Date: 20 Feb 2018 07:43PM CST
Location: Camping near mile 993.8
Today's Miles: 20.4
Total Miles: 993.8
Slept in this morning, no alarm and woke up with the sun. Packed up and walked the few miles to the border of Elgin Air Force base.
Great hiking overall. Terrain is very reminiscent of the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail, if only a bit more moderate in the relief department.
Got caught in a controlled burn in the afternoon. The base provides daily updates for closures, but this particular closure wasn't on the last issuance. Fire got pretty close and was surrounding me, so the only choice I had was to hike on and figure it out.
Turned out alright, but could have been very bad. If the winds would have shifted in my direction and the fire turned, I'm not sure what I would have done. Definitely an experience I don't want to relive.
Hit the highest point in the Florida today, a whopping 271 feet. I keep imagining myself back out west at 10,000 feet and the contrast is incredible.
Met up with some local trail angels who are out for an overnight trip. They happened to be camping near where my day ended, so we hung out around camp and chatted for a while. They live a town over and the trail walks near their house, so they offered me up a room for the night when I'm passing through.
One hundred miles to go.