Greetings from Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Taking Friends Across the USA Summer job in 1974, I planned a cross-country camping trip with 2 other guys and 2 girls from work in Manchester, NY. Girls shared one tent, 2 guys in one tent, and other guy slept in a hammock. We stopped at Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave in SD, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in WY, Crater Lake in OR, and crossed the Golden Gate. Both girls decided to move down to San Diego. The 3 of us toured Yosemite, Kings Canyon and my fav Sequoia. Stopped at the Arch in St Louis and then home. 8 National Parks, 300+ pics, and 7000+ miles in 10 days. When we got home, the girls had flown back already. What an exciting whirlwind and lasting friendships were made.

My next road trip will include Natches Trace, Zion, Bryce, Canyons, Arches, Vicksburg, andas many as possible between Missippi and Arizona.

Sincerely,
Dan

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Just outside of downtown Jacksonville, this preserve protects 46,000 acres of wetlands, hardwood forests, and coastal dunes along with historic sites and relics from 6,000 years of human habitation. The site is named for and helps preserve the history of the 35 Native American chiefdoms that lived in the region and spoke the Timucua language. The site also contains the remains of a plantation with slave cabins, helping researchers better understand the culture and daily lives of the enslaved people who toiled there. The park also includes a historic beach founded during the Jim Crow era by Florida’s first African-American millionaire, a 1920s-era golf course, and a memorial to France's failed New World colony.

State(s): Florida

Established: 1988

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