Girls’ Day Out – Blue Spring State Park

This trip was totally spur of the moment. Daughter and I had our usual Friday morning get together. She had planned to update her craft site The Stitchin’ Witch and I had planned to write and work on the garage.

I was in a great mood after winning my first (and hopefully not only) Toastmasters trophy.

Best Table Topics

Best Table Topics

It was a beautiful day, and staying inside just wasn’t on the agenda.

So we decided (actually I decided, fortunately Daughter was up for it) to check out our new Starbucks (much bigger and nicer than the old one), and hit the road for Blue Spring State Park.

Blue Spring

Blue Spring

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

Reflection at Blue Spring

Reflection at Blue Spring

The last time I was there was with my hiking friends Linda and Jane. We used to hike every winter when Linda still lived in town and Jane and her husband would come down from New York for the winter.

Linda and Me Honeymoon Island Hike

Linda and Me on the Trail Honeymoon Island Hike 2010 – photo by Jane

Sadly, Linda moved

This is Linda after our Little Econ hike - Photo by Jane

This is Linda after our Little Big Econ State Forest hike – Photo by Jane

and Jane’s husband passed away so we don’t do winters together any more. Hopefully we will reunite at Jane’s for a New York summer hike. (Those pictures will be much better if we do as Jane is a real photographer with a huge camera and all the doodads).

A Rare Photo of Jane - she's usually behind the camera

A Rare Photo of Jane – she’s usually behind the camera

Back when we went to Blue Spring it was 20-ish degrees and the manatee count was the highest of the season.

Yesterday it was pushing 90 degrees and the only manatees we saw were the two we bought

These little guys were the only manatees we saw

These little guys were the only manatees we saw

and the mosaic one.

Real manatees aren't as colorful

Real manatees aren’t as colorful

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent. We didn’t this time, but maybe next.

Thought about taking a canoe out...

Thought about taking a canoe out…

St John's River

St John’s River

We checked out the Thursby House – I want a porch as big as this one with rocking chairs like these, only I want mine to be overlooking a bay or ocean, the porch to wrap at least 3/4 of the way around, and a hammock and Boston ferns.

Thursby House

Thursby House

After the spring, we had a late lunch and explored a thrift store nearby, which led to fulfillment of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge

Unexpected Find

Unexpected Find

Didn’t buy the sign, but as usual, left with an armload of books. Now for some hammock time…

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