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The dogs are barking.

2005-08-26

Big Pine Key, Big Pine MotelI slept nearly twelve hours last night. I feel much better.

I started off yesterday at around mile marker 8. By mile 16, the dogs were barking (that's hiker lingo for "sore feet"). By mile 26, the dogs were howling. By mile 30, the dogs were whimpering. By the time I hit mile 30.5, I was walking like a fresh cow.

I guess I walked about 23 miles yesterday. I wasn't originally planning on tramping that far, but I wanted to reach this motel. There aren't a lot of motels north of Key West, so you take what you can get.

Because it was cloudy much of the day, I figured it would be okay to take off the hat. Big mistake. My face and neck got burned. Of course, my chest is still white, so when I stand in front of the mirror, I look like I'm wearing a hood.

I got to see some critters. The list includes: Magnificent Frigatebird (smaller than the seven-foot wingspan described, so maybe it was something else), a pair of ibis (long hooking bill), florida scrub lizards, an unidentified green lizard with rings on its tail, a great land crab, and hundreds of needlefish (not sure if that's what they're called) and more rays. I haven't seen any Key Deer, yet, but I'm hopeful. Oh, and the motel room is also occupied by teeny tiny little ants. Lot's of them.

Hello Katrina. It has been pouring here four about 14 hours now. I slept through most of it. My room faces south, where the wind is coming from, so the floor around the door and window is soaked. According to the Weather Channel, the worst is past.

I think I'm going to call this a zero-day and stay here one more night. For one thing, it doesn't appear the rain will stop before checkout. My body sure would love another day for recovery. Mostly, there will be a lot of gawkers driving around after the hurricane blows through, and I'm already tired of looking like a freak.

 
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