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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fanning Springs State Park


Want to welcome Ron, my newest follower.  I could not find a blog for you, but if you have one, please contact me and I will add it here.  Thanks for coming along.  Hope you enjoy the ride. 

Another great little State Park off of our list now.  It was a bit farther away, but I thought worth the trip.  This one was $6.00 for day use.  I guess because they had an attendant and lots of info they hand you when you register.   Somebody has to pay for all of that… :)

Fanning Springs State Park is located on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail in Fanning Springs, Florida.   This is a very popular clear water spring, as you will be able to tell by the amount of people in my pictures.  Although I tried not to get them in photos, it was impossible, so I gave up and just took my pictures.

This spring produces between 40 and 60 million gallons of water daily.  Visitors can enter the park by boat from the Suwannee River or by car.  There are very nice picnic areas, playground, volleyball court and use the open areas for frisbee-throwing or football.  A boardwalk leads from the springs to a gazebo on the river.  You may see white-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers and barred owls.  Manatees sometimes visit the springs during the winter months.

Fanning Springs served as the local landing for steamboats carrying products to and from local plantations until railroads crossed the Suwannee River in the early 1900s.  The land has been used primarily for recreation since the mid-1900’s.  It was purchased by the state in 1993.  In 1997 the Florida Park Service became the caretaker of this marvelous site.


Sorry, but I just can’t seem to get enough of these moss-draped trees.


Again, Rusty was not allowed down by the springs.  I went down and Don stayed with him.  There were people everywhere so, I didn’t go all the way around it.  I knew it would be pretty from the other side, but did not want to intrude.


Of course the Manatees were long gone by now so held no hope of seeing one.  The swimmers would have frightened them away if there were any… :)


This was another great exploring day.  I would seriously like to go back when not so many people are around, to see it from all angles.

Rusty has gotten on my bad side again.  We were sitting here, Don watching TV and me on the computer.  We both knew he was chewing, we could hear him.  We give him rawhide chips to chew on so he will leave the furniture and our bodies whole.  The last time both of us checked he was still chewing on his rawhide.  The next time I looked up he had chewed a hole out of the carpet.  I couldn’t believe it, a hole right out of the carpet.  Good thing we are getting a new floor installed when we get to Colorado.  I know all puppies chew, but this is a first for me. I didn’t scold him because I didn’t actually see the deed done, but know it was him.  I guess this is all part of being a puppy parent….

Later…. :)


Handmade Crafts Done While RVing Blog said...

Love the pictures... Funny story about my first time seeing a Manatee... Jorge and I where taking a trip to Cabo Costa in FL and I am standing on the dock and I am looking at the water and this huge 7-8 foot thing in the water is moving towards me and I so freak and run off the dock - the boatmen came running to see what spooked me and yelled out it's only a Manatee. Well what the heck is a Manatee a killer fish? I had no clue or ever seen one up to that day... We laugh about it now. I'm not an ocean girl at all - can you tell lol...

Happytrails said...

What a beautiful place! Great pics!
A hole in the carpet??? Wow...it is good you are replacing the carpet!

Judy and Emma said...

That Rusty is sure a pistol! :)

Sue and Doug said...

ditto what Judy said!..that is too bad..bad puppy!..soon he will grow out of it !!

Cyndi said...

Beautiful Park, thank you for sharing....I too have a funny story about a Manatee...Our boys are certified divers and when our youngest last year went to be certified in the waters of Crystal River in Florida, his professor (it was a college group from Appalacian State) took his air tanks and threw them in the water and told him he had to go and dive for them. Well the water was merky and as he went down a Mantee rubbed up against him and he dropped his tanks and high taled it back up to the top and with the fear in his voice and stomach he had to explain why he didn't have his tanks. Needless to say all the students grabbed their tanks so the professor couldn't do the same to them and again Kyle had to go down and retrieve his. I am laughing as I write this because I can see his face as he tells the story and the fear still shows........he is our drama child!

Carol K said...

I think maybe you should have bought a season pass for all those wonderful state parks that you have been visiting. Thanks for the tour!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Boy you sure have your hands full with Rusty, we were so lucky with Rigg's as big as he was as a puppy he didn't chew anything but his chew toys, Sadie the little girl has to be watch constantly she already has the bottom braces of all the kitchen chairs chewed badly, I hope she is getting over that, she is constant motion. But they both are great and we wouldn't have it any other way. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Rick and Paulette said...

Way to go Rusty!! Just being a puppy!

You are definitely becoming the 'queen of collages' - nice job and great pictures.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

You are showing great control with rusty, he is a lucky pup!

Kevin and Ruth said...

Wow another beautiful park. I am with you, I love the spanish moss hanging from the trees and when you mix in the gorgeous colour of the spring water it is a wondrous sight.

Kevin and Ruth