From: [address removed] To: [address removed] Subject: [Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking] Report Western Corridor Series, Hike 9 Date: Thu, 16 Jan[masked]:00:16 -0500
January 15, 2014 Chinsegut Nature Center to Tucker Hill, Point to point 10 miles including 3 mile nature hike loop
Consider this a 3, 2, 1 hike, that is the number layers of clothing needed from start to finish. We began the 4 1/2 hour hike at a comfortable 48 degrees and ended at 64 degrees.
This section of the Western Corridor Series started with a 3 mile route around the Chinsegut Nature Center trail which included a stop at the bird blind. Well, we all must have been blind as we did not see any birds. However, there were sandhill cranes blurting their distinguished gurgle in an area nearby.
After the nature trail we headed north for 1/2 mile on U.S 41, then east on Deer Run Road. Living up to its name, we saw about 8 eight deer dash across the road and bound over a farmer's fence: the beauty and elegance of white tail deer in motion. From there through Perry Oldenburg Mitigation Park via country road, power line path, and orange blaze trail to the kiosk on the south east corner of the park. Stopping for lunch we were observed by two friendly horses whose gaze seemed to be conveying "Trick or Treat". Apple slices, not candy, were their prizes.
From there it was east along 15 Barking Dog Lane and into the woods of the Croom Forest connector. All that remained was an easy two miles to the parking lot at Tucker Hill Fire Tower.
It was a fine group of hikers, all very pleasant and competent, ranging from 12 - 66 years of age. By the way, anyone remember what a rhombus is?
And we are Kanina, Danielle, Marie, Julieta, Alex F, Elizabeth, Lisa, Thom, Geoff, Gordy
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