|It may be tricky to see but this is the soft shell turtle|
Once our guests had left we decided that, rather than hang around the hotel again today, we'd try out Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park. This is a Florida state park where you can bring in tubes and tube down the spring. The water stays a cool 74 degrees year round and is a clear spring fed brook/ river. We rented tubes at a local place just prior to entering the park and once inside followed the park rangers directions to the head of the spring. We jumped in and floated down. I had bought a disposable underwater camera to take pictures and I was glad I did. We saw many neat kinds of fish, plant life and shells. We pulled out our tubes and headed back to our car to have lunch. Along the way we saw a raccoon and stopped to watch him for a while. We also watched the squirrels and enjoyed looking at all the different trees that were around us; many of which have Spanish moss hanging off of them. Evan spotted a baby squirrel lying on the ground and upon further inspection he appeared hurt. The boys were upset but it was sweet to hear Evan say that he was going to come back when he was an adult and rescue the squirrel so he could help him feel better.
here. We had a wonderful day filled with nature study and a bit of geography thrown in too.
Along the way we saw a few more "new" licence plates and they now only have 6 more to find before we've seen them all. Today they were thrilled to find Utah and North Dakota. As much as I have them try to find each state on the map when we're crossing them out I'll also read aloud the state motto if it's listed on the plate and point out any interesting features on them as well. So far on this trip we've seen so many different Florida plates showing everything from the manatees, orange trees, golfing, whales tale, and surfers to government, college, and hospital plates. Mississippi's plate has the bayou on it, North Carolina has the motto first in flight with the airplane to honor the Wright brothers, and the list just goes on and on. It's a great and very interesting way to study just a bit about geography.