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Going to help clear and hike a stretch of the Florida Trail[^] along the Suwanee River this coming week. Really looking forward to the primitive camping and great weather we are having. I belong to a group that is responsible for maintaining about 120 miles of the trail in N.E. Florida, they are a great bunch of people and love hiking with them.
I am not one for camping - my concept of a good camping trip is staying in a hotel, on a soft bed and with a toilet and shower. However, it does look very beautiful. So, to be educated, what is actually involved in "clearing" a hiking trail? I always figured hiking trails were pretty low maintenance except for the occasional tree that might fall across a path and need to be removed.
what is actually involved in "clearing" a hiking trail?
We mow and lop them the trail, which means we carry a pair of loppers[^] and trim the brush and tree limbs back so the path is accessible. Also Palmetto[^] bushes grow everywhere down here and they can be a real pain. Some sections that I've helped clear haven't been done in a couple of years and apparently not heavily traveled so nature took it back and we really had to work to get a trail cut through it again. The Florida Trail is not as heavily traveled as the Appalachian Trail but can be traveled in the fall to spring months. The summer is to hot and we generally do Kayaking in the summer.
When I retired I found I was gaining weight and really getting out of shape so I decided it was time to get off my ever widening butt and do the things I never had much time to do while I was working and raising a family. I've always liked the outdoors so this is a natural thing for me.
Its funny, you buy a book on camping and the authors ideas of primitive is that the R.V. parking doesn't have pull through
Ain't that the truth.
I talked to the neighbor downstairs, yeah the blond and her idea and most other women I'm finding is that primitive camping means the Motel 8 instead of the Hilton.
My idea is going in the middle of nowhere by car then walking a mile or so back into the woods until you find 2 good trees and hang your hammock. You pack everything you need in and pack everything back out when you're done.