Colorado to Tallahassee - History, Canopy Roads, No Snow.

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  1. MrBob

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    This morning I did some volunteer work for a local hospice and one of the crew suggested I check out the Wacissa River while in the area. This is what I found at the bottom of the boat ramp. Perfect spot for launching a kayak - Quiet and peaceful, and the water is incredibly clear.
    As I'm taking this shot I glance down at the water.
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    He was all of about 18" long, so I wasn't real worried, and kind of cute.
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    18" is cute . . . but you know he's got a mother.:uhoh
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    There are also Manatee a little further south on the river.
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    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    Them I like
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    The water temp is a little warmer near the Gulf, so the Manatee tend to hang out down there. I was in my kayak on the lower St. Marks River and a huge Manatee and pup were close enough for me to touch, and never left a ripple in the water. Amazing how something so big could be so gentle.
    OTOH, my current remodeling job has way too many of these in my work area.
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    So nice to see blooming buds on this magnolia tree.
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    A sleepy little shed on the road to Madison, FL.

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    Guess which famous musician grew up here?

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    I've been knocking around the south for close to 20 years and this is the first time I've seen any gratitude expressed toward slaves.
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    About 30 feet away from the plaque expressing thanks to slaves, is this monument. On one side of it is quite an extensive list of names of confederate troops from the area killed in the war.
    I think this is one of those things hard for a Northerner to understand.

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    This Italianate 1880's house is near the park, and looks to be in about perfect condition. Many neighborhoods in Madison, FL. seemed to contain gems like this one.
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    Good stuff man! I love the history of my home state and it's great to see others enjoying it!

    Those old growth canopies are always a treat.

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    The Stroud Cemetery near Madison is worth a ride.

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    And just north of the FL border in GA is what remains of the childhood home of one of the most iconic baseball players in US history.

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    After my visit to Madison last week, I plan to return with my bicycle for a slower look around.
    Exploring north Florida has been a treat this winter.
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    I'm a huge history aficionado and I'm really enjoying your writings.

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    So many museums, so little time.
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    Have you ridden through Metcalf, GA? Charming little crossroads with some excellent period buildings.
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    No I haven't. I'll have to make sure to pass through on a future ride.

    Have you gone through Welborn FL? It's worth passing through if you're into that period's architecture. There's also still a section of the old cobblestone mainstreet.
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    Finally got some time this evening to continue exploring the back roads around here. A local told me about the Pisgah cemetery and after a bit of searching, I found it. A lovely and quiet setting. Unlike every other old cemetery I've seen in north Florida, these headstones, some of them dating to the early 1800's, are in pristine condition.
    I've been paying more attention to the symbols on the older headstones and wondering if there is meaning behind them. This one, for instance:

    Hands Holding Something
    Hands holding a chain with a broken link symbolizes the death of a family member or, sometimes, the bonds of marriage, broken by death. The hand of God plucking a link of the chain represents God bringing a soul unto himself.



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    Near the cemetery was this church, one of the oldest in north Florida, that dates to the mid-1800's. The building looked largely original and in great condition.
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    Fun afternoon on the ebike. Perfect afternoon for a ride. I thought the trail would be busier, but in 27 miles I saw maybe a dozen people.
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    Cotton was King around here when slaves provided the labor. Many of the old families around here
    had ancestors who got their 40 acres and a mule after the Civil War and settled in this area.

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    Straight and flat for the next 15 miles.
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    I"m still kind of disoriented by seeing blooming flowers in February. Too many winters in Minnesota, I guess.
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    The tide was out when I walked on the beach on Jekyll Island two days ago. Chilly and rainy weather but perfect for brisk walking.

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    And I made a dollar along the way.

    After the beach I'm touring the island in my van, and come to this house:
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    The walls remain sturdy. Add the wooden bits and it would be fit to live in. Dog knows how many hurricanes its weathered and the interior is gutted.

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    Once I arrive in Savannah, I head directly to the Savannah History Museum. A city as old as this one has many stories to tell.
    This boat is about 4 feet at the beam and maybe 18 feet long. The type of wood isn't named but it must be Cypress.
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    The bench that Forest Gump sat on in the movie. It's made mostly of fiberglass. IIRC, most of that movie was filmed in the Savannah area.
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