|Sent on:||Thursday, August 22, 2013 2:54 PM|
The high humidity was there. The high temperature was there. And, of course, the sinners were there. The prime ingredients of a Purgatory on Earth (POE) hike. We started on the Florida National Scenic Trail just east of Stage Pond Cemetery on Stage Coach Road in Citrus County. We went north for a mile then headed west on a forest road for two miles. That took us to a small sinkhole on the western side of the Citrus Trail. South on the trail and downhill through the limestone rocks near Lizzie Hart Sink. The beauty of this area always amazes me - different seasons bring different views and different forms of life.
The trail south of Stagecoach Road had water in the canyon. There was a rope swing to go from one side of the canyon to the other but there were no takers. Wisdom and prudence sometimes go together. We stopped to eat our sandwiches at the Taylor Remote Camping area. Then finished off the last 1.5 miles.
Now to the main issue at hand: Did the POE hike decrease the time in purgatory for the hikers? From a visual perspective, a resounding YES. The sinners were sluggish and just slogging along to start the hike. As the weight from their sins diminished during the course of the hike, hikers were moving with elan. Some sooner than others: Which begs the question, "Why were all three females finished before the males completed the route?"
Watermelon and Muscadine grapes were enjoyed after the hike, as well as the easy-going company of our fellow hikers.
And we are Alex, Thom, Mike, Ed, Jeff, Fran, Julie, Mitch, Dee, and Gordy.