- I would be strangled be an escaped Burmese python in the Everglades.
- I would be shot by a redneck.
- I would be hit by a car because they cannot drive in Florida.
|FT trail marker|
So my recommendation is: Do NOT hike the Florida Trail, if
- you hate to hike in wet shoes.
- you are mortally afraid of alligators.
- you are scared of poisonous snakes
- you do not want to be called "Honey" and "Sweetie" in restaurants.
- you hate road walks.
This is enough of negative comments now - here are the positive sides of the FT:
- You hike through an unique eco-system. I found the swamps incredibly fascinating and have never hiked in an even remotely similar surrounding. And yes: You can get used to hiking in wet shoes...
- I have never seen that much wild life on a trail. I saw black bears, alligators, snakes, armadillos, otters, beavers, deer, turtles and tons of birds.
- The FT is an adventure: There are hardly any other hikers out there, you have to deal with a lot of unpredictable conditions like weather and prescribed burns and the logistics can be challenging. This is not the AT...
- The FT has some incredible trail angels. I had wonderful rest days and met the most interesting trail volunteers - thanks so much to all of them. And even the section leaders I had just contacted by phone or mail were incredibly friendly and forthcoming.
- The blazing and trail maps great - I had brought a GPS but did not really need it. The trail maintainers are doing a great job here.
And for all the hikers: I will post another comment with more specific recommendations on gear and logistics.