Autumn has arrived in the Santa Ritas. A lot of people would hike Florida right now and say how badly in need of maintenance it is, but I actually prefer overgrown and sketchy to check dam after check dam, etc. For being this late in the season there are quite a few flowers still out. The afternoon sun was a stern taskmaster, though. At least I can say it looks like the canyon has finally really recovered from the fire.
SPECIAL NOTE: For those freaked out by such things - I had a near encounter with a group of undocumented travelers. There were also probably a half-dozen new trails transecting Florida from the south adorned with litter, clothing, and the like. There is a lot of that kind of activity down there right now, apparently, so plan accordingly.
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