Another summer has passed by in a blur of tourists, sea creatures and the general ramblings of our everyday life of working at the AAS marina. This year was shorter than most, we were only home for around 120 days. Our favorite part of course was hanging out with our roomie, our daughter Rachel. This year when we came home to PCB we left Moon anchored out in the water. The plan is to get back to her before the heart of hurricane season. So far we are on track for doing just that.
First order of business though as always we drive down to visit family that we will not get to see while we are out sailing. Unless of course they take the leap and come see us in some island along the way, hint, hint!
And so our holiday begins….First stop Floral City, FL. Blink for too long and you will miss this beautiful town but, we love it here! It is so beautiful in this area of Florida. Huge oak trees line the streets almost enveloping the roads and make a amazing scenic drive through. The town is located in the middle of the Withlacoochee State Trail, a linear state park that follows an old railroad line. It is currently the longest paved trail in Florida at 46 miles. Every time that we’ve visited here Brian has had his bike with him and he has now ridden the whole trail plus some….I should say plus a lot more. This time while we were here he biked 70 miles in just two separate days!
There are lots of springs in this area too so we set off to explore. First stop was Rainbow Springs. The spring is the fourth-largest in Florida, and the say that it produces over 490 million gallons of water daily. It is an easy park to get to and it only costs $2.00 to get in so as you can guess it was really, really busy! It was a hot Saturday in August and it was the place to be! It was still amazing and as we plunged into the crystal clear water it really took our breath away…as in burr! (72 degrees year round). It felt great!
The park also had three man-made waterfalls and walking paths that were beautiful. After Brian, Ron and I left the park we drove to a trail head where we dropped Brian off for part of his 70 mile biking adventure.
Next day we set off to explore some other springs trying to find one that was less crowded but learned that most had to be accessed by canoe or kayak so we passed it up this time.
With a heavy heart we said our goodbyes until next time and we are off again. Next stop is the Space Coast where we hope to see a launch sometime this afternoon. We will do our best to take pics of the speck in the sky for you.
Take care for now we can’t wait to share our new adventures with you!
Jennifer and Brian S/V Moon