Blue Springs State Park

Our first stop in Florida. Blue Springs is about 40 minutes west of Daytona. One of the few class A springs, it stays a balmy 73 degrees year round.

The park is a manatee heaven, connected to the St. Johns River, the manatees spend their nights here and travel to the river to feed. Manatees eat 25% of their weight in vegetation every day. The spring does not support growth because of lack of oxygen.

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Blue Springs campground is well maintained, and I met a Ranger Morris on the boardwalk overlooking the spring, he’s an ornithologist, and knew all the birds by calls.

We spent 3 days watching the manatees, black vultures, baby snapping turtles, all kinds of fish including tarpon, and the invasive Plecostomus catfish and tilapia.

Spending only 4 nights here I set up the small tent, Edgar and Stanley are getting used to tent living, they have 2 beds and stole 2 pillows and a sleeping bag for their comfort.

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We didn’t see any alligators, but a bobcat walked through our camp one evening, Stanley alerted me, and I got a glimpse. We also had some racoons, there was evidence on my cooler in the morning, but being a Yeti, they left without a meal.

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Blue Springs is close to everything so I was able to get meals without having to cook for myself, which is a good thing. I did have coffee and yogurt in the mornings, and a few cookies at night. Everything here is Orange this or that which is why I went the wrong direction driving to Costco to pick up some meds for Edgar, only a 50 mile detour, and Costco here is like everywhere, I got a good cheap meal and enough samples to make a dinner.

Our next stop is Hontoon Island State Park….

Cathy

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Janet Barton on December 20, 2018 at 1:55 am

    So happy to see you off the grid again! I enjoy your writing.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Jamie on December 20, 2018 at 9:16 am

    You go girl! Looks like you are enjoying life! So glad you are back on the grid!

    Reply

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