Fresh Water Springs Florida
“Florida has the world’s largest concentration of springs—more than 700 of them—most clustered in the northern part of the state. It was easy to believe that Ponce de León would come here searching for a fountain to extinguish age’s hissing fuse. Bubbling up in primordial forests, the turquoise ponds are so impossibly clear that, photographed from above, kayakers appear to be flying through the air.” (www.discoverflorida.com)
Ponce De Leon Florida
Two hours from where we live you can find these springs of youth. One Saturday we packed up our inflatable kayaks and headed East! First stop was Ponce De Leon Springs. We picnicked with other families under large oaks and strolled arm-in-arm through the woods. The water was a crystal blue and just as ICY! It resembled nature’s own swimming pool.
Defuniak & Morrison Springs
After a freezing dip in Ponce de Leon Florida, it was onward to Morrison Springs to sunbathe and kayak. Though the water was just as frigid, the sun was blazing and beating down on our backs. We welcomed the ice bath that awaited us at the fresh water springs Florida. Here there was a beach area to lounge on, a tower to jump from, and canals to kayak along. We lounged on our sand cloud towels and breathed in the fresh air. I stumbled upon a few water-breathing scuba divers. We watched men load heavy, sunken stumps onto tiny boats-to be used for artwork and envied the turtles balancing on logs while sun soaking.
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Homeward bound included a detour to Chautauqua Vineyards– a quaint winery off the interstate, specializing in Muscadine grapes. After sampling all of the vino and buying a couple of bottles we ended our off day driving into the sunset. It’s not often we get one WHOLE DAY together so we have to make the most of the time we are given.
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