Tuesday, July 6, 2010
While we were on vacation in Florida, we did all the typical things like Disney and Universal. We also visited some not so typical places. They were absolutely breathtaking and considered local gems! One such place was called Blue Spring State Park. This place is a natural manatee refuge in the winter months. In the summer, it is paradise! I have never seen water such a color in my life. The wildlife was amazing. There were six foot gars (a type of long fish) everywhere, not to mention all kinds of other fish. I saw two massive catfish. It was spectacular! The water stays a constant 72 degrees year-round. The family swam around in it, but even for Florida, it was chilly!!! One look at this picture and you will see what I mean!
You can also see the trees with all the spanish moss hanging from them. It was amazing! What was strange for us coming from Colorado was all the palm trees interspersed with the regular trees...weird!!! It was a gorgeous place and we were so happy to take this little excursion!
If you look at the above picture and see the dark shadows in the water, those are the gar. Amazing! It was a biological hodgepodge of everything and so fascinating and mesmerizing! You can totally understand why the manatee hang out here!!!