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    Princess Place Preserve NE-Florida 11-11-12

    Princess Place Preserve

    I had an opportunity to go on a short hike with my Brother-in-law yesterday at a great little place near St. Augustine, Florida yesterday. I was super excited as I just got a new to me Osprey Aether 85 from HF member body942, and had not been able to test it out yet.

    We started out after lunch with my father and didn't get there til almost 2:30. The weather was perfect, if not a touch warm. The preserve is 1,500 acres of beautiful land. Mix of marshes and hard woods and of course, plenty of palmetto scrubs.

    We saw plenty of wildlife. Deer, Armadillo, Great Blue Heron and what I could have sworn was an Osprey.

    The trails are very well marked and pretty wide in most spots. There were a few sections that were muddy, but easily walked around. We must have done something right yesterday. Just as we finished our exploring and got in the truck, it started raining. It was like we had planned it!

    This is a great place for family gatherings, picnics, group camping (not positive on the hammock rules or abundance of trees in the group area) or just to get in the outdoors.

    As a side: Thank you to all those that write trip reports. I never realized how difficult they are to make and sound interesting and the work in transfering pictures. Keep it up!!!

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    Princess's house


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    Deer........I promise


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    Me big. Me like hammockgear burrow. Long. Problems no. People good.

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    Beautiful area. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for the report. Good to see you up and out. How's the back?
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Senior Member TFC Rick's Avatar
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    Thanks Old Dog! I'm not quite 100%, but I'm way better than I was. It was nice to get out for an unplanned walk in the woods. I was bummed I couldn't fix the schedule to hook up with you guys this weekend.

    I hope to be able to do one outing before the baby gets here, then it looks like next year for me.
    Look up before you hook up!!
    Originally Posted by body942
    Me big. Me like hammockgear burrow. Long. Problems no. People good.

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    Awesome pics man -

    Quote Originally Posted by TFC Rick View Post
    I hope to be able to do one outing before the baby gets here
    we're working on it
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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    Glad to hear your back is doing better, TFC Rick. Good photos; I particularly like the suspended widowmaker. What was it hanging from?

    Looks like that pack fits just right. If that's really an 85L pack, well, I understand now why it's so hard for you to find packs that fit right. Man...

    Hope to see you out at one of the hangs!
    "Just prepare what you can and enjoy the rest."
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    Senior Member TFC Rick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    Glad to hear your back is doing better, TFC Rick. Good photos; I particularly like the suspended widowmaker. What was it hanging from?

    Looks like that pack fits just right. If that's really an 85L pack, well, I understand now why it's so hard for you to find packs that fit right. Man...

    Hope to see you out at one of the hangs!
    Thanks man! I'm on the mend, now if I can just get life to cooperate I can get out in the woods with you guys. Lol I am just over petite in size so sometimes it is harder to find stuff that fits/works for me.
    Look up before you hook up!!
    Originally Posted by body942
    Me big. Me like hammockgear burrow. Long. Problems no. People good.

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    Hey Rick! Glad to hear you are starting to get out and about! You make that 85 look like a day pack! Ha Ha! Nice looking place to take a walk in! Hopefully ya'll can get out again before your new arrival!

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    Nice pictures, thanks for posting!
    Something hidden. Go and find it. Go, and look behind the Ranges. Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you . . . Go! - Rudyard Kipling

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    Senior Member TFC Rick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by richtorfla View Post
    Hey Rick! Glad to hear you are starting to get out and about! You make that 85 look like a day pack! Ha Ha! Nice looking place to take a walk in! Hopefully ya'll can get out again before your new arrival!
    Thanks Rick! LOL I thought that pack was huge until I saw the picture with me in it.

    The missus is done with the woods til post baby, but I'm hoping to get out at least once more.
    Look up before you hook up!!
    Originally Posted by body942
    Me big. Me like hammockgear burrow. Long. Problems no. People good.

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