Hard to beat a day at Wekiva Springs. For only 2 bucks a person, me and the girls can give mom a brake and fight off the summer heat. They jumped right in, of course, and I took the slow approach. You keep telling yourself that the water will feel great once you get use to it, but when you take the stairs you end up half hot and half cold. This forces a decision and my body is sending back inputs to my brain that say too cold. So I finally lean forward and take the plunge. It only takes a minute and the water feels fantastic. The girls find a rock to stage their dredging business on, and Drew becomes the sorter while Lily and I are the dredgers. We collect dirt from the bottom and Drew sorts for shark's teeth. They forgot their sifter so it makes it a little more difficult.
Drew had an older girl approach her to ask what she was looking for. She told her shark's teeth to which the young lady replied, " this is a fresh water spring, so you won't find them here. It's not logical." I was curious to see how she would handle this, and rather than explain the situation to the girl or cite past teeth collecting expeditions, Drew went searching harder and demanding more labor from me and Lily. She was quite pleased when she found several broken teeth and two intact specimens. Drew left the water, tracked down the girl and showed her the teeth. I later asked Drew what the girl said when she showed them to her. She said, "there not shark's teeth, they have to be from something else." Oh well, maybe she'll look it up later.
We took a short nature walk too, and found some beautiful Skinks. The trails here are pretty extensive, you could walk all the way to Rock Springs from here, if you were so inclined. We gave up after finding a thick batch of mosquitos.
A very beautiful walk though, with lots of air plants and tall shade trees.
We also got to meet a true pine snake, and not a coach whip this time. There was also a very friendly gopher tortoise, who stopped by, and the parks people had this baby alligator.
There were also some water turtles, Bluegill and other sunfish at the entrance to the river.
The girls returned to the water; they always find water.
They also have canoe and kayak rentals here. It is a great place to see alligators, snakes, turtles and a host of resident and migratory birds.
No day by the water is complete without a little fishing to end the day. Beautiful color on this bass.
What a day.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.