July 2, 2012

A trip to Salt Springs, Florida

Ever since a piece of poop floated past my face in a Tennessee lake, I've been anti-lake for swimming. Murky, questionable water supply? No thanks. Salt Springs, Florida, is a little watering hole in the Ocala National Forest with salty springs refreshing the water supply, and it's the opposite of murky. The clear, cool water was refreshing, and, the most obviously important criteria, there were no visible poops. Sold.  


If you're visiting, it costs $5.50 per person over age 6 to get into the park. Considering there is a free beach about another hour east of the park, I thought that was a little steep, but the live oaks with their Spanish moss were an amazing site. 


Clearly, Twin A was impressed.


While admiring the scenery, I accidentally became my mom's twin by hand-on-hip-ing it. You can see in the background of the pic below that you can easily stand in most spots in the water. The salt springs bottom was either sand or spongy green undergrowth, which I walked around. I don't really like mysteries under my feet.


As always, the best part of any trip is hanging out with friends, especially the ones you don't get to see very often. 



After the springs, we came home and got our fancy on with the nighttime tea. See the wall art? We raided it to have a legit tea party. Those dainty little cups are actually great to drink out of because of the thin edges. I see myself scouring future yard sales for these. Just another way that I am slowly becoming an exact copy of my mom.


Goodbye, Florida. We're sadly leaving you today, but our sun-scorched skin thanks us for our exit.


Do you prefer oceans, lakes, pools or springs? I love playing and relaxing beside the ocean but not swimming in it. Salt water pools are my favorite for swimming, and I love hot springs. Sorry, lakes, you creep me out.

How are you becoming more like your parents every day? My home decor looks like my grandma took over and started slapping vintage florals on all available surfaces. Well, not entirely, but I find myself attracted to vintage florals and glassware that I never loved in the past.

21 comments:

  1. Poops in a lake- not cool. I don't like swimming in anything I can't see through or see the bottom of. Looks like Florida was a great time!

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  2. Eeek...floating poop!!!! I love the picture of you and the tea cup! Super cute. Safe travels home!

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  3. Haha...I become more like my mum every single day. Last week I found myself saying sternly to my son 'I'm not here for the benefit of my health' which makes little sense but my Mum used to say it to me all the time!!! To be honest, if I turn into my Mum I would be delighted, she's amazing.

    And poo in a lake? Ugh.

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    1. Awww, that's so sweet that you love your momma like that! I might steal her phrase too.:)

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  4. Lakes with mountains as the backdrop. Glad Florida was fun!! :))

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  5. Have a safe trip back home! Glad you guys had such a fun time with your family while you were there. I prefer pools for swimming because I like to see the bottom but give me a couple of drinks and I'm bad to jump in the lake with reckless abandon.

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  6. I'm so skeeved out by the poop in lake scenario!!! So glad you had a fun/sun-filled trip. :-)

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  7. I am so with you on the lake thing! I miss the abundant springs and clean rivers of Florida, and of course the beach. I would say that my biggest complaint (besides missing our family and friends)about our move from FL to AL would be the decline in natural swimming choices.

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    1. Yes! They have so much water, which is so fun for the kids!

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  8. Oh that is just disgusting! But I think in Florida, my fear would always be alligators! Do you worry about that at all? (spoken like someone from the north, right? )

    I grew up on a lake, so that's here I'm most comfortable. Thankfully never seen poop, so I'm still good with it!

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    1. Yes!!! I think gators only go in fresh water, and these springs were salty. So we had that going for us. But you better believe I'm not crossing the line that they say not to cross. We have seen gators in Florida out walking around lakes, and it never fails to completely freak me out. I would definitely NOT swim in a FL lake for that reason.

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  9. Fun! That picture of you and your mom is hilarious. I work really hard not to be like my mom but sometimes she creeps in:)

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  10. By the way, poop in the lake, ewww!

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  11. Yes, I love knowing what is below my feet as well!!

    Thanks for the info on the camera. I have photo envy and I'm working on remedying that. It's difficult to know where to start because there are so many darn options, so hopefully I can do some more research on it. I need to start a list of the types of camera that my fav bloggers use and then pick one from there!

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  12. I'm from Minnesota so I LOVE A GOOD LAKE!! Or 10,000. Lol.

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  13. I grew up in WI and am terrified of lakes because of leeches and swimmer's itch! But if it's clear water, I'm game. :) I just wish I knew how to swim!!

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