Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunny Saturday

Saturday started off like most Summer Saturdays when we’re home…DW mowed the grass and I did a few things around the house. When he came in from outside, he said, “lets go do something…”

Since it was already almost noon, it had to be something close.

We thought. And thought. And thought.

Finally, one of us suggested going to the Rainbow Springs State Park. DSC_0025 I’ve always wanted to check it out, but we never do when we are down there. DW’s spent a week every summer of his life at the river house, yet he’d never been there either…well, not exactly. He said when they were kids, they’d take the boat up the river and paddle in the park and look around. He said he can remember climbing on the waterfalls. He also said he remembered seeing monkeys in cages. After that, I was REAL excited to see what this place was all about… WATERFALLS and MONKEYS? IN FLORIDA???

The drive in was really pretty. But I didn’t see any waterfalls or monkeys.DSC_0030

When we made it to the parking lots, there were more people and foam noodles than I could count making their way through into the park. DSC_0037

$4.00 later, we were in the park, too. DSC_0053

It was so crazy to see the river from the opposite end.

Everyone had the foam noodles, because no inflatable floats are allowed in the spring. The actual swimming spot is SO beautiful. Crystal clear water…


See the sign in this picture?

When we’re at Blue Run, that’s where we drive the boat to, anchor, jump in and swim, and then head back to the house… It’s as far as boats with motors can go. But one time, DW and I were at the river house for our anniversary and we pulled the canoe up with us, and paddled farther down to the head and actually saw the State Park pavilion from the river. Like I said, it was really neat to see it from the opposite side. DSC_0167

Once you got into the park, there were concrete and brick trails through the whole place.DSC_0125There were gazebos and benches and lookouts scattered all throughout the park, that lead to the different “waterfalls.”DSC_0098


It was totally worth our $4.00 just to walk around and see everything! DSC_0093



DW remembered right about the waterfalls…

But, we hadn’t seen anything about any monkeys…

UNTIL we saw this…DSC_0123

My first thought was that some Godzilla sized monkey had escaped and was waiting for us on the trail…

Nah… it was just some rundown fence…but we did see thisDSC_0101

and I am guessing that’s where the monkeys used to be??? or maybe DW’s memory isn’t what it used to be. (He DOES have another birthday coming up in August…) ha…

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It was neat to do something neither of us had ever done before, and especially considering it was so close to home!

After walking around the park, we hit up the Sonic. Lucky for us, it was 2:00! DSC_0175

AB had her first slush, and ya’ll be the judge…think she loved it?!?!

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It was a great sunny-Saturday!



Julianne Hendrickson said...

oh i love that smile and all those waterfall are beautiful! i'm thinking christmas card :)

Beth said...

Yay!! My dad works for the Florida State Park System and I still have never made it to Rainbow Springs. Looks beautiful though. Next time check out Homosassa Springs Attraction, or the Crystal River Indian Mounds and State Preserve. Dad is the manager at the last one, and in my totally unbiased opinion it is a beautiful park. :D

Charon Benton said...

DW is most certainly NOT losing his mind. Yes ma'am there WERE too monkeys there at one point. I recall it myself. I think. If I remember correctly. LOLOLOL

I can't wait to (hopefully, pretty please?) come see y'all one day down there!!!

Heather said...

It's like a hidden treasure back there in the that little forest! It's gorgeous and what a fun thing to go do!! I am cracking up over the monkey thing, hilarious! The waterfalls are beautiful!! Love the pics and what a great way to cap off the day than with 1/2 off drinks from sonic!

Sherrie said...

What a beautiful park. It sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday! Have a great week Annie. :)

Stephanie said...

We had a family get together there about 3 years ago but I never walked around. We will definately have to head over there one day it looks like a lot of fun!!!

Stephanie Heintz said...

I've got to stop reading your blog on google reader cause I can't comment!! Looks like a fun time. I had no earthly idea waterfalls were around you guys. Never would have guessed.

Lyndsay said...

How much fun. I love rainbow river!! I've never been in the park though, looks like we'll need to go sometime soon!!

Carrie said...

Looks like y'all had fun! It's beautiful. I love the thought of you paddling a canoe on your anniversary. That reminds me of our kayak days. Mercy sakes ;)

Whitney said...

Beautiful and so peaceful! I love the waterfall!

Jana said...

I remember monkeys too!!!

Janie said...

DW is right! I remember there being more though ;) My favorite memories at the head of the springs was when Boomtown Days was held there. That was the best! I'm so glad ya'll enjoyed it. Its one of things I miss the most about home. Thanks for sharing sweetie!

Lauren said...

Uncle Adam and Aunt Lauren are going to have to check it out sometime!!! You guys got some great pictures!!