I met a guide that explained that the trails were officially closed, but that I was welcome to try a hike.
(Above is Straight out of the camera)
"The trails becomes a river when the land is flooded"
"The snakes and alligators do not know that the stream is meant to be a hiking trail"
The further I hiked, the wetter the trail was.
I was not about to turn back.
I trudged through the swamp... carefully
Until I reached this serene scene
About an hour was spent laying on the bench and taking in the location
and I decided to take a different way back,
by following the exit signs
I ended up turning around and going back the way that I came
I did NOT complete this hike in Flip-flops... I'd NEVER hike past dangerous animals and through mud in unsafe shoes.
I was NOT covered in mud at the conclusion of the hike.
I did NOT walk straight through the middle of the murky stream-path by the end of my hike. I'd NEVER risk stepping on snakes of alligators just because it was easier.
I did NOT make it all the way to the lake just because the guide said it'd be too hard to accomplish in flip-flops.
I'd NEVER do something just because someone told me it would be difficult.
Do you like trying things that others say are a challenge?