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Ancient Islands Group Outing Update, November 2016

August 8, 2016



A Happy Group at the Finish of Our North Withlacoochee River Trip in October




Fall colors in Florida? Overnight paddle on the mysterious and serene Ocklawaha River.Noon, Saturday, November 26, 2016- 11AM Sunday, November 27

Nothing better than the fall colors on the Ocklawaha River. When the Florida Gators are playing football on the last Saturday in November, chances are real good that the river is very quiet. The Ocklawaha originates in the Green Swamp, and is fed by Silver Spring on the way to the St Johns River.

We will do the 10-mile section from Ray Wayside Park to Gores Landing. We will meet at Ray Wayside Park at noon on Saturday, November 26. We will shuttle vehicles to Gores Landing, then begin our paddle. We paddle 2-3 hours and find a suitable primitive campsite. There are no developed facilities. We will enjoy a gorgeous fall sunset and have a delicious meal.

This is an overnight on the river. When you register, I will send you an email about trip logistics. Please be willing to communicate via email. Participants will need to register on Meet Up: Ancient IsalndsSierra Club Outings: Outdoor Adventures

Costs for this outing will be $45 includes kayak rental, parking, two meals and Sierra Club donation. Write check to “Ancient Islands Sierra Club” and send to Andy Quinn, 215 E. Bay St. Suite 1, Lakeland, FL 33801

Planting Outing (Service) Saturday, December 17, 2016, 9:00-Noon.

Contribute to our jewel of Nature Education, the Nature Discovery Center, at Circle B Bar Reserve, between Lakeland and Winter Haven. This outing we are beautifying these grounds by planting native trees such as beauty berry and green ash. Folks learn about native plants and enjoy the company of nature conservationists. To find us, as you drive in the parking lots at the Nature Center, take a left. We will park behind these buildings. Andy will be wearing a purple “LSU” and will have a shovel in tow.  Please contact Andy Quinn, 863-683-9600 or email  for more information.

Backpack Florida National Scenic Trail, St Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Monday, December 26- Friday, December 30, 2016.  

There are many surprises along the Florida National National Scenic Trail in the panhandle. You will be invigorated by cool crisp weather, great friendships, breathtaking forest and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. We may be even able to see lots of wildlife or a lighthouse or two.Along the way we will be shuttled over the St. Marks River.

Costs are $150 and include eleven meals (one of which will be a restaurant meal in St  Marks, if they are open!), camping fees, shuttle fees, Sierra Club donation and use of group equipment.

We will meet at Noon Monday, December 26 at JR’s Aucilla River Store on US Hwy 98 just east of  the Aucilla River.

Beginners are welcome but this hike requires diligent preparation and excellent physical condition. There will be multiple days of 10 miles or more. Participants will be screened. There is some backpacking equipment for rent. Please contact Andy 863-683-9600 or for more information. Participants will need to register on Meet Up: Ancient Islands Sierra Club Outings: Outdoor Adventures. Please write a check for fees to “Ancient Islands Sierra Club” and send to Andy Quinn, 215 E. Bay St. Suite 1, Lakeland, FL 33801



There are some great campsites on the banks of the Suwanee River

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