CHANGE IN LOCATION: August 20, Saturday: 8:00 AM PELLICER CREEK
PADDLE AT FAVOR-DYKES STATE PARK:
Favor Dykes State Park borders Pellicer
Creek as it winds along Florida's east coast highways down to the Matanzas
River. Pellicer Creek is a popular site for birding with more than one
hundred bird species seen during spring and fall migrations. Wading birds,
such as egrets, wood storks, white ibis, and herons, feed in the tidal
marshes and creeks. You will discover aquatic trails up and downstream where
otters, deer, wild turkeys, woodpeckers and sometimes bald eagles and
falcons are seen. A boat ramp located in the park allows canoes access to
Pellicer Creek, a designated state canoe trail. Visitors can rent canoes and
kayaks at the park.
Meet at McDonalds on St. Augustine Road by the I-95 exit ramp across from
Kohl's Dept store and be ready TO LEAVE at 8:15AM. We should get to
Favor-Dykes State Park around 9:30 AM. We will launch at the boat ramp and
will paddle inland and then return to the put-in where there is a picnic
area and restrooms. Bring plenty of water and lunch and we will have lunch
after the paddle in the park. Please let me know if you will be attending by
signing up, calling me or confirming on Meetup.com. Paula S. 904-588-2707
For those wanting to meet us there - Directions to Faver-Dykes State Park
and Pellicer Creek : Take I-95 south to exit #298 which is US 1. Go north on
US 1 for 300 yards and turn right on Faver-Dykes Road. Go 1.5 miles on
Faver-Dykes Road to Faver-Dykes State Park.
Canoes and kayaks can be reserved by calling the park. Call ahead to
$5.00 plus tax per hour, $25.00 plus tax for 5 or more hours (all day).
$5.00 per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicles. There is an honor box in
the parking lot. Correct change is required.
August 27, Saturday, 10:00 AM: BIKE RIDE THROUGH HISTORIC
AVONDALE AND RIVERSIDE: We will do
an urban bike ride through the streets of Avondale and Riverside. Avondale
and Riverside is a great place to explore with its riverside setting,
abundant parks, inviting tree-lined streets, and outstanding architecture,
not to mention its quaint shops and restaurants. Bring your own bike or rent
one from Open Road Bike shop. Rentals arrangements need to be made in
advance due to a limited number of bikes that they rent. They rent for
$30.00 a day and they are great bikes. If you are in the market for a bike
it would be a great time to try one out. We will probably meander thru the
streets and parks toward the Riverside Arts Market, enjoy the Art Market,
eat lunch and meander back to the shop. Bring plenty of water, it will be
warm, a lock for your bike if you have one, sunscreen, hat. We will meet at
Open Road Bike in Shop of Avondale, 3544 St. Johns Ave. 388-9066. The shop
opens at 10:00. Leader Diane J. 821-6707.
August 28, Sunday 5:00PM Presentation: Interested in a
Winter Ski Trip? Featuring:
Casey Leach, Aspen/Snowmass Rep. When: 5:00pm-9:00pm., Sunday August
28, 2011 Where: Maggiano’s @ Town Center. Re-connect with old
friends, meet new ones, sign up for your trip (trips can sell out fast!),
including the Snowmass trip. Meet fellow skiers. Best chance to get the trip
of your choice. Light appetizers provided. Cash bar. Members free, $5,
non-members. Bring a friend!
September 7, Wednesday, 6:30pm MONTHLY MEETING and 7:30
PLANNING MEETING: This quarterly
planning meeting is being held at the Southeast Regional Library near the
intersection of J T Butler Blvd and Gate Pkwy. We will be planning for
October, November and December. It is the Club Members who come up with the
activities. Think about what you would like to do during the next quarter
and join us at the meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend.
Sept. 17, Saturday, 10:00 AM: PADDLING AT ANASTASIA STATE
PARK IN ST. AUGUSTINE: Salt Run, a
tidal salt marsh inlet, is a kayaker's and canoer’s delight. You can paddle
from the park to the lighthouse. It is great place to see birds, marsh life,
dolphins and other sea creatures. It is an easy paddle. It is a great place
to try kayaking for the first time. Anastasia Water Sports (904-460-9111)
rents kayaks and canoes in the park. For rates see
http://www.anastasiawatersports.com/home.html Bring plenty water,
sunscreen, and your canoe or kayak if you have one. We can go swimming at
the beach afterwards. We will meet at the park. The rental place opens at
10:00 and they may get busy later in the day. High tide is at 11:45.
Directions: you chose how you get to St. Augustine, south on I-95 or U.S.1.
Go across the Bridge of Lions/ south on A1A. the light house will be on your
left and the Alligator Farm on your right. Just pass the Alligator Farm to
the left is the park. Look for the brown signs. Go through the park entrance
($5 per car), Boat rental is on the left side about a ½ mile into the park.
Look or the tall person with a red kayak. Leader: Diane J. 821-6707
Sep. 24, Saturday, 9:15 AM: NATURE HIKE ON LITTLE TALBOT
ISLAND: Sleep in a bit and then
lets enjoy a very pleasant four mile nature hike experiencing a
cross-section of ecosystems on Little Talbot Island State Park. This
includes maritime hammock, beach dunes, depression marsh, and a stroll on
the beautiful white sandy beaches of the island. There should be a good
opportunity to view wildlife and locate shells or sharks teeth. Bring water,
snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and a bright smile. Cost: Entry
fee of $4.00 per vehicle onto the island, plus lunch if you desire.
We will meet at Hardees on Merrill Rd. at 9:15 AM. Take 9A North or
Southside Blvd Connector North and exit at Merrill Rd. Proceed East and
Hardees is immediately on your left. We will car-pool and caravan
approximately 20 miles to Little Talbot Island State Park off of Hecksher
Blvd. If you live in north Jax or Ga. then suggest you meet us at the island
at approx. 9:50AM. If there is interest, we will probably have lunch at the
nearby Sand Dollar Restaurant that has good food and a wonderful water view.
Please let me know you plan to come by either a phone call, e-mail, or sign
up on ourmeetup.com site. http://www.floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland/Leader
(Mr.) Kim L. 904-645-5112 (cell- 904-610-5029)
Annual Fall Trip, October 14th, 15th 16th and 17th - Cloudland Canyon State
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most
scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and exceptional hiking.
The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek,
and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. The most spectacular
view into the canyon is an easy walk from the picnic area; however, hikers
can also explore a rim trail or journey to the canyon floor by a series of
staircases. Two waterfalls cascade over layers of sandstone and shale into
pools below with their flow depending on recent rains.
THINGS TO DO & SEE in the park:
= Hiking - 5-mile West Rim Loop, 2-mile Waterfalls Trail, 2-mile Backcountry
Loop, 6.5-mile Sitton's Gulch Trail and 5.6-mile Long Branch Trail, Canyon
Disc Golf ($3, annual pass available)
- Fishing -- Catfish pond is closed until Labor Day Weekend.
THINGS TO DO & SEE in the area:
Ellijay Apple Festival
Heritage Days Festival http://talkingrockga.com/Heritage_Days_Festival/Heritage_Days_page.htm
Carter's Lake One of the most scenic lakes in the Southeast, located at the
southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Mercier Apple Orchards Roadside farmer's market offers shopping and tasting
- 30+ varieties of apples, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, jams/jellies,
and bakery items.
Chattanooga, TN and Lookout Mountain is about 30 minutes away. http://www.lookoutmountain.com/
Atlanta Aquarium http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/
The weekend will cost you only $45.00.
Cloudland Canyon State park is located in the far northwest corner of
Georgia and is about an 8 hours drive from Jacksonville, I-10 to I75 to GA
Leader: Diane J. hm 904-821-6707, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Longer-range activities may be scheduled at our next planning meeting.
Make plans now to attend; everyone is welcome.
2011 Monthly Meeting Schedule
MONTHLY MEETINGS are
always on the first non-holiday Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
at the Jacksonville Public Library, Southeast Regional Branch, at the Gate
Parkway exit off
J. Turner Butler Boulevard. Subscribers to our free YahooGroups email list
receive an automatic
reminder message in their email two days before the meeting.
WEDNESDAY, September 7, 2011 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2011 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, November 2, 2011 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2011 – 6:30 PM