Well, the time is upon us to beat the summer heat down here in Florida. All are invited to the Hotter'N'Heck Hang!
This was a brainstorm that came out of the last G3 hang. OldScout and I had talked about this, and he should be chiming in soon here.
Sorry for the short notice on this, but the original plan was to host it out at Fanning Springs. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Debbie dropped so much rain on us that it's looking like the swimming area there will be closed during the weekend we'd intended on hosting this.
Instead, we're going to hold it at the Ichetucknee Springs Campground, which is extremely conveniently located to the Springs proper.
The plan, at this stage, is to rent out one of the primitive sites there (I spoke with the owner of the campground today, and she's got no problem with a bunch of hammockers descending) for the weekend. The upfront cost of a primitive site is $10.00 per night for two people, and the additional cost is $4.00 a head per night past that. Depending on interest, I can rent out the site for Friday to Monday (I'll be arriving on Sunday, but I can go up the week before and pay for the site), or just Sunday and Monday.
The primitive sites do not have running water or electrical outlets, but they do have access to the restroom, game room (a few video games and a couple of pool tables), and (hot!) showers. So, getting water isn't hard; you just have to transport it a few hundred yards from the restroom to the site.
Either way, access to the springs proper is $6.00 per vehicle (if you don't intend on tubing the river but just swimming in the springs or hiking the ~3 mile foot trail) for up to eight people. If you go over on foot or bike (the springs are only about a quarter-mile from the campground), it's $2 a head for the same access. If you want to tube the river (you have to go before 2 PM to do the whole river, but they offer a shuttle service), it's $5.00 a head.
I plan on biking up on Sunday morning (I'll arrive either around 2 PM or earlier, depending on whether anyone is going to be there Saturday night) and hitting the springs as the first thing I do once I've set camp. Depending on the level of interest, I'll be willing to work on a menu for Sunday night (or we could go into town; there's a Subway and--if memory serves--a decent country-style diner that are open there) and Monday.
I'll be leaving Tuesday, probably pretty early, to bike back down to Gainesville for work.
Feel free to ask any questions you've got!