The Florida Trail is a Jerk


Greetings!!  I’m back from camping and hiking in Florida!  Bliss!  It was just what this weary soul needed.  Most of my time was spent exploring Florida’s National Parks:  Everglades, Biscayne, and Dry Tortugas.  (Total gator count? ~40)

At the end of my vacation, I had an unexpected bonus day and decided to day-hike a section of the Florida Trail.  So… the Florida Trail is a huge jerk and here’s why:


I’m on mile 10 and have just unlocked hiker mode: the miles are coming, my mind is in lala land, and my eyes are glued to the trail.

I don’t see the alligator until it’s too late and his teeth are mere inches from my leg. I close my eyes and wait for the pain of his razor sharp teeth ripping into my soft flesh.  Shoot, I really liked that leg.

Nothing happens.

Heart pounding, I sneak a peak at the alligator. He doesn’t move. His jaw is locked open and he looks at me with plastic eyes… WAIT!! PLASTIC??!! I wait several more seconds to make sure. Then I kick him in the face and finish my last 4 miles with poopy pants.


Very funny, Florida Trail…. grrrrr!!!!

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7 thoughts on “The Florida Trail is a Jerk

  1. Steve Jennette, Grand Rapids MI

    Hilarious! But I admit, I would have been very frightened.

  2. burrito

    watch out for those plastic bears on the AT,

  3. Love it. Watch out for plastic mice on the AT.

    Sweet Spot

  4. Of course, what a great blog and enlightening posts, I definitely will bookmark your website.All the Best!

  5. Brilliant! Good luck on trail Acorn! Very very jealous.

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