The Florida Trail: Chapter 3

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Around midnight, we heard some strange noises nearby. If you were to exhale heavily from your nose and amplified that sound times 10, that’s kinda what it sounded like. Our best guess was boar, but we’ll never know for sure. Nothing became of it so we slept fine the rest of the night.

My sleep mat didn’t deflate so quickly this time which was a relief, but I had a toenail that required removal which I was thrilled to do first thing in the morning. Damn my dainty feet! I’ve lost toenails before, but I have a feeling this one won’t be growing back. I’d scroll past the following picture if you’re easily queasy.

At least I still have 9 left!

After a short walk through the woods, we had a long, long road walk along Route 87 since the trail was closed off in the section ahead. We had to go around this section of the Air Force Base or risk a hefty fine.

*scratches head*

We crossed the Yellow River and through a lot of road construction, but eventually made it to the Tom Thumb to resupply.

Frisbee found a frisbee!

Frustration followed when we tried to figure out future trail closures. The Eglin website doesn’t make it easy and we had limited data (1 GB per phone) to figure it all out.

After spending way too much time at the Tom Thumb, we were ready to hike on. I’m getting sick and tired of all this road walking, but in the same breathe, I’m in no rush to walk through the swamps until my toe heals up.

Eventually we left the residential streets for the woods and stopped at Wild Azalea campsite for the night.

18.9 miles (30.4 km)

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