Silver Glen Springs

On Labor Day, the family decided to hike in an area we haven’t been before.  We decided on Silver Glen Springs.

We get there and see people.  Lots of people.  We don’t like lots of people.  Law #1:  Never go to a state park on a holiday.  Go during the week. That’s why we homeschool.

Way too many humans!

Way too many humans!

We sit on the ground to have a picnic. Why?  Because all those people had the tables first.  Good thing I always bring a cloth.  We sat on that and had a very nice lunch in the shade. 🙂

A Family Picnic

A Family Picnic

When we were packing up the picnic, a Racoon came out of the woods just a few yards from us. We were surprised it came out during the day and with all those people there.     Some one threw the critter a few slices of bread.

Coon

Coon

While I was taking pictures a man said, “Dat dar coon will rip you apart, if you git near it.  I gar.un.tee it.”    I noted in the kids’ portfolios they learned another language that day.  We love homeschooling.

Along the edges lots of butterflies danced around.  It was lovely.

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

 
Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

 
 
After lunch we decided to take a two mile hike down to the river.  Normally, when we hike we see gator warning signs, but not this time.  We see this…
 
Bears!  Oh My!
Bears! Oh My!

Well that didn’t stop us.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see any along our trail.

 
 
Hiking

Hiking

 
We really liked the hike.  There were trees for the girls to climb, bear and deer tracks to see, and sticks to pick up and swing.  The best part, no one else was there! 
 
Pea 2

At the end of the trail we find this:

St. Johns River

St. Johns River

We took one short look at this beautiful site and The Violinist went spastic.  She was jumping up and down, rubbing her arms, and screaming there were bugs crawling all over her.    You know, we get tired of all this drama!   We reassure her that there were  no bugs on her.  She wouldn’t listen, so we take her shirt off (she had a bathing suit on underneath) and started to rub her down.  That’s when we notice them.  Teeny tiny buggers.  Millions, no gazillions crawling all over her!  Seed ticks!  Once we agreed with her, the spastic reaction got worse. 

TICKS!

TICKS!

It took us 30 minutes to get them all (or so we thought) off of us.   We did have to throw out her socks.  They were too covered to salvage.

We had to walk another mile to get back to the spring.  The girls went swimming and got the rest off.  We are pretty sure we got the rest of them off when we got home, but now Sir William and I are battling chiggers.  Thankfully, the kids do not have them.

 It might be a while before we can get our daughter to go back there. 🙂

All in all, it was a fine day.

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3 responses to “Silver Glen Springs

  1. All would be fine till that bear sign and we would have all turned around. Beautiful site at the end though.

  2. Gee, now I feel guilty complaining how you could possibly walk 100000 steps. I am a sucker for any kids story, and hating any kind of bug I will apologize for my remarks that you might have “cheated”. Of course for the rest of the day I will have sympathy chiggers and be scratching all day. 🙂

  3. Oh, the adventures you have!

    You’d love hiking in Alaska – those signs (plus actual bears) are on just about every trail just about every day!

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