The spring house was once a health spa
for people who wanted to bathe in the
sulphur spring water.
The bell tower plays some of Stephen
Foster's songs and has a museum with
displays of his pianos, sheet music, and
dioramas depicting the stories behind
(click on this and the following pictures
to enlarge them.)
are exposed by the low water and erosion.
||Some of the
rocks looked like skulls or skeletons
alligator, about 3 feet long, was
sunning on the bank. It ignored us.
frequently sun themselves
on rocks or logs.
waited until we got
close then flew away.
This was our first night's campsite at the Woods
Ferry River Camp "primitive" campsite.
landing at Woods Ferry River
Camp has a long walkway up from
campground provided a picnic
table, grill, and fire ring. Dinner is
being cooked over the fire.
was set up on a nice soft
bed of leaves.
Making coffee with a Jet Boil and French Press
sometimes made it
hard to paddle.
|I took a
closer look at
the sand bar.
like a good place
for a picnic lunch.
The outside bank, on the right, is a steep
rocky bank, while the inside bank, on the
left, has a sloping sand bank.
night we camped on
a sandy riverbank.
tend the fire, but I was
careful not to get too close. We
built it on the sand since there
was no fire ring to use.
with the Jet Boil
|We used a SteriPEN to purify the
river water for making dinner and
|I helped to
set up the tent. We
have not yet put on the yellow
|The Florida Trail,
marked with orange
blazes painted on trees, follows the
river bank through this section of
Florida. We watched a Boy Scout
Troop hike by.
exploring the sand dune, we
came upon a set of tracks. They ended
at a hole that an animal had dug.
them up in our guide
and concluded that a snapping turtle had
climbed ashore to lay her eggs in the sand.
was chilly for Florida,
but mild by Michigan standards.
|This is the
morning view of our
reflection of this
tree across the river
has an eerie look.
striking the tent, we discovered
we'd had a visitor.
ready to launch the canoe
on day 3.
down the Suwannee
|Not far down
the river, we passed the Holton
Creek River Camp, for those who want a little
more luxury in their camping.
further down, we passed the camp of a group
of University of Florida students. They also chose
to camp in the wild of the river bank.
|When we saw
the Alapaha River
flowing into the Suwannee, we
knew that our trip was almost
over. We were arriving at our
pull out point.
unloading the canoe and
laying out the gear to dry, I
helped take our last navigational
fix for the trip. We had traveled
35 miles down the river.
|I got to
spend some time with Morgan
playing on th beach at the Spirit of the
Suwannee Music Park.
Morgan's family, he cousin Shyanne,
brother Mason, and her mother, Carrina.