2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Holt, FL - Blackwater River State Park - Site 5

Holt, FL - Blackwater River State Park - Site 5, another view

First wildlife of the trip viewed from the board walk over the...

Blackwater River as it winds its way through the park

The beach in the park

Just another lazy day on the river

Cypress knees in the swamp

Some more wildlife!

Some more of the river and plentiful sandy beaches

This is where the outfitters pick you back up after drifting down...

Horse ranch just outside Holt

Some of the corrals

The stables

Making lemonade out of lemons, or art out of a dead tree...

Closer view

From the other side

And closer

The trip across the top pf Florida was uneventful and long, at least for those of us who are used to short 200 mile trips. We are staying at Blackwater River State Park which is between Holt and Milton, Fl about 30 miles East of Pensacola. This is one of the best State Parks we have stayed at. The campsites have been recently redone and, as best we can tell, all are 50 amp full hook up sites. They are a little closer and smaller than some of the other State Parks we have been in but are VERY nice. We have tall pines sparsely around us but the Winegard antenna was able to auto lock onto the satellite and we have passable Verizon service. The park is on the Blackwater River which is a shallow, wandering, sandy-bottomed river that is heavily used for canoeing and picnicking. The river flows about two to three miles an hour and makes for a very lazy afternoon of just gliding down the river and relaxing as you enjoy the scenery. A local outfitter just outside the park will rent you the canoe and take you upstream for launching and then pick you up when you get back close to the park and all at very reasonable fees.

We have enjoyed our three nights here just relaxing and catching up on some of the things we wanted to do to the coach but didn't have time to do before we left. We wanted to take the canoe trip but will save that for another day when I don't have busted ribs and a bum shoulder. :)

Tomorrow we head for a small Louisiana State Park not far from New Orleans (we will not be going into town). Until we get to San Antonio Saturday we will just be transiting through the countryside before we start touring in earnest.

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