Duane & Jo's U.S. and Canada Tour: 2008 travel blog

The Suwannee River

The park was nicely designed and maintained

The carillon chimes every 15 minutes and plays Stephen Foster tunes at...

The turkey vultures seemed to like hanging out on the carollon.

We had an interesting bike ride. First we saw a gopher snake,...

. . . then 100 yards later we saw a coral snake...

We felt better about seeing gopher tortoises.

We spent a relaxing couple of days at Stephen Foster State Park on the Suwannee River in north-central Florida. The museum and carillon are dedicated to the memory of Stephen Foster. The museum has quite a bit about his music but almost nothing about his life. It turns out that although he wrote the music that made the Suwannee River famous, he never saw it or many of the other places he wrote about in his songs. His music was very popular but he received almost no royalties and died a pauper in NYC at the age of 33. We took an interesting bike ride at Big Shoals State Park, where we saw a gopher snake, a coral snake, and 2 gopher tortoises on the trail. One evening we watched bats flying around a parking lot, and an owl swooping in to catch his dinner.

After experiencing an early start to fall, we are now back in summer weather. Temps are in the comfortable 70s, very little humidity, and only a small number of mosquitoes. We are now heading west on route 10, which with only a few diversions, will take us back to So. California.

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