At the Springs

Looking from the swimming area toward where it joins the river.

Looking from the swimming area toward where it joins the river.

We broke the rules today.  We left our dogs in the truck while we strolled around the day use area.  We decided that just because someone made a rule because someone in the past might have left their dogs in a hot car in the sun in summer, it was silly to apply that rule to dogs in a deeply shaded truck when the high was in the 60’s.

One of the deep vents where 72 degree waterboils out from the aquifer.

One of the deep vents where 72 degree water boils out from the aquifer. There is no vegetation next to the vent. That’s the reflections of overhead trees.

So that’s my excuse, officer!  😀

The water is so crystal clear here that you can look through it and see every grain of sand on the bottom.

The swimming area is shallow.  You can walk the whole area, except for where the vents are.  A few hardy souls were swimming when we got to the day use area.  Obviously they are from somewhere a lot colder than here.  We would have frozen!

Despite the name, the water does not taste salty.

We had a wonderful visit with Linda and Marty yesterday.  The day was balmy enough for us to be outside.  When we got tired of sitting, we took Sheba for a long walk.  Marty is undergoing radiation treatment so was not as chipper as usual.  But he was his usual sweet, friendly self.

We will be leaving here Wednesday.  The time has flown!  I’m looking forward to some more family time.  We’ll stay at Mom’s for a night, then head to Gail’s where we will homestead for a few days.  🙂

I had several more photos I wanted to share with you, but my signal is so poor that it is giving me http errors every time I try to upload another one. So I’ll accept the inevitable and sign off now.

Salt Springs, FL

Fishing buddies

Fishing buddies

I was surprised to see an egret calmly scouting for fish next to the fisherman.  They did look like they appreciated each others company.  The egret let Sheba and I approach fairly closely, but then started getting a little agitated.  So I moved around him in a wide arc, and when I looked back, he was searching for fish again.

This man and his wife are camping with a cat, dog, and 22 year old bird.

This man and his wife are camping with a cat, dog, and 22 year old bird.

We have camped at Salt Springs 3 or 4 times before, but when we drove into the park this time its beauty really struck me.  I had forgotten how pretty it is.

We have been unable to go to the day use area and springs this time.  When we were here before, we could leave the dogs in the truck in the shaded parking lot while we explored.  But now, in addition to rules against leaving pets unattended, and no pets in the day use area, there is a new one forbidding leaving them in vehicles.   Maybe Ron and I will take turns pet sitting  so we can enjoy it one at a time.

Our site

Our site

Nevertheless, we are loving being here.  We had a couple of chilly days, but now it’s up in the mid 60’s again.  Wonderful walking weather!

We are planning to have lunch with my cousin tomorrow, then friends from Silver Springs are coming to visit us Sunday.  I’m looking forward to both visits!

Bird prints in sand

Bird prints in sand

There are 6 camp hosts here.  The others have big rigs.  One has this little not-quite-restored vintage trailer.  :)

There are 6 camp hosts here. The others have big rigs. One has this little not-quite-restored vintage trailer. 🙂

This is as close as we can get to the spring area with our dogs.

This is as close as we can get to the spring area with our dogs.

One more picture of Sunny sleeping on his "binky."

One more picture of Sunny sleeping on his “binky.”

There are still things blooming -- even in January!

There are still things blooming — even in January! I’m not sure what the red things are.

 

Cell service is almost non-existent here.  Sometimes we can’t get on the net at all.  Sometimes we can send text emails.  And once in a while we get two bars and can upload photos.  Apparently there is wifi available at the office because I saw 4 campers working on laptops when we checked in.

 

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