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    A good time was had by all! It was great to see old friends, and get out in the woods again. Here's a few pics...better than none! (Note MightyMouse proudly displaying her first tarp pitch...I don't have to pitch it for her anymore!!!)
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    Great report, 'Rider! Good pix, too, Duffy! That shelter is quite the architectural marvel! Sounds like a great one-nighter! Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for the pictures Duffy! Now I know what the "Hilton" looks like

    Love the cypress too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffy View Post
    A good time was had by all! It was great to see old friends, and get out in the woods again. Here's a few pics...better than none! (Note MightyMouse proudly displaying her first tarp pitch...I don't have to pitch it for her anymore!!!)
    Gorgeous photos, there, Duffy! You went out by way of the huge cypress tree, I guess? Or was that on the way in?

    (Note for everyone who hasn't been: Rice Creek has the 7th [I guess 6th now, since The Senator burned down] largest cypress tree in FL.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    Great report, 'Rider! Good pix, too, Duffy! That shelter is quite the architectural marvel! Sounds like a great one-nighter! Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks, Pipsissewa! It was a great time, and just what I needed to get away from the daily grind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Thanks for the pictures Duffy! Now I know what the "Hilton" looks like

    Love the cypress too!
    That shelter's real nice inside, MAD777. Photos don't really do it justice. And the FT runs right through the conservation area, just before it begins its westbound jog to go up to Gold Head Branch State Park. It's a gorgeous area, but I'd stick to your usual hiking patterns: before it gets cold, the skeeters are something fierce out there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    ...Note for everyone who hasn't been: Rice Creek has the 7th [I guess 6th now, since The Senator burned down] largest cypress tree in FL. ...
    I gather that is the tree in Duffy's last picture, right? When I saw it, I said, "Dang! That's a big tree!" It would take an awfully long strap to hang from that one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Thanks for the pictures Duffy! Now I know what the "Hilton" looks like

    Love the cypress too!
    That cypress was huge!! It is supposed to be "average" size for it's species....not too many big ones left I guess: it's the 8th(7th..6th..?) largest in the state. Saw some old stumps out there that were bigger.
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    Excellent write-up. No pix but your written descriptions made plenty in my head--really enjoyed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    I gather that is the tree in Duffy's last picture, right? When I saw it, I said, "Dang! That's a big tree!" It would take an awfully long strap to hang from that one!
    Quote Originally Posted by Duffy View Post
    That cypress was huge!! It is supposed to be "average" size for it's species....not too many big ones left I guess: it's the 8th(7th..6th..?) largest in the state. Saw some old stumps out there that were bigger.
    Ayup. The problem with draining the swamps to make condos is that the swamps aren't there anymore...


    Quote Originally Posted by KefWalker View Post
    Excellent write-up. No pix but your written descriptions made plenty in my head--really enjoyed it.
    Thanks!

    There are pics, though; just scroll down to post #11. MightyMouse and Duffy took pictures since they're less easily distracted than I am. And what great photos they are!
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    You must have majored in Literature. Your write ups are always like reading a book. Sounds like you had a nice trip there. Loved the cypress!
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