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the wife and me took our two grandsons on a short hike along a black water river on the florida trail today,( the head waters of the sopchoppy ) this was there second outing this year and the second ever for the younger of the two who is 3. i have no idea how far we walked, the river is crooked as a bears gut but we walked for a little over two hours and they wouldnt have made it much longer, they both fell asleep on the short ride home. my original plan was to take a trail along the river just across the road from home but with the heavy rains we had last night i was afraid it would be flooded so we opted to go to the south east a few miles to stay on bluffs and dry. we didnt see any critters except a lizard, a couple of birds one yellow fly which i could have lived without and more ticks than i could count. we did see a small pile of bear scat on the way in and the evidence of a bear climbing a cypress on the edge of a dry wet weather pond but no bear i am happy to say. thats just one of the many good things about hiking with kids, their noisy so everything and everybody knows they are coming. they had a really good time and liked carrying there own packs, food and water and fleece and we got a real kick out of seeing how much they liked it so it was a great day for all. the wild azalea's are blooming all along the river and jasmine as well so there was a little spring color to enjoy along the way and both the boys love flowers.
well thats the trip report from podunk florida and with any luck we'll make a report in paddlin in the next week or two.