Summers in Florida.
I LOVE summers in Florida.
Sunshine, warm breezes, cold drinks & long summer nights! Every and anything you can think of that you can do outside- that is summers in Florida.
We headed out on the open road after work, and set up camp at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. We did a Spring in the Summer!
We stuffed our faces with burgers that night that we cooked on the grill and made a nice toasty bonfire and ate S’mores under the stars. We stayed up all night talking and enjoying the woods all to ourselves. Sitting by the fire at the picnic table with a cold beer and the local country radio station playing in the background mixed with the sound of the cicadas. One of the best nights I’ve had.
The thing about Florida is we have awesome weather-basically all year round- but the summer is truly the best! Yes it is very hot- but if you’re a Floridian- you wouldn’t have it any other way. We had such beautiful weather that weekend!
Once breakfast was done and cleaned up we got ready to head to the springs! Ichetucknee camp site does not have Springs on site (Like some other Spring Camp sites- Like Ginnie Springs- another favorite of ours!) so you do have to drive a very short distance to the springs.
We started off at the Ichetucknee State Park at the first spring- Devil’s Eye!
This spring was beautiful! it was more circular and not too big – but was big enough for people to swim around. It had stone sides you could walk down and lived true to it’s name- springs are cold! When it is 95+ degrees out- cold water is a must! We swam and snorkeled the spring for about an hour before heading to the next spring: Blue Hole.
Can you guess? Yup- it was a big blue hole!
This spring was a little different as it was more of a spring in the middle of another body of water. From up on land you could tell the distinction the best- it was literally this light blue circle in this larger darker body of water! It went down pretty deep and snorkeling the top of the spring you just watched as everyone took turns holding their breath to see how far down they could go! Mr.Handsome dives and swims a lot- so of course he took on this challenge and was pretty impressive!
We headed back to the same park and filled up out River Rat Tube and hit the tubing trail. This park does not allow alcohol on the river (unlike some others- again like Ginnie Springs) so we had to get creative! The tube had a built in cooler that just so happened to be big enough for my large pink camo tervis tumbler that was filled with yummy Florida golden sunshine- aka an Arnold Palmer. It gets hot out there- gotta stay hydrated! I really think he enjoyed my special straw I brought along for the trip- it really brought the drinking experience to a whole other level. You’re welcome Mr.Handsome.
We finally drug the tube out of the water after a long day of water activities and headed back to the camp site to shower and make dinner- his specialty- bacon wrapped grouper kabobs. I promise you one thing- he knew the way to my heart was for sure through my tummy- the man could cook & made sure I was never hungry. Ladies, get yourself a man that can cook! So he made dinner and another camp fire and it was the end of another beautiful Florida day!
The next day was another morning of a delicious cooked breakfast on the grill and another day of tubing! We were leaving this day (all good things must come to an end- oh but why!?) so after breakfast we broke down the campsite and packed up the Beast for the ride home. We headed out to the same park to tube again- another beautiful day of weather and a relaxing tube down the river with our trusty pink tervis.
After tubing we started to head home with a pit stop in Mr.Handsome’s old home town- its named after a delicious condiment better known as MAYO. I know-it’s strange- but it has grown on me. It’s a teeny tiny town with one main road, a lot of fields, and not a whole lot more. We stopped at Fort White to get one more spring in- this was probably the coldest spring we went into and it was full of divers doing their dive class checkouts. It was super shallow and we got some pretty cool photos.
It was after this trip- just the two of us spending a whole weekend all alone together ( I was personally terrified- what if we ran out of things to talk about?!) that I felt we really grew closer and realized how many common interests we shared. He had a way that made me feel like we had known each other our whole lives-it was effortless and oh so refreshing. He had planned the whole trip without any of my input -bold move mister- and it was the epitome of a perfect weekend in my eyes. He got me- and I was so dang happy about that. I knew I was so in trouble!
And that is the time we went to the Springs in the Summer!
Sticky S’more kisses,
Summers in Florida are simply the best.