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    Something Different - Florida Trail

    I intended to hike the FT along Western portion of the Suwanne River this week. It has been so cold I decided at the last minute to head to South FL to log some miles along the Lake Okeechobee Trail.



    The trail circumnavigates the entire lake for 109 linear miles. When hiking the FT you can choose which side of the lake to hike. Either choice is approx the same miles (~58) so there is no distance advantage in either choice. The East route has more towns so I chose the East side.



    The entire hike around the lake looks pretty much like this.





    There is a great FREE semi primitive camp area just off the trail on Dupree Water managment land. The camping area has no potable water but very nice (clean) compost toilets. There is also an equestrian camp area that does have potable water and HOT showers (also for FREE)! I will go back here.







    As a side note - I did make it to Suwannee for a day hike with my wife, son and one of his buddies.

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    We came across a small cave along the trail. It had cool air rushing from it so I suspect it went some distance to another opening somewhere. Here, my kid is demonstrating the EXTREME sport of bear-noodling:

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    That is different. Looks like a nice place to hike & hang.
    How many nights did you spend out? And what were the temperatures like?
    Another HF member, T-BACK ( http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/member.php?u=71 ) hiked the FT a few years back. He ended up w/ some real health issues, tick related I believe.
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    I am jumping on the Florida Trail for the first time this coming January. I am starting on January 24th at big tree park, just south of Route 4. Hiking north to White Springs. Highly anticipating swinging in my newly acquired WBBB. (Hennessey Convert).

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    How many nights did you spend out? And what were the temperatures like?
    In S. FL I camped on Tues and Wed Nights. The temp got down to 27° on Tues. and 36° pn Wed night.

    It was very managable because I was camping from the car. Weight was not an issue so I used 2 sleeping bags and a full size pillow. The pillow makes a huge difference because it offers very good insulation under your head and neck where my my pad and 3/4 UQ do not.

    In Suwannee we stayed in a cabin and it had warmed considerably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesewhiz View Post
    I am jumping on the Florida Trail for the first time this coming January. I am starting on January 24th at big tree park, just south of Route 4. Hiking north to White Springs. Highly anticipating swinging in my newly acquired WBBB. (Hennessey Convert).
    I have not hiked any of that part of the trail yet. I'll be interested in your impressions. Thanks!

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    Very good report...great pics! I used to live right next to the FT but didn't even know it b/c I wasn't into hiking at that time. Looks like I missed out!

    Thanks for posting.
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    I would love to do that trail. I wonder how far it is from me. Googling now.

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    The trail looks flat . . . but the hang spot is a beauty
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    Looks like a good time hiking and hanging Damifino. That path-trail around the lake looks like a bicycle path.
    Also looks like you have your hammock and tarp all rigged and comfy. Very nice. I know you slept well with it...
    Thanks for sharing the photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damifino View Post
    In S. FL I camped on Tues and Wed Nights. The temp got down to 27° on Tues. and 36° pn Wed night.

    It was very managable because I was camping from the car. Weight was not an issue so I used 2 sleeping bags and a full size pillow. The pillow makes a huge difference because it offers very good insulation under your head and neck where my my pad and 3/4 UQ do not.

    In Suwannee we stayed in a cabin and it had warmed considerably.
    Whoooh... I figured that it got pretty cool at night there this time of year, but I sure wasn't expecting you to report those temperatures
    That extra cushion & insulation sure can be nice
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