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[ft-l] Joan "Igloo" Hobson - Section 5

Florida Trail Journal - Section 5
Avon Park Range

Beginning: Water Control Station 565-B

End: SR 60

Total Mileage: 30.8 Miles

Conditions: Open scrub, palmettos. Can be swampy or hot and dry. Permission
must be secured before attempting to cross Air Force Base. Must cross with
at least two people. Carry ID. Air Force will not allow passage during
active maneuvers.


Tuesday February 1, 2000

Surprise! My tent is dry. Cloudy still but not much moisture. Off at 7:30AM.
Bridges and brandwalks "Patty Paths" (as in cow droppings), scared up deer,
hogs and turkeys on the way to the next campsite. Rain threatening all day.
Some cold wind. Found both campsites with tables and benches. What an
improvement. Arrived after passing a beautiful alligator at the . About 8
foot long, black, shinny and trying to get some sunlight. Didn't move, so we
got a good picture. Best view of a gator so far. Passed a small grey fox
that someone had shot. Small fire this evening and then to bed and rain. The
Avon Park Bombing Ranges have been putting on a little show all evening.
Laser bombing I believe.

Posted by Jeff Walters on Friday, February 11, 2000.


Wednesday February 2, 2000

Cool and overcast. I got up at 4:30AM. Couldn't sleep any longer. Got off in
sprinkles at 7AM. Hope to reach Oasis. Lots of very large old oak trees down
in the first mile or so. Looks like a disaster area. The day seems to be
going quickly. Kicco has tables, fire rings and a Porta-Potti. Today we
scared up hogs and little pigs several times. Tried some oranges which were
sour, but refreshing. Finally reached River Ranch and a cold drink. Only 4
miles. There are oranges on the dike, these are good. Surprise, Bruce has
come to visit! Bought some supplies and clean cloths. Pleasant quiet evening
in a small cabin.

Posted by Jeff Walters on Friday, February 11, 2000.

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