Welcome to Florida (anyway!)
I spent the first full night in Lake City, FL, next to Lowe's. And woke up to heavy fog and overcast skies! Sunny my foot!! LOL!
But it was a nice, overcast, relatively cool day with a breeze!
After doing a bit of running around in Lake City...there's always errands to get done. My new flashlight - the third one - had died, so shipped it back to Amazon. Then stumbled across an Aldi, so picked up a couple of things that I needed. Dropped in at Discount Tires, right down the street from Aldi, and had Lily's tire pressures checked.
Noticed in the atlas "Rose Creek Lookout Tower". Sounded like something to take a look at. And it was something to look at...and that was about it! LOL!
That was it! All fenced in and...that was it! But I did meet the gentleman that lives next to it and found out part of the story. It got fenced in during the past year or so, due to the fact that people (I use the term loosely) we going up the tower, doing drugs, etc on the site. There was also a lot of things disappearing from the folks living nearby. And apparently there was a guy living up in the old tower, in the top, and stealing from the houses around there. Sad!
Then sat for a while looking at my Florida Atlas...seeing what was around between Lake City and my stop tomorrow night. I'm only 30+ miles from there from Lake City. And I noticed O'Leon State Park. So decided it was time for a side trip! And it was really a nice State Park!
Drove down few "county" roads? Well, they weren't paved...but I'm in Florida! It was like driving on the beach...all sand! The Spanish Moss in the trees is just sooo cool looking! And the "mini-palms"...whatever they are called....are just beautiful!
Found the Park, and was quite pleasantly surprised with it! Very clean. The folks at the entrance were chipper and smiling and helpful! I saw NO trash on the road into the Park. It was great!
The history of the area is quite interesting. This next picture explains it better than I ever could!
The history of places is just amazing. You would be hard pressed to think up some of the "happenings" that come from life!.
The Park was bought and cleaned up and restored to basically be a tribute to the "boys" of the CCC that built it. That is the purpose of the statue!
The original watch tower building is now the museum.
They also were able to keep the original dining hall, the open air meeting area/pavilion...and they also have several parts of the original grist mill that helped to build up the original town that was there. At one time the population of the town was about 600.
The museum is actually quite informative and laid out very well! I spent quite a bit of time inside reading, looking and learning! It is amazing what the CCC did over the years that it existed!
In the museum they also had a slice of a cypress tree that had been felled, with the following question.....
And this was the slice of the tree!See all the little white dots? Well....they also had a "timeline" posted above it to give you an idea of just how long that tree had been in the forest! I hope you can read the pictures coming up................(if you click the pic it should come up to view larger)
The river that runs thru the park is quite pretty! They have a nice swimming area set up, and folks canoe & kayak the river. There's is a launch area and they also rent canoes from what I could tell.
The last thing that was really cool about the park is the suspension bridge built by the CCC Boys! They really did an excellent job on it! Still swinging after close to a century! What was really funny was Abbie trying to walk across it with me! Of course it would start bouncing, and she did not know what to do! For the first time since she has been with me....she actually walked behind me! LOL!
That about catches me up! We're settled in at the Rest Area for the night. About to take Abbie out for the last time tonight. Maybe watch a DVD...or not! And be prepared for a full day tomorrow!
Be sure to keep checking back and seeing what comes along next! Will be in Key Largo in 2 days, then hopefully spend 2-3 days around Key West before heading back up to Alabama for Xmas!
C'ya out here....soon I hope!
Frog & Abbie