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[ft-l] Status - THe Big 360 Hike
- Subject: [ft-l] Status - THe Big 360 Hike
- Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 12:47:23 EDT
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Length of hike - 360 miles
Starting point - Clearwater Lake - Ocala National Forest
Direction - Southbound
Latest Segment hiked - Seminole Ranch to Deseret Ranch
Length of Segment - 15.3 miles
Cumulative miles hiked - 77.8 miles
Miles to go - 282.2 miles
Comments: As the weather becomes more conducive to hiking, I'll take a
moment to share our secret in dealing with the problems of summer hiking:
heat and bugs. First secret: Dairy Queen! After each hike, we head
immediately for the nearest DQ. Sharing a banana split and a cherry Mr.
Misty does wonders for cooling us down after the day's exertions. We've made
it such a ritual that no amount of heat and sweat will deter us from those
sweet cool treats that we've earned at the end of each hiking day!
Second secret: We are fortunate to live in an apartment complex that has a
communal heated spa next to the swimming pool. Immediately upon coming home,
we don our bathing suits and head for the spa. The payback is twofold: not
only is it a tremendous relief for aching muscles, but we have found it near
miraculous in warding off chigger bites. If we submerge ourselves for at
least 15 minutes under the hot water, the little buggers must drown before
they can do their dirty work.
I will let Sandy post the details of our adventures and mishaps this weekend.
Because it is now hunting season, we hiked in our new blaze orange mesh
vests. We hiked through Tosahatchee and roadwalked down Hwy. 520 to the
entrance to Deseret Ranch. Because the Ranch will be closed to hikers on
weekends until January, we will be skipping ahead next week and picking up
this section later.
As far as wildlife sightings are concerned, the highlight was the curious sow
and 5 piglets who greeted us at our car door as we parked under the utility
lines that cross 520. Could this be Arnold Ziffle's family?
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