Our friends from Tampa, Rhonda and William stopped by to visit us on their way home from their camping trip. They made the mistake of planning their trip during spring break and were unable to get their first choice for campgrounds :) Rhonda and I met years ago when we both first started working at USAA Insurance.
They ended up at Three Rivers State Park in Sneads, Florida, in the panhandle. They said site number 15 was really a nice site…I’m trying to remember that for future reference:)
They initially had reservations for Ochlockonee River State Park but despite the park rangers assurance their rig would fit, they couldn’t get into the site they reserved, and were given a full refund.
They arrived Friday afternoon and we just spent they day showing them around our property and sitting on the porch bird watching.
We have a “campsite” set up on our property, complete with water, sewer and 50 amp electric, and that’s where they set up.
Yesterday, we spent the day doing tourist things.
First we took them into Thomasville to try a “grits cup”. It’s a southern thing and very good! You get a cup with grits, eggs, bacon or sausage, and cheese. It’s all layered and is DELICIOUS!
After lunch we did a little tour through Thomasville which has a lot of older beautifully restored Victorian houses.
We showed them, The Big Oak. President Eisenhower even photographed it when he visited Thomasville years ago. It’s quite an amazing tree. It’s very hard to get a good picture of it because of it’s size. Here are William and Rhonda in front of the Big Oak.
After that we headed into Tallahassee via a scenic route. We wanted to show them the beautiful spring blooms that are just starting to bloom in this area.
These are Flowering Peach trees.
Then we headed to Birdsong Nature Center so they could see the “bird window”. This is a huge window inside the house that is overlooking a bird feeding and bathing station. Unfortunately there were no more birds there then what we have at home in our own bird feeding station.
and some Towhee’s.
We then headed to to Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee Florida. There is no camping there but there is a beautiful garden that is well worth the visit, especially during the spring bloom. Unfortunately it is a little early for the peak spring bloom, but there was enough blooming to make it worth the trip.
It will be in full bloom in a week or so and we WILL be back! The Azaleas, Dogwoods and Wisteria will be blooming then and it’s gorgeous!
Here are a few pictures from our visit.
William, Rhonda and Al at the entrance to the gardens.
There are no campground in this state park, but on the way in, we noticed a few 5th wheels parked in a “volunteer” area. It was a REAL nice are with full hook ups.
When we entered the garden area I asked the gentleman that took our ticket if he was one of the volunteers. You would have thought I committed a crime! He asked why I wanted to know and then proceeded to tell me in no uncertain terms that they were fully booked up for the next 2 years and basically to get in line! Whew…didn’t see that coming.
Anyway, more pictures.
We went and got a late lunch and they got to try some “Fried Pickles”. Don’t knock them until you try them, they are very good!
We headed home and did a little bird watching from our front porch.
My first Hummingbird of the season came.
We drank a little wine and Rhonda turned me onto a wine I liked…may have created a monster :) It’s called Paisano.
This morning (Sunday) we said good-bye to our friends, as they headed back to Tampa.
Bye Rhonda and William!