Sunday, Jan 19, 2020, 6:30am: Hike to Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
General info for all hikes and walks: Hikes and walks are $5 for members, and $10 for non-members (become a member). Unless otherwise noted, the pace for hikes is moderate, lasting 3-5 hours, covering 3-5 miles, the terrain is hilly, footing is sometimes uneven, and we follow trails and possibly paved or dirt roads. Walks are easier and shorter than hikes, and usually follow paved or dirt roads, no trails. The guide may periodically stop and talk along the way. Bring sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes, water, snack, bug spray, rain poncho, and camera. Shorts or long pants are OK. For day hikes, bring a hat and sun block. For night hikes, bring a small flashlight. There are usually about 20 people. We depart about 30 minutes after the posted start time. For some hikes, we will meet at the indicated location, then drive a short distance to the hike location.
Specific info for this hike: This hike is a coastal and inland dry scrub/forest hike on the Refuge peninsula. Sandy Point is the southwestern-most point of the island. It is an easy hike on the road and sand. We'll be discussing the natural, cultural, historical, and marine resources of the refuge. Remember to bring your swimsuit, as well as a hat, water, (reef safe) sunscreen, and snack(s). Olasee Davis is our tour guide for this adventure!
Meeting place is at the Refuge parking for 6:00 am (yes, in the morning).
Area info: Known as Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, the area was once mined for sand, from the late 1970's to 1982. The West Indies Investment Company mined the beach sand to within 100 to 150 feet of the southeast shoreline. Over the years the shoreline has restored itself.
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