Silver Glen Spring

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The weather here in St. Pete has been chilly, gray, and rainy for the majority of the last month, and I currently have a horrible case of cabin fever and can not wait for the warm weather and sunny skies to return. The upside to the crappy weather, however, is that I’ve been able to get a lot of work done without feeling like I’m missing out on something like I always do when it’s bright and happy and sunshine-y outside. If it doesn’t warm up soon, though, I may have to head closer to the equator. This “sweater weather” can kiss my ass, is what it can do.

Anyway- enough about the weather…

When I left off in my last post, Rudy and I were up in the Ocala National Forest, where we rented an adorable little cabin for a few days over the Christmas holiday. There are several springs very close to where we were staying, and after visiting Alexander Spring our first day there, we decided to head over to Silver Glen the second day.

I had been to Silver Glen once about ten years ago, but didn’t really remember much about it except that there were a ton of vultures begging for food in the picnic area near the spring while I was there. I made the unwise decision of tossing a piece of my sandwich to one of the birds, and before I knew it all hell broke loose and I was soon surrounded by fifty or so hungry vultures who were hop, hop, hopping around my picnic table while simultaneously eyeing the remainder of my lunch. The whole scene reminded me of the flying monkey scene from the Wizard of Oz which I found somewhat amusing, although I’m pretty sure no one else sitting near my table shared in that sentiment.

As it turns out, the vulture population is still alive and well at Silver Glen, and while I did not surrender any of my food to them on purpose this time, a few of the bolder birds ransacked our belongings and went to town on an unopened bag of Jalapeño Crunchers while we were in the spring. We had no idea what was going on because underwater, however one of the friendly folks who was sitting at a picnic table near ours saw the vulture invasion going down and was kind enough to retrieve our chips and also vulture-proof our belongings for us while we were gone.

Sneaky bastards…

Silver Glen Spring Ocala National Forest
Got Krunchers?

Silver Glen Spring Vulture

The water at Silver Glen felt a little bit colder than most of the other springs I’ve been to in Florida and I don’t know if it was just in my head or if it actually is a few degrees colder, but either way, it took a few minutes for me to get up the nerve to submerge myself into the chilly water. Once uderwater, though, the initial shock of cold wore off and was quickly replaced by awe of how gorgeous and crystal clear the view is beneath the surface. Pictures don’t really do justice to how pretty it is, but here’s a bunch Rudy and I took while goofing around underwater to give you an idea…

Silver Glen Spring

Silver Glen Springs Snorkeling

Silver Glen Spring 2
See all the fishies down there?

Silver Glen Spring 5

Silver Glen Spring 6

Silver Glen Spring
The opening all the way down at the bottom middle of the picture is the vent where the water comes out
Ocala 5

We ended up staying in the water until both of us were chilled to the bone and couldn’t swim any longer, at which point we headed back to our picnic table, had lunch, and then took off back towards our cabin.

Here are a few pics I took of the spring on our way out…

Silver Glen Spring

Silver Glen Spring

Silver Glen Spring 1

Isn’t it beautiful?

We had planned on visiting Salt Spring that day which wasn’t too far away, but we ended up staying at Silver Glen later than we had expected and never made it to Salt. It’s been added to our list of places to visit, though, and we’ll definitely be checking it out next time we’re in the area (hopefully soon).

Alrighty then, that’s all for now. I’ll be posting pictures later this week of the abandoned mansion we visited on our way back to St. Pete, so stay tuned!

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6 Responses

  1. Mermaid Girl
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    Wow the water looks so inviting there! It’s really amazing that such beautiful places exist right here in Florida. One of my goals for the year is to get out and see as many new places as I can. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Steph
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      That’s a great goal for the year! I’d definitely put this place on your list- it’s gorgeous! And make sure to check out Alexander Springs while you’re in the area- it’s not far from Silver Glen and is one of the prettiest springs of been to.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


  2. Ocalex
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    Beautiful photos as always Steph! Did you happen to see any manatees while you were in the spring?

    • Steph
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      Thank you, Alex! No- we didn’t see any manatees while we were there, but apparently there was one there a few days before we visited. From what I understand, it’s rare to see them at Silver Glen. I did see a bunch of them a few weeks ago at Weeki Wachee, though.

      I hope all is well with you!


  3. Allie
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    Girlllll – can’t take this ridiculously cold weather anymore, must get sunshine before I wither away LOL.

    The struggle is real for us FL girls. Anyway – always love reading your newest spring adventures & funny stories that go along with them. Thanks for sharing babe!
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    • Steph
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      I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t wait for this weather to warm up- I seriously can’t wait until summer gets here!

      Thanks for stoppping by and commenting, Allie- I hope your 2016 is treating you well so far! 🙂

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