Day 48: Scaling the Highest Peak


time of year

We drove past the house Rosa Parks grew up in.

It was boarded up, hopefully to be restored.

Blue Springs State Park, AL

The park’s main attractions, 2 octagonal, sandy bottomed swimming pools, are fed by a crystal-clear underground spring that pumps 3,600 gallons of water per minute up from the bottom of the first pool. The water stays a cool 68 degrees year-round.


We drove to downtown Enterprise, AL

to walk the town and see the Boll Weevil Statue in the center of town. Enterprise has embraced the Boll Weevil as their city mascot, naming stores, putting up statues, a huge mural and plaques commemorating the Boll Weevil’s contribution to demise of cotton in the area and the development of the peanut as a viable cash crop.


We took the back roads of Alabama towards Lakewood Park, FL.

On the way there we saw a large military helicopter landed in the middle of an empty cow field.

Lakewood Park, FL

(which isn’t anywhere near a lake) is home to Britton Hill, the highest point in Florida, a whopping 345’ above sea level. We walked the Red Trail (0.54 mile loop) to stretch our legs before getting back on the back roads, this time in Florida. It’s kind of amazing to think that an entire large state is less than 345’ above sea level.


We drove to check in at the Country Inn and Suites, Crestview, FL

($92/night for a King bed, a fridge/freezer and microwave and a nice big bathroom). We bought our bags up and took a short nap on the comfy bed. We ate our leftovers from yesterday’s Mexican dinner at the hotel before heading out to explore.

We drove to the Destin Harbor Walk

Talk about a culture shock! After spending the last few days on empty backroads we found ourselves in heavy traffic the entire way. I can’t even imagine how awful it must be during their busy seasons. Most places were closed but it was still fun to walk around and see everything.

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