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08/20  Let's hike Florida!
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08/24  Goodbye, Key West
08/25  Live and learn
08/26  Wade to breakfast
08/26  The dogs are barking.
08/27  Ba-HE-ah
08/28  Stealth Camping II
08/29  Who let the hogs out?
08/30  Walk a hundred miles in my shoes
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09/06  Wisdom or Cowardice?
09/07  The smell that protects
09/08  The Florida Trail!
09/10  Radio Resurrection
09/10  To the Horizon and Beyond!
09/11  Day on the Dikes
09/12  Hat Number Three
09/13  Just another day.
09/14  The Everglades
09/14  Good day for critters
09/15  Camping With Cows
09/16  The sounds of airboats in the night.
09/17  The grass really IS greener on the other side.
09/18  Some Math
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Radio Resurrection

2005-09-10

Billie Swamp Safari (Seminole Indian Reservation)I did something stupid a couple days ago. (Okay, more stupid than usual.) While wading out into a canal to get some water, I forgot about the radio in my pocket. It drowned.

The radio provides AM, FM, TV and NOAA weather band. Of course, weather band rarely works, but I can pick up TV stations from Miami, and that helps me keep track of any approaching storms.

The sun heats the top compartment of my pack to a stupid-high degree (higher than 120, the limit of my thermometer). I placed the radio in there and let it broil. I didn't expect much and figured I'd need to buy a new one in Clewiston. Well, last night it was working again.

I finished a pleasant hike through Big Cypress, yesterday, ending on the Seminole Indian Reservation. Trail hiking is infinitely better than road walking. I finished up the afternoon and night lounging at Billie Swamp Safari, a little tourist trap with overnight accommodations in the form of Chickees (sort-of cabin with thatched roof). The restaurant here, the Swamp Water Cafe, serves up some great food. My waiter this morning commented that I'm the first person he's ever seen clean the pancake plate. Walking twenty miles a day gives you more of an appetite.

There are swamp tours and shows here, but I only took time to walk around and look at the critters they have on display. Many aren't local, but it's still interesting.

Today: Finish walking through the reservation. Hopefully I can find myself another hat, otherwise 40 miles of dike walking under the Florida Sun is going to be unpleasant. Tonight should find me camping on Levy 3.

Note: I may not be able to send updates for a couple days, again.




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