Monday, 10 March 2014

Carrabelle FL to Chiefland FL (153 Miles)

Hello from Manatee Springs State Park!!!!!!

Well, we are SUPER excited to be here. The state park is about 6 miles west of the small town of Chiefland FL and we are happy to, obviously, report that we have internet at the close-by concession. The vendor is required by Florida State Parks to provide free WIFI!! Oh my gosh, get ready because we have only been here for a few hours and already have lots to show you!!

We left Carrabelle about 10:00 am and had a fairly straight, and I mean fairly straight drive here. There were a few turns here and there but otherwise not too challenging. Good of me to always volunteer to do the driving on these type of days!!

We are tucked in very nicely in spot #89, right across from the bathrooms (fluke) and the sites are very nice. Short 2 minute walk to the concession and the wifi.....

On route....



Area around the concession....

This area, to the right, is where people swim....

Manatee channel....
 
You can see one manatee just surfacing on the right and if you look
close, you can see the bigger one on the left, a brown blob under the water

 


So, straight down from this spring, is the Suwanee River. Boats are not allowed in the part you see here until the end of March when the manatees leave. This spring produces something like 100,000 million litres of clear spring water daily. The manatees like to come up this little channel for the warmer water.....

They have an amazing walkway built right beside the channel with many viewing spots. You never know where you will spot the manatees. This walkway is about 2 blocks long.

Looking back up at the only swimming area,
right past that white marker in the channel...

Really swampy on one side.....



So, we were strolling along, enjoying the peacefulness of the channel when we spied a water moccasin down on a log, sunning himself (or herself). Fairly high on the poisonous list so I don't think you will find me even up the channel in the water!!

 A good 3 feet long.....

 

Out at the end of the channel, looking up the Suwanee River....

The opening to the channel going up to the springs....

Looking down the river, off the boat dock....
 
Okay, enough said....again!!

Did anyone tell the turtle there were alligators out there.....

 



Flood levels.
The top one is from 1948, the bottom one from 2004!!
 
Nice walkway throughout the park....

Nice camping spot.....

That is the official swimming part behind me....blogging!!
 
So, we will be able to keep you all up to date with our time here and we are pretty happy about it. We will be able to check on our emails. Probably will walk over here this evening for a bit to do just that....
 
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20 years ago today, my Dad, Leslie Peter Tamas, passed away. It was such a hard loss for our family. There is never a day that goes by that I don’t think of him at some point. I know he is looking down on us. I hope we have made him proud. I wish he could have met Teagan’s husband, Shawn. Josh’s wife, Kathy and most of all, our beautiful grandson Gus. I know he would have loved and cherished them all. Love you Dad. You are always in our hearts...
 
We are taking good care of the true love of your life, our Mom Nadyne.
 
Peace....
 
Thought of the Day: This is for you, Dad. Love you. 
 

 
 ....especially the "hero" part for me. 

2 comments:

  1. Well, just plain wonderful! You will never see me in that water!

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  2. What a fantastic post, both for the lovely description of the park and area and the beautiful honoring of your dad. I, too, hope he's looking down on all of us and enjoying the show. I'm a big manatee fan and can't wait to hear all you have to report on them. I sure hope all the manatees are gone when the boats get there. You know, after all, it's their place; we're infringing on them. Enjoy and get caught up in this electronic age!

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