Approximately 80 people showed up in Pahokee on Nov. 17 to support the Big “O” Hike around Lake Okeechobee, to go on the Wimp Walk, or to do the 12-mile walk on the road to Port Mayaka.
Participants came from as far away as Oregon and from all over the state of Florida.
At the end of nine days of walking the 110 miles, 26 people were awarded certificates of completion. The walkers traveled around Lake Okeechobee on the Herbert Hoover Dike, 35 feet above the surrounding countryside.
This completes the 21st year for the Big “O” Hike. Though it’s over this year, participants are planning now to do the hike on Nov. 23, 2013. For more information, visit the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association’s Big “O” page at www.lox.floridatrail.org/bigo.
Above: Hikers gather to celebrate their long hike around Lake Okeechobee.