Date: 04 Jan 2018 0601PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 52.8
Today's Miles: 17.1
Total Miles: 52.8
Spent most of the morning hiking what I'll just call "Florida Up". I don't know how you did it Florida, but there was an ever-so-slight elevation gain of approximately one foot per mile for six miles.
Made it onto the Seminole Indian Reservation today with little fanfare. The reservation borders the Big Cypress National Preserve, so you pass through a closed gate and enter through the back door of the reservation.
Spent mid day walking closer and closer to the central part of the reservation where most of the homes and businesses are. I hesitated for a second or two but in the end decided to take the half mile side trip to Billie's Swamp Safari for lunch at their cafe.
After drinking about a gallon of sweet tea and eating some fried gator and and Indian Taco, I continued through the reservation, stopping at the reservation museum for a brief visit of the exhibits.
I've have such little information other than what I learned in elementary school about the Native Americans and what they went through. I understand the purpose of the museum, to have a place to both display to outsiders and to help document and remember their heritage, but even from the museum exhibits it was painfully obvious that as soon as those pilgrims landed life would never be the same for the natives.
Continued on post museum and made a snap decision to not stop for the day at my original destination, a campground on the reservation with showers, laundry, and a swimming pool. Instead I continued to a gas station resupply and pushed on further into the afternoon, almost completing an accidental twenty (Florida IS pretty flat, remember that).
Misread where the boundary of the reservation is from my guidebook, so I'm currently camped (illegally?) a few miles from the border between a canal and some fenced off farm land.
Here's hoping to a quiet, uneventful night, and a quick start tomorrow morning.