A very enjoyable day was the result of a spur of the moment decision to take our second cup of coffee down to the spring. Since the park had not officially opened, we had the place to ourselves. A magical morning! An extensive boardwalk from the head spring to the mouth of the St John River provided a peaceful stroll.
The tour boat had a few spots open on the 10:00 boat & we decided to go for it! A brisk walk back to the campground to grab some snacks, walk Maggie & hoof it back! Whew, we got our 10,000 steps before breakfast!
The sun was shining but a cool breeze brought the blankets out on the tour boat. A much appreciated service. We got a front row seat so no peeps between us & the river. The tour guide was a local with extensive knowledge & a great sense of humor. It took a bit to enjoy his constant use of the word “folks”, but we got into it & the crowd’s enthusiasm was contagious. We traveled along old steamboat passages & tiny tributaries for over two hours, seeing an amazing variety of birds & fair share of alligators. The guide entertained us with stories from a bygone era. He really knew his history! “The best camera is the one you have in your pocket” but don’t expect to get good bird pictures with an iPhone. I did try, folks.