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Gator Spotting on La Chua Trail

This was my first (and only) gator experience in Florida.  A couple days after getting there, I finally stopped laying around and we went to the La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie State Park.  I was excited to finally see gators!  And see gators I did.  This is a great place to look for them.…

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Visiting Florida’s Springs at Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Crystal clear and 72 degrees year-round.  Those are Florida's famous springs, conveniently located near Gainesville, where we were.  There are tons of springs to see, but we were going to the Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Fort White to see the Blue Hole, mostly.  We only saw one or two other people while we were…

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A Cold Day at the Beach in Big Talbot State Park

It was almost time for us to leave Florida, but we had to do one thing before we left: go to the beach.  We decided to go to Big Talbot State Park in Jacksonville, Florida.  It was a little cloudy when we left, but we held out hope for it to brighten (and warm) up. …