We tied the dinghy to shore near where the spring empties into the St. John’s River and then used the wooden boardwalk along the spring to walk back to where the spring starts. There are specific areas where you can swim here at Blue Springs State Park and we checked them all out from the boardwalk before we donned our water shoes and stepped into the spring. Unlike the spring we visited yesterday, this spring really pushes out the water – 100 million gallons a day! It was an awesome workout for the legs walking upstream to the spring itself. Again we had the masks and snorkels so we were able to swim over the spring and check things out. This spring is coming from over 100’ down and peering into this “cave” is really cool. While we did not see any manatees in Blue Springs, there were lots of big Florida Gars (some more than three feet long) as well as catfish, bass, and other game fish.
When we arrived back at Boreas, our friends Greg and Sally from Odyssey (Gold Loopers from 2006-07) were there to meet us. They are doing some land yachting in the area and were able to drive over so we could enjoy cocktails and share Looping stories.
Miles: 19.5 Bridges: 2 Locks: 0
|this morning at our anchorage near Morrison Island|
|we continue up the St. John's River|
|another alligator sighting - this time sunning himself on a log|
|a Great Egret|
|Wood Storks - hanging out together in the top of a tree|
|Florida Gar in the Blue Springs Run|
|the Blue Springs Run|
|a Black Vulture|