I’d be lying if I said that the Florida Trail was the next trail I wanted to hike, or a trail I’d like to hike at all for that matter. If there’s one thing that hiking the Appalachian Trail has taught me about myself is that I really, really hate having wet feet, and hiking Florida would mean many days of it. Some of my favorite terrain to hike through involves rock scrambles and climbs, preferably ending in good scenery. I like my rewards. The Florida Trail offers neither of these, and instead I’ll be traveling along an incredibly flat trail with little change in scenery by what I can gather. Oh, and no rock scrambles.
So you might be wondering, why the hell am I hiking the Florida Trail if I feel so negatively towards it? Well my friends, it’s actually a matter of convenience, and my husband has been wanting to hike it for a while now, so I decided to just jump onboard. We were planning a trip to visit my in-laws down in Tampa, but our eagerness to get back to hiking on the daily as soon as possible got us to asking each other the “What ifs?” In no time, we were switching our flight from Tampa to Pensacola, and there you have it!
I know I might be upsetting some people by having such low expectations, but sometimes that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s a good possibility I might be pleasantly surprised by the Florida Trail. And if not, I’ll make the best of it anyway. Regardless, I love hiking, I miss the lifestyle, and I can’t wait to feel back at home again, wherever we pitch it!