Throwback Thursday #18 – January 30, 2012

We’re not traveling as much in our fifth wheel anymore so I thought it would be fun to relive some of our most memorable days from previous RV trips. This January I am highlighting our January, 2012 snowbird trip to Florida.

Part 5 of our January, 2012 RV trip around Florida

After enjoying our stay in Alafia State Park, we spent a few days in Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest before stopping at one of our all time favorite campgrounds on our way north. On this day eight years ago, January 30, 2012, we were camped at Stephen C. Foster State Park in Fargo, Georgia in the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. It was our last stop before going home.

We had camped there several times before but this stay at the park was quite different from our other visits. In 2011, a wildfire burned for days in the area and a lot of the woods were badly burned.

As we the drove the last few miles to the park entrance we were saddened to see the devastation caused by the 2011 wildfire.

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Stephen C Foster State Park after 2011 wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp

The fire also destroyed part of the walkway through the nature trail.

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Stephen C Foster State Park after 2011 wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp

We returned to the park several times after the fire and the area is recovering nicely. There are pictures from our 2018 visit at The Land of Trembling Earth.

It was great fun wandering around Florida that year. Except for a few cold days in the early part of the trip, most of the days were warm and sunny. We even had a few days when we could wear shorts!

We were gone for 36 days and went a total of about 3000 miles and have lots of good memories.

12 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #18 – January 30, 2012

  1. I think we are going to spend a few days at Stephan C Foster SP on our way north this year. I almost booked it last year, but ended up closer to the coast so we could visit the barrier islands. Sounds like you had a great 36 days!

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    1. It’s easy to have a great month in Florida! I hope you enjoy Stephen cFoster and the Okenefokee swamp. Be prepared for mosquitoes if you get there when the weather warms up. Be sure to rent a boat or take a tour into the swamp. Get one of the premium sites it you have a big rig.

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  2. Great flashback photos! In just the few years I’ve gone, the swamp really can change character. The Okefenokee Swamp truly is a majestic and mysterious place. With so many wonderful photos the swamp has afforded me, I decided to honor the Okefenokee with a dedicated photography blog. If you’re interested, it is at this link: Thanks! William

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