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. The welcome sign. There are cougars, bears, gators and cottonmouths. Saw some evidence of local predators- racoons for lack of a more likely suspect. Thick. Wet. Not an ESEE. Since I am such a fun guy I thought I should take a few pictures of the local fungi. Last patch of blue sky for a couple days. The walk out.