"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

April 27, 2014

April 26 - Hontoon Island State Park

Park Dock

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” —T.S. Eliot

We began our morning with a visit to the farmers market that is held on 3rd Street. It wasn't large but had a nice variety of things. We picked up some delicious strawberries and a loaf of bread. After lunch we began our return trip to Jacksonville...we are now moving downstream. It was a beautiful Saturday and boats were everywhere enjoying the day. A large part of the river we traveled in this afternoon was posted as low speed (because of manatees) so having so many boats around really wasn't a problem, but with all the activity and noise on the river, the only wildlife we saw today was human.

The weather is beginning to warm up in the afternoons, so we decided to dock at Hontoon Island State Park this evening, so we could have electricity and plug in the AC. The next few days we will be anchoring around Lake George, so we can visit a few more springs. Starting tomorrow night we’ll have to adjust to sleeping in warmer temperatures. We had a nice evening visiting with other boaters on the dock and fixing a wonderful steak dinner. Life on the river is good…at least for now!

Sanford waterfront
Farmers market in Sanford
The main street in the historic district of Sanford
A busy day on the river
The cutest boat we saw today
It was very busy around Blue Spring State Park

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