|Liz Spring and Janna get in the holiday mood|
We crossed over into Florida and immediately headed to White Springs, formerly known for the healing waters and now home to the Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center. Mr. Foster was never there but he added a great deal of spring to the area when he wrote about their river. They are swamped with visitors who want to see the “Swanee.”
|Egret in the 72 degree Manatee Springs|
Then we headed to one of our favorite campgrounds of our previous trip: Manatee Springs State Park. Manatee Spring emits between 50 and 150 million gallons of water a day into the lower Suwanee River. The temperature is 72 degrees year round which is why the manatees come to visit in the winter when the surrounding sea water temperature drops. We took an evening walk through the park and were delighted to come across two very active armadillos, busily digging up the nuts that the squirrels were equally actively burying. In the morning, we took a walk down to the river and were blessed with the sight of two manatees sliding into the springs from the river, among the first to be seen this year. We’re feeling a bit swamped and have decided to take a blog holiday for the holidays. But don’t worry, we’ll be back before spring.
Happy holidays to everyone. Love, Liz and Janna