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Scouting Outing and Navigation Training Wrap Up, Sunday. May 25, 2014, Kissimmee River Section of the Florida National Scenic Trail

May 29, 2014

What a great morning for us to hike the FNST. Margo, Dan, Gail and I  went southbound from River Ranch and the Kicco trail head. I am wowed by this huge swath of conservation lands that make of the Kissimmee River basin.  We hiked for about three plus miles south,then turned around and came back. Highlights were gorgeous hammocks inundated with palmetto understory and towards the end a huge wetland that was relatively dry. We noticed that we were hiking through a huge field of bulrush and blooming arrowhead. The scouting served us well for we learned that parking would be better at the trail head at the end of River Ranch Blvd. There is no water available for the three miles we walked and when we do this section as a multi day backpack, we will have to camp further because of the water issue.

 

Dan and Margo breeze through a palmetto prairie

Dan and Margo breeze through a palmetto prairie

I was able to teach some basic land navigation skills. The skills are threefold; map reading, compass reading and GPS use. We focused the map and compass use, and using the sun as as back up to compass. The trip did me well for I will be teaching and practicing navigation skills in Wyoming.

Andy and Margo look over a USGS topographic map

Andy and Margo look over a USGS topographic map

On the way back I scared deer from its snoozing place, and it made quite a racket escaping through the tangled brush. I also witnessed swallow tail kite, probably not a rare occurrence in the Kissmmee River Valley. We will look forward to Scouting the FNST in the Avon Park Bombing Range next.

Earlier this spring we scouting the gorgeous Paula Dockery Trail (Greg, Andy, Sharon, Barry and Paual)

Earlier this spring we scouted the gorgeous Paula Dockery Trail (Greg, Andy, Sharon, Barry and Paula)

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