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Old 03-21-2015, 08:07 AM   #1
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Scooting the Suwannee

I took a couple of days off to visit the Stephen Foster State Park in North Florida. They like to call it "the Real Florida".
Pulled the Kymco behind the coach and enjoyed the natural beauty of a part of Florida many folks don't think of.


The park itself is a gem. Definitely one of the nicest ones I have visited. Of course you cant help but hear that tune "way down upon the..."
The tower with carillon chimed the hours and some of Stephen Foster's music.

They say he never saw the river made popular by his song.

The next day I took the scoot on a ride north to see the"other" Stephen Foster Park in Georgia. Right in the middle of the Okefenokee Swamp, where the Suwannee begins.
Some of the roads through this area follow the curves of the river but some are pretty straight..

Sometimes there is a bend in the road! LOL

Pine trees are a major cash crop around here. Sort of like a CD waiting to mature and fill the owner's pocket with $$$$.



First crossing of the river South of the swamp where it looks like a river...A "spiritual moment"?



Continuing on the the headwaters, I reached the park and took a stroll.
A boat concession allows you to go out into the Okefenokee.




Years ago we took a four night canoe trip back into the swamp. Slept on platforms and one island.


But you have to look out for critters...
No, not this little guy.

This one...


An interesting view of the swamp...


I was getting hungry and headed back for lunch at a joint in White Springs that has some good BBQ.
On the way I almost made some pork chops when a wild sow with five little striped piglets dashed across the road in front of me!

Back in Florida the river keeps rolling along...



The coffee colored water was high and above many access points ...



Spring has sprung in North Florida. Hope the folks up north can get out for a ride soon.

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Old 03-21-2015, 06:16 PM   #2
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hey driller ! enjoyed the post, wasn't too bad up in nc today either.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:20 PM   #3
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Yo, Mike! Glad you are out there. Miss riding with the old crew. Vic and I have become pretty "shiftless".
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:26 PM   #4
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Nice thread. The swamp pics look good, very different for a desert dweller. Thanks!
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:17 AM   #5
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I see the headwaters are much more picturesque in comparison to what I experienced on the lower end. I'll have to put that on my list!

Thanks for the ride, Driller!
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:28 AM   #7
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Great pictures. It's on my list so much appreciated.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:09 AM   #8
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Thanks, Conch. There is a lot of good riding in the area (not all straight) especially down toward High Springs, Alachua, Live Oak on county roads made for scooting. Plenty of canoe/kayak opportunities on the rivers and springs that dot the area as well. Wishing I had more time, but it is close enough to revisit.
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:30 PM   #9
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Good post! I just added the two Stephen Foster campgrounds to my route back from Texas next month...notice where I'm starting from on my scooter.

Good weather up here. Better hurry back.
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:55 PM   #10
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Thanks, Jim. I like your writing style and Metaphor is easy on the eyes. I'm home in Tryon now. Just getting over a cold and in tire changing and service mode on a couple of the scoots. Hoping to ride up to Morganton Saturday to check out a pizza joint that was recommended. Hopefully not too cold.

When you stop at SF park in Florida you might have the pleasure of meeting a fellow who makes bowed psaltry and dulcimers. Beautiful work and sweet music.
Antique tractors next month and Fla. Folk Festival in May.
Sometime we should meet in the area. Granite City Brewery?
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Thanks, Jim. I like your writing style and Metaphor is easy on the eyes. I'm home in Tryon now. Just getting over a cold and in tire changing and service mode on a couple of the scoots. Hoping to ride up to Morganton Saturday to check out a pizza joint that was recommended. Hopefully not too cold.

When you stop at SF park in Florida you might have the pleasure of meeting a fellow who makes bowed psaltry and dulcimers. Beautiful work and sweet music.
Antique tractors next month and Fla. Folk Festival in May.
Sometime we should meet in the area. Granite City Brewery?
Cheers!
Certainly. Let's do it.
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Nice area.
I was south of there, but bikeless about a month ago.
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