Florida Trail Association

Highlanders Chapter

Activities and Maps

We try NOT to cancel any activities, but the older we get, the more things can change.  Please check the website, or call or email the activity leader,  or call Bobbi @787-8654  to confirm events.

Wednesdays If you would like to receive an email about where and when some of the hikers in The Villages hike, you can subscribe to the yahoo group site:  http://groups.yahoo.com/thevillageshikingclub scroll down near the bottom and hit the subscribe button, to unsubscribe, there is also a button there.  You do not have to live in the Villages to attend these hikes.  
Saturday February 17, 2018 Annual Chili Party Trimble Park 11:00 AM or before.  The weather should be nice for our annual Chili Party.  Bring your canoe/kayak, hiking shoes, bicycle, or just sit and visit.  You might want to bring your own lawn chair.  Trimble Park is located in the Tangerine area off US 441, south of Mt. Dora.  The park is between Lake Beauclair and Lake Carlton.  This year we have Pavilion #1 on the point.  No Pets.  Activity Leader:  Arlene Beal, 612-202-5224 or bealak59@gmail.com and assisting Cathy Leavers, cjleavers@yahoo.com.  We need chili, salads and desserts.  Address:  5802 Trimble Park Road, Mt Dora  28.769171, -81.656442
Thursday February 22, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Any questions, call Bobbi at 352-787-8654 or email Program:  Feb.- Gallus Quigley  Blueways—Talks about Lake County’s Paddling Trail system bobbiszoo@yahoo.com     28.811093  -81.874858 
Saturday March 3, 2018 Work Hike, Saturday, March 3, 2018  Ocala National Forest and La-No-Che BSA Camp. We will be working in two separate teams meeting in different locations. It is essential to contact us Wed-Fri before the hike to join a team and get information on the meeting place.
Please be early before 9AM at your meeting place as we will be shuttling to other areas to work. Bring hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, lunch, and lots of water. Please call Bobbi at 352-787-8654 (leave message) or email bobbiszoo@yahoo.com. DO NOT PUBLISH
Tuesday March 13, 2018  Chapter Board Meeting - PEAR Park - 3:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to attend the next board meeting.
Friday March 16, 2018  Seminole Forest - Cassia Trailhead - Brantley  Branch Rd in Cassia  (off SR44) Meet at 9:30 a.m.  Join Dennis and Melodie Hardy and Francis and Bobbi Keenan (co-leaders) for this Pre "St. Patty's Hike".  Wear your green as we trek this 4 to 5 mile hike in the Seminole Forest to Moccasin Springs.  Bring your lunch, snacks and water.  Contact  Melodie 207-450-5736 or Dennis 207-289-8841 for additional information. 28.890749 -81.461616  DO NOT PUBLISH
Thursday March 22, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public  Program:   Bill and Mary Ellen Milton- Highlanders at Devil's Fork SC   28.811093  -81.874858 
Tuesday April 10, 2018  Chapter Board Meeting - 1018 Monterey Drive, Leesburg, FL.  3:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to attend the next board meeting.
Saturday
April 14, 2018 Firefly and Pot Luck Hike Lake Norris Conservation Area
Meet at Lake Norris trailhead at 6:00 PM.  Bring a dish to share and we will transport the food and your chairs to the camp by car while we hike the 1.5 miles in.  We'll enjoy the sunset, watch the birds soar over the lake, and have dinner around the fire.  Then after dark,  around 8:45 PM, we'll hike back and see the fireflies along the trail.  This is a very easy level hike along a forest road and a lot of fun for kids too. Bring a chair, flashlight, bug spray, jacket, something to drink, and your dish to share with serving spoon. We will provide plates and silverware and lots of fun under a new moon. No pets allowed.  Call or email Diane with your RSVP and what you plan to bring.  Leave a message on landline phone:352-589-2721.  Please only use my cell on the day of the hike if needed cell-352-205-9620.  Email:  dammiller@aol.com  28.913943, -81.544539
Thursday April 19, 2018  Interpretive Hike at Lake Griffin State Park - 7 - 10 AM.  Meet at 7:00 AM (an hour before normal opening hours) for a short hike - less than two miles.  Park personnel will accompany, explaining the flora and fauna of the area.  Because the trail is new and the walkways are narrow, park personnel ask that the group be limited to around 20.  State Park entrance fee:  $2.00 per person.  Any questions, call Micahel A. Tamburrino on cell at (303) 809-3284.  28.857409, -81.902248
Thursday April 19, 2018 Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:  We are meeting the 3rd Thursday due to the library being closed on our regular date for the Bike Festival. We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:  Patti Hope Huizing- Climate Reality  Any questions, call Bobbi at 352-787-8654 or email bobbiszoo@yahoo.com     28.811093  -81.874858 
Saturday April 21 Earth Day PEAR Park   Planting  and weeding at the Highlanders Memorial Garden  9-3. 
April 2018
Ga. - Al. camping trip - 4/21 - 4/28  We would like to invite FTA members to join us on our first 2 stops on our great Alaskan and Canada 2018 adventure.  We plan to be at Florence Marina State Park in Ga.  on 4/21 – 24. We will do a paddle trip one day and the other travel about ˝ hr to hike Providence Canyon State Park, Ga.  On Tues, April, 24th we will relocate about 2 hrs. North to Cheaha State Park in Al. (4/24- 4/28).  Cheaha S,P. is the highest point in Al. and has lots of waterfalls hikes for us to explore.  Both parks have cabins available for those who don’t want to camp. Please contact me before making your reservations or more details.  Diane and Ken dammiller@aol.com  352-589-2721.  DO NOT PUBLISH
Thursday May 24, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:      28.811093  -81.874858 
Thursday July 26, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:      28.811093  -81.874858 
Thursday September 27, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:   Linda Willinski- Nature Photography   28.811093  -81.874858 
Tuesday October 16, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:  DAY AND DATE CHANGE:  We are meeting on Tuesday due to the conflicts with the library schedule.    We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:      28.811093  -81.874858 
Thursday November 15, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:  We are meeting the 3rd Thursday.  We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:      28.811093  -81.874858 

 

 

 

 

 

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