The trail started out as a nice scrubby flatwoods. I could hear some turkeys in the distance but not much else. I did find one friend....
The trail started going up! For you non-Floridians, this is a Florida mountain. It is also a nice oak scrub. The scrubby flatwoods was very firm ground. Now the sand is deep and soft. Scrubs forests are formed on these "mountains" that were actually ancient sand dunes.
Here are some very small bear tracks.
Here is a nice little gopher apple patch in the oak scrub. The gopher apples are flowering right now. Once the fruit ripens later in the year, I'll cut one open and eat one for you.
And things really got interesting. Deep sugar sand. As you can see, only my tracks are on the trail along with some old tire ruts from the Forestry Department. This is my kind of snow. It feels good on the feet!
The sides of the trail were covered in various ground lichens. It looked like a tiny coral reef.
Another view of the bald. It feels ancient here. Like stepping back into time.