We traveled down to Blue Spring State Park today, because we heard it hosts quite a manatee population this time of year.
Yep, and nope. The ranger at the gate confirmed they had about 300 of the big palookas visiting just a few weeks ago. But not right now…it’s too warm!
Still, figured we’d look around. Really nice place with boardwalks from parking lot across the grounds over to the boil and its run. Massive live oaks with all the Spanish moss.
They even have steps down into the water…how convenient. Look, some large turtles sunning on a log across the run from the steps. What’s that big lump behind the turtles?
Turns out there’s one itty bitty sign at water’s edge that says “alligators, no swimming”.
I guess maybe not!
So we stuck to the boardwalk, and hiked up toward the boil called Blue Spring. This park is such a destination for manatees this time of year that there are signs and roped-off areas in the run (not a river, remember?) that serve as “manatee refuges”.
And all that Spanish moss….