Recently we went to visit Army Wife/Guy and Peanut when Army Guy graduated from Warrant Officer School. One of the days we kidnapped Peanut and took a day trip to meet The Floridian and her guy in Tallahassee. After lunch, we found an interesting state park called Wakulla Springs…which works nicely for ABC Wednesday’s W-day as well.
Wakulla Springs is one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. There you can find a beach, swimming area, nature trail and underwater cave. The 1937 Mediterranean Revival lodge on the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated as a National Natural Landmark. We took the three-mile Wakulla River guided boat tour that lasted about an hour. But before that we stopped in the ice cream shop…because in late May, Florida is already STICKY, HOT and HUMID! Sans the afternoon nap, Peanut charmed the ice cream shop lady out of a cup full of maraschino cherries, drank her vanilla shake and was ready to hit the boat deck.
Now, since we adults like to think we’ve been there, done that for most everything, things really need to be spectacular to impress us. And my question is…at what age do we stop marveling at things in this world? Why do we lose our sense of wonder? When is amazement replaced with indifference?
A boat tour with river wildlife, flora and fauna is probably not the most exciting trip we’ll ever take. But to a two-and-a-half year old, it’s a whole new world opening up right in front of her eyes. And looking at that world through her young, impressionable eyes made a seemingly ordinary river ride something unique.
Here are some of the wide-eyed wonders she saw on the Wakulla River
There are 3,000 acres of forest refuge in Wakulla Springs State Park and it’s home to more than 180 varieties of birds. The underwater cave next to the swimming area is part of the longest and deepest freshwater, underground cave system on earth. More than 28 miles of its cave system has been surveyed and mapped. On average, the springs flow around 400,000 gallons of water into river. On a clear-water day, the glass-bottom boats will show visitors the bones of slain giant sloths, mastodons, camels and giant armadillos that the Paleo Indians hunted 12,000 years ago.
And if this isn’t enough to impress you, I have one more wide-eyed wonder…
A grandgirl…who left with us at 10am…rode two and a half hours…spent the entire day doing fun stuff..rode two and a half hours home…and didn’t take a nap all day.