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  1. I read your post with interest. i hiked snp for...

    I read your post with interest. i hiked snp for my first fairly long hike a few years ago when I was in my mid 50's and had planned on the same first few days as you described due mostly to the...
  2. They changed the name to Beachline as it is the...

    They changed the name to Beachline as it is the straightest and fastest way "a beeline" to the beaches aroung Cocoa. Yes there is Uber.
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    My wife has a scout model and she is happy with...

    My wife has a scout model and she is happy with it although she has only used it on one three day trip so far. She is about 5 ft 3. As to size of the bag, I don't know the capacity, but it worked...
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    Thanks to all for your thoughts and suggestions

    Thanks to all for your thoughts and suggestions
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    I was thinking about a light down jacket like the...

    I was thinking about a light down jacket like the Montbell Superior Down with some kind of windshirt on top as needed for around camp and on breaks. When or if it gets too cold--into the sleeping...
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    Suggestions for a Down Jacket

    My wife and I are planning a trip to the Sierras in early September. She needs a down jacket. We don't have much experience with down garments and thought we would ask for your help. Any suggestions...
  7. I saw a few bears during the day when I hiked...

    I saw a few bears during the day when I hiked through SNP, but I thought they were not interested in me and/or afraid of me. SNP has poles near the shelters for you to hang your food. Easy. I was...
  8. SLMaui: SNP was a lot of fun and perfect for me....

    SLMaui: SNP was a lot of fun and perfect for me. I'm 59 and out of shape. It was my first hike of over 2 nights. With the miles you are walking you will be a lot better off than I was. My only...
  9. Unlike most of the folks on this board, I'm a...

    Unlike most of the folks on this board, I'm a novice. But, I hiked about 100 miles this year through Shenandoah. I would not pay much attention to how easily or quickly others have hiked this...
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    Here is what I know. The Florida Trail does not...

    Here is what I know. The Florida Trail does not go through the Billies Bay Wilderness or the Alexander Springs Wilderness but does go through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness. The US park service has...
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    Good advice here. I'm fairly new also, and if I...

    Good advice here. I'm fairly new also, and if I were starting over again, hereis what I would do. First, I would do some day hikes in themountains. Think hikes of 4-6 miles without and then with a...
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    I think the Ocala is around 70 miles and you...

    I think the Ocala is around 70 miles and you could add onto either end to reach about 100. As far as scenery, I like the pines north of Salt Springs, but some of the areas from Alexander to Farles...
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    I think it will be way too cold for the hammock...

    I think it will be way too cold for the hammock some nights. I spent a couple of cold nights in a hammock in early may a couple of years ago. I'd take a 20 degree down bag and sleep in the...
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    As far as the reserve america online search for...

    As far as the reserve america online search for the ocala campsites, it is just too close in time to deal with it online. Try calling on the phone.
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    I'd consider the sites in and near the Ocala...

    I'd consider the sites in and near the Ocala National Forest, especially near the springs. Juniper is very beautiful. Alexander, Juniper, Salt Springs, Clearwater. There are several and some not...
  16. There are shuttle busses for inside the park. It...

    There are shuttle busses for inside the park. It really is an awesome place. Angel's Landing is worth the walk. I don't know what the temps will be in March, but I bet the park looks magnificent...
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    I went on a short hike the first week of May last...

    I went on a short hike the first week of May last year just north of the GA/NC line. The nightime temps were in the low 30's, the trees were just starting to bud out on the higher ridges. I don't...
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    If you are from Orlando, you know that summer...

    If you are from Orlando, you know that summer backpack camping in Florida might not be too fun. That said, if you want to spend a few days you may want to check out the Florida Trail as it runs...
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    I just did the same thing a month ago. We parked...

    I just did the same thing a month ago. We parked at Standing Indian Campground outside Franklin, and walked up to the AT on the Kimsey Creek Trail. From there the AT loops around the Standing...
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