We were able to ride our bikes around the park on the paved roads and stopped to explore the museum, artisan cottages, and carillon.
|Close up of the carillon tower.|
Legend has it that Stephen Foster's song "Old Folks at Home" made the Suwannee River famous. The museum and carillon had several dioramas representing the various songs he wrote.
|Stephen Foster museum - looks like a Southern plantation!|
|Inside the carillon|
|Diorama of "Old Folks at Home"|
|Diorama of "Camptown Races"|
What a neat coincidence!!
When we went to the artisan's square, one of the volunteers was doing Pysanky. Pysanky is an old eastern European art of painting eggs. I was fascinated by the intricate work that it took to paint the eggs. The volunteer had painted a goose egg with a wonderful, very detailed Christmas scene. Unfortunately, her husband was showing it off one day and accidentally dropped it. Oops! I didn't take a picture of the volunteer doing Pysanky but here's a picture that I found online of a Pysanky egg.
Since we couldn't bike on any of the trails at the campground, we packed up the bikes and headed over to Big Shoals State Park. This part was just a few miles away from us and we actually could have pedaled over there.
|Lots of live oaks with moss! Beautiful!|
|Hmmm....not sure how we could paddle this!|
|Would be quite difficult to navigate in a kayak!!|
|I love the palms!|
|Palms on the left; river on the right (but hidden by the brush!)|
|First you hear the woodpeckers; then you see them!|
|Turtle sunning himself|
There was one other creature that we saw at Big Shoals....not sure exactly what you call it other than "cool"!!!!
|Bigfoot was big!!|
The last day before our departure from Stephen Foster was spent doing household cleaning and maintenance. Dan patched the holes in the awning and I tended to the inside. Hitch itch set in early this time and we were both anxious to get on the road.
We left Tuesday to our next destination which was only about 45 minutes away. We're going to "moochdock" for a bit (not really as I'm sure we'll do some chores!) at the home of some friends we had met originally in NC.
Make it a great day!