North Florida in November

This last weekend we packed up the kids and went up to north Florida for some sight seeing and some hiking.  Saturday we spent the day at Florida Caverns State Park.  This is the only park in Florida with dry cave tours.  It’s a 45 minute tour and well worth the time.  One area has a formation that looks somewhat like a wedding cake and in fact they sometimes hold weddings there.  Thought that was interesting.  We did see a couple bats, but they were nice enough to leave us alone.  Robert and Devin walked the trail after the tour while Matt and I checked out the gift shop…LOL.  We then went to Falling Waters State Park, which has the highest waterfall in Florida, which is only because it falls into a sink hole.  It’s 100 feet deep and 20 feet wide.  We did not realize it depended on seasonal weather and rainfall and since we haven’t had much rain lately, when we went, it was….well, to put it nicely, not working.  There were plenty of boardwalks that overlooked many other sink holes though and that was interesting.  After that we went to the Air Force Armament Museum near Eglin Air Force Base.  Inside there is warfare armament from the early days of World War I right through to today’s high tech planes and bombs.  Outside there is vintage military aircraft including the fastest plane ever built – the SR-71 Blackbird.  Wish we would have had more time, but enjoyed the time we did have there.  Sunday we spent the afternoon hiking the Garden of Eden Trail.  A 3.5 mile round trip self guided trail.  There were a couple steep climbs and descents through the trail.  It eventually opens up to great view from a bluff 135 feet above the Apalachicola River.  A strenuous hike, when you’re use to more flat lands, but well worth the view of the river.  Then it was on home.  Always good to be back home…..until next time.

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