Date: 10 Feb 2018 09:08PM EST
Location: Camping near mile 760.8
Today's Miles: 29.8
Total Miles: 760.8
Solid day today.
Set an alarm for an hour before sunrise, definitely see the appeal. By the time you're packed up the sun is just coming up and you can kick off down the trail.
Walked through the Aucilla Conservation Area all morning, a beautiful but ill maintained piece of land. Mostly walked along the Aucilla River, a chocolate brown, slow moving molasses with swamps on either side feeding into it.
Popped out a few miles from the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, a road walk connecting the two. Stopped in at JR's convenience store and gobbled down a few microwaveable hamburgers and breakfast sandwiches. Washed it down with a cherry coke, did a small amount of resupply shopping, charged my electronics, picked up a gear replacement package, and off I went.
Have to carry my defective air mattress to the next town since there was no way for me to ship it out from the connivence store. NBD really, I'm not carrying much food since the next store is only one day of hiking away.
Hiked the rest of the day on the NWR. Typical scenery until late into the evening where after the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico, the blue hour was just spectacular. Nothing but wide open plains, salt flats, ocean, tall grasses, and the occasional palm.
Couple of more miles tomorrow on the refuge, then St. Marks. Probably going to spend the night there, once I figure out how I'm going to cross the quick moving tidal river without a hiker bridge over it. Guidebook says to hail down a passing boat - good thing it's a weekend.