Tuesday, April 30, 2013
|petting a rhino horn|
|nom nom nom|
|Lindsay making friends|
|looking tough with spiderman 3D glasses|
|Hulk line: longest wait of the night|
The weather is warming up and I am getting the urge to go to the springs. The springs here in Central Florida are my favorite part about our natural landscape. There is nothing like diving into the cold waters of a crystal clear spring pool.
Desiring something new and different, I headed out to Manatee Springs, near the Suwannee River on Florida's western side. This spring is located just outside Chiefland, which means you won't have to travel far to get some barbecue after your swim. Once you enter the park, you must drive down a winding road to reach the parking lot for the swimming area. I was a bit confused at this point as to which direction to take off walking, so I just followed the children.
|Map map from the Manatee Springs website|
|Mullet picking through the algae|
|boardwalk around headspring|
|swimming area for kids|
|Swimming area for kids|
If you walk over past the bath house and concession, you'll see a place where you can rent canoes. The actual manatee springs river run, is very short, and in no time at all you'll be dumped out into the wide expanse of the Suwannee River. Boats go flying down this river at incredible speed so I would stick to the river banks. They are far more interesting anyways.
|cute, but not this gal!|
|brilliant green of new cypress|
|Lots of cypress knees|
|A towel with a view|
Monday, April 29, 2013
|The Curtis M. Phillips Center|
|fountain outside the center|
|Slightly botched panorama|
|The Fairy Godmother and a couple of wicked step sisters|
|Lots of little princesses|
|Ready to dance|
|Harli and Cinderella|
|Greek is Goooooooooood!|
|Piloting a plane!|
He showed me around the hanger and we looked through planes. Next thing I know we are up in a little two-seater flying over Ocala. It was unexpected and an awesome way to spend an afternoon. He even let me fly it a bit. I flew us over my home, and then out over the Silver River, which is one of my favorite places locally.
|Silver Springs from the air|