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[cdt-l] Hello, etc. (First post).

In a message dated 7/25/2002 7:06:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
larcat@larcat.com writes:

> So
> here's what I'm wondering: Is there some way that any
> of you know about that I could put together a few
> months worth of backpacking in the south. 

How about coming to Florida?  Hike the Florida Trail.  Several reasons:

1)  It's our prime season
2)  You'd probably be running into some ECT hikers.  You might learn a few 
things from folks who are on a 4,800 mile hike themselves.
3)  A unique ecology.  Florida gets its share of derision from the long 
distance hiking community, primarily due to its lack of mountains, but when 
immersed in its subtlety and aware of the things that are unique to it of all 
the LD trails, you will have a rewarding two month adventure on an uncrowded 
4)  Being uncrowded, we still have that wonderful trail magic with lots of 
fine folks who love to help hikers with good ol' southern hospitality.
5)  Climate -- the rest of the country is so jealous of our winter 
temperatures!  It is mostly dry then too.
6)  1,200 miles of trails and major alternate routes to give you plenty of 
7)  A couple hundred miles of road walk to get you ready for the CDT!  :)

If you want to learn more, go to www.backcountry.net and subscribe to the 
Florida Trail List.  We will be happy to provide you all the information you 
need to plan a thruhike of the Florida Trail.

Happy trails,

Solar Bear

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