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Cachin' by the St. Johns River (Updated)


On a nice, cool January day, friend R.D. and I decided to waste some time hiking and geocaching. A week later, I did it again, this time with another Bob. These areas, run by the St. Johns Water Management District, have some varied scenery and they're great places to hike. Additional pictures added on 1-25.

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Little Big Econ - December 2006


Neighbor Don just got a Magellan hand-held GPS unit, so we conducted a training mission in the Little Big Econ State Forest, which is laden with geocaches. Don was accompanied by two veterans of the forest, Jenny and me, so he was bound to get into trouble.

16 files, last one added on Dec 18, 2006
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Wekiwa Springs State Park - December 2006


On a beautiful day in December, I grabbed friends Don and Jenny for a little 10.5 mile walk in the park. I acquainted them both with areas of the park they had not seen heretofore. The feature of the tour was the white trail, which passes close by three sinkholes on the western side of the park.

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Withlacoochee State Forest - December 2006


A great, cool, December Central Florida morning for a hike along the Withlacoochee River in the Withlacoochee State Forest, already! Jennie, Don, Bob and I were doing our best imitation of the Fakawi Indian tribe as we located 32 geocaches along the trail in a hike of somewhat more than 9 miles.

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Seminole State Forest - November 2006


A little exercise hike (which turned out to be 12.2 miles) in Seminole State Forest with human friends Jenny, Don, and R.D, as well as canine friend Cosmo. We headed out for the Kerberos geocache, found it and then proceeded to complete the Lower Wekiva Loop, with assorted aches and pains. We added a side-trip to Blackwater Creek for lunch and R&R. A fine time was had by all.

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A Yellow Jessamine Blooms Prettily80 views
Poison Ivy (toxicodendron radicans)64 viewsPoison ivy is one of the few deciduous plants in Florida whose leaves turn interesting colors in the fall. Poison ivy can be found in shades of red, yellow, orange, and, of course, green.
Initiation of Day Two Hike90 viewsSo, we finished the Day One hike, which was about 6.5 miles, then went to the game, then stopped by Hooters for beer and wings, as dictated by tradition. That was Day One. Day Two started with a hike in the Little/Big Econ State Forest, thus named because it encompasses the forested banks of the Little and Big Econolockhatchee Rivers. This was the scene of a very famous "water hike" with David, his wife Catherine, and me in January 2003. At that time, the Econ basin had flooded and most of the trail was under water ranging from mid-calf to waist deep.
Cosmo Hangs Out by the Old, Wrecked Corral60 viewsTwo hurricanes in 2004 did a number on the old corral.
The Third Sinkhole43 viewsAnother 0.7 miles southeast on the white trail, you'll find this old sinkhole, which has filled in with palmettoes and a few trees. It is at N28 43.465 W81 29.551.
A view of the lake53 views
Bat House40 viewsWe like bats because they eat tons of night flying bugs. These flying rodents deserve a medal for their service to humankind. Yay, bats!

Click on the picture to get the large version. You'll see that a bat icon is emblazoned on the box. That's to tell the bats that it's for them.
Pine Straw over Sugar Sand53 viewsThat was the terrain of most of the day.

Last additions - Hiking and Geocaching Photos
Jenny Holds Don by the Feet Whilst He Searches136 viewsJenny is very strong and she easily one-handed Don like a pet monkey.Dec 18, 2006
Don Gets High135 viewsI sent him on a wild goose chase up a couple of poles before he hit paydirt at the higher elevationsDec 18, 2006
Jenny gives Don "tough love" as he completes his first day of GeoBootCamp111 viewsHe found the cache with a little bit of, um, guidance and direction. All directions!Dec 18, 2006
Cow #4188 viewsDon't ask. I don't know.Dec 18, 2006
Examining the Wrong Place Due to Magellan Overshoot103 viewsDec 18, 2006
Full of burrs and taking a different tack121 viewsAfter bushwhacking through burr-laden Caesarweed long enough, Don finally decided that the cache was not there. He is learning about Magellan Hysteresis, better known as Magellan Overshoot.Dec 18, 2006
Back in the Caesarweeds Again105 viewsDon could not seem to avoid them.Dec 18, 2006
"I'm not going to go down there unless I have to!"117 viewsResponse from Jenny: "You don't have to."Dec 18, 2006