Rocky Bayou SP (Nov 19-26, 2017)

Sunday - We have decided that this stop is too much out if the way and will not be a part of our trip next year. It was a windy trip, but the MH did very well. The sun was bright and the air cool. We got into our site (33), got set up, and took a walk.
Monday - Brrrr!!!! It was 37 degrees this morning. We hoped by the time we reached Florida it would warm up. It is supposed to do so later in the week. We took a walk down to the boat ramp and tried the Tenkara rods to see if we could catch some Mangeove Snapper. We managed a couple pinfish but the snapper wouldn’t cooperate. The campground is full.

Cottonhill COE (Nov 18, 2017)

Saturday - Thank you Lord! Even though John forgot to make a reservation here, they had our favorite (33) available for us. It was a shorter, two and a half hour trip here, with lite traffic on Hwy 27. We are only here for one night and the weather is supposed to go from delightful to messy for our next leg to Rocky Bayou SP.  After lunch, we tried fishing, but it was too windy and weedy. We needed to be in the kayaks, but the wind wouldn’t allow it. Hopefully, we will get some improved weather on the Panhandle.

Whitetail Ridge COE (Nov 16-17)

Thursday - This is the most difficult leg of the trip down because of the hills and curves. We made the 218 miles in the expected five hours. Everything worked and we got in and set up in site 35. The weather is perfect.
Friday - John took advantage of the perfect weather and got some fishing in, trying a black hopper from shore. He caught two small spotted bass and a nice bluegill. We enjoyed a couple of nice walks around the loops. There are many empty sites, but reservation tags are on most of them for Easter week. John somehow missed getting a reservation for our next stop at Cottonhill, so we are praying we can get in without one.

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Whitetail Ridge COE (March 31-April 1, 2017)

Friday - It was another nice couple hour drive here with perfect weather after a very rainy night. We drove a few miles from the campground to Charlie Joseph's hamburger, hotdog, and chili place for lunch. The food was good as was the service. We fished mid afternoon and again in the evening, but managed only one bream.
Saturday - We took a couple of nice walks and John fished a few shorelines and managed a few team, a small bass, and a much nicer bass. He used a chartreuse squiggly-tail nymph under an indicator for the first two, but resorted to a plastic worm on a Duck Commander for the larger bass.

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Cottonhill COE (March 29-30, 2017)

Wednesday - It was about 190 miles driving, to get here, with one delay to wait for a freight train that was stopped on the crossing. We went into Ft. Gaines and had dinner at KJs Grilling Company. It used to be The Hungry Wolf a few years ago. We both had hamburger steak with baked potato and fried okra. It was really good and we left stuffed. The lake here, Walter F. George, or Lake Eufala if you are an Alabaman, is in much better shape with weeds than last year. We took our Duck Commander poles armed with plastic Zoom finesse worms and fished along shore. We each caught a few small bass and John caught one big enough to warrant filleting, while Joan caught one definitely worthy. Great! We will add them to one John caught a few days ago that we froze. They have an awesome fish cleaning station here, which we used.
Thursday - We each grabbed a breakfast bar and went down to the lake to fish. John took a fly rod armed with a Clouser while Joan stuck to her trusty Duck Commander. Joan caught a bass that was in between the two that we kept last evening, while John could only muster a little one. It was a beautiful morning and at least we got to feel the tug. We sat outside on our nicely shaded site (34) and got to watch a gator slowly cruising the lake and an osprey on its nest.

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Suwanee River SP (March 26-28, 2017)

Sunday - It was a good 90 mile trip here with no surprises. The sites are small, and lacking barrier between them. The trees here are not quite as dense as Paynes Prairie SP, but still too thick to get satellite, unless John sets up the dish across the road. The cable would likely be damaged if we did.
Monday - We ate a breakfast bar and hiked the Suwanee River Trail and a part of the Balanced Rock Trail. We discovered that the "Balanced Rock" in no longer balanced and fell into the river. John took his Tenkara rod with a foam hopper and fished in some likely spots, but only one very small bream cooperated. It was a very nice hike with perfect temp and nice breeze. It has been getting quite warm in the afternoon. The gnats have been rather pesky.
Tuesday - We took an early morning hike on the Sink Run Trail. This was a beautiful hike with large cedars and rocky overlooks of the gully made by the water runoff. The highlight was the most beautifully built wooden bridge we have seen. We would love the builders to do our deck in Blairsville. We were greeted by a pair of barred owls doing their "who-cooks-for-you" call. In the evening we enjoyed a fire with Jim and Pearl from Dunnellon. While we were chatting, a hummingbird flew very close to us, nearly brushing us.

Payne's Prairie SP (March 22-25, 2017)

Wednesday - It was less than an hour to get here, but there was a lot of truck traffic on I-75. We got into site six, which is much smaller than the one we just left. The tree cover is heavy, which gives us ample shade, but made it impossible for John to get satellite signal. We can watch tv on our phones and watch dvds.
Thursday - We drove to High Springs to meet our friends, the Mast family, for dinner at Alice's Restaurant. They reunion at Trackrock and have made us feel part of their family. It was great visiting and getting caught up.
Friday - Today we drove to the north park entrance to hike the La Chua trail. There is a sink here where the lake drains into the underground aquifer. There are also many wild animals such as alligators, bison, and horses that can be seen from the trail. This is not a zoo, but a wild encounter and care must be taken. We did not see any bison today, but saw many alligators and horses. It as quite windy, which made it more comfortable to hike.
Saturday - We drove over to the visitor's center and viewing area that is only a couple miles from the campground. We climbed to observation tower, but sadly no animals were in sight.

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