7.23.2009

Florida Wedding Trip Day 1 (Bronson, Chiefland, Manatee Springs)

I'm back! (Well, sort of.) We extended our trip for an extra day, so I still haven't finished unpacking all of the kitchenware and stuff we took down for the reception, plus I've loads of laundry to do and I have to figure out if I'm crafty enough to dry some flowers from the arrangements and/or my bouquet. Then we're off to North Carolina this weekend to visit my elderly grandparents and my aunt & uncle. Here is a little teaser of our trip, the first 24 hours in Florida. I don't really have any actual wedding pics to share yet, as none were taken with my digital. We will spend the next few weeks gathering photos and video from our family, and having our black and whites that my sister-in-law took with my SLR developed. Anyway, I'll intersperse the trip posts with some design posts (as I have steered my so-called "design" blog way off course). Pic below: Manatee Springs (more on this later).
The Levy County Courthouse in the tiny town of Bronson. Charming place to pick up your marriage license, isn't it?
Intriguing eclectic junk/antique shop that The Boy (excuse me, now "Mr. Cottage Cheese") was a little scared to go into. Next time, I'm going in with or without him. Who knows what treasures lie within?
We ate at the Lady Luck Cafe, which seemed fitting for the day. A picture of Mr. Luck (presumably no longer with us) sat by the cash register. He looked exactly like Captain Kangaroo.
We spent our first night here. Kidding. We stayed on Cedar Key the whole trip and just drove back inland for the first day to get the license and swim the springs. But I love old motel signs, so I had to get a pic.
The swimming hole, and origin of the blue hole at Manatee Springs. The water is crystal clear and cold (72 degrees F year round). What looks like algae is actually the rock on the bottom. The water in the springs makes one quite bouyant, and there is a strong current. One of the highlights of my trip was weightlessly floating on my back from one end of the spring to the other, looking up at the bird nests and Spanish Moss in the cypress trees and the beautiful (though cloudy) sky. We were lucky enough to have the springs (almost) to ourselves this day.
The spring run to the Suwannee River. The water is still very clear at this point, and you can see all kinds of fish and turtles swimming (though perhaps not in this pic).
Another view of the spring run.
The Suwannee River (made famous by this song) is really wide at this point. There are 200-300 pound sturgeon that jump and make a huge splash. Quite a sight to see!
Resurrection Ferns growing in a Live Oak tree alongside the spring. They dry up between rains and turn brown and dry. When it rains they turn lush and green, almost overnight.
This little fawn at Manatee Springs seemed to be intrigued by us. She was with about 7 other deer, most of whom ran off when we pulled the car over. It was such a lovely goodbye as we left the spring and ventured on to the island for the rest of the trip.
So that was day 1 of the wedding trip. For some reason my pics weren't so great on day 1 (perhaps the rain and mist in the air was a factor). If these don't float your boat, I have lots of island pics coming over the next week. There are so many of them, it will take a while for me to get organized!

15 comments:

lolly-jolly said...

wow everything seems to be amazing! lovely and beautiful

Hello Lindello said...

That river is gorgeous! The color of the water is very pretty. What a serene place. Glad you had fun!

mandi said...

how lovely!!! looks like a blast...i make Mr. RedPlanet go in all kinds of creepy shops with me with empty promises...lol (he despises them but loves me :D)....im jealous i want to go on vacation!!! i tried swimming in a manatee swimin' hole in florida once.....it was FAR too cold for my liking despite the humid 100 degrees.(i am looking forward to more pictures!)

Tina Tarnoff said...

Hurray! She's back! These photos are lovely, so much green I feel relaxed just by looking at them. I actually got goosebumps reading about the springs and you floating on your back, looking up at the bird nests. How wonderful! I so want to do thatm right now> I'm looking forward so much to all the photos and stories! Congratulations, my dear! xoxoxo

Melissa said...

Welcome back. Great photos!

Pyzahn said...

Lovely. I hope the rest of your life together will be surrounded by such beauty.

Beth said...

Looking forward to your wedding pictures!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Stunning...I love Florida and you were at a beautiful spot. Congratulations..looking forward to more!

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Hey, Sweetie, I tried 3 times this morning to leave a comment, and the comment box would not open???

I just love your photos.

Love the retro shop! And just grab Mr. Cottage Cheese by the collar and drag him inside...eventually, he'll stop fighting.:))

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Just keep enjoying this time...

Can't wait to see the pics!

xoxo

lauragrace7 said...

Oh! Manatee Springs looks incredable! I would love to visit someday. A dear aunt of mine told me about swimming with the manatees when I was younger and I've been fascinated ever since.

Clorivak said...

Gorgeous!!! What an area...and I thought the island was beautiful...well...haha, so it sounds like you will showing your wedding photos!! yikes..i'm still working up the guts. haha..can't wait for the rest of yours.

Eden Rose said...

Your wedding trip looks so beautiful! I absolutely possitively cant wait to see wedding pics, hurry up!! And please would you call the new Mr Cottage Cheese, just Mr Cheese? Just because it makes me laugh sooo much (this may be my brit sense of humour, go with me on this, it's funny). welcome back!

Carol said...

Lovely pictures! Can't wait to see more!!

Biba said...

Soooo beautiful. Wedding pics now please! ;)

Tikimama said...

Lovely, so peaceful. I've never been to the South (east), and I'd really love to. Especially after seeing these photos!