Working our way across the “Deep South” of the USA!

We have been in 4 states in the past week, and they all have a few things in common:

1. bugs  (gnats, mosquitos, maybugs, spiders, ticks)

2. rain (unexpected, sneak attacks of good, hard rain)

3. thick, lush greenery (lawns, shrubs, roadsides, swamps, bayous, campgrounds)

4. raccoons (waiting until we are all asleep to begin their thievery and annoying the heck out of our director of security-Zeb)

Here is a collection of photos from the past week of traveling through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

A guy caught this snake as it slithered into the trees alongside our campsite.

This guy caught a snake as it slithered into the trees alongside our campsite.

Campsite at Manatee Springs.  We did not see a manatee but we had a great paddle on the Suwannee River.

Campsite at Manatee Springs. We did not see a manatee but we had a great paddle on the Suwannee River.

Canoe ride on the Suwannee River.

Canoe ride on the Suwannee River.

Mike paddling along the Suwannee River.

Mike paddling along the Suwannee River.

Typical coastal homes along the Gulf of Mexico.

Typical coastal homes along the Gulf of Mexico.

The most crowded campground we have stayed in so far.

The most crowded campground we have stayed in so far. Somewhere in Florida panhandle.

See the huge snake on the log?  We paddled over closer to take a look.

See the huge snake on the log? We paddled over closer to take a look.

As we paddled in closer to look at the snake on a log, I found myself about 2 feet away from this.  Look closely into the bush....

As we paddled in closer to look at the snake on a log, I found myself about 2 feet away from this. Look closely into the bush….

The Naval Air Museum in Pensacola has a huge amount of aircraft.

The Naval Air Museum in Pensacola has a huge amount of aircraft.

Mike is really enjoying the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola.

Mike is really enjoying the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola.

Found this quirky little spot using Roadside America app.  An underwater laboratory on display.

Found this quirky little spot using Roadside America app. An underwater laboratory on display.

Another roadside oddity, resembling a yellow submarine!

Another roadside oddity, resembling a yellow submarine!

Powdery white sand and stormy skies.

Powdery white sand and stormy skies.

Powdery white sand and stormy skies in Florida panhandle.

Powdery white sand and stormy skies in Florida panhandle.

Also found this floating in the swamp of the Suwannee River.

Also found this floating in the swamp of the Suwannee River.

Snapping turtle on a log in the river.

Snapping turtle on a log in the river.

Turtle log in Manatee Springs.

Turtle log in Manatee Springs.

Typical highway scenery.  High, thick grow of trees, vines and shrubs with wide shoulders of grass.

Typical highway scenery. High, thick grow of trees, vines and shrubs with wide shoulders of grass.

An interesting selection of magazines at the cash register here in the Deep South.

An interesting selection of magazines at the cash register here in the Deep South.

4 responses to “Working our way across the “Deep South” of the USA!

  1. what a great bunch of photos, looks like you guys are having a great time touring the south.

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  2. Cosmo and Concealed Carry. Quite the combo!
    Hanks for the turtle no matter what kind.
    I want to spend some time in the Panhandle. I took a bus through once and would love to explore.

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  3. I think those turtles are something else….not snappers. The snakes are poisonous….the ones in the trees, but I can’t think of the name. Don’t know about the one at the campground! My first geology job was in a swamp in west Florida, just north of Fort Myers, with a lively population of lethal critters!

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