A baby rattlesnake! (I think) it was only the size of a worm! After saying in my last post I was worried about walking through Eglin airforce base @kellz850
reached out to me and told me it should be fine, and I looked at the maps a little more and realised I should be able to avoid them/go around them without roadwalking. So I left Defuniak Springs and hit the trail back up. I had a pleasant morning just hiking through the forests of Eglin (it was a National Forest until FDR bought it for the airforce in WW2). I reached the highest point on the trail, something I’d been looking forward to at only 271 feet above sea level (about 82meters). Then very shortly after that I saw @flattop_insta
coming down the trail towards me as he had come to meet up with me. We hiked together for several hours chatting about all sorts of things which was rely nice to have the company. At a dirt road later on we got picked up by Kelly and went to go and pick up @truckrbob
who was on his way to Arizona and stopping for the night in the area and the 4 of us went out for dinner together (there were some girl scouts selling cookies outside the restaurant we went to and trucker bob bought me some! Kind. I ate them and they were delicious) then after dinner me and Sean went back to the trail and nighthiked a couple of miles to a campsite where we had a little fire and talked for a while before setting up camp. I was expecting to wake up really early as I sometimes do and have to wake him to get going in the morning but when I woke at 6.30 I looked over and he was packed up and ready to go. We spent the morning hiking together then he got picked up, I continued and walked into Crestview where I met up with them once again. They have a spare room at their house they allow hikers to stay at which is super kind and we went out to dinner at a Hawaiian grill place that was one of the most delicious meals of the trip! I think I only have about 79 miles left now! Which is only really a few days. The last day and a half or so is along the beach which sounds nice, it’ll be nice to reflect back on the journey as it comes to an end.