Our first campground stay was at Silver River State Park in Ocala, FL. We camped with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, who own a Montana
5th wheel camper.
It was a total coincidence that our site number was the same
as the number of times we have been camping in our Antiqua.
They have a museum inside the Park that features a Florida Cracker Pioneer Village with several buildings that were built in the late 1800s. The museum is only open to the public on the weekends, but the Park Rangers were nice enough to let me walk around and take some photos early one weekday morning.
This is the interior of the church, which doubled as the schoolhouse. Can you imagine sitting on those hard backless benches all day long while trying to learn your lessons. Not to mention having no air conditioning. Looks like they at least had heat from the small wood stove.
My SIL and BIL cooked great sausage kabobs over the campfire one evening for dinner. What a colorful looking meal they made.
They were setting up a Haunted Hayride for Halloween in the
|A bad head day.|
|Just hanging around...|
October 15-18, 2012
we stayed at an US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campground,
but won't be our last. We really enjoyed staying at this campground.
Most of the campsites are situated right on the banks of Lake Allatoona.
It was so nice to have the view of the lake whether we were inside
the camper looking out the windows or sitting on the deck.
This is our campsite looking up from the banks of the lake.
|She's got an itch.|
Below are photos taken while hiking the West Rim Trail.
It's a 4.8 mile loop trail with beautiful views of the canyon.
|Splashes of Color|
Below are some of the 1200 plus stairs that are part of
the two mile Waterfalls Trail. Whew, what a climb!
Stairway to Heaven?
Large rock overhang on the Waterfalls
Trail with me sitting underneath.
A towering rock wall on the Waterfalls Trail
Another view of the canyon from the Waterfalls Trail
|One of the beautiful waterfalls on the Waterfalls Trail.|
Can you see the people on the rock overcropping?
Gives scale as to how large the canyon is.
The second set of waterfalls that can
be seen on the Waterfalls Trail.
This photo of a man fly fishing was taken just behind our campsite.
We got up at sunrise to drive thru Cades Cove. Cades Cove is a beautiful eleven mile loop within the Smoky Mountains National Park. As you can see from the photo below, we weren't the only ones there early in the morning. It was bumper to bumper traffic within the loop, but we just took it slow and easy and it was no problem.
Love the Smoky Mountains!!
still hear the clash of their antlers coming together. I don't think they were seriously fighting; just sizing each other up for the real thing some other time.
|Some more deer grazing in Cades Cove.|
The next day we went for a very nice hike near the
Institute of Tremont in the Park. The unofficial name of the
trail is the Spruce Flat Falls Trail. A fun two mile loop trail.
|Fall colors along the trail.|
what would have been a difficult area to hike over. I really
appreciate whoever built this and made the hike a little easier.
The payoff at the end of the trail was worth the hike.
The Spruce Flat Falls were beautiful with
colorful fallen leaves everywhere.
She's such a cutie!
|Love those baby blue eyes!|
|Enjoying her peaches!|
|Making lye soap|
|The Stephen Foster Museum|