Apalachicola National Forest or in the St Marks NWR. Bring lunch, snacks, insect repellent, rainwear, sun protection, first aid kit and plenty of water. Tools and safety equipment provided.  Contact: Mike Tucker (850) 545-3489 / tuckems@hotmail.com
 
 
OCT 6, 13, 27 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)
Many blisters ago we started these weekly urban walks - now we are chafing the dream, witnessing the fitness and are walking sole mates celebrating our 11th Year! Come at 9:15 am and be ready to hike a 4 – 6-mile loop (2 -3 miles in and back) at 9:30 AM sharp. Bring snack if needed, water and hat and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. Come hydrated. Bring a chair/beverage for post hike cool down and visitation. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 - 3.5 mph.  Location: Miccosukee Greenway, Crump Road Trailhead (4996 Crump Rd, Tallahassee) YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY’S PAGE ON MEETUP.COM TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, dawngriffinfta@gmail.com
 
OCT 9 SAT – 8:45 AM – Challenge Hike – Leon County Main Public Library
Enjoy a long walk under the trees. Meet at the Thornton Road Trailhead. Enjoy a walk around downtown Tally. Meet in the Leon County Main Public Library parking lot on Call St.; look for my little blue Honda Civic. This will be a strenuous, 4-mile hike (optional 2-mile extension) along the downtown hills and stairways, so know your ability and come prepared. This is a great opportunity to motivate yourself for the mountainous hikes on the AT and Camino. We start the hike at 9:00 am sharp. Come early for instructions and check-in. Bring lots of water and some snacks, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent and sunscreen (and/or wear a hat) as needed. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Covid precaution of 6’ social distancing observed. Open to the public, though we encourage you to become a FTA member: https://www.floridatrail.org/. Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last-minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850) 300-0399, or courtnaymicots@gmail.com.
 
OCT 12 TUE - 7:00 PM – Chapter/Program Virtual Meeting. Program TBA. Please check Meetup for details.  Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212900279?pwd=MHN0eGNQSEpzbXdwNkNZZjRPa1M5UT09
 
OCT 13 WED 7:00 PM (EST) - IDIDAHIKE Virtual Planning Meetings - Interested in being added to the Florida Trail Association Apalachee Chapter IDIDAHIKE planning team? Contact Andrea Fenn (leenh27@comcast.net) or Dawn Griffin (dawngriffinfta@gmail.com). Your local chapter is organizing this event to be held in and around the historic community of St. Marks on February 26 & 27, 2022. The IDIDAHIKE is an annual outdoor event and major fundraiser for the FTA which will assist us in our mission to build and maintain public hiking trails throughout Florida. 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!
 
OCT 18-21 - Fall Hike Inn in North Georgia – Contact Elwood McElhaney (emcelhaney@embarqmail.com) for trip details and to be added to the information distribution list.  
 
OCT 23 SAT – 8:45 AM – Challenge Hike – Garden of Eden
Enjoy gorgeous high bluffs and deep ravines. Join me for a 6.6-mile challenge hike with steep inclines and declines at Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in Bristol. This is a strenuous hike, so come prepared. We will do the 3.3-mile loop twice (you can do it once if needed), which includes the river loop. This is a great opportunity to motivate yourself for the mountainous hikes on the AT and Camino. We will rest for 5-10 minutes, as needed. No park entrance fee. Bring lots of water (I recommend at least 1 gallon in a backpack), lunch, some snacks, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent and sunscreen as needed. Prepare for potential ticks and chiggers. Meet for the hike in the main parking lot (Off County Road 12 on Garden of Eden Road, follow signs). We’ll congregate at 9:00am for sign-in and instructions, and then start the hike at 9:15 am sharp. Carpool optional for those who feel safe riding together – meet at the NW Home Depot (1490 Capital Circle NW) parking lot at 7:45 am and leave promptly at 8:00am. Please let me know in the comments below if you are planning to join the carpool/convoy. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the hike. Dogs on a leash are welcome. https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/torreya-state-park. Covid precaution of 6’ social distancing observed. Open to the public, though we encourage you to become a FTA member: https://www.floridatrail.org/. Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last-minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850) 300-0399, or courtnaymicots@gmail.com.

OCT 25 MON - Newsletter articles, chapter news, or any other email blast content. Send to April Edmonds April.Edmonds.35@gmail.com
 
OCT 30 SAT - 9:30 AM - 4th Annual "Grandma Gatewood" Commemorative 5-mile hike at Lake Talquin State Forest (Bear Creek Tract) (P/M). 
Emma Gatewood/"Grandma Gatewood" was a grandmother who enjoyed adventure and hiked the Appalachian Trail 3 times—the 1st time at the age of 67. Ben Montgomery wrote a very good book “Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.  We honor her by hiking a local trail. Bring lots of water and some snacks, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent and sunscreen (and/or wear a hat) as needed. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 dawngriffinfta@gmail.com or Andrea Fenn (603) 785-0021 leenh27@comcast.net. 

ACTIVITY SIGN-UP/INFORMATION: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/calendar/
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 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. Program TBA. Please check Meetup for details.  
 
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/

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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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