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7/25/11 11:52 A

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Eileen, thanks for being such a well of information! I am sure that the team members really, really appreciate all that you do to keep us informed! Thanks again and I will see you at the team dinner!
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7/24/11 1:02 A

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Thanks for all the advice!! I will definitely check out Circle B ranch, I have heard good things about it. And I know the Trek 10 is also related to geo-caching which I thought was another good way to get exercise.

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7/23/11 4:50 P

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EILEEN - Thanks for such a wealth of information. I was wondering when the next Water, Wings and Wild Things at Circle B was. Calendar marked. Thanks.

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7/23/11 10:22 A

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A couple of notes:

If you go the the website for the local Florida Trail chapter, there are links to all kinds of trails in Polk County & surrounding areas. The website address is:
http://heartland.floridatrail.org/
Please see the "Trails" link on the left side of the home page as well as the map on the right.

In addition, please note you are more than welcome to all our activities without being a member. Some of them are listed in the Calendar of Events section. If you look at the most recent newsletter, you will find more events. I'm a member so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Re the comment on Bok Tower. What I love about Bok Tower is that you can get some real exercise on the hills while surrounded by every changing beauty. If you check it out and decide to get a membership, besides getting admission & discount on items there; it will get you all kinds of discounts to places all over the state. For instance, you get 1/2 off admission to the Florida Aquarium & MOSI among others. I've also gotten discounts at Homasassa State Park.

An additional note, on Sat. Oct. 8th at Circle B Bar there will be the annual Water, Wings, and Wild Things festival. It is a free, very family friendly, event. Last year there were over 70 "booths". They includes organizations such as Florida Trail, Ridge Runners (they do trail maintenance), the people who sponsor the Trek Ten Trails (more about this later), and other non-profit groups. The Water Management orgs have had booths with booklets about trails and other recreational areas. There has always been a butterfly tent and oh so many kid stuff to do. The last few years, they have had a climbing wall. Some of the booths are food concessions set up by local non-profit such as Boy Scouts or High School bands. It is a great place to get information on what there is to do in our area. And did I mention that it is FREE.

Trek Ten Trails are a series of group walks all over Polk County. They are done once a month for 10 months. You can find information on their events from a tab on the
http://www.friendsoftheparks.net/
They haven't posted the 2012 schedule, but on the 2011 Trek Ten page, there are links to Fact Sheets on walking areas in the county.

I hope this helps.

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7/22/11 10:16 P

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You also could go to the Circle B Bar Reserve off of Winter Lake Road between Lakeland and Winter Haven. (closer to Lakeland)

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That sounds great! Everyone needs a "tower fixer upper" place to go to!! Wish there was one in Lakeland!!!

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I LOVE walking at Bok Tower Gardens. There is a charge to get in, unless you're a member.

It is beautiful, lots of trails, birds, butterflies, squirrelsl, ponds, fountains. Some of the trails are paved, some are mulched, some are just cleared. There's a little cafe to have lunch. I try to get there at least once or twice a week. Annual memberships start as low as about $40 I believe.

Once an hour the carillon plays music. It's just an awesome place, and it's right in Lake Wales. The Pinewood Mansion is on the property if you would like to take a tour. It's just a beautiful, peaceful place.

If I've had an upset in my day I sometimes just get in the car and go have my "Bok fix." Always leave there feeling filled with serenity. It is one of my favorite places on the planet.

I stay on my road and I don't change lanes.
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I am sorry but, as I am not familiar with Lake Wales, I am not able to be of any help....Good luck, however, because I am certain that there are others on the team that WILL be able to help!!
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Hi, wasn't really sure where I should start this, but since it applies, mostly to Polk county, decided here would be a good place to start. If I should do this differently just let me know.
So this morning I went on a nature walk, nice little area called Hesperides Area Dinner Lake recreation. For those of you familiar with Lake Wales, this area is right off Walk in Water Road. It was quiet, peaceful and just the right length of a walk for myself, who needless to say, is a little out of shape. I also drove by a couple of other areas in Frostproof, but did not check them out. So if anyone else knows of nice nature trails, i would appreciate the feed back. I live in lake Wales and would like trails close by, no more than 15-20 minutes away.

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