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STOP #180

I'm happy to report that ROVER towed THE POD over 100 miles across the rolling hills of I-10 today and did it flawlessly. I think our truck troubles may finally be over!

We arrived at Three Rivers State Park and immediately saw evidence of the destruction a Category 5 hurricane can do. Hurricane Michael passed over the park in October of 2018 and they are still recovering. The two mile roadway between the entrance gate and the campground is in rough shape, especially in the low lying areas, due to it be submerged for months after the storm passed.

There are still huge piles of downed trees and evidence of other piles already having been burned to aid in their disposal. The campground itself is in great shape considering what the rest of the park looks like. We were just happy to find it was open and glad we were able to visit.

There are at least two other State Park campgrounds in the area that are still closed due to Hurricane Michael's damage, Florida Caverns and St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Even after two years they are still working on reconstructing their campground facilities.

Additionally there are two more state park campgrounds in the lower keys, Bahia Honda and Long Key State Parks, that are still partially closed due to the damage sustained from Hurricane Irma over three years ago in September of 2017.

SATURDAY - We are camped here at Three Rivers State Park in Florida on the shore of Lake Seminole. The park gets its name from the two rivers which flow into lake and a third river which flows out of the lake.

In 1952 the Army Corp of Engineers completed construction of a hydroelectric dam, the Jim Woodruff Dam, located where the three rivers meet. In turn it created Lake Seminole, as it held back the water from the two rivers to the north. There is one state park and four Army Corp of Engineers campgrounds on the Georgia side of the lake, in addition to the Florida State Park where we are camped.

The 430-mile long Chattahoochee River flows in from the north, creating most of the border between Alabama and Georgia, and then closer to the lake, the border between Florida and Georgia.

The 344-mile long Flint River begins near Atlanta and flows into the lake from the northeast.

The 160-mile long Apalachicola River is the third river which flows out of the lake and empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

Well enough about the history and geography of Lake Seminole.
Here is what it looks like from our campsite.

Our campsite view of Lake Seminole

An early morning fog overtakes Lake Seminole

A view from the dock after the fog has lifted.

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