While running, my mind wanders and I begin daydreaming about the loftiest of local adventures. Since moving to Florida last year, I’ve had my eye on the 1,100-mile Florida National Scenic Trail. Even if I hustle, I won’t soon have time to thru-hike it. But it’s not completely off my radar screen, either. As a matter of fact, I recently mapped out the route a bit more.
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First, the history: kudos to Tatu Joe for sharing his stats (yellow pins) from an impressive 29-day onsight hike in optimal ENSO conditions. Having maintained several wet portions of the FNST, I can appreciate the advantage of waiting for a drier year. Even at its best, this trail is plenty wet... And we’re due for a strong El Nino this winter.
Second, the resupply points: most all of the blue pins on the above map represent food stops along the FNST. Although the majority of resupply options are mere quickie marts, few gaps exceed 90 miles in distance. The frequency gets me to wondering about how lightly one could travel along the trail.
Third, the application: I’m seeking out a free smartphone app to help navigate and track future adventures. I’m currently experimenting with Google’s My Maps to view location and drop pins on shared maps for others to see. Field testing is yet to come, but so far so good.
Conclusion: maybe in a year or two (just in time for La Nina), I’ll find a few weeks to take off for the adventure. Meanwhile, this weekend warrior will keep testing out tools for timely transparency and slogging through sand spurs on shorter sojourns in the Sunshine State.