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I DID taste salt in the cool 72 degree water of Salt Springs. It surprised me because it is inland, in the Ocala National Forest. We motored up to the springs Sunday, a beautiful sunny day. 

When we went across Lake George, the huge, shallow, sometimes treacherous lake, looked like a mirage, with its shimmering waves. It was a nice ride, almost making me forget the last time I was there. Coming back across in late afternoon was another story. Even with absence of storms, it was an E ticket ride. P1050706

The cool, clear springs were amazing. Most of the St. Johns has so much tanin from cypress trees the water is brown, but not here. I must give a plug to tannin, though. It will clean anything from your boat shoes to your jewelry. I tried to save a bottle once to use at home as a jewelry cleaner, but that didn’t go too well. It started stinking after a few days.  

The scenery looks like a Highwaymen painting anywhere you look. The Highwaymen were painters who sold their Florida scenes by the highways in an earlier time. P1050716The water was a bit stirred up by boaters and swimmers, but still clear enough to see bottom where we anchored. A little research revealed the water bubbles up through ancient salt deposits. 

A few more shots of the area surrounding the spring and the river leading to itP1050749.

The photo to the left is of a midden, mollusk shells left by Indians who lived along the banks of the St. Johns.

 

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