After two straight days of pouring rain (our rain gauge which holds 5 inches,overflowed), yesterday,we decided to take a drive in the country.We headed to one of YardBoy’s favorite places.Back in the day,he used to camp and fish along the Rainbow River.
So,we packed a picnic lunch,got in the Tacoma and headed north,to Rainbow Springs State Park.It was known as Blue Springs,until it was developed in the 1930’s.And was quite the tourist attraction(but not as well known as Silver Springs or Weeki Wachee),until I75 came through and took the tourists away from Dunellon,and it went into decline.The springs were taken over by the state of Florida in 1990,and volunteers from the community cleared the overgrowth .At this time of year it is known for the beauty of the flowering azaleas.
If we had waited another week,it would have been spectacular to see.
But,still,it was gorgeous….
Just walking the pathways.
YardBoy on the path to the Butterfly Garden, thinking, ”Please,God,don’t let her get any more ideas.”
Looking at the crystal clear water…
Wishing you had a Popeil Pocket Fisherman with you…..
On the way back,down other country roads,we stopped at a fruit stand,and bought some strawberries,tomatoes,broccoli,and some homemade Elderberry Jam(it was delish on our toast this morning!),and,of course,YardBoy had to buy a quart of hot,spicey boiled peanuts.I think you can figure out what he’s been snacking on all day…..
Today,was spent tidying up the gardens,willing freeze-damaged plants to life(I hope whispering words of encouragement works),and planting Florida Sweet and Vidalia onion sets amongst the flower beds.
And dinner tonight is T-Bones on the grill with the broccoli and tomatoes we bought,yesterday.
Wishing everyone a great week of great gardening weather!