Adventure Club

The Adventure Club is geared toward active adults who enjoy a variety of outdoor activities - especially bicycling, hiking and kayaking/canoeing, as well as active travelling.

Our goal is to maintain physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle, in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere.

We have activities all year long.

Our typical bike ride is 14 to 20 miles; our typical hike is 5 to 7 miles; and our typical kayak/canoe trip is 7 to 9 miles. There are many truly beautiful creeks and rivers in this area in the Blackwater River State Forest and on the Eglin AFB Reservation.

We enjoy these activities at an easy to moderate pace - finishing in about an hour and a half to two hours. We have three activities per week, so that we can maintain a good degree of fitness.

On Tuesdays we usually bike on Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, Gulf Breeze or Holley-by-the-Sea.

On Thursdays we usually bike in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Valparaiso, or Niceville.

On the weekends we bike, hike or kayak/canoe in locations as far east as Panama City and as far west as Fairhope, Alabama. Of course, most activities are followed by lunch or supper at a nearby restaurant, or include a picnic lunch.

Approximately four or five times per year we have " 3 day-2 night" trips, within a 4 to 6 hour driving distance from our area. In past years we enjoyed this sort of trip in the following areas:
(1) the Chiefland/Cedar Key/St. Marks area - where we biked on the 42 mile Suncoast Rails-to-Trails Bike Path; kayaked/canoed on the Suwannee River; hiked in the Cedar Key Wildlife Reserve and biked to the lighthouse in St. Marks Preserve.
(2) the New Orleans/Covington area, where we biked with the New Orleans bike club within the city of New Orleans and on the 28 mile Tammany Trace Rails-to-Trails Bike Path in nearby Covington.
(3) the Columbus, Georgia and Callaway Gardens areas - where we biked the Columbus River Bike Path and the bike paths in Callaway Gardens, as well as hiked in the Pine Mountain area.
(4) the Piedmont, Alabama area where we biked on the 33 mile Chief Ladiga Rails-to-Trails Bike Path as well as the Jacksonville State University campus.

We enjoyed one "out of the US" trip in a previous year and that was to the Copper Canyon, Mexico area - a canyon that is 4 or 5 times as big as the Grand Canyon.

In the past we have adventured to Holland, Germany and Austria for several Bike & Barge trips; explored Peru, the Amazon, Panama, Costa Rica, the Cinque Terre and Tuscany in Italy, while staying at convents and monasteries.

Adventure Club photo #1

Club members pose with a volcano in the background during a trip to Costa Rica.

Bike and Barge Trip Krems-Melk

A couple of Club members ride along the Wachau Valley that stretches from Melk to Krems. Because of its unique beauty the 36 km river valley has been included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

You do not need to be enrolled in classes at CLL in order to join the Adventure Club; you just need to share our goal of maintaining physical fitness, while enjoying the rewards and pleasures of an active, healthy lifestyle in our beautiful Emerald Coast area - and beyond.

We do not have dues.

We have a monthly planning meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. At the present time the location for the meeting is Our membership area extends from Seaside to Fairhope, Alabama and for this reason many members can't attend the monthly meeting. To keep them informed of activities we use group e-mails.

For additional information contact: Clarice Hebinck 850-581-4591

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