2017-02-01 / Features

WESTERN GATE CHAPTER of the FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION

All activities are free except as noted, however, donations from non-members are welcome and will be solicited. More details and any updates about specific activities can be found on the association’s Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/ftawesterngate/.

Feb. 2 – Feb. 23 Thursdays – 8 a.m. Trail Work on the Florida Trail Meet at Blackwater River State Park (North parking lot of Deaton Bridge). Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association regularly schedules trail work on the Florida National Scenic Trail and its Sidetrail in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties (FL) each Thursday. If you have additional questions, contact Ed Williamson at (850) 474-5359.

Feb. 3 Friday – 6 p.m. Friday Night Dinner Hike – Pensacola Aviation Center (4145 Jerry Maygarden Dr. – meet in the parking lot). Enjoy a two-mile hike along Jerry Maygarden Dr and through a park and scenic area neighborhood. Dutch treat dinner to follow at Cactus Cantina Restaurant. For additional information contact Helen Wigersma at (850) 484-0528.

Feb. 5 – Feb. 26 Sundays Wake-Up Hike 8 a.m.
• Feb. 5 – Polonza Bistro (Corner of Wright and Palafox St., Pensacola)
• Feb. 12 – Naval Live Oaks (1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway)
• Feb. 19 – Bayview Community Center (2000 E. Lloyd St., Pensacola)
• Feb. 26 – Blackwater Heritage Trail (5541 Alabama St., Milton)
Get the day started with Peggy for a brisk one to two-hour walk with
brunch to follow at an area restaurant. For additional information

contact Peggy Grantham at (850) 982-9490. Feb. 11 Saturday - 7:30 a.m. Introductory Trail Work in Blackwater River State Forest Meet at the Milton What-a-Burger (5346 Stewart St., Milton). All members welcome, especially those who have little/no experience doing trail work! Wear closed-toe shoes, bring work gloves and lunch/ snacks/water. Sunscreen and bug spray are highly recommended. For more information, contact Bob Browder at (850) 910-1234.

Feb. 16 Thursday Western Gate Chapter Meeting – 6:30 p.m. social | 7 p.m. meeting (First Christian Church, 6031 Goodrich Dr., Pensacola) Meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments available at 6:30 p.m. Program: Andy Niekamp, a long-distance hiker will give a presentation on his hiking/backpacking adventures on the Colorado Trail. Contact Helen Wigersma at (850) 484-0528 for additional information.

Feb. 18 Saturday Karick Lake Hike 9:30 a.m. Meet at the Karick Lake South Campground (Highway 189 north of Baker, FL). Hike the 4-mile Karick Lake loop trail which crosses multiple segments of the Lake with lunch to follow at Gator’s Diner in Baker – great shakes and malts and burgers. Yum! For additional information contact Peggy Grantham at (850) 982-9490.

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