Florida. It seems only right to commemorate my National Park adventure with a full-fledged Florida experience.
In the weeks approaching my long awaited departure date I decided to indulge in a mini FL road trip, visiting some of my favorite locations with some of my favorite people. I went from beaches to rivers to springs and I genuinely loved every single moment.
With my new camera in hand, my grandparents took me into the salty marshes of Mosquito Lagoon for a bit of photography practice (it nearly killed me not to bring a rod and reel in the boat). Living in the area for several years has taught us the perfect bird nesting locations and I managed to snap a few good shots of Spoonbills, Pelicans, and Herons. Adding into the day-on-the-water fun was a plethora of manatees, one of which was particularly friendly.
This sea cow was so curious that she approached our idolized vessel as we splashed fresh bottled water between her lips. Once the water was gone, though, her curiosity remained strong. I reached my hand into the water and onto her algae-covered back, but little to my surprise she rolled over like a puppy and begged for tummy and chin scratches. What a day to remember.
My last night in Florida was spent near Ichetucknee Springs with a handful of family members. I love my people, but one of my cousins and I have always had a strong connection. As we worked together on a writing assignment I had, we began to lose ourselves in a serious Godly conversation. Although it's far too deep to get into on a beginning blog, it was the perfect reminder that I am not alone and that it is okay to have differing opinions with the rest of the world.