Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Return To Indian Springs State Park

Hello, my friends. As usual, I'm a bit behind with my postings, but I'm going to attempt to get caught up in the next few days. A lot has happened in the past week or so. After a few days at home, we headed back to Georgia once again. The new fuel pump that Gary installed in Dodge is working well. We are thankful that our best camping buddy is feeling good again. Our first stop of two on this round of camping was at Indian Springs State Park in the tiny town of Flovilla. For reference, Flovilla is around the halfway point between Macon and Atlanta. We arrived last Tuesday, and stayed for five nights. It was really quiet for the first three nights, and then the weekend came. As with all of the parks, the weekend campers generally fill the park to capacity. This was no exception. At least they were fairly calm and respectful. I was still able to get plenty of sleep without incident. The large white two-story house in the pictures is called Idlewilde, and it serves as the park's office. It was built as a private residence between 1907 and 1910, and restored between 1993 and 1995. It was registered as a historic building in 1999. Unique and beautiful, it's definitely not your typical brick and mortar park office. Like many of the parks we go to, a number of the structures and stonework that is seen throughout the park was created by F.D.R.'s Civilian Conservation Corps. They would be happy to know that we are still enjoying their magnificent work nearly 80 years after it was created. People flock to the Spring House where there is a constant flow of natural spring water that is said to have healing powers. There was several people filling plastic bottles and jugs with water to take home. There's also a small supply of the water located inside Idlewilde for sample tastings. Georgia is in the midst of a long drought right now. The flowing stream over the rocks at the front of the park is currently non-existent, and McIntosh Lake is only about half full, but still very picturesque. The park has a nice man-made beach and a beach house with a deck that is open during the summer season. There are jon boats and paddle pontoon boats available to rent. Gary didn't have the time to walk any of the trails, but there are a couple. There are camping cabins available to those without RV's, but the road was closed off so Gary couldn't photograph them. On both of our visits, camping loop number one was also closed off. It contains campsites 1 thru 28. We stayed in campsite #43 during our first visit, and campsite #90 this time. The modern and ultra-clean restroom was only about fifty feet away from our campsite, a big plus for Gary. We got a good sampling of fall foliage while we were there. Leaves were falling, squirrels were playing, and all was well. The days were mild, and the nights were nice and cool. On our last day, Gary's sister Pat and her husband Dan came over for a visit. They were clowning around when Gary snapped that picture of them. They crack me up! One of Gary's favorite antiques and junk places, Fort Indian Springs, is just beyond the entrance to the park. Pat and Dan came over not only to visit, but to go to Fort Indian Springs with Gary. They all had a GREAT time. Five days still wasn't enough time to fully enjoy Indian Springs. Being a favorite, I am certain we'll be going back again and again. We will for sure if I have anything to say about it. Next stop: Mistletoe State Park, another favorite of ours. I'll be posting soon!

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