Date: 02 Jan 2018 0501PM EST
Location: Camping at Oak Hill Camp
Today's Miles: 13.2
Total Miles: 22.7
Today was a long, wet, difficult day. Seven hours of hiking in swampy, ankle to thigh deep water. Spent most of the day listening to audiobooks and podcasts as I tromped through the swamps of Big Cypress.
Luckily, there was a relatively large group who left a day before me and trampled down a lot of the the trail. Most of the time I can see three to four blazes ahead, but at times it does get tricky.
All this flat land feels wrong to me, even a bit eerie. I know I'm literally walking through a swamp and all, but I don't think it's comforting to anyone who didn't grow up in this part of the world to not have any mountains or hills around.
Even so, I managed to meet my goal with time to spare, arriving at camp about an hour before sunset. I definitely don't want to be out in this swamp during darkness, this is *not* the place to be night hiking.
Mother Nature decided to start raining on me the last and most difficult hour of the day, so camp set up was done in a downpour. Even so, the mosquitos in this area are dreadful and bit st my legs until I dove into my tent for cover. Guess that's to be expected when I'm literally camped on an island in a swamp.
After exiting the swamp late tomorrow it'll be smooth sailing, comparatively speaking. Looking forward to dry land once again