The real Florida

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  1. Usingmyrights

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    I saw this elsewhere and thought it would be a good share. Spent some time today at one of the many springs along the Suwanee river and can definitely say that the lower picture is a good example of the real FL.

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    That's absolutely the honest truth!
     
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    Agreed! There's tourist Florida and then there's real Florida. I'm a native, btw.
     
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    Same here. My grandfathers home town has a small cemetery that was shared between a few families that has markers going back over hundred years. There's still a few of us deep roots Floridians out there.
     
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    Yep my family has been in FLA since before it was a state! I was born here in FLA as well and consider myself a "Florida Cracker".
    The original meaning.

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    not trying to jack just showing what the other 75% of Florida is like
     

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    Florida- flat, hot, wet, green, and different. :)
     
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    That's the only part of Florida I ever see. My family there all live near Inverness.
     
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    The only thing missing is the ridiculous amount of Spanish Moss everywhere.
     
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    I heard some people actually pay for it to throw it in their trees for that "old oak" look. If thats the case I've gotta be sitting on a small.fortune of it.
     
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    You heard correctly.
    You can/ could actually find it being sold in crafts and arts stores.
     
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    I live in both North Central FL, and in Miami. There is good in both. My parents were from Virginia and Georgia, but we have been in Florida since WWI. 'bout 100 years, makes me kinda of a cracker. :)
     
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    You probably don't do much bushwhacking through the yucca, do you?
     
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    It was a fire in a facility that processed Spanish Moss for bedding, that burned down Jacksonville back in 1906. :15:
     
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    We have some in my area, though we call it Spanish Bayonet, but its not super dense in my area.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    That's good that it isn't too dense in your area. It can be rather annoyingly prickly.
     
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    Yeppers, main families that went into making me were the Duckworth, Hearn, Walker, Rutledge and Porter families.
    Jeremiah Duckworth is a direct male ancestor and Revolutionary War soldier from GA.
    One of my Rutledge family ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence and one was Governor of South Carolina during the Revolutionary War!
    I have a scan of a Patent Deed for land just south of Tallahassee, Florida for one of my Walker ancestors sign by President John Quincy Adams in 1827.

    I am definitely "Southern born and Southern bred!"

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    I recently did an overnighter in goethe national forest. The trail was completely flooded and swamp on either side. The whole forest is a big mess right now.
     
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    Come on up to Tate's Hell in the panhandle. It looks like that,.... In the clear areas. :)
     
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    Not a "Floridian" per se, but 33 yrs makes me dang close!
    and like the original post.....I'm definitely not at the beach.....EVER!

    You'll find me in the woods!!
     
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    33 years? The heck with it, I now dub thee an official Floridian, Mission Man!
     
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    How can you have a picture of florida and not have a gator or water moccasin in the background ? lol I bet that you won't see this in a tourist pamphlet.

    Welcome To Florida ! Got Boots ?
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    Here is your gator:

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    Some pics from my neck of the woods
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    I actually started another thread with different pictures from my area. I had one of a gator, but not one of a mocccasin. I guess I could post up a picture on the 5' one I shot a couple years back.
     
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    Anyone have any good trails for a two-three day trip with my dog. Did ocala national forest, was going to do it again, but if anyone has other ideas that would be great!

    Thanks!
     
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    Check out Floridahikes.com. They have a good comprehensive list of trails around. It might help you out.

    I'd also suggest looking into the Florida trail. You should be able to find a good stretch of it near where you live.
     
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    My family has been in Florida for 150 years that I can confirm and some individuals up the family tree may have been here longer. Both sides of my family come from the Gulf Hammock region, although I was raised right outside of Ocala. The great, great, great grandfather by which I received my family name moved to Florida from Georgia right after the Third Seminole War (of which he was a veteran as a teenager) and immediately went off to fight in the Civil War after he had moved his mother and siblings here. After the war he returned to Gulf Hammock, where he died in 1920. Another grandfather of mine who was one generation behind him was a veteran of the Second Seminole War. He was the only person known to have been attacked by a Florida Panther and he killed it with a fence post. That occurred somewhere around or before 1860.

    Old Florida died, IMO, in the 2000s during the development boom. That's when the big timber companies sold out to developers and the large tracks of land we used to have access to got carved up into hobby farms and private hunting preserves. Much of Gulf Hammock still stands but its impossible to gain access to more than 10 to a few hundred acres at a time. When I was growing up $500 bought a family year-round access to about 50,000 acres (a standard size for a moderate Florida hunting co-op back then). One could wander the woods and count on one hand the number of other hunts one would encounter in a season. All of that is gone now. We didn't know what he had until we lost it. We presumed the woods would always stay large and cheap.

    There was a section of the Gulf Hammock called Devil's Hammock that had the most primeval woods I knew of. The state bought it several years ago (when I hunted it, it was a private hunting co-op) but not before it was logged of most of its old hard woods. Here's a picture of the second largest live-oak in the state, circa 1980s or early 1990s. The old oak still stands but much of the massive hammock around it is gone and has been either replanted in pines or is slowly growing back, but won't reach what it was in my life time.

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    That's why my favorite place in Florida is Mount Dora, climbed it 3 times in the past 40 years for it's breath taking views.
     
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