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Thursday, May 20, 2010

BlackWater River SP (FL) (May 17-23) PART 1

The river water is truly black but very clean.   The Blackwater's sandy bottom white beaches and large sandbars are a sharp contrast to the dark tannic water that gives the river its name.  Designated a Florida Canoe Trail, the river and the park are part of the statewide system of green-ways and trails.  Very nice site out in the middle of a forest yet they have water, electric, sewers, grills,clothes line, and a nice fire-pit.  Beautiful rest room with tiled floors walls. Mike's second kayak adventure was 11 miles long and NO homes, all wilderness and I had the whole river to myself.  However, I ran into a thunder-storm with torrential rains.  I used the kayak for protection and thankfully, after 80 minutes or so the rains subsided, the sun broke out and I was able to meet Dar sooner at a canoe launch near camp. It was the best relaxing kayaking river, with plenty of sand bars, places to port / swim and I thoroughly enjoyed the day of course, until the storm blew in. I would recommend water shoes or water sandals. The next day we traveled to Pensacola about 35 miles away.  Very nice town and we stopped at Perdido Key which is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.   Hurricane Ivan (2004) damaged the buildings and changed the whole landscape.  You have the Big Lagoon on one side of the island and the Gulf of Mexico on the other side.  Very beautiful island for swimming and nature hikes.  We then ventured onto Pensacola Navy Gateway to see if the Blue Angels still resided there.  They still do and the officer said we missed flying with the pilots that early morning.  Did not get on the base of course, but we can say we were there.  Ran out of time for laundry and bike riding on the Blackwater Heritage State Trail, 8.1 miles long paved  Rail-to-Trail in Milton. We'll have to save that for another day. No problem being retirees!!

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