Hike Planning

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Well, this has definitely been an active summer when it comes to hiking & camping. We were supposed to go to Juniper Springs this coming weekend but some other things have come up so we’ll have to do that later. I’m in the planning stages for a church outing to Gold Head. Really had a good time there and I think it’ll be a good time for the group.

The “big” hike is coming up the following week. We head to Gold Head 9/19 and then I’m off to a 3-day hike through the Ocala National Forest on the 26th. I’m really looking forward to the 3-day. It’ll be the first time on a multi-day outing in the backcountry since I got out of the Scouts. I’ve got a lot of new gear I’ve been trying out, and a lot of new weight/age that I have to carry. Should be, um, interesting. 🙂

Well, not to sit too idle I’m also planning another 3-day with a co-worker. This one will be towards the end of October and we’ll be hiking about 25 mi of the Osceola National Forest.

I have to say that I’m pretty disappointed in the maps I’ve bought for the Florida Trail. They’re good for a high-level view but they’re not always real clear and the data book is very important. However, I just spoke with their trail coordinator and come Sept 15 when the maps are updated I’m going to buy the map CD. It’s actually based on ArcInfo GIS mapping data with overlays and that sort of stuff. Should provide a much better view of the trails. And for $60 I bet it’ll be well worth it.

So that’s what’s going on. Hopefully I’ll have some more planning info up before too long.

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