Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blue Springs State Park, FL

Between watching FL girl ride her horse we took in a couple of Florida's State Parks. 

Blue Springs State Park -

Always a good reminder.  The last like cracks me up.

This is a manatee refuge area.  When we were paying the fee for the park, there was a sign that said they saw 91 manatees that morning.  We saw about 20. 

Some of the guests thought that the dark spot on the little island was an alligator, but I believe it was just dirt.

I love how the ferns had attached themselves to the tree trunks. 

A family of Manatees.

Very graceful creatures.  It was nice seeing them in their own habitat.

We wanted to go into the house but it was locked. I want that porch.

We saw a few turtles and they looked like they were sunning themselves on the fallen trees, however I think they got stuck there when the tide went out.  None of their feet were touching the tree.

A few more manatees.

Not a manatee, but at catfish. Big one too.

I love the trees down here.  They are huge and with the Spanish Moss swaying in the breeze, beautiful to look at.  FL girl is standing in front of this one.

A bird, turtle, manatee and ALLIGATOR!

This wooden path goes from one end of the inlet to the other.  A great way to view the manatees who go into the inlet because the water is warmer there.

A picture for my FL girl.  She was amazed at the height of this palm tree.
More Spanish Moss and not sure if I see a manatee in here or not.

One tree next to the Thursby House.  My husband wanted his picture taken so I had a comparison, I couldn't get the whole tree in.

Saw several of these birds.

My husband took this picture of me and FL girl, just so he could show the size of the trees.

At the end of the trail we could see a few manatee hiding among the fallen trees. 

I took several movies of the manatee.  They are a slow moving lot for sure, but this is what I  was able to get.  




Hope you enjoyed this post, please come back soon as we tour the next park and the Fountain of Youth.

Happy Reading! 


Friday, February 19, 2016

Vacation Time

To break up the long winter here in Indiana, we decided to visit our FL girl at the beginning of February.   We booked a flight, put the pups in the kennel for a week and headed to sunny Florida.

We were able to watch her ride in a horse show, go to a few state parks, the Kennedy Space Center and have some yummy food.

Here are some highlights of our trip.

Starting out right, a fire engine pulls up next to our plane.  Saying prayers.
FL girl practicing before her show.

Here we are at the beginning of the Kennedy Space Center. 

FL girl checking out a space capsule at the Rocket Garden.

This picture does not show the actual size of this.  Where did my people go to show comparison.

Dad and FL girl getting ready to land.

Bright plants in the Rocket Garden, love the color.

Dad and FL girl checking out the next space pod.
Went to a very informative presentation by Apollo 15 Astronaut Lt. Col. Alfred M. Worden, USAF (Retired)

We took a bus ride that I thought was just around the area, but we actually went to another facility. This is the platform that takes the rockets to be launched.

The size of the tractors is amazing.

The area above the tractor is where the drivers would be.

One section of the tractor, which is located in the museum.
One of the panels that is under the rocket.  The different colors are burn marks from when the rocket took off.  It looks like a work of art.  The guide said they will refurbish this and use it again.

Not sure what this is called on the rocket, maybe the exhaust?  Below my husband is standing close by these.

Each team designed their own patches for their flight, all had to be approved.  Apollo 8, was the first to orbit the moon.  I love how they made the 8 like the orbit. 

Apollo 11 was the only patch that did not have the astronauts names.  I figured since they were going to be the first on the moon and Neil Armstrong made his famous words:
"This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." they wanted to be for all of us.   Turns out I was correct.
Saw a few moon rocks.  The look just like earth rocks.

Outside Atlantis Adventure.   That is the fuel tanks that carries the shuttles on their way.

This was an awesome display. 
This is a big ship, but when you look inside it doesn't look that big. 

Astronaut hanging around.

My husband standing by Atlantis, he is on the second floor.  He was quite impressed with the ship.

When the ships come home, they burn coming into the atmosphere.  As we leave the display of Atlantis, they have signs posted saying we are headed back to earth and we walked around the corner to this entirely red painted room.  I almost disappeared.

Time to leave the Space Center. It was a fun time.

This is just one stop we made.  I will post additional pictures of our trip soon.  

Happy Reading!