Quick pre Hurricane Matthew hike.

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  1. mmbackpacker

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    My third semester of graduate school wrapped up, I decided to treat myself to a quick solo hike. With a major hurricane bearing down on the Atlantic side of the state, I expected to have some rain and some wind in the next few days; additionally, my little family is packing up for a week long break back to my native Idaho, so this would likely be my last chance for a while. It has been a particularly wet rainy season, so I figured my chances of running across a gator was pretty small. Unfortunately, the hike was shorter than anticipated as well. The area is a very old cypress logging area nature preserve swamp. There is a 13 mile loop, for the most part on old elevated trails leftover from the railroad that was used to transport the lumber. The first half mile is gravel, followed by a 0.4 mile boardwalk, and the trail is currently closed beyond that for wildlife restoration. At any rate, I did take a handful of pictures and enjoyed being outside without my nose in a book, so I thought I'd share.

    Saw some Osceola hens on the drive in. Always fun to see. Sorry for the picture through the windshield, it was drizzling just a bit.
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    The welcome sign. There are cougars, bears, gators and cottonmouths.
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    Saw some evidence of local predators- racoons for lack of a more likely suspect.
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    Thick. Wet.
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    Not an ESEE.
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    Since I am such a fun guy I thought I should take a few pictures of the local fungi.
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    Last patch of blue sky for a couple days.
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    The walk out.
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    Nice pics. Looks like an interesting area.
     
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    Thanks for sharing! The black font is a little hard to read though...
     
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    Awesome trip! My favorite time to backpack is in the fall rain, it tends to keep the animals more active around here
     
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    Thanks, I changed it.
     
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    Always good to be outside, that looks like a great area when it's open. Those coastal wetland boardwalks are usually cool places to explore
     

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