Journal Entry 12.22.2016 – Welaka Forest
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Sorry to disappoint but there were no animal sightings today save the flitting of tiny birds. I heard crows, woodpeckers, an eagle and an owl, all at a distance or out of sight. However, it was a very peaceful day spent in a State Forest on the edge of the St. John River.
The St. John River system penetrates far south of its beginnings at Jacksonville. Nearby Crescent Lake is connected to the greater water system by Dunn Creek. More on that later.
Today I felt a need to walk, so I did both the 3-mile loop in the southern part of the forest, taking in John’s Landing and Orange Point, as well as the 1.75 mile loop to Mud Spring. The forest was quiet. The only folks that I saw were two forest rangers out in…
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