Page 5 of Bothan Taistil Travel Blog Posts

February 3, 2010, Wednesday, St. George Island SP to St. Joseph’s Peninsula SP On our way to St. Joseph’s, we thought we would stop at St. Vincent’s National Wildlife Refuge. We didn’t know it was an island and the private shuttle boat did not seem available? So on we go out on the peninsula to St. Joseph SP, a sweeping landscape of towering dunes and wilderness. We walked on the beach for a while and began to look for a sign to the Wilderness Preserve. The dunes are protected, but we found the designated trail from the beach and began to walk… and walk… and walk. Of course, the map and other information is “home” in the RV. I heard the refrain …“Forced Death March” again and tried to ignore it. We eventually found cabins and ... read more
Nice Campsites St. Josephs
Alone on the beach
Looking for the trail

. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” - Seneca January 24, 2010, Sunday, Wildwood to Chiefland, FL, Manatee Springs State Park Walking along the boardwalk, we were looked for manatees. The manatees have also had some difficulty with the FL cold weather this winter. They come to this area because of the warm water from the spring. This is a first magnitude spring, which means it produces on average 100 million gallons of clear, cool water daily. In winter, West Indian manatees swim upriver to the warmer water of the spring. January 25, 210, Monday Manatee Springs State Park, FL The park is just a few miles from the Nature Coast State Bike Trail, in Chiefland. So we biked for a few hours, stopping in Fanning for a quick lunch. ... read more
Divers exploring the sink hole for watery tunnels
Manatee Springs SP
I see you!

North America » United States » Florida » Vero Beach January 20th 2010

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe”……Anatole France January 20, 2010, Wednesday, Lake Kissimmee to Sebastian, where we met friends at “Squid Lips Restaurant”. Tom and Judy were our “Partners in Crime” (on and off) as we RV’ed in Europe, the Baltic Countries and Russia! So we had fun re-living these adventures, and had a lovely visit. January 21, 2010, Thursday, Ft. Pierce to Vero Beach, FL My brother/sister-in-law’s home is on the Inter-costal waterway, so we enjoyed a spin in his boat. It was a wonderfully sunny day. However, due to the recent cold temps in FL, it has caused a “Fish Kill”. There were lots of dead fish, even a manatee. Hopefully the decomposed fish will sink and nature will do its “clean-up” job. Meanwhile it is ... read more
One messy dock
A pelican poses for us
Not sure of its name, but it is pretty

Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” - Elizabeth Drew January 17, 2010, Sunday, we drove from Tomoka SP to Wekiwa Springs SP Long ago the Timucuan Indians speared fish in the spring fed creek located here, today folks enjoy a swim in the 74 degree waters. The spring empties into a river, which is great for kayaking or canoeing. This park includes 6,400 acres, so there are lots of good hiking trails. A section of the Florida Scenic Trail (orange/white blazes) was our choice. The trail is well marked, no hills, (Well this IS Florida!) so it was a walk in the jungle for a few hours. January 18, 2010, Monday, Wekiwa Springs, SP, FL. Our day began with a bike ride outside the park. Most roads have either ... read more
The spring doesn’t look real
This turtle was hit by a car and is being nursed
Into the jungle

North America » United States » Florida » St Augustine January 15th 2010

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” - Charles Dudley Warner January 15, 2010, Friday We left Anastasia and drove to Tomoka SP. We continued our experiment with FL State Parks. It is like going from the “sublime to the ridiculous”; Tomoka appears to be on the coast (from the map), however it is not. The address is on N. Beach Rd, Ormond Beach?? It is a popular SP for fishermen and boaters, located on the Halifax River. It is a bit remote and small, with very little hiking, walking trails, and not in biking distance to anything of interest. So we are here for two nights. We walked to the camp store/boat put-in, then continued on the trail out to The Indian Tribe Monument, the “Tomokie”. It ... read more
Bothan at the beach
The Fort at Augustine
Main Street in St Augustine

North America » United States » Florida » Saint Augustine January 13th 2010

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. ~G.K. Chesterton WEB SITES click on the blue letters tp learn more Lighthouses January 13, 2010, Wednesday We drove from O’Leno SP to Anastasia SP in St. Augustine. Anastasia SP is an island located close to the historic St. Augustine and is a coveted spot for RV’ers. The park boasts a broad beach and lagoon. The ancient oaks were young when Juan Ponce De Leon landed in the area in 1513 and gave Florida its name. This is a great campground for bikers. Since we arrive after 2 PM we decided to walk and use the bridge to get down to the ocean. Finally sunshine and just about 60 degrees…white caps and seagulls! The cold snap is ending. We enjoyed ... read more
Spanish Moss
The Moss is lovely

North America » United States » Florida January 11th 2010

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. ~Caskie Stinnett WEB SITES click on the blue letters tp learn more Florida State Parks January 11, 2010, Monday There is no way across the Chattahoochee, so we need to backtrack in order to get into Tallahassee, FL. We visited the Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic Site. My guess is… not many people visit this place. It is in an isolated area and not much info when one arrives. We decided on a private campground Tallahassee RV so we could use the laundry room… and the internet …and the cable….such luxuries!! January 12, 2010, Tuesday We are beginning an experiment…visiting and using FL State Parks to evaluate: 1.) Environment, can we bike or hike inside he park; ... read more
Monument for the ones that fought here
History Marker

North America » United States » Georgia » Columbus January 9th 2010

January 9, 2010, Saturday We left FDR, SP and traveled south to Columbus, GA, to the Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus GA. Major themes of the Navy’s involvement in the Civil War were depicted. It was surprising how important the Navy was in the Civil War. One thinks of battlefields, however, with few roads, the waterways were vital for commerce and supplies. The Union’s Blockade, named “The Anaconda”, successfully choked the south by cutting off supplies. The huge display of Ironclad Ships (the remains), an animated film, and a naval time-line… which tells the chronological story of the Civil War and how the Navy was so vital, the Civil War Naval Flag Display, etc. all contribute to a good place for a school field trip. Our next stop… going south, was Providence Canyon SP, ... read more
Providence Canyon SP, “Georgia’s Little Grand
Jackson (Ironclad ship) after 1 year under water, sunk by the Union soldiers
Civil war naval flags

North America » United States » Georgia » Warm Springs January 7th 2010

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. ~Benjamin Disraeli WEB SITES click on the blue letters tp learn more Kennesaw Mountain Warm Springs TEXT January 7,2010, Thursday Red Top Mt. SP We took a short walk around the campground and again were lucky…no snow! We drove on toward Atlanta to Kennesaw National Battlefield Park. This battle was one of the last confederate successes of the Civil War. The Visitor’s Center had a new video describing the battle. They also house a very impressive collection of rifles/weapons spanning the years before, during and after the Civil War, a generous donation by the Fuller Family... read more
Atlanta in the distance
This is the battlefield
Gun placements

North America » United States » Georgia January 4th 2010

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” - Benjamin Disraeli WEB SITES click on the blue letters tp learn more Chickamauga Chattanooga NMP Chickamauga Chattanooga NMP Cloudland Canyon State Park January 4, 2010, Monday We began our trek to the “warm south?” We were a bit anxious leaving Pittsburgh on HA! The frigid weather followed us through WVA, and into VA. We stopped at a KOA in Wytheville, VA… with Electric (of course) and a bonus…cable. The overnight temps were about 10 degrees. This is indeed the coldest RV travel we have attempted. Our holding ... read more
Bobby holding up the rock
Map of all the places we have been
View of Cloudland State Park GA

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