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PostSubject: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:35 am

So, this is nothing near as spectacular as some of the hikes being posted lately from places like Colorado and China, but here goes. We decided to take a trip to the state park that's about 20 miles up the road to see how the dogs (and my ankle) would take to some light hiking. We went for a short loop along the Blackwater River, which was about 1.2 miles. There were a couple of other dog friendly areas around, but the trails were much longer and I didn't want to put myself in a bad position if my ankle decided not to cooperate. It was a great little hike and the dogs loved it. There were a few little beaches that we came across and Ghost had fun playing in the water. I think we'll be doing this more often now, and maybe taking some trips up into Alabama and Georgia for some better hiking later this year.

Here's where we went. Like I said, very very basic trail:
http://www.floridahikes.com/chainoflakes/

At the beginning of the trail:


Contemplating going for a swim:


"Wait for me, guys!"


She decided the water looked awfully inviting:



Trying to get Lulu in the water. She wasn't having any of it:


Of course, Ghost *had* to poo on the beach:


A view up the river:


Back into the woods:


Into the longleaf pine forest:


One more shot of the forest. There's even an attempt at a hill in the background:

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:36 pm

Thanks for the reminder Meredith. Since you made mention of wanting to hike again I've been trying to remember the name of the park I hiked there way back 12+ yrs ago. I knew it was Black something. Just beware of the snakes out there not all are harmless.
I enjoyed the hikes in that park, like you mention not a CO or China but always great to get away even for a couple hours.

Ghost looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:40 pm

nice! at first i thought you were in my town because we have a blackwater river also and blackwater falls state park.
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:24 pm

Nice scenary! Still much prettier than what I have around here!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:26 pm

Here4thePics wrote:
Just beware of the snakes out there not all are harmless.
I enjoyed the hikes in that park, like you mention not a CO or China but always great to get away even for a couple hours.

It is a nice park, and I think we're going to spend some time floating the river and drinking our asses off this summer. That's cool that you've been there, Len. As for the snakes, I am well versed in all 6 venomous species that we have here, and I've personally seen at least 3. I scared the sh*t out of myself one time when I was out running by my old house in Pensacola when I almost stepped on a dead 6' Eastern Diamondback. Then I almost hit a baby Diamondback on my bike last summer, actually posted a picture of that one in the outdoor section that day. We've also both seen Copperheads (which aren't supposed to be this far west but are) and I've seen a Cottonmouth (also while out running by that old house). It's been too cold for them so far, but we're now getting into snake season so I will be super vigilant as we go on more treks this summer.

Mindy, seriously dude, Fox Ridge. I haven't been there since the mid 90's, but I'd kill to get back there on a photography mission when the leaves are changing. It's gorgeous, there's some nice variation in terrain, and lots of good hiking and camping.

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R3/FOX/fox.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:44 pm

Thanks for that link! That's something I can do in a day trip so I will have to check it out!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:50 pm

Looks like a lot of fun! I can't wait to get out more with the pup this year.
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:53 pm

26nikita wrote:
Thanks for that link! That's something I can do in a day trip so I will have to check it out!

You're welcome! I'd love to head out that way with you sometime too, I loved going there as a kid. One of these years, I'll be back in IL...

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:03 pm

Hey, that looks exactly like the trail I hiked in Florida! Wink Nice pictures, enjoy the hiking before it gets too hot!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:13 pm

Polar wrote:
Hey, that looks exactly like the trail I hiked in Florida! Wink Nice pictures, enjoy the hiking before it gets too hot!

Yeah, I'm pretty sure every trail in FL is identical Razz

Though, I have heard there is some decent cross country "mountain" biking down around Tampa.

It's starting to warm up a bit here, but I want to get more hikes in before it's too hot. I want to get Ghost used to wearing a pack, and then make some treks up into Alabama and Georgia this fall. I'm also pretty paranoid about snakes around here, I've seen 2 diamond backs, a copperhead, and a cottonmouth between my time here as a flight student and now. Next time the dogs will be on significantly shorter leashes so we can keep them from wandering off the trail.

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:41 pm

Just from my experience beware the Cottonmouth as much as possible, they are very aggressive SOB's. The rattlers and copperhead would just prefer to be left alone.
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:27 am

The rattler I almost ran over on my bike last summer wasn't too happy about it, but even when I came back close enough to take a picture it didn't coil up. I've heard rumors that cottonmouths will actually charge people and try to bite.

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:39 am

Nice pics... I do not know is there is anything like that down here in South FL. I know there is a park we tried to ride our bikes through several years ago but it was nothing spectacular. We could head to the Everglades that would be interesting...lol
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Blackwater River State Park   Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:55 am

Cool pics. Looks like a nice hike. I don't like the sound of the snakes though!
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