The day seemed chilly for kayaking, so we drove over to the headsprings area of the park. Wow! The springs here pump out 500,000 gallons of water a day, making it the fourth largest in Florida! From the 1930's - 1970's, it was a very popular tourist attraction. When Disney & the other big theme parks moved in, these smaller places went out of business. Really too sad, we can imagine how much fun it was to work & play here. The area was mined for phosphate after that. But fortunately, the great state of Florida saved it for us to enjoy.
According to archaeologists, humans have enjoyed the springs for over 10,000 years. Mastodon & mammoth fossils have been found as well as many Indian relics.
The water is so clear that in many places you can see underwater for 200 ft. The ecosystems seem to be healthy. There are areas of the water that are closed so the bottom plants can regenerate. To us, it is gorgeous!
A few brave souls were swimming in the 72 degree water. I did put my hand in, but brrrr!! imagine it feels wonderful in the summer. Tubing & swimming are a big part of this park There are alligator warnings, but it must be safe enough. The other springs & rivers we have visited have strictly prohibited people in the water.
This fall trip seems like the best leg of our gypsy journey. I do have a tendency to think "now" is always the best, but we both feel like we have gotten the hang of this. The kinks of living in a very tiny space have smoothed out. Cabinets have been rearranged & seldom used items have been stored or discarded. Maggie & Lexie have completely adjusted to the changes in their lives. We have all settled in to a quiet daily routine. Life on the road seems mighty good.