The 2012 Winter Hike was a smashing success! The hike, Loop D in the Withlacoochee State Forest Citrus Tract, was filled with numerous highlights. Cool and sunny weather (morning lows below freezing on both Saturday and Sunday), a great campsite hosted by Mr. Davis and his Sous-Chefs, much-appreciated campfires, food, and fun. There was even some caves to explore on Sunday. A small group of scouts hiked an additional two miles on day one so they could get credit for 10 miles towards their Hiking Merit Badge. Another group of five older scouts – headed to Philmont in late June – racked up an impressive 11.5 miles on day two in preparation for their upcoming trek in New Mexico’s backcountry. If you participated, please add a comment to this post as to what you enjoyed the most. Thanks to Mr. Gadsby for the photos.