I think it's time for a format change! Rather than leave myself with a huge amount of content to sort, post, and post everywhere, I'm going to start promoting the springs themselves to the front page as I visit them! That way if one of my trips takes me to, say, 25 springs (like my recent vacation), I can spread the love and information out over a much broader time-frame. I think (hope) this will make it a little easier to keep track of my happenings and will make it more manageable from my side of the street.
Don't worry! Photos will actually be more plentiful now, and I may even separate photo dumps from the spring pages, given that the springs will contain so much information that it may push the photos down the page somewhat. This should also give the page more of a "travelers" feel, which I think is what the site should scream anyway ;)
Oh and this is the first test of the LiveJournal Cross-poster Module, yay!
A recent fun trip to Ichetucknee Springs
Not much to this story. A few of my friends and I got together Sunday night and played a fair bit of true-blue N64 Goldeneye, waking up at 7am to travel to Kelly Park (Rock Springs). After waiting in line for 20 minutes only to find that it was full (it was Memorial Day), we booked it for Alexander Springs. We called ahead and confirmed that the park was indeed open, but once we got there, we had to wait outside the park for close to 45 minutes for an opening.
It seems to be happening more year after year, but the rule has been true since I was young: for the best experience, get there when the park opens.
Other than that, it was a great swim. Got some great pictures and video! It rained about halfway through the trip and half the crowd up and left. Another great trick at the springs: wait out the rain. A lot of spring-goers are there for the sun, the grilling, and a quick game of frisbee, and the first sign of rain will send them home. After the storm, the water was empty and the spring was prime for diving.
This weekend I took my friends Nick, Chris, Megan, and Rob to Volusia Blue Springs, or Blue Springs State Park. It was a nice opportunity to go with some individuals who had either never been to one before or were dying to get out of the house on Sunday. Chris took his Nikon D700 along for some dry shots while Nick and I dove headfirst into the closer-to-the-boil entrance and swam against the current up to the head spring. Enjoy the photo dump!
Well, skipping ahead of my big blog article (forthcoming) about Clay County so I can do a quick write-up about my recent visit to Wekiwa. My friend Alan came to visit this weekend so I took him and my friend Rob to the park to swim (he'd never been to Florida before so I figured I'd introduce him to a close spring). Not a very note-worthy trip, but I had to buy sunscreen at the concessions area because I forgot my spray-on stuff at home.
The water at Wekiwa is still very nice to swim in due to its relative depth of about 6 feet all throughout the spring pool. I threw on my mask, fins, and snorkel and dove into the pool. I've never had much success going down into the trench/vent, but this time I did it about 15 times, looking all around the best I could. Here's a montage of some of those dives:
I took some other videos and underwater photographs, which are now posted on the Wekiwa Springs page (link below).
On a day that was meant to be for a trip out to Suwanee County, I ended up dropped into nostalgia and traveled back to my home county, Clay County, to check on a whim if I could find the handful of minor springs in Doctor's Lake. An amazing story followed for the day, but that will have to wait for the blog post. For now, here are the pictures that made the cut for these albums.
Green Cove Springs Park