2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Home to Tallahassee. FL 0 - our route - 186 miles

Home to Tallahassee. FL1 - Wildflowers along I-10

Coe's Landing Campground - Site 20

Coe's Landing Campground - Site 20 - another view

Great food just off the lake

Maclay Gardens SP 1 - a few of the azaleas are still...

Maclay Gardens SP 2 - some of the camelias are still blooming...

Maclay Gardens SP 3

Maclay Gardens SP 4

Maclay Gardens SP 5

Maclay Gardens SP 6

Maclay Gardens SP 7 - most of the garden has huge old...

Maclay Gardens SP 8

Maclay Gardens SP 9

Maclay Gardens SP 10

Maclay Gardens SP 11 - azaleas in front, large camelia trees in...

Maclay Gardens SP 12 - a very pretty pond in the garden

Maclay Gardens SP 13 - these guys were all over the park,...

Maclay Gardens SP 14 - the view of Lake Hall from the...

Maclay Gardens SP 15 - the Maclay home

Maclay Gardens SP 16 - looking past the reflecting pool to the...

Maclay Gardens SP 18 - the Walled Garden

Maclay Gardens SP 19 - the mountain laurel were in full bloom

Balloon 42

This year's trip is now under way. Doris had major back surgery the end of January but has worked hard and recovered enough to complete that recovery while on this trip. We will just have to take it easy for the first few months as she gains her strength back.

The trip over to Tallahassee from home was a relatively short 186 miles, almost all along Interstate 10. When we left we were afraid we would run into thunderstorms, but luckily, all we had was about five minutes of light mist a little East of Tallahassee. While I-10 is a fairly boring drive, it seemed to be a lot prettier this year with lots of wildflowers along the median and right of way.

We are staying at Coe's Landing Campground on Lake Talquin, just SW of Tallahassee. It is a very nice park with only 20 sites and only three or four of them suitable for big rigs. We have, what I believe to be the only, full hookups with 30 amps. The roof dish found the satellite and we have good Verizon coverage in a fairly large back-in site. One word of warning - there is no sign for the campground!! When you see the large wooden Coe's Landing sign, make the next right or you will be in the boat launch area!

Not too long after arriving we ventured out in search of food. The campground manager had recommended a seafood place not far from the lake dam and we decided to try it out. On our first pass we missed it but called them, turned around and eventually found the place - Angel's Seafood By the Dam. We are so glad we did - The food was outstanding! Doris had shrimp and scallops and I had fried flounder. After all of the flounder fillets I have eaten in my lifetime, imagine my surprise when they brought me the whole fish (minus the head) on a huge platter! I had never seen a flounder cooked like a catfish but it was delicious. Needless to say we had enough left for today's meal as well.

Today, Saturday, we headed for the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park just North of Tallahassee. We have driven past this park several times but have never had the time or inclination to stop. It was a very nice park and the gardens are well done. The peak blooming season was about a month ago but there were still plenty of color in the garden. We probably walked a mile and a half or two and Doris did extremely well though she was very tired by the time we returned to the Mothership. Almost all of the pictures are of flowers so if they are not your thing you may want to bypass them.

We head for a four-night stay at Florida's Blackwater River State Park near Holt, FL tomorrow.

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