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.

Throwback Thursday #15 – January 9, 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.

Part 2 of our January, 2012 RV trip around Florida

On this day eight years ago,  on January 9, 2012 we were camped in The Glades RV Resort on the Calooshatchee River in Moore Haven, Florida. This large RV park is a popular snowbird destination with a marina, golf course, swimming pool, and many other amenities. It was fun meeting some of the snowbirds who were there for the winter. And the sunrises and sunsets were spectacular! I woke up one morning to see the brilliant fiery sky in the photo at the top of this post.

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The Glades RV Resort, Moore Haven, FL
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Marina at The Glades RV Resort, Moore Haven, FL
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Hawk at The Glades RV Resort, Moore Haven, FL
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The Glades RV Resort, Moore Haven, FL
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Sunset at The Glades RV Resort, Moore Haven, FL

Part 1 of our January, 2012 trip around Florida can be found at last week’s throwback Thursday.

Throwback Thursday #14 – January 2, 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.

Part 1 of our January, 2012 RV trip around Florida

On this day eight years ago on January 2, 2012, we were camped on the Florida Gulf Coast in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Port St. Joe, Florida. It was our second stop of a month long trip wandering around Florida.

Located on the St. Joseph Peninsula on the Emerald Coast of Florida, the beautiful white sand beach was just a short walk from the campsite. The sunsets were spectacular and sometimes we had the beach all to ourselves.

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St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, FL
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St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, FL
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St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, FL

Sadly, the campground suffered a lot of damage from Hurricane Michael in October, 2018. Although the park is recovering, the campgrounds are still closed. More information about the closure can be found here.