|Family portrait by Rich Synowiec|
We were all excited! On our trip was the 4 of us, a Mom and Son, and a couple from Atlanta. The 8 of us loaded the boat, rode out to Three Sisters Springs, and anchored among the plethora of boats already there. Natalie was SO excited that she had to be the first one in the water. She jumped in and immediately started screaming bloody murder! My thought was "Great, here we go", but I pulled her in, calmed her down, and told her that I would get in and then carry her to the area near the spring. So.......I geared up, jumped in, and sunk to the middle of my calf into nasty, smelly muck! I had to control myself so I wasn't screaming bloody murder! Lol!! It was SO GROSS!
We then moved the boat closer to the spring since many boats were clearing out. Once we were all in the water, we made our way to the spring area. All around the area were Manatee rescue boats. There was a female manatee who they thought had a broken rib and needed to be rescued. She had a baby who also had to be taken with her. The issue was that they had to wait for another boat to make the 2 hour trip to the area. While they waited, they had to keep watch of the 2 so they didn't lose them. I made my way to the outer circle to watch while holding Natalie in my arms. Here's where more drama ensues.....there were SO many manatees! They were coming up along both sides of us, brushing up against us and demanding to be paid attention to. Natalie, not having ever seen an animal quite so large so close before, FREAKED! She was screaming and crying, and we were asked to leave the area so as not to upset the manatees in turn driving the mom and baby away.
We then spent most of the morning in the boat......along with Olivia.
|This is the area just outside Three Sister's Springs. |
One of the rescue boats is pictured.
|Even though we were on the boat, |
we still had a ton of fun watching the manatees!
|We had a friend who volunteered to|
remove the grass from our anchor line!
|Coming up for a quick breathe!|
|Olivia and Me!|
|Natalie and Me!|
|Momma and Baby! (not the ones being rescued)|
|Olivia being a goof!|
|Natalie and her new hat!|
|Olivia and her new hat!|
|My Captain, Rich (aka my hubby!)|
|Pelican on the dock near the island.|
I will post about day 2 in the next couple of days. It was MUCH more fun than day one if you can believe that! I hope you enjoy the pictures and the story. We certainly had fun making the memories! Until next time.......