Renewing our spirits at the Fresh water Springs

Ponce de Leon Florida

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.” (

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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Wine Time

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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Maegan and Michael are Adventurous Southerners who share their world journey and approach to living the travel lifestyle. You can expect humor and lighthearted banter blended with REAL travel stories and tips. Maegan is a registered dietitian, while Michael has an excerise science background, but both are outdoor lovers, and revel in the beauty of cultures unlike their own. Now, Maegan and Michael are working towards expat life through remote work. Join the adventure. Do you love to travel? Does your full time job or career prevent you from living the life you dream of? This is the duo to follow. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.


  1. Kris says:

    I love this! I got to visit some of these when I lived in Florida. The water was so unbelievably clear. It was so refreshing on a hot day.

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  2. Karen says:

    I went to a similar spring (Rainbow Springs) and loved it. Maybe with the warmth…I don’t blame Ponce de Leon for thinking he might find a magical spring!

    1. Maegan says:

      It’s pretty awesome here and so clear! I’m sure that seemed pretty magical if you were use to the gulf or oceans.

  3. Sally says:

    Hey, Maegan- are you a fellow Spring Hunter? These are some places I have yet to go (haha- so many springs so little time!) Thanks for this. Will have to add them to my springs bucket list!

    1. Maegan says:

      Oh fun! I am not a spring hunter but there are so many here in FL to see!

  4. my boyfriend is from Florida and we will be visiting in October and I can’t wait to see more of the springs! I only got to see one or two last year. I’m so excited! They look wonderful!

    1. Maegan says:

      That will be fun!

  5. C-Ludik says:

    Lovely photos, brought back memories. I did a trip in Florida few years ago and this was an awesome journey. The Ponce De Leon Springs was so great… ha, ha I felt even younger after a short swim 🙂

    1. Maegan says:

      haha I did too, I think it was because the water was SO COLD!

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