In 2011, I returned to the Big O Hike for the full 9 days, my first time to do so since 2007. The experience was so immersive, so in the moment, that I never took my laptop out of the car, never wrote down anything in the notebook I’d carried to keep a journal.
But I blogged. My trusty iPhone let me connect with the outside world without it intruding on my experience. I posted the occasional photo on my Florida Hikes Facebook page, and even bounced a few comments over to Twitter. Those interactions were brief. I let the blogs take the place of my journal, knowing this year I’d have a lot to think about along the way with the loss of a good friend and so many changes in my life.
This is the collection of my thoughts from the 2011 Big O Hike. I hope you enjoy them.
Day 1: Pounding Pavement in Pahokee
Day 2: Sweep of Blue
Day 3: 3x3x3
Day 4: Braising Cane
Day 5: Okeechobee
Day 6: Turtle Time
Day 7: Everglades, Interrupted
Day 8: Out of Time
Day 9: Friends Along the Way