Check out this video of highlights from the Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association conference hosted by Ocala/Marion County Visitor & Convention Bureau.
A mist rose from the river as our kayaks slid through the crystal clear water. Our early morning launch from Silver Springs State Park was rewarded by the rowdy antics of a family of rhesus monkeys on a nearby river bank. Feral monkeys in the heart of North Central Florida. This was only the start of our kayaking adventure on the Silver River.
The boat glided across the water, the dark green sea grass below giving way to a turquoise blue hole. A jagged crack sliced through the floor of the river bed. Tiny white balls bounced from the hole like a snow globe gone wild. A two-foot garfish lingered over the crack and a school of mullet raced past in a mad flurry. We had reached the spring known as the abyss.
Check out our latest video: a peek into Florida’s Silver Springs State Park.
I have been slightly obsessed with springs this year, ever since my dip at Juniper Springs in the Ocala National Forest over the holidays. Having already explored the land portion of Silver Springs State Park with my girls, I returned to do some spring hunting on the Silver River.
Silver Springs State Parks sits on the edge of the town that was built up from it. Formerly a famous Florida icon, the past decades have been unkind to this natural beauty, and recently it was rescued and reclaimed by the state and given “State Park” status, much like other Florida legends such as Homosassa Springs, Weekie Wachie, and Rainbow Springs. We stopped here to take a break from our Ocala National Forest explorations…