This hike was a balloon trail that included the Myrtle Point Trail, Blues Head, and the Florida Trail. I started off today’s hike at the youth camp. It’s a pretty nice primitive camping and picnic area. There are a couple of other trails that branch off from here, so I’ll be back. The road to get here is well maintained gravel, and it’s not too far off the main dirt road (which is also very well maintained).
A short walk from the camp took me to the trail head. Most of this trail is an old forest road that has been converted into a combination horse / hiking trail. The red blazes along the way are up specifically for equestrians.
The flowers are blooming nicely in this area, and they smell wonderful. Between the flowers and the palm trees, it was a great day to just enjoy the odors. I really do need to learn a little bit more about recognizing plants by name… for these photos, I just called ’em like I saw ’em.
I did try to do a little geocaching today, but I couldn’t find the one (Pine and Palmetto) that I was looking for. After I got home, I looked at the geocaching website and realized I was looking down, when I should have been looking up. Oh well, maybe another day.
Lunch time hit at about the time that passed through the grasslands and arrived at the Myrtle Point / Blues Head trail junction. I did get a nice picture of the clouds over Big Blue Cypress Mound after I was done eating. From there is was back into the woods.
In this part of the woods, I saw a plant that I don’t think I’ve seen before. It looked like grass growing on palm trees. Long and straight – almost like green hair.
I almost missed the junction to the Florida Trail, but it was pretty obvious from the “guide trip” that I was using. I quickly turned around and got back on the orange blazed trails. This part of the Florida Trail is blazed exceptionally well. It is also reasonably well traveled, so it is also very easy to follow. I could pretty much always see the next blaze from the each one I approached.
It looks like I’ll be doing some shorter hikes until the cooler season gets here. I read on Tom Choma’s Wikiloc blog that this loop floods if the river is high. Since tomorrow looks like it is supposed to kick off a rainy week, I wanted to get this hike in before the wet weather. It’s easy to see how low the water levels are right now – dry areas that should be swampy, cypress knees growing in other dry areas are just a couple of indications that we need some rain.
For more pictures, and a link to the map that you can download, visit my website.