Bear asked that I let him know when I next would be visiting my parents in Sarasota, Florida.
Well, my parents have sold their house and I will be helping them pack before they move to Ohio. I expect this could be my last trip there for a few years. I will bring my hammock and some minimal gear for one final try at camping in the area. Something has always been in the way before, but this time I will have a pre-planned night out with friends, not a nebulous "I'd like to backpack a couple of days in Myakka."
Therefore, I submit to you all an invitation to "hang out" for a night or two in Little Manatee River State Park. Bear is reserving the primitive site for April 30 and May 1. It is good for 4 people. If more are interested, we may have to look for a larger spot. Whether we actually use both nights or just one will depend on who can make what night. I will likely stick with one night, as this is another trip intended to help Mom and Dad. If you are up for a night in the park, sharing talk and checking out each other's backpacking gear, please E-mail me. before April 27. (I have an earfly flight April 29.)