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Monday, February 28, 2011

Wakulla Springs

Last weekend the Critters, Rian, Grandma Kate and I headed south to Wakulla Springs State Park. As you can guess from the name of the park there is a huge fresh spring there. The best part is while the temps outside are cold the water temp in this spring is 69 degrees (year round). This means that manatees, or sea cows, head here to winter in warm water. While we did not see a plethora of sea cows we did see a mama and her baby.

After a brief stint on the dive tower, we took the boat tour. Unfortunately we could not take the glass bottom boat because they said the water was murky. I will say it looked pretty dadgum clear to me. It was a really nice boat ride, we saw tons of birds, alligators, turtles, and fish. The peacefulness was soon broken when Hadley decided very loudly to let everyone know that she was tired and wanted to take a nap. Usually this is not a problem and we are not often confined to a boat in the middle of a fresh water spring. Rian did her best to sooth the savage beast and placate her until the boat docked. We quickly headed for our nearest exit and shot back up 19 to Tally.

Here are a few pictures from our adventure:

The melee started as soon as we exited the car.

Peach showing off her shades.

Brother walkin to the dive tower.

Brother making sure that no one goes swimming.

Peach giving the cartoon manatee a big kiss.

Peach when she finally saw the real manatee.

The infamous sea cow.

A large alligator spotted from our boat.

A shot from our return trip in the boat.

Some birds.

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