Day 22 dawned bright, clear, and the perfect temperature. My friend was still visiting, and I knew I wanted to show him the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers on Eglin Air Force Base.
These little woodpeckers are listed as federally endangered, but the conditions on base are well suited to them and their population is thriving. We saw four of the little suckers, pounding away at the base of tree trunks looking for food.
Overall, my friend was just as impressed as I’ve always been. The sun set as we walked, shining a golden light through the perfectly straight pine trunks. Plucking blackberries as they ripened on the side of the trail, we popped them in our mouths for a burst of tart-sweetness before moving on.
In all, we walked all the way to East River, which is rich and dark with tannins from the surrounding vegetation. After missing the mark the day before, I was back on track with 10000 steps.