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.

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Wednesday March 22, 2017  Lollipop Hike at Sunnyhill South Tract9 AM.  Highlanders Chapter.  Join us on this new trail & learn how the state acquired this property. There will be options for a short slow hike, 4 ˝ miles or a longer hike, 6 ˝ miles.  No pets. The trailhead is across the road from Buck & Doe's Store on Hwy 42.  The Activity Leaders are Mary Ellen Milton, mem32735@aol.com and Jon Leavers, jonleavers@yahoo.com   S.E. 182nd Avenue Road & Hwy 42, Umatilla    28.991787, -81.807627
Thursday March 23, 2017  Highlanders Chapter Monthly Meeting:  Leesburg Public Library, 100 E Main Street. Use the entrance on Main Street. 6:00 PM. Meeting room just inside the entrance to the library.  Bring a snack to share and your aluminum cans to recycle.  Questions? 352-787-8654 or email Bobbi Keenan bobbiszoo@yahoo.com  Program:  by Patricia Burgos from the Lake County Wather Authority on their various parks/preserves.  28.811093  -81.874858 
Friday March 31, 2017  Seminole State Forest–9:00 AM. Note: This is a date change from March 29 to March 31.  Meet at the Brantley Branch Road entrance.   Entrance fee:  $2.00 per person (age 7 and up).  We will divide into two groups.  One group will hike on the Florida Trail to Sulphur Springs primitive campground and then return (5 miles total).  The other group will do a faster hike on the same route plus walk the blue-blazed loop (8.2 miles total).  Bring water, insect repellent, and snack or lunch.  No pets, please.  For more information contact Howard Pospesel hikeft@embarqmail.com or Dennis and Melodie Hardy mhardy222@gmail.com.  The forest entrance is on Brantley Branch Road 1/10 of a mile east of SR 44 in Cassia.  GPS coordinates:  28.890749,  -81.46161681.
Tuesday April 11, 2017 Chapter Board Meeting - PEAR Park - 3:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to attend the next board meeting.
Thursday April 20, 2017  Highlanders Chapter Monthly Meeting: NOTE:  Date Changed due to the Leesburg Motorcycle Festival on our usual night.   Leesburg Public Library, 100 E Main Street. Use the entrance on Main Street. 6:00 PM. Meeting room just inside the entrance to the library.  Bring a snack to share and your aluminum cans to recycle.  Questions? 352-787-8654 or email Bobbi Keenan bobbiszoo@yahoo.com   28.811093  -81.874858 
Saturday April 29, 2017 Firefly and Pot Luck Hike  NOTE:  This is a date change from April 22 to April 29.
Meet at Lake Norris trailhead at 6:00 PM.  Bring a dish to share and we will transport the food 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 -352-205-9620.  Email:  dammiller@aol.com  Google Maps Coordinates:  28.913943, -81.544539
Friday May 5, 2017  Tubing Party with Weenie Roast.   Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the picnic grounds at Kelly Park.  Tube Rock Springs Run a couple of times, then share a weenie roast lunch at noon.   Bring a tube, sunscreen, insect repellent, folding chair, and a dish (side, drinks, chips, or dessert) for the communal lunch.  Contact the leader no later than May 2 to confirm the dish you will provide.  (We will supply plates, cups, napkins, and plastic-ware.)  To participate in this activity you must be a member of the FTA or a personal guest of a member.  In case of rainy weather this activity will be rescheduled.  No pets, please.  Howard Pospesel hikeft@embarqmail.com.  DIRECTIONS:  Kelly Park is located at 400 E Kelly Park Road in Apopka.  GPS coordinates:  28.757901, -81.498942

 

 

 

 

 

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