Thursday Schedule of Events
|11:30am - 3:00pm||Lunch served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)|
|12:30pm - 4:30pm||Registration Open. In Lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge.|
|1:30pm - 8:00pm||Field Trips|
|1:30pm - 4:30pm||I-Did-A Hike Challenge|
|4:00pm - 8:00pm||Dinner served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. All you can eat buffet or order from menu. ($)|
|7:00pm – 8:00pm||
Evening Program: Walking on Sunshine - A Thru Hike of the 1,100 mile Florida Trail - Andy Niekamp|
Drop in. The southernmost of the National Scenic Trails in America, the Florida Trail is unlike any other. Where else can you see an alligator, bear, and panther all in one day? Take an 1,100 mile journey from the Everglades to Pensacola through the interior of Florida. The Florida Trail ranges from remote and wild knee-deep swamps to bike paths through busy suburban Orlando to the white, sandy beaches of the Panhandle. See parts of Florida that most people never get to see. Learn how Andy endured sun, heat, rain, wind, cold, floods, hurricane damage, alligators and venomous snakes to complete this 2.5-month hike.
Andy Niekamp has been a wilderness adventurer for more than 30 years. His passion is long distance hiking. He has backpacked over 16,000 miles in more than 30 different states coast to coast including 10,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Andy is the Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection, a backcountry guide service based in Dayton, Ohio. Andy is the founder and organizer of the 6,000-member Dayton Hikers group which is largest and most active outdoor recreation club in Dayton, Ohio.