- Feb 6, 2006Sure, I'd love to hear what the Florida gals think. So far, I've come up with two options
within 1/2 hour of Orlando and Wikiwa Springs SP appears to be the best of the two. I
think it will be crowded though. Everything else seems to be 90+ minutes away and even
though I'm paying for everything and I haven't even suggested that anyone actually go
with me into the bug infested swamp, I know I'll have a hard time getting anyone to drive
that far for drop off and pick up, especially after last year's fun and frolic in Joshua Tree
NP. I did read about one area that boasts a population of 17,000 alligators. I found this
demographic a trifle intimidating.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Rosaleen Sullivan" <rosaleen43@...> wrote:
> If you don't get the information you want from here, try the Florida Trails Association,
or, with your permission, I can post your request to the WomenHiker list. We have quite a
few Florida gals who participate and at least one might be able to help.
> Good Luck!
> From: "Wayne Kraft" <wayneskraft@...<mailto:wayneskraft@...>>
> Subject: Orlando overnighter??
> I will be in Orlando last week of March with the family checking out a school my son
> attend and the usual tourist crap. I'm hoping to break away from all that for a quick
> backpacking trip. I will be dependent upon the wife or one of the kids to drop me off on
> 1 and pick me up on day 2, so I need someplace fairly close to Orlando. I am not looking
> a swamp survival experience or endurance test, just 5-8 miles each day. So far I've been
> looking at Wikiwa Springs SP. I generally travel light, carry my gear in a large daypack,
> hammock for shelter and don't cook. I am from Oregon and my hiking experience in the
> Cascade mountains and California deserts is all high, dry and cool. I expect the exact
> opposite in Florida. I have no experience with southern hiking and, in fact, my
> with the southeast is limited to a few business trips to University of S. Carolina in
> (Go Gamecocks!) where I never got out of town. I could use trip suggestions and any
> tips you all can give this Florida newbie about exploring around Orlando. Thanks!
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