Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Our Trip Down Weeki Wachee Springs

My husband is a nature guy and he always tries to get us away from the more touristy things in any vacation area and get us out in the great outdoors.  We have explored a couple of natural springs in Florida and on this trip he found us another new place to explore.

We took a 4 hour kayak ride down the river and out near the gulf of Mexico.  We were in tandem kayaks so the kids had no problems keeping up.  They stopped now and then to swim and we saw a real live manatee in the wild!!

Now our pictures of the trip aren't great as I did not want to bring my camera down the spring but I did buy a disposable waterproof camera and tried to make the best of it.



See the oval blob?  That's the manatee!! 


Turtles sunning themselves on a log 
We also watched some fish jumping out of the water working their way up the river.  We saw lots of turtles and birds too.


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  1. My husband is a nature guy too and we love to Kayak. I admit I love the beauty of God's creation! The fish jumping must've been so cool!

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    1. It was so neat! I kept waiting for one to land in the boat.

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  2. This looks so much fun and your pics are lovely ! The simple things are always the best and your can’t beat outdoor life xx #explorerkids

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  3. That manatee is AWESOME! What fun! #explorerkids xoxo

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    1. Thank you! We were very excited to see one; in fact we had to kayak back UP river to see it since it was moving quite quickly.

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  4. You were in my "neighborhood" so to speak! I live in the county just south of Weeki Wachi. I'm so glad you had a great time. That area is wonderful with all the springs and state parks. In the winter the manatees come to that area to escape the cold. When water temp goes below 65 they can die. I do love the big sea cows.

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    1. I was so thrilled to see one in the wild; I just love manatees and we see them all around Florida in the parks and zoos so my goal was to try and spot one in the wild with our trip this time.

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  5. Now this is awesome and I love the name of the springs too. Sarah #ExplorerKids

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    1. They sure do have some fun names of their natural springs and parks in Florida. We kept getting this one confused with Wekiwa springs that we went to on our last trip.

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  6. 4 hours kayaking! That's so awesome! I wish I could do that too - never mind the kids! lol! OMG! You saw a real life manatee! That's so Amazing! Did you or the kids swim with them? Are they friendly?

    Thanks so much for linking up with us on #ExplorerKids

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    1. Only problem I had was my legs fell asleep after the first hour/ hour and a half.. LOL. We were thrilled to see the manatee and they are very gentle. We could have swum with them but it was tough swimming in the river because it was quite crowded and had a pretty swift current in some areas.

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  7. This is on out to-do list this month. I wanna catch the Mermaid Show. heard it's awesome! BTW, your pics look fine.

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    1. Aw, thank you. It was so fun! We thought about going to see the mermaid show but with the rest of the park closed the admission cost seemed a bit high when added to the cost of the kayak rentals and the rest of our day (plus 4 out of the 6 of us were pretty soaking wet and uncomfortable by that point).

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