Date: 30 Jan 2018 08:55PM EST
Location: Camping at Sand Hill Campsite, Gold Branch State Park
Today's Miles: 25.2
Total Miles: 519.4
Nice and easy start today. Didn't sleep in or anything, but I definitely took my time packing up all of my previously wet, now dry gear.
Another day of wet feet. A mere minutes from leaving the shelter, nothing but water. Probably be another few days until the trail isn't waterlogged.
Bit of road walking today. There was a pretty nice section between road walks that traversed across some private timber land and into the back door of a state park which was pretty nice.
Environs are becoming more familiar now. So much of it is still "Florida", but unlike south Florida there are a lot more pines, oaks, and other trees and bushes populating the woods now. Still have the brown tannin stained waters and meandering lazy switchbacking creeks, but overall it's more comfortable.
Hit an unseen road walk late in the day which provided no viable camping spots. Barbed fences, trailer parks, loose pit bulls following me out of yards, and no trespassing signs littered the walk for miles upon miles.
Ended up pushing into the night to a state park a bit further than I expected to get. Met a ranger as he was locking the gate for the evening, said it's fine to enter and camp, and to visit the ranger station on my way out in the morning to pay.
None of the campsites are taken, but I setup my stuff in a little alcove of the bathhouse by some electrical outlets, hobo style. Took an extraordinarily long and hot shower and am tucked in for the night.
Since it's going to be around freezing tonight and there'll be no bugs to speak of, figured it'd be easier than the tent. Lying in the bag, eating some Pringles under a crystal clear night sky with a super moon making shadows of the trees around me.
Guess you can cowboy camp in Florida.