St Marks National Wildlife Refuge & wild azalea
Thursday, March 8 found us traveling from Pensacola, Florida to the small coastal town of Carrabelle in the Big Bend of Florida south of Tallahassee. We stopped in Ho Hum RV-Park where we visited with long time RV'ing friends Det & Judy who are spending the winter in Ho Hum.
Friday found us in Det & Judy's automobile exploring St Marks National Wildlife Refuge and some of the coastal communities east of Carrabelle.
Wild azalea in the city park campground at Sopchoppy, Florida
Our first stop was to check out a City Park / campground in the small town of Sopchoppy. It wasn't easy but we found it. It was a nice enough campground with water & 30-amps (central dump station) for $15. We stopped and walked along a boardwalk leading across a swampy area to the bank of the Sopchoppy River where we took pictures of these wild azaleas. Aren't they beautiful?
Wild azalea blooms in city campground Sopchoppy, Florida
Wild azalea in city campground Sopchoppy, Florida.
Confluence of the St Marks and Waculla Rivers
This is the confluence of the St Marks and Waculla Rivers in the small coastal town of St Marks, Florida south of Tallahassee.
St Marks River from St Marks National Wildlife Refuge
This is the St Marks River looking east from the town of St Marks. That is part of the St Marks Wildlife Refuge on the eastern side of the River.
St Marks Lighthouse
From US-98 east of the St Marks River we turned south on Lighthouse Road through St Marks National Refuge to the St Marks Lighthouse.
Great egret in St Marks National Wildlife Refuge
This great egret was patrolling the shallow estuary of St Marks National Wildlife Refuge near St Marks Lighthouse.
Baby alligators in roadside ditch in St Marks National Wildlife Refuge
We spotted this clutch of baby alligators, no more than a few weeks old, in a ditch not far from the St Marks Lighthouse deep in St Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
Another St Marks National Wildlife Refuge alligator
Baby alligators weren't the only denizens of Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, as can be seen from this fine specimen.
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Mike & Joyce Hendrix
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