tallman Posted March 5, 2007 Share Posted March 5, 2007 Torreya State Park, along the bluffs of the Apalachicola River, is home to the rare Torreya pine. This is also known as "Gopher wood" and is found in just 4 places around the world. Noah built his Ark from gopher wood. Some scholars believe this is the site of the Garden of Eden. Regardless of any religious implications, the state park is a fine place to camp. Along the way we crossed the Apalachicola River, Florida’s largest. Stopped in Blountstown at El Jalisco Mexican restaurant located across from the old courthouse. North Florida has many small communities linked by meandering roads that invariably pass a records repository such as this. Underway again, Beth’s view from the pillion seat. Originally custom built for the 5'1" owner with low doors and windows in the early 1800's. It was moved across the river by the CCC in the 1930's. A tour provided a glimpse at the past. A woman’s spittoon. We settled in at our campsite high on a bluff. Sunset was splendiferous. Sunrise brought a new day. Time to warm up around the fire. Our new ultra light (30oz). Sling chairs were great. Exploring the park revealed early signs of Spring with temperatures around 40 degrees. The park has camping and primitive camping sites. There are numerous trails that follow the bluffs along the river where there was a Confederate artillery battery during the Civil War. Among the hardwoods the undergrowth has bamboo, needle palms and other shade resistant species. We saw an American Bald Eagle family soaring above the river. Hiked to meditative streams with canopied ceilings. Found images to reflect upon, and sit back and watch the river flow. The ride home was a time for contemplation and feeling grateful. Was this the site for the garden of Eden? Does it really matter? Link to comment
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