Floating down Ichetucknee Springs

Oh my beauty! One day, I was browsing my Facebook feed and saw a picture of crystal clear waters in the heart of Florida. I have a friend in Gainsville, and called to see if could stay at his her that night, and swim in the waters the following day. After a few text messages were exchanged, it sealed the deal and I was on our way to bask in the forever cool and crystalline Ichetucknee River.
I immediately started driving, and listened to an entertaining and magical audiobook called: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel the whole way there, and back. Once I arrived in Gainsville, I immediately passed out then woke up to a woodsy, fresh morning and continued on my journey.
Once I arrived in the cozy town of High Springs, I was pretty hungry and wanted to eat from a local cafe where the food is made with love. I happened upon True Blue Cafe (see pictures below), and it was perfect. I ordered a delicious Cuban Sandwich and iced Bustelo coffee.

Before you get to the park, you will want to rent a raft to float on.
They pick them up from the park at the end of the day.

One would not know what to expect until they arrive. Florida is known for being extremely hot. Who would have thought that a spring that constantly emits fresh, clean, pure, cool, crystal-clear water existed? With no gators! If you arrive early enough, you can float downstream for four hours. That may sound like too long, but trust me… it is pure serenity and paradise on earth! We loved every minute of it and could have floated all day! I then heard about the “blue hole” at the top, where the water springs from, and HAD to go. I grabbed our snorkel gear and swam near two springs at the top. The water actually pushes you up, so it’s really hard to swim down to get a good look. I must say that this is what Ponce de Leon missed when he was searching for the fountain of youth! The water is so fresh, cold, pristine, and clear! At the top of this page is a picture of those springs. The park isn’t open all year round; I was fortunate because I made it on the very last day! Oh, I will certainly be returning to FLOAT next year. It’s open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

If you want to learn about more places, check out The Five Treasures of Florida, Volume I, on the iTunes Store.

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