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Good day for critters

2005-09-14

Mile 150 (or so), just North of the Indian Prairie Canal (27.074 N, 80.959 W)This morning, while breaking camp, a curious fox watched me from a short distance before disappearing silently into the brush.

Soon after I hit the trail (more levy walking...ugh) an otter executed a clumsy crossing of the levy just ahead of me. A bit later, I met three wild pigs as they Ambled in the opposite direction as me down at the edge of where the levy grass is cut.

While taking my afternoon break, I discovered large plecosomous (algae eaters that you find in most freshwater fish tanks) in the canal. After the break I pushed a pair of cranes (not to be confused with egrets, herons or storks) off the right away. This displeased them and they berated me with something that sounded like a monotone turkey call.

Just before making camp I found a big turtle on the trail. I told him he had better get back in the water as I had just passed up the levy mowers. I also scared up some sort of small partridge.

It seems that as I've read other accounts of this journey, I've come across few mentions of critters. Perhaps this is because most people choose to undertake this hike in the winter. I for one AM glad I decided to tackle it at the end of summer.

I also passed the "Hiker's Graveyard." The most notable feature of this structure is that it's built from granite, not limestone.

Other than the critters, the trail was, as predicted, kind of boring. Unfortunately, I have at least another two or three days of levy and road walking ahead of me.

Tomorrow: Stock up on food before heading up what's left of the Kissimmee River after all of Florida's major teraforming projects. After I send off this email tomorrow, it is likely that I won't be able to send another for three days or so.

Morning-after follow-up: Just over the levy from my camp were two deer. Walking along, I also sighted several flocks of turkeys, more cranes, a bald eagle, a bobcat (or short-tailed equivalent) and an opossum. Across the canal are many cows (really big cows) and a few horses.


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