Oh, if I’m outdoors in the summertime then give me cool refreshing water. I’m a winter beach lover so we don’t visit the ocean during the summer, but we do have the Silver Springs River, home of the popular Silver Springs Attraction, only a few miles away. We recently revamped our little 12 foot fishing boat; it’s actually the hull from an airboat, flat bottomed so it gets into shallow water perfectly. Unfortunately with a 40hp engine on it it’s kind of a rough wet ride. So to create a more green (and economic) boating experience we removed the gas engine and installed an electric motor in the bow.
Firefly is seven feet wide so we fill up the center with lawn chairs a cooler filled with a picnic lunch, pop up the canopy, and bring along a good novel. We cruise until we discover the perfect spot along the winding green depths to anchor under an overhanging Cypress tree and jump in. Believe me at 72 degrees F it will take your breath away! The current is strong (the spring pumps 550 million gallons per day—yes day!) and swimming in place is an excellent work out. There’s no fishing on the Silver River so we keep an eye out for gators (see if you can spot him!), but not to worry they’re usually full of the plentiful fish and steer clear of noisy splashing humans.
Here’s to diving in this summer and having a splashing good time!