We tried out another new hike from the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website: the Alafia River Corridor.  This was one of the first hikes we’ve done here in Florida where I felt like I was really out in the middle of nowhere.  From the parking lot to the wider trail by the train tracks felt like untouched Florida wilderness.  Here’s Toren doing a little hiking (he did about 1/2 a mile before he wanted in the backpack):

But once we got to the train tracks, it was clear a lot of construction had taken place in the area.  There was a gas pipeline running parallel to the train tracks and the remains of a concrete bridge on the side of the trail.

Even so, there were hills!  Yep, HILLS!  Okay, these were rather small hills, but it was elevation gain, which is absolutely unheard of in Florida.  I’m not sure if the hills are natural or were constructed.  The aerial view of the hike gives me the impression they may have been constructed.  For what, I’m not quite sure, but they are a good 30 to 40 feet higher than the surrounding area.  We also saw a pack of wild pigs.  We were walking along the top of one of the hills and I saw something moving in the distance, about 80 feet away.  I stopped and we saw about 15 feral pigs or boar rooting in the ground.  I should have thought to film them, but I was more concerned for our safety since there literally was not another person for miles at that point, so I banged my walking poles together a few times.  The pigs paused, looked up, then took off down the hill.  As we started toward where they were, the daddy boar came up over the other side, looked at us, crossed the trail, then followed the rest of the pack.  Pretty cool!  I think that’s the first time I’ve seen wild pigs.

Here’s the trail and the stats:

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Name: Alafia River Corridor
Activity type: hiking
Description: Nice hike.  Saw boars.
Total distance: 7.18 km (4.5 mi)
Total time: 2:16:47
Moving time: 1:44:19
Average speed: 3.15 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.13 km/h (2.6 mi/h)
Max speed: 19.80 km/h (12.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 19.04 min/km (30.6 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 14.52 min/km (23.4 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 3.03 min/km (4.9 min/mi)
Max elevation: 23 m (76 ft)
Min elevation: -21 m (-69 ft)
Elevation gain: 246 m (808 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 01/20/2013 9:39am

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