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Monday, March 28, 2011

Suwannee River State Park


We decided to take a trip yesterday to see this park.  It is beautiful and right on the Suwannee River.  We had plenty of chances yesterday to see it and hike along it.  It was a blast.  We think now this would have been more suited for Rusty, but we left him home on this day.  I don’t think we will do that again.  Especially if we know we are going to be outside a lot.  I just have to remember that he is still young, and I think it is Don more than Rusty that needs to be trained.  We will get it worked out.  He is our forever dog, and we are his forever people.


It cost $5.00 again to get into this park for day use, but I thought it was worth every penny of it.  There are hiking trails, picnic grounds, bird watching opportunities, and we saw several boats, canoes, and fisher people.  There is a very large rest area with bathrooms and showers.  We were very impressed with this little park.


If I remember right there were two very large parking lots, and there is also a place for RV camping, but didn’t look very large.  Not sure our 38’ fifth wheel would fit in, but there were lots of smaller RV’s there.


This was my favorite part of the day.  We had just started walking down one of the trails when I saw a sign about bird watching.  Within the next few steps I heard this beautiful fellow looking for his lunch.  You could hear the familiar rat-a-tat-tat, and I knew immediately what was making the noise.  Sure enough, he was on the side of a tree about 10 yards away from me.  I couldn’t get really close without scaring him, but I think you can see that it is a Pileated Woodpecker.  I just kept snapping, but couldn’t get a really clear shot at him.  I love seeing them.  We had lots of them on our place in Indiana.


This is just some shots of the trail we hiked.  I hiked a little farther than Donnie.  He does walks with Rusty every day, but his knee still bothers him from when he fell.  I think he may have done more damage than he thought.


This a little farther up the trail.  That pole in the middle picture showed how high the floods were for different years.  If you look closely at the middle picture on the left, you can see it standing on the bank next to that large tree.  It would have been 10 feet over our heads when flooded.


This was a fun outing and I would pay twice that to go back into this little park.

I am getting so disgusted with my carpeting.  It seems like every day I am cleaning a new stain.  Since we got Rusty I spend a lot of time just cleaning up little stains he seems to bring in.  Don always wipes his and Rusty’s feet so I don’t know how it all happens.  I am really leaning toward having hardwood floors installed.  Does anyone out there know if this will work with 3 slide-outs?  My main concern would be tearing the hardwood up when we put the slides out or in.  It would be so much easier to take care of, and I think, look better.

Want to welcome my newest followers.  First is JO JO, she has a very cool site.  Mother of 4, rvs part time and has a home in the White Mountains of AZ.  Check her out.

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You all stay safe…  :)


Happytrails said...

That is a very nice state park. We have been there before but it has been several years. Seeing your post makes us want to return.
Glad you had such a nice day!

Carol K said...

Thank you for taking us along on your trip to Suwannee River State Park! I liked seeing your pictures, especially the woodpecker. I don't know much about removing carpet but I hope you get some answers from others.

JOJO said...

Thanks for the welcome.
I love your photos. Some people complain about paying these fees. But when you consider how well kept these parks are it is well worth the price.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Thanks for the tour. We have stayed in the area a number of times at the Suwannee River Music Park, but never made it to the state park. Looks like we missed a nice area.

heyduke50 said...

Suwannee River State Park is now on my must go to list...

Rick and Paulette said...

Looks like a great park to visit. Nice job on all the collages you included to - great pics!

Donna K said...

What a lovely park. I enjoyed the tour and all your great photos.

Alan and Marilyn McMillan said...

One more place we need to see...great pics! Glad you enjoyed the day.

Judy and Emma said...

I always take Emma along if visiting a state park or National Wildlife Refuge. They are generally dog friendly as long as you keep Rusty on a leash and clean up after him. Wish I could say the same for National Parks.

Really like your header picture. :)

Sue and Doug said...

what a great day you and Donnie had!..Rusty back at the trailer is okay too..dogs need to learn they have to stay home sometimes too!!..nice work on the collages!!

Mr Mrs Crafty said...

What a cute little park and one we will for sure visit when we are in that most beautiful part of the state... I agree with Sue and Doug - your Rusty will learn - sometimes being alone is nice...

Kevin and Ruth said...

We have the same problem with Whiskey and our carpets. We always clean her feet before she comes in but the carpet still looks a mess. Kevin wants to take it up and put down new carpeting, I want hardwood. Hopefully we will do something about it this summer.

Kevin and Ruth

BamaGurl said...

Really pretty park, one I'd like to go to also. Sorry Rusty missed that outing but there will be plenty more. I laughed when u said u weren't sure if it was Rusty or Don....Cesar says it's always the humans. lol That we need to be trained. He is so young and needs lots and lots of walking to get rid of some of that energy. Maybe there will be a dog park close by soon, does he chase and bring a ball back? I can't get Killer to bring it back, he'll go get it but won't bring it back. lol Don might want to get one of those knee wraps from the drugstore, it would support his knee more and hopefully ease the pain. It probably wouldn't hurt to see the dr. but if he's like Dick, that will be hard to accomplish. lol Hope y'all continue to have great days and lots of happiness. Safe travels my friends.

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

So glad you enjoyed the park. It was one of our favorites. We camped in our 26ft TT and it was great but not a big rig park for sure.

meowmomma said...

nice photo's Pidge!

you might Laurie and Odel about the place near Pheonix where they had their remodeling done~then you could contact the place and ask your questions about flooring issues... just a thought!

happy travels!