Happy National Volunteer Week! A big thank you to Dennis and Rick for their leadership with the Anza Trail Color Guard and the Soldados de SoCal. Their hard work and dedication is key to the Trails success from their craftsmanship, research, living history and educational programs, and behind the scenes coordination with the Soldados de Cuera from Arizona to California. (Image Alt Text: First Image. Male volunteer dressed in 18th Century Spanish military uniform and sombrero standing by a horse.
Second Image: Four volunteers dressed in 18th Century Spanish military clothing with three horses)
“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” ~Barbara Kingsolver
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Two of our Trail Adopters and landowners, Sue and Harry, started April off with a maintenance hike along their section of the NET! Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the NET, leading the charge to keep our trail accessible and clear for visitors. Anyone know what river Sue is looking at?? #hike50netchallenge#hike50netchallenge#hiking#getoutdoors#trails50
445. My vertebrate started swelling at the end of Ocala (150?) and never got totally better. It was that focus which I think pushed me to not notice the heat exhaustion. I’ve experienced dehydration before so I was very aware of making sure I drank water... but this built. Looking back- had I not been focused on my back and instead been taking the total body inventory necessary for hiking I would have seen it 100 miles ago. Getting to the canal walk after a day off allowed the symptoms to subside but didn’t place me at 100% and by my 3rd canal day (seemingly hydrated) I rolled into Uncle Joes... 6 miles from my 100 miles left of the flip mark, and called it (for now). I was gonna wait. Nauseous, head pounding, zero energy, sipping water in between crashing from exhaustion. I was gonna assess this morning. Then I started throwing up and decided that no matter how I felt this morning (knowing *hoping* it would be better) I needed to take time off to fix all the things breaking down. The last thing I needed to do was put a bandaid on this and be somewhere with no one to help me if it got worse. So here’s to another 400 miles of another NST. I’m excited to get out and section the areas near where I’ll be recouping- and finish cypress in knee deep water come January. Thank you to all of the Florida trail community for their support, help, offers of shade, providing a of water thus far. Smaller hikes mean more trash capacity and this isn’t the end of my thru attempt... I got a year right? 😜#groundskeeper#granitegear#whereigottago#altrarunning#embracethespace#floridatrail#thruhike#lnt#packitout#leaveitbetter#FTthruHike#girlswhohikefl#floridatrailassociation#hikeflorida#therealflorida#trails50#nationalscenictrail#hikeflorida#hikeflinthewinter#whenitshikingseason#notinthesummer#thisisnotasummertrail