Gibson County Park
On our way out of southeast Alabama, we crossed through a little of southwest Georgia on Rts 37/19/84 then a little on I-75 into Florida. Again, such tiny backroads until the interstate. Easy and enjoyable. We knew this would be the last of our country time as we'd be in busy Florida after this.
How often do you see this? Common back in Placerville, CA. Reminded us of home.
And you know how I love finding hearts out in nature? Well this was in a piece of beef jerky!
Before you knew it we were crossing the boarder into Florida.
This colorful field was just before we turned into our campground for the night.
We had site #3.
The Suwanee River and boat ramp. We stayed just down the road at the state park several years ago.
Wekiwa Springs, FL
Wekiwa Springs State Park
We got up early and headed out to our first site in Florida after our overnighter. It was a 4 hour drive when we pulled into Wekiwa Springs State Park.
W/30/Dump, $24, #53.
Ruger, Hurley's camping buddy, is looking pretty good at 12 years old. It was nice to see him.
Steve and I spent the next day paddling down the Wekiva River. We thought we could paddle to the springs, but it was blocked off to everyone but swimmers. We paddled back to the fork in the river that led to Rock Springs. It was a great choice as there wasn't too many others on the small river and we saw so many birds.
Floating down the Wekiva River,ridingthe current. HERE
It was very shallow due to not much rainfall, but it was mostly a foot deep. We only need 4 -6 inches to float in our kayak.
Drifting past a young Anihinga busy feeding. HERE
There were some very pretty wildflowers.
I think these are called Bromeliads growing on the trees.
Some lilies were blooming. A different type that doesn't open up as much.
It was very jungle-y out here. Hot, humid but with a nice breeze.
The birds really didn't care that we were right in front of them. It was a great way to spend the day.
Mr. and Mrs!
Congratulations Josh and Courtney!
Bride and Mother.
Bride and Father (my brother).
Not a dry eye during the Father/Daughter dance.
The wedding was small, intimate and just beautiful. They all did a great job with it.
Me, my Brother and Sister
My sister-in-law set up an airboat ride for the family the next day at Wild Florida.
Welcome. I'll be your driver today. (jk)
We all had a blast!
Airboat Ride HERE
Following a Flying Crane flying right in front of us. HERE
Some rare baby Albino Alligators born here.
They had a nice zoo too that you could go through for free, included with the airboat ride.
The ponds had some HUGE gators you could see on the boardwalks. You could toss them some food cubes. They apparently are well aware of this and many just lay their with their mouths open when you get nearby.
They had some smaller pools with baby gators that was cute too.
This Peacock strutting his stuff was so funny! HERE
This guy is just NUTS! This alligator was one of the biggest there. He put on a little show.
After the wedding we moved closer to my brother's to spend some time with them. The Elks was $20 with W/30. They were incredibly nice to let us stay here and moved us in even though they were in the middle of a huge event themselves. They had us park right along the building so we could plug in. It was a snug fit.
Dippin my tootsies in the Atlantic.
My sister, Kris.
It was a colorful sunset.
Just a tiny bit windy!
Our drinks were delicious.
Next Up, Floating with the Manatees!