Sunday, January 17, 2010

Silver Springs

I worked Christmas day this year. Guess what that means? It means I owed my family, big time! With the extra cash I made, we took a nice little family trip up to Orlando for a visit to Wonder Works (we'll never go back), dinner that night at Sweet Tomato's with my wonderful Mom and Dad (of which I have no pictures because our camera was "picked up" by a stranger at WW. We got it back later that night.) and the next day we headed up to Ocala bright and early to visit Silver Springs. It was the "best day ever", to quote my son, Zack. Well, HE didn't say that about Silver Springs, but it IS one of his famous lines. After the horrid day we had at WW, we SO needed this relaxing day at SS. It was cold, but so stinkin' beautiful and quiet and uncrowded that we fell in love with the park. For an extra $10, we ended up with season passes, so hopefully we can go back again before the year is up. Take a gander at the beauty of Ocala and it's famous fresh water springs!

SS is famous for it's glass bottom boats.

The view down and all around was beautiful.

The water is so crystal clear that the turtles looked like they were in air instead of water. Did you know they eat ice cream cones? Neither did I!!

This is a sunken tree.

A viewing deck offered a beautiful place to sit and relax. Which we did!

A view from above.

Crystal Gale in concert at the Springs.

You have to pay big money at Busch Garden's to do THIS!

Souvenir shopping.

Shhh! The feather lolly-pop is talking to me!

I came all the way to Ocala to buy a toy I could have purchased at the Dollar Store!

If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

In December a group of moms got together for a Christmas cookie exchange and we had a White Elephant gift exchange. I'm assuming you know what that is. If not, sorry. Anyway, one of the rules was you had to say three nice things about the gift after you opened it, whether you liked it or not. (homeschool moms encouraging one another to lie?) Well, I thought that was a good idea and I'm going to attempt to think of three nice things to say about a horrible trip that Rob, the kids and I took to Wonder Works in Orlando. (otherwise known as the "Upside-Down House")

1. As a family, we had a nice time together. You know, no bickering and such.

2. Some honest soul returned our "found" camera to the staff and we got it back. (even if it WAS late at night and Rob and my Dad had to drive from my parents house to Wonder Works to get it back.)

3. They had this really cool upside down tree.