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  • 4 April 2018: White Springs Saga

    Posted on April 4th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Since the last post we have moved the 100 miles or so to White Springs RV Park in White Springs, FL.  This little town with little infrastructure to support it is home to the Steven Foster Cultural Museum.  That is the first place we went on arrival and have been many places since we rolled into village on the 24th of March.  Today, we will wash clothes in the village and prepare for our departure tomorrow AM heading for Highland Falls, GA.

    We have had an active daily schedule of sightseeing.  Most of this involved a trek of <40 miles.  First came the Blue Springs then Falmouth Springs and the next day Peacock Springs.  Finally, some days later it was on to Ichetucknee Springs.  If I had to rate these springs for my preferences it would be as follows:

    1.  Ichetucknee
    2. Blue
    3. Falmouth
    4. Peacock

    Peacock is last because it was totally covered with green algae, only disturbed by the three scuba divers 30′ down on the bottom; otherwise, I would rate it number 2 and is a deep, roundish pool.  Blue Springs pool is very near to the Suwanee  River and, in fact, has a large opening into the river.  Falmouth appears and then disappears in about 300′ but could be considered a wading pool.  Ichetucknee has two different attractions – the headwaters and big springs – and appears to be the most popular by far.  Both pools are open for general swimming and the temperature is about like Pleasant Lake temperatures in June.

    Beyond that we went to two state parks – Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park and Big Shoals.  Without really intending to we walked the 5 miles round trip to the Big Shoals rapids and you could hear them about a mile away and it was worth the walk.  Days later we went to Oulstee and walke the 2 mile circuit around the battlefield where there were plackards describing this bloodiest of battles.  All-in-all it has been a rewarding and interesting week here in North Central Florida.  The weather has finally cooperated with our plans up to now.


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