We were told by some readers to be sure and visit this place. I made us a picnic lunch, put a couple of soft drinks in the cooler, and we took off. I had read on line that dogs weren’t allowed near the springs, and this was true. One of the first signs we saw said no dogs allowed past this point so Rusty got stuck at home again. We weren’t gone a real long time, and he does well for short periods without us. We always ask the neighbors if they hear him and they always say not a peep.
It took us a little while to find it, but we finally did. It was another $5.00 day use fee, but not sure I would pay that again. It was pretty and fascinating to see all that crystal clear water, but the brochure made it out to be a lot more than it was.
We did have a very nice place to picnic and there was a nice rest area here also, but that’s about it. There were several kids and adults swimming in it, so, it was hard to get a shot of it. I did try to get a picture of the two turtles swimming around in the smaller of the two pools. You may or may not be able to see them.
I guess it was the time of day we were there, but all I got pictures of, as far as the water, were reflections. It is astounding that the flow out of this spring is between 14 million gallons and a very impressive 168 million gallons a day.
The Lafayette Blue Springs area was occupied by aboriginal people for thousands of years. Approximately 14,000 years ago Paleo-Indian people first began to filter into the area. Over the next 2,000 years the climate warmed and the natives subsisted on animals, fish, shellfish and wild plants found in the area. Native Americans populated the area until the end of the Second Seminole War in 1842. There are a number of aboriginal sites in the area.
We did spot a beautiful little green lizard. I am not sure what they actually are called, but he was a pretty little guy.
This is some pictures of the bridge to the other side of the springs. There was also more picnic tables on that side.
This is the steps leading down to the pools, but it was very steep so Donnie stayed up top while I explored a little closer. I tried to get the turtles in one picture. See if you can find them.
Catch you later…. :)