November 10, 2017
The Real Florida
What comes to your mind when you think of Florida? Sunny beaches, theme parks, high priced T-shirts, Publix supermarkets?
How about alligators, turtles, cypress trees with diameters of fifteen feet, shimmering sunlight streaming through dissolved limestone particles in gushing spring water to give a silver blue tint to the crystal clear water?
This is Silver Springs.
As the sign says (it’s the Florida State Parks logo) “the Real Florida!”
History is alive with the mementos of past years when numerous television shows and movies were made in the beautiful surroundings.
Tourists were riding on glass bottom boats in the 1870s – and if you want to feel like you are swimming with the critters without braving the cold springs water, you have to take the glass bottom boat ride! (And you are safe too; the alligators, turtles, and snakes are outside the boat and your windows have bars!)
The Captain will say “this is 81 feet deep,” and you stare down at magical swirling waters pushing fish up in rising natural roller coasters. (You can hear them squealing “weeeeeee” as they spiral up from the bottom with their tails wagging behind them.)
If you want to get even closer to the water wildlife, rent a canoe or kayak! In one of these sleek craft, you can paddle down the beautiful river and feel like you are part of the unscathed beauty of nature.
There is a boardwalk through the swamp where you can get close to the huge trees and look down into the water. Amazing birds are easy to hear but hard to catch on camera when your assistants are pretending the boardwalk is a drum for feet!
On the magnificent nature walks, you will see gigantic ancient trees and could possibly run into the wild monkey troupe!
(Or you may have your own wannabe monkey riding on you.)
Some of these trees have fallen and create amazing obstacle courses for the more adventurous in your group. (You can play “don’t step on the ground” and jump from fallen log to fallen log – just be very careful not to fall off!)
Or you can sit at the top of a leaning stump where no one can reach you. (Unless you are surrounded by wannabe monkeys who race to see who can reach you first!)
The cost to get in is only $2 a person! It is extra to ride the glass bottom boats or rent a canoe. This wild, historic destination is a perfect setting for a wedding among the wild flowers and rustic wooden arbor. Research this gem at www.SilverSprings.com and check out the Real Florida any day of the year!
Thanks for reading!
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