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[ft-l] FT trip report(s)
Over the last two weekends we hiked the Olustee section and the section at
Ocean Pond and the mosquitos were the worst that I have ever seen outside of
the everglades (or maybe northern Wisconsin). The trails were in great shape
with fresh blazes but the bugs were shall we say...persistant even when we
were doused with 100% DEET. They were so bad that the droning noise woke us
up at dawn, I counted 35 on the screened area of the door when I gave up and
there was a heavy cloud flying around above them.
Still a great time was had by all but be prepared for them.
> If the water was as high on Econfina Creek as you describe
> then the waterfall was probably under water. IIRC, it was
> about 20 feet up on the bank, dropping into the creek. And
> that was when the water level was low during the drought.
> Sandy probably wouldn't have been able to see it anyway.
> The extreme western Apalachicola is normally wet. The trail
> runs through the swampy areas to avoid timber land that is
> frequently cut. I tromped through a lot of ankle-deep areas
> and a few knee-deep spots last year. I can imagine what it
> was like for you with all the rain this year. I'm glad the
> pitcher plants weren't drowned so you could see them - they
> are plentiful and beautiful in there. I guess that's one
> good thing you can say about marsh walking. It's really a
> shame that even within the National Forest we can't have a
> dry hiking trail through nice terrain with a semi-protected
> corridor for our trail.
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