Jonesville Bike Ride on Feb. 8
We had a good crew of 7 experienced riders and started out at about 9:15, after our map check and safety talk.
The morning was very chilly but by the turnaround point it had warmed up nicely. The main part of our route was along one of Alachua Countyâ€™s five Scenic Roads and it was beautiful. There are lots of big farms, a wonderful tree canopy for about 4/5 of the 15-mile ride, and almost no automobile traffic. We stopped for a snack and rest at Oakview Middle School, the turnaround point, and then meandered on back to Jonesville, our starting point.
Seahorse Key Open House on Feb. 14
Seahorse Key is a 165-acre island, part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge and host to UF Marine Laboratory. A former dune, it has 52-foot elevation which is unusual for the low-lying Cedar Keys area. Most of the island is closed to the public most of the year as it is a significant bird sanctuary. But a few open houses are held each year where the public is invited to tour the island and the Marine Laboratory facilities. On February 14, we braved the cold morning boat ride to what turned out to be perfect beach walking weather. We learned about sea creatures from enthusiastic and bright UF Marine Biology Students, made some good contacts for ICO Youth program, and enjoyed lunch on the beach.