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Unexpected Beauty

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User: a0628h0427 - 10/11/2008

Location: Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

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Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 3.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: 2 minutes

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Santa Ana was a pleasant surprise. The trees open up into clearings draped with Spanish Moss. It's like being in a cathedral at times.  Beautiful and unexpected!



Area around Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

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