Rock Springs: Swimming this Time
fbrogers — Fri, 08/28/2009 - 09:31
Rock Springs resides within Kelly Park in Orange County, and it's one of the only county parks I've ever been to. The level of detail and care in the park is a step above most state parks, and I wonder if it's due to the fact that Orange County only has one spring park (not to mention the county is rather rich).
The park is also fairly cheap: for my friend and I, I paid $3. Renting a tube outside the park is a popular choice, but I don't recommend it; it's much more fun to float down the run in the water.
An attempt to show some above and some below the water.
Rock Springs actually pours from a cave to the south, then flows up through the woods to a diverted swimming area. If you continue down the run (which I did not know you could do until this visit), you can float another half mile or so before exiting at a bridge. Here's a small 90-second montage video of the run up until the diverted swimming area:
It was an ill-planned trip, like usual - I forgot sandals, my backpack, and pretty much had to painfully walk barefoot from the parking area up to the swimming area. I did remember sunscreen though! Do not forget sunscreen at the springs. Not all of you may need it, but as you can tell, I'm a whitey.
The entrance starting to fill up.
The park was already filling up fast when we arrived at 9am. After changing into our trunks, we ran (in pain) down to the boardwalk that leads to the head spring. Wasting no time, we jumped in and shot pictures as we floated down the run. We stopped at the swimming pool and only then did I realize I had not taken off my glasses. We ran back to the head spring and I had to borrow a little girl's mask to look for the glasses. Sure enough, I dove right into the entry area and there they were, resting on the bottom, totally undisturbed. Bullet dodged. Although I could have used a new pair of glasses ;)
The diversion to the swimming pool.
The second time down we just relaxed and floated, talking about whatever. I think my next trip will have to be doing this over and over; it's so relaxing to just float in the cool water and chat.
All things considered, the trip was simple but very fun and very cheap. I was very impressed with this park, and will definitely be coming back.