Blue Springs and the hunt for Manatees

Trip Start Nov 22, 2007
Trip End Dec 01, 2008

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

We spent a Sunday in Blue Springs State Park with Maureen and her 17-year-old daughter, Nichole. In the winter months, manatees travel from the ocean up the inland waterways to the springs when the temperatures change. Blue Springs Park is a place where manatees usually can be seen in abundance in December. However, it has been unseasonably warm average temperatures for FLA this year, so we did not see any live manatees. (I did find a photo op with a stuffed manatee though!) Nonetheless, the water at the springs was beautiful, and incredibly clear. You could see needle-nose fish and tarpon. We even saw an alligator or two. One of the people visiting the park had a pet squirrel on a leash. We stopped to pet the squirrel and take some pictures. Every time a kid went by the guy with the squirrel, inevitably you would hear them say to their parent, "I want a pet squirrel!" Even Nichole was not immune to the little guy.

The park is located in Ocala and near the St. John's River. There is a house on the property that was the home of the people who had originally discovered and claimed the land before eventually it became state land. Boy it must have been pretty neat to live right by the St John's River and with the springs just beyond your front door.
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