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Haven't checked in for awile so thought I would stop in and say hello, hope all are well.
since I was here last I have taken my grandsons on several overnighters in the Natl forest where we live as well as a couple of 3 day scout trips with another coming up next week. one of my solo trips was along the headwaters of the sopchoppy river, also known as monkey creek, why I don't know. I left the trailhead with a to heavy pack at around 9am and had a pretty uneventful trip as far as wildlife goes, I did see some bear and deer sign but no critters or other people. I was on a well marked trail with some pretty steep climbs by florida standards and kept having to make myself slow down, for some reason I would catch myself walking like I was in a race. I spent the day mainly checking out the plants and trees, they grow in some knarly shapes when they have to fight for sunlight don't they??
I hit the next trail head about an hour and a half before dark and since the next leg started through a gum swamp and I had no idea how long it wouuld take to get to a dry hill I back tracked about an 8th mile to pitch camp. A little room temp tea and two cups of potato soup, jerky and crakers and it was time for bed because I didn't want to build a fire where it was visible from the trail head. pretty dull when compared to most reports but it was a pretty cool trip, not as cool as when with my grandsons but I cant carry gear for three.