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Re: Trail Assumptions - was - [ft-l] Fwd: The latest on Dan Smith

On my limited hiking on the Fl Trail  -approx 100 miles I've thoroughly enjoyed
it. Yes I have hiked in some water and have seen alligators and a couple of
snakes but none I felt the least bit threatened by. The variety of eco systems
you hike through is astonishing and the oak hammocks are my absolute favorites
with the water birds being next. I agree pictures are the way to spread the word
I live in Fl but have also section hiked the At and while they are very different
one is no more beautiful than the other. When time allows me too I have plans to
hike the rest of the Fl Trail and take many pictures and while the pictures show
the Trail they are no comparison to being there.
                                                            Triathlon Grandma

KarenS62@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 12/30/1999, 9:05:12 AM, ft-l@backcountry.net writes:
> << From my conversations with hikers who have not hiked in
> Florida they tend to view the FT as swamps strung together with road walks.>>
> I know well this assumption. Until a year or so ago, I had barely heard of
> the FT, never mind hiked any of it. Being a New England native, I pictured
> the trail as being all alligator and snake infested swamps. While I have
> hiked barely 25 miles of the trail (in 3 different areas), I have been
> pleasantly surprised with the amazing diversity in plant life.  I think the
> observation that has made the most impact has been the open areas along the
> trail.  I had thought it would be all dark, damp, tropical foresty looking
> trails with huge snakes hanging from the trees (perhaps I have seen too many
> Tarzan movies?)  I am sure it comes as no surprise to any of you that my
> original expectations did not match the trail I hiked.
> I don't think that my uneducated  assumptions were much different than many
> people who aren't directly involved with the FT - even people who live in
> Florida. I have family who lived in Florida who voiced comments such as my
> own when I said I was hiking the Florida Trail.  To spread the word, you need
> to break down the stereotypes. Pictures tell a thousand words so make a point
> of passing around those non-swampy pictures whenever hikers gather!
> (p.s. - I STILL haven't seen an alligator out on the trail - although I saw
> the HUGE splash of one last week - does that count?)
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