> What: Hike #13 of Western Corridor Series
> Day/Date/Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2013. 8:00 a.m.
> Hike: Lachoochee Road to Ranch Rd
> Meet:13347 Ranch Rd Dade City, FL 33525
> Course: Approx 10 miles.
> Pace: 20 - 22 minutes per mile. With breaks anticipate 4 1/2 hours plus or minus.
> What to Bring: 2 quarts of water, snack to eat en route, sandwich for when we break, sunscreen, insect repellent.
> Note: Highly recommended is a hiking stick. There are several sections with tough footing due to feral hog diggings - thanks to Hernando de Soto,[masked] A.D.
***Special Note: Devil's Creek has to be crossed on stones and branches, not all are stable. Briefly lost my balance when the tip of the hiking stick that was my third point of balance slipped off a slimy stone. Creek is about 10 feet wide. Found a tree about 30 yds away that fell across the creek. It is easier to cross there. Although the tree is circular, you get both feet side by side for walking. If balance is still an issue you can crawl across or scoot backwards on your butt on the tree. Or wade into the creek. It is about 3 feet deep, the bottom may be mucky.
Welcome to the Green Swamp. It is relevant to Florida for its ecological and hydrological gifts. Its surface stores water. This storing slows the Withlacoochee during the flooding season and thus the river can continue its flowing action throughout the months. The talk of the area in mid1970s was a sailor from Taiwan, known as “Wildman.” He spent six months hiding from the law in the forested swamp. He lived in a hollowed cypress tree and ate armadillo meat until he was captured. More of this later in case you had any plans to replicate his behavior, although I don't think the neighbors would appreciate that again.