Date: 13 Jan 2018 07:44PM EST
Location: Camping at Kissimmee Campgrounds
Today's Miles: 20.6
Total Miles: 210.8
Woke up early to the sound of airboats. Starting to really dislike those incredibly loud and obnoxious machines. At least the swamp buggies are relatively quiet.
Packed up and moved out before 0800. Feet wet less than twenty minutes later, and remained so throughout the day. A few swampy sections, a few unavoidable boggy areas, feet are tough enough at this point that it wasn't too big of a deal.
Spent most of the day walking through the Kissimmee state-owned prairie lands. Very beautiful, although still not familiar to me. This particular prairie was a swampy mess with very little tall vegetation, mostly ground dwelling plants and shrubbery. Every so often there'd be a tree or two off in the distance growing tall, but otherwise it was a variety of oranges and yellows and dull greenish brown as far as the eye could see.
More dirt roads, more sand than dirt at this point. Sand's no fun to walk in, but it's absolutely better than asphalt.
Overcast skies meant I didn't have to wear my sun hat or put on any lotion today. Temperatures dropped as well, a welcome reprieve after the last few days of blistering heat.
Tenting at the state park campground tonight. Rolled in and set up my tent in the overflow tenting area, and headed straight to the shower house.
After a nice hot shower where I did a little trail laundry as well, I charged my electronics and sat at a set of plastic furniture like a real boy and ate through my food bag a bit. Last night's dinner was a sleeve of GOYA sweet crackers and eight cold hotdogs I carried out, tonight was a tortilla and tuna fish, some ramen, and a sleeve of slightly less sweet crackers.
Supposed to drop down into the low forties tonight. Looking forward to wrapping up in my quilt and snuggling in for the night.
Hit two hundred miles today. Starting to pick up a bit of steam.
It's difficult being out here sometimes. What little clarity I get is overwhelmed by my desires to be back home with my family, but unfortunately the clarity and positive effects are lost quickly when I return to society and the real world.
Being on trail is one of the only things we've found to keep me alive, so I will continue to hike.