To Tallahassee to see what I could see-see-see
Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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After straightening that out I drove back to the area of Tallahassee near the capitol building because the Museum of Florida History is just across the street. I was expecting the museum to be quite small and basic, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was quite large, well-arranged, and very educational. I wouldn't have minded spending more time there, but the clock is always running, and I had another stop I wanted to make.
My next stop was actually inspired by a location I learned of at the museum. The Wakulee Springs State Park is the location of the headwaters of the River, and an average of gallons of water gush up from the spring every minute. The park offers guided pontoon boat tours along the initial mile and a half stretch of the river where we were able to see numerous herons, ospreys, turtles, manatees, alligators, and many other local birds. It was a very scenic ride and the ranger piloting the boat had a wealth of knowledge about the animals, as well as a very keen eye for spotting them. She also informed us that a number of films had used this area as a filming location. A couple of titles include: The Creature From the Black Lagoon and Tarzan. The springs are also home to what may someday be declared as the world's largest underwater cave system, but divers are still exploring the depths of the spring's cave system. Our guide informed us that one pair of divers was underwater for a total of 27 hours. Unfortunately, these caves are not opened as a commercial dive site.
Leaving the springs, I made my way south to a Flying J Travel Center just outside of Tampa to spend the night.