March 3  Saturday  P/S  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFE 2 (Annual Bradwell Bay Wilderness Swamp Stomp) Slog about 8 miles in the heart of the Apalachicola National Forest, through one of the largest swamp forests in Florida. Rated by BACKPACKER magazine as one of the 10 toughest hikes in the USA. If there’s been recent rain, expect wading in ankle-to-waist-deep water for over half the hike. Bring lunch, hiking sticks/poles, and extra dry clothes and shoes. Old, but sturdy, boots recommended. Co-leaders are Holly Davenport and Carol Skuthan. Kent Wimmer (850) 523-8576  kwimmer@floridatrail.org.

March 4  Sunday  P/L  Family Nature Trail Hike Children welcomed on this hike of the Coon Bottom Loop nature trail at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park. They can learn about the trail’s natural features from the brand new educational/interpretive signage. Easy 1.5-mile hike. The hike will be co-led by Ben Poston. Linda Patton (850) 668-4334.

March 10  Saturday  P/L  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFE 3 Hike through the eastern portion of the Bradwell Bay Wilderness, from the Monkey Creek Trailhead to the Sopchoppy River Trailhead, a distance of 6.2 miles. Co-leaders are Howard Pardue and Barry Haber. Richard Graham (850) 878-3616 r_graham@lycos.com.

March 10 & 11  Sat-Sun  P/M  New River Canoe & Kayak Trip Paddle the New River in Liberty and Franklin Counties from Rd 22 Sumatra to Pope Place in Tate’s Hell State Forest. We will meet in Sumatra and then go to the landing to unload gear and work out the shuttle to begin a 2-day adventure through Tate’s Hell. Bring sleeping gear, food, and water for the trip. Limit 12 people. Ronny Traylor (850) 643-5517 ronnytraylor@gmail.com.

March 13 Tuesday  Meeting Program:  “What the Heck is a Geocache?” Lynda Tiefel, president of the Tallahassee Area Geocachers, gives us an introduction to geocaching- a high tech treasure hunt! Lynda has found almost 2000 geocaches, a number of which were hidden along the Florida Trail. Find out how you can become a geocacher and try your hand at locating a “cache” around the Florida Trail office!   Information:  Linda Patton850-668-4334.

March 24  Saturday  P/M   Apalachee Ambles:  ANFE 4 Come for a hike along the Sopchoppy River with an opportunity to see (and photograph) wild azaleas in bloom. Participants will also receive a printed list of other flowering trees and shrubs likely to be encountered. The hike is 5 miles in length and a car shuttle will be arranged to allow for a one-way trip (north to south). Including time for a lunch break, the hike will take approximately 3 hours. Co-leaders are Barbara Donner and Karen Berkley. George Weaver (850) 510-3288 weaver@psy.fsu.edu.

March 24  Saturday  P/L  Leon Sinks Geological Area Hike See native azaleas and dogwoods in bloom. The interpretive 4.25-mile trail winds through scenic and varied terrain, including major sinks, a natural bridge, a disappearing stream, and gum swamps. There is a trailhead fee per vehicle, so call for carpooling arrangements. Limit 15 people. Terry Tenold (850) 877-1612 totenold49@aol.com.

March 30-April 1  Fri-Sun  P/L   Florida Trail Days and Annual Conference Details in the FOOTPRINT or online at www.floridatrail.org.

PLEASE NOTE: The Florida National Scenic Trail and other forest trails are part of the natural environment. Rough, uneven, and/or slippery surfaces, protruding roots, encroaching vegetation, fallen branches, mud and water, insects and other wildlife, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Wear boots and use caution. If you question whether a hike is within your ability, contact the Activity Leader.  Guidelines for activity participants can be found at http://apalachee.floridatrail.org/guidelines-for-activity-participants