We stayed at Westgate Lakes Resort. We checked in to our room, which at first seemed OK,
|View from the patio
|Nice Roman bath!
|AC condensers right below our balcony.
Blue Spring State Park to see manatees as suggested by an ex-Floridian friend. The park is a designated manatee refuge. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the West Indian Manatee. Boating or swimming is prohibited in the winter, and so the manatees rule this place. The day we were there the rangers had counted 239 manatees that were chillin’ (or more correctly, warmin’) in the spring run.
|All those approximately 6-foot shapes are manatees.
|The cutest nose.
Here they are swimming and floating in the Blue Spring spring brook. There are about 20 in this picture.
Close up of manatees swimming at Blue Spring state park, Florida
Manatee eating on the shore
We also saw birds
and many kinds of fish swimming with the manatees.
|Lots of fish surrounding the manatee.
|/The darker area under in the middle of the stream is Blue Spring
Getting very close to the manatees in this unique area is a must see experience for anyone going anywhere near Orlando. This was one of the many “firsts” for this girl from a severely land-locked state.
After our awesome experience at the state park, we grabbed some decent lunch at the Red Roof Café in Orange City.
And then, because I had never been to the Atlantic side of Florida (or anywhere in Florida for that matter), we drove over to Daytona Beach
and just went for a walk on the beach.
It was getting dark so back to the resort we went to change to a much better room. We missed the Roman columns in the bath though.
|View from the balcony at our new, better room.
We had to rest up because the next day I would become a true American.