It felt like it was time for a another break from my summary of the Canadian trip. After returning from Canada, we attended a rally with our FMCA club. After the rally it seemed too early to head home, so we planned a four state park tour of parks we had not yet visited., all of which were located in the Panhandle of Florida.
First stop was the Florida Caverns State Park. This is a special place since it is one of the few state parks with dry ( air filled) caves and the only one that gives tours. It also has a small campground. We pulled in without a reservation and the person checking us in said that he was giving us his personal favorite site. It turned out also to be the best site in the campground from our point of view. From the campground, there is a short trail to the picnic area and a natural spring that provides an old fashioned swimming hole when conditions permit. It is a quiet and peaceful place to stroll.
The cave tours are conducted by the park staff on scheduled times. Like so many great recreational spots around the country, the CCC had a hand in construction of the park facilities. Our guide happened to be the chief cave explorer for the park. She provided a great tour, explaining all the of the caves features and history. Like most of Florida, this area was at the bottom of the sea in the distance past and evidence of that fact can be seen in many parts of the cave.
The clearest symbol that most of us can understand is the fossil shark tooth protruding for the ceiling of the cave.
If you enjoy caves, this one should be on your list.