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    over night this Saturday

    I am heading to Myakka state park Saturday for an over night at the Bee Island primitive site. 5.5 miles each way. I will be using my Hennessy explorer asym, for warmth my new mss and closed cell pad. I decided to go light on food with a minimal cook kit to save space and weight.

    There is no potable water out there so I will be packing 2.5 gallons. The latest report is that the wells are dry out there, rendering the hand pumps along the trail useless. Not sure I would drink that nasty water even after boiling, so no loss there lol.

    Forecast calling for crisp, clear and cold. Low of 41 with a feels like temp of 29. Im excited to see if it gets colder so I can test the mss and new pad.

    Has anyone in Florida been to Bee Island? Wondering if there are decent trees for the hammocks. A few blogs had pics but the trees look pretty scattered.

    Anyway, wish us luck. I hope to get some nice pics and video out there.

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    Just have to ask....what's the MSS?

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    Sorry, military sleep system. The new ones don't weight 12 pounds and I love the options it provides for Florida weather.

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    Ohhhhh Thanks - It's so hard to remember all of the acronyms that everyone uses. I need a little pocket dictionary. Enjoy!

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    A few trip pics

    I wanted to share a few pics from the over night saturday. It was a tough hike packing 2.5 gallons of water and all my gear. Going in we took a longer route, it was 6.4 miles. On the hike out we took the shorter option of 4.2 miles back to the car.

    This little beauty met us 1/2 mile down the trail




    We arrived at camp right at noon, clouds were rolling in and temps were dropping quickly. Winds were 25 mph from the north with 35 mph gusts.

    My Hennessy








    My view across the scrub





    Around camp







    Thanks for looking

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    nice photos. Looks like a great place.
    <>< Matthew R. <><
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    "Lighten Your Life And Enlighten Your Mind" -M.R.

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    WOWZA! All this time I have been back and forth to Florida and never heard of such an awesome place. Great photos too man!

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