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Big Shoals State Park
White Springs, Florida

April 27, 2010
(& a flashback to April 1, 2009

The two RV Gypsies visited White Springs, Florida in April 2009 and again in April 2010. They spent some time at Big Shoals State Park on a rainy day in 2009, and revisited Big Shoals State Park again on a sunny day in 2010. They discovered that more than just the weather of the day had changed as you will see by observing both sets of photos below.

Big Shoals State Park features the largest Whitewater rapids in Florida. Limestone bluffs, towering 80 feet above the banks of the Suwannee River, and afford outstanding vistas not found anywhere else in Florida. When the water level on the Suwannee River is between 59 and 61 feet above mean sea level, the Big Shoals rapids earn a Class III Whitewater classification, attracting thrill-seeking canoe and kayak enthusiasts. Over 28 miles of wooded trails provide opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. The Woodpecker Trail, a 3.4-mile long multipurpose paved trail, connects the Little Shoals and Big Shoals entrances to the park. The river offers excellent opportunities for freshwater fishing. A picnic pavilion that seats up to 40 people is available at the Little Shoals entrance.

Photos at Big Shoals State Park in White Springs, Florida
The dirt road entrance to Big Shoals State Park andd The bridge at the entrance.
The dirt road entrance
Lee Duquette on a bridge
A big smile on a rainy day in the woods -
this sign was nowhere to be found in 2010
This is what you get when
you take your own photo with a camera.
Karen Duquette at the Big Shoals sign in the woods
Karen Duquette
The two RV Gypsies enjoying a 2-mile hike on a rainy day - This river was not reachable when the two RV Gypsies returned in 2010.
Karen Duquette by the river - April 2009
Lee Duquette by the river - April 2009

This park claims the largest Whitewater rapids in Florida. When the water level on the Suwannee River is between 59 and 61 feet above mean sea level, the Big Shoals rapids earn a Class III Whitewater classification, attracting thrill-seeking canoe and kayak enthusiasts.

The Suwannee River
The Suwannee River
The Suwannee River
The Suwannee River
The Suwannee River
The Suwannee River
Lee Duquette by the Suwannee River
Lee Duquette by the Suwannee River
Lee Duquette in the woods
the river
Lee on the beach April 2009- writing in the sand - the rain had temporarily stopped.
(This sand was unreachable by the two RV Gypsies in April 2010)
Lee Duquette at the beach
Lee Duquette writing in the sand
Lee wrote in the sand "We were here April 1"
Lee Duquette writing in the sand
Lee Duquette writing in the sand
Lee wrote Karen's name in the sand - how sweet!
Karen's name in the sand
Karen Duquette at the beach in her rain gear
Lee & Karen Duquette enjoying the beach & woods
Lee Duquette
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette
An Armadillo ran right in front of the two RV Gypsies as they were hiking
An Armadillo
An Armadillo
divider bar
The two RV Gypsies returned to this area one year later on April 27, 2010 and found that nature had really changed the area. The path to the beach and the river were no longer accessible. But since this was a nice day without rain, the two RV Gypsies decided to continue on the trail to see the limestone bluffs at Big Shoal this time. But after walking the trail for over an hour, they found the trail leading away from the river, so they turned around. It wasn't anywhere near as enjoyable as the first trip, even though it was pouring rain the first trip.
The road into Little Shoals
Lunch area
The road into Little Shoals
Lee setting up the lunch area
The Woodpecker Trail, a 3.4 mile long multipurpose paved trail, connects the Little Shoals and Big Shoals entrances to the park. The two RV Gypsies walked part of this trail, then they noticed a small road alongside the trail and decided to drive that road to Big Shoals.
The Woodpecker Trail,
This side road was a bit bouncy, and Karen was a bit concerned about what to do if a car came from the other direction because there was no room for two cars to pass each other. These first 3 photos were taken through the tinted front window of the truck as it drove along the dirt "road" in the woods.
the dirt road
the dirt road
After taking 3 photos through the tinted front window of the truck as it drove along the dirt "road" in the woods, Karen got out to get a better photo of the truck that would show that only one vehicle fits on the road at a time.
the dirt road
the toad of the two RV Gypsies on the dirt road
No problem - safe arrival at the parking lot
to Big Shoals without meeting another vehicle.
along the Big Shoals trail
Big  Shoals sign
Lee Duquette
Looking through the trees at the Suwannee River, which was not reachable from this trail
Looking through the trees at the Suwannee River
Looking through the trees at the Suwannee River
lee Looking through the trees at the Suwannee River
Looking through the trees at the Suwannee River
Looking through the trees at the Suwannee River
A swamp area on the side of the trail away from the river
a swamp area
a swamp area
a swamp area
Karen photographed a very small lizard - green on green-
a very small lizard
a very small lizard
Lee photographed a yucky critter in a tree. The park says there ARE poisonous snakes in the area, so this could be one or not, but whatever it is, Karen hates the photo.
a yucky critter
While Lee looked at the trail map, Karen took a few photos from the little bridge
Lee checking the map
photo from the little bridge
photo from the little bridge
photo from the little bridge 
photo from the little bridge
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