Saturday, March 14, 2015

Homosassa Springs

For the last two years, Ron has been restoring a 1971 13-foot Boston Whaler. Last week, he FINALLY got it finished and running properly. I have to admit, I had my doubts when Ron first brought the boat home but now it really looks beautiful. I’m proud of him.

Since Ron and I both had one vacation day left to use or lose, we decided to take the boat up to Homosassa Springs for the day. We love Homosassa Springs. Even though it is only an hour-and-a-half away, it still has that Old Florida feel and lots of wildlife – herons and ospreys, cormorants, pelicans, huge mullet, and manatees. OK, the real reason I wanted to go to Homosassa Springs was to swim with the manatees. Citrus County is the only place in the US where it is legal to swim with manatees, and it is truly an amazing and unique experience. Unfortunately, we were just a few weeks too late. With the warm stretch of weather we’ve been having, most of the manatees had already left their winter home at the springs. We did see a few but they were on their way from one place to another and not interested in hanging out with humans. :-)  So we just spent the day puttering around the river and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. As they say, a bad day spotting manatees is better than a good day at work. And a good day on a boat is the best kind of day.

Homosassa Springs

Homosassa Springs

manatee viewing platform

manatee swimming up river
manatee swimming up the river

gazebo

Homosassa Fish Market

pelicans

nesting osprey
nesting osprey

sunset

Homosassa Riverside Resort
Homosassa Riverside Resort



2 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful area. I hope you make it back sometime when you can swim with the manatees.

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  2. The Riverside Resort looks so fun! Beautiful pictures as always. I read that this is a good year for manatees, lots of them swimming around, even if they are busy going from point A to point B and not stopping to socialize.

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