Many Moons is on the move again. Sort of. We’re headed back toward The Great Loop (the designated route is 100+ miles away), after a three-month pause for me and a six-week pause for Jeff…but went only 31 miles and stopped for three nights. Why? Crystal-clear waters at a consistent 72 degrees, that’s why. Pretty hard to find!
We’re spending our third night at anchor at Silver Glen Springs just off Lake George in Central Florida. Getting in here was a little dicey, as the water levels have dropped a foot or more in the past month, and we hit bottom at least twice. Oops! But, no problem. The worst damage was a loss of bottom paint, as an underwater examination revealed. That’s just one great thing about these clear, warm waters; it’s easy to get under the boat. Since we’re anchored in only four feet of water (just a foot deeper than our draft), it’s even easier.
How fabulous to get into the water and actually swim, which I haven’t been able to do since Lake Michigan. (With mask and snorkel, the better to watch the plentiful turtles skipping along the seafloor, and the occasional big crab doing that sideways scoot.) And what a great location for the paddle board and dinghy! It’s also a peculiar place in some ways. A handful of rough boats have “set up camp” here, one or two tied to the shore – against regulations, but nobody seems to be monitoring – and on warm days, the place swarms with watercraft of all types, including air boats. Ar-r-gh. But mornings and evenings have been gloriously quiet. Photos tell the story better. (The actual spring is a wide tapered hole about 30 feet deep. I swam down perhaps 10 feet and felt the water coming up, but not dramatically. And yes, there are alligators here too, but not close to the spring. And they’re small.)