Spring Spirit

Diving Tower

Spring is fast approaching; the weather’s warming up, and it hasn’t rained in a while. You walk around campus and leaves fall all around you. Pretty soon the campus will be blossoming with flowers and I can’t wait to experience my first spring in about 14 years. Back home, there is no such thing; it is either summer, or winter. In the spirit of spring, I took the chance and went to Wakulla Springs along with a group of about 28 people. It was an hour drive to get there and hour drive back. WE tried to leave early in the morning to have more time there but, it was a Saturday. We ended up leaving at around 12:30 and had to stop some place to eat. So we did not really leave Tallahassee until around 2. Finally, we arrive there at around 3 which gave us about an hour before the main event: the boat ride. It is a large park where people gather and enjoy the various activities available at that park like kayaking, canoeing, hiking, snorkeling, swimming, etc. There was a lake, if I remember correctly, the deepest lake in America, well over 100 ft deep at its deepest point. They do a pretty good job taking advantage of that fact. They have a diving tower a few yards high set up at that deepest point which is an awesome attraction. Of course, being the thrill-from-danger seeker that I am, I had to try it out despite the water being too cold. Only 2 people from our group had the guts, including myself, which was pretty sad.

One of the many birds we spotted. This one is drying its wings after it jumped in the water to catch its prey

This park is also considered a wildlife sanctuary.  The boat ride was basically, a tour around the lake for the visitors to see the many critters that lived there. Luckily, we were able to catch a bunch of interesting animals who, had we gone a week or two later, would have migrated according to our guide. Those critters that we saw include alligators, turtles, vultures, a wide variety of beautiful birds and more. Interestingly enough, in this area, the old Tarzan movies were filmed. We passed by the place where in the movie, he jumps out of the lake and climbs a log going out into the lake and does his famous Tarzan scream!

Spring break is coming up soon and weekends included, it will be 9 days long. So where shall it be? Is it worth it to travel 20ish hours to Kuwait and 20ish hours back for 7 days? Or should I go visit some place in Florida that I haven’t been to yet? Or should I visit some of my friends in other parts of America? hmm…


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