Ocala, FL

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Ocala is in the north central part of Florida.  While here we parked at the Ocala Sun RV Resort.

Silver Springs State Park

Just to the east of Ocala is the Silver Springs State Park.  It describes itself as Florida’s original attraction.  It has been a national landmark since the 1870s.  The Floridian aquifer which underlies the entire state of Florida is one of the world’s most productive aquifers.  It supplies drinking water to nearly 10 million people.  In hundreds of places this water finds its way to the surface as a spring.  Silver Springs is a notable example of this.  There are some 60 springs that form the Silver River. Continue reading

Cecil, GA

This was a brief stop for us after leaving Cochran, GA, on our way into central Florida.  Cecil is located just off Interstate 75 about 30 miles north of the Georgia – Florida border.  An interesting thing about this RV park is that all of the trees scattered throughout the park are pecan trees and there were lots of pecans on the ground for us to gather and sample.  They were quite good.

Cecil Bay RV Park

Next stop:  Ocala, FL

Hurricane Matthew

While in Charleston it became clear that we would need to alter our plans in order to avoid an encounter with this storm.  From Charleston we had intended to go to Savannah, GA, in part to visit with another of Valerie’s sisters, Kathy.  However, since the coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas were expected to be heavily impacted we decided to move inland.

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Charleston, SC

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To visit Charleston, we parked at Lake Aire RV Park in Hollywood, SC, about 12 miles southwest of Charleston.  While here we visited downtown Charleston, took a tour out to Fort Sumter and checked out Kiawah Island.

Charleston waterfront

Fort Sumter is on a small island strategically located in the Charleston Harbor.  It was originally one of a series of coastal fortifications built by the United States following the War of 1812.  It was still unfinished in late 1860 when South Carolina seceded from the United States as a statement about state sovereignty regarding slavery.  At this point a garrison of 85 federal troops led by Major Robert Anderson moved to Fort Sumter from nearby Fort Moultrie.  Within 4 months Confederate troops fired the first shots of the Civil War by attacking the Federal troops on Fort Sumter.  Three days later Major Anderson had to surrender Fort Sumter and was allowed to leave with all of his troops.  For the next 20 months Confederate troops held Fort Sumter against repeated assaults from Union cannons and gun ships.  Today it is Fort Sumter National Monument.

While in Charleston, we began to realize we would need to change our travel plans due to Hurricane Matthew.  We had planned to go to Savannah, GA, next but that would put us too close to the coast and too exposed to potential harm from the hurricane.  We postponed our Savannah plans and instead reserved a spot in Statesboro, GA, approximately 55 miles inland from Savannah.  Even 3 days ahead of the storm we had trouble finding an available RV spot.

Next stop:  Statesboro, GA