Yesterday Kevin's brother Steven, his wife Janice and their sons Stevie and Shane arrived from Pennsylvania for a short visit during Spring break. We had a chance to visit for a few hours then, but today planned an outing to a park near here we'd been wanting to visit but haven't had a chance.
After Steven called the park and found out there were still Manatee there we headed over to Blue Springs park. It's the winter hangout for a lot of Manatee because of the warm water that comes from the hot springs that feed into this watery inlet off the St. John River. When we arrived at the parks gate the sign read there were 121 manatee there today.
|Walking along the hiking trail|
They have a wonderful hiking trail that runs the length of the inlet. I was amazed at how clear the water was. You could see the Florida Gar fish in there, and then when we spotted the manatee it was really something to see them so clearly. There were large mouth bass closer to the St John end of the springs and Tilapia as well. We saw a couple large alligators sunning themselves on the other side of the springs, though my pictures of these didn't turn out that great.
|The grey shapes in the water are all manatee|
|Better view of this group|
|Mother and baby manatee|
|This sign is classic!!|
|Florida gar fish|
|Large mouth bass|
|Steven at dock at the mouth of the St John River and the Blue Springs inlet|
There is an old house that was owned by the Thursby family. They bought 300 acres in 1856 for $400.00 and eventually built the house and a boat landing used by boats that stopped there as they travelled on the St. John river. It was a really pretty location and was probably incredible in it's day to live in.
|The crew walking toward entrance|
|Kitchen, love this stove!!|
|Cameron and Janice by entrance on front porch|
|The girls enjoying the rockers out front|
|Steven taking a break in one of the rockers|
|Stevie and Shane|
Kevin didn't make it today with us. He was home since the contractor who is working to replace our not so functional screen porch with an enclosed sunroom arrived today to do the tear down and initial installations of support posts and basic structure. They will order the windows and complete in a little over a week once the windows arrive. The change will make for a really functional space and a much safer one for kids and animals as we'll have doors and windows to seperate the space from the pool area. I'll post pictures of this in a later post.