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Report on Sunday Morning 7 Mile Hike

From: gordyhawkins
Sent on: Monday, October 21, 2013 11:35 AM

Sunday Morning 7 mile hike, Withlacoochee State Forest, Citrus Tract.

What a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday morning.  Using hiking trail, forest roads, abandoned roads, horse trails, and hunters' trails, the eight of us navigated the top half of B-Loop.

On the first segment of trail a controlled burn had recently taken place.  So recently burned there were no living palmetto thickets, no new undergrowth, and no turkey oak scrub. What was there?  A thick cushioned carpet of brown pine needles in a forest of partially burned pine trees   There were the beautiful contrasting colors of the grand continuum of degrees of brown and black.

We hiked through and next to chest high fennel, stepped over numerous fresh mounds of sand courtesy of the pocket gophers and observed the man-made tree holes created to foster the reemergence of the red-cockaded woodpecker.

It was an easy-going hike on a Sunday morning with a pleasant and easy-going group of folks.

And we are Alex, Marc, Helen, Hector, Jenny, Julie, Tex, Gordy

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