Monday, May 27, 2013

Way Down Upon the Suwannee River.....

I hope you are all enjoying a day of fun and freedom! I am so thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed and those who continue to sacrifice for us to enjoy our freedoms. I have a couple of nephews who are currently serving in the Army, one of which is overseas on his third tour. I am so very proud of and thankful for them!
After the extremely crazy (not in a good way) week I had last week, the hubby and I decided to take the boat out and enjoy a few hours on the water for some fun in the sun! 
This is one of the few things in life that seems to restore peace to my soul.....fresh air, sunshine, & wind in my hair. Riding in the boat just seems to relieve me of my worries! Here is one of my favorite views...:) You can see my extremely white feet....although I did manage to get some sun today! 
I need a little tan for my upcoming cruise...:)

You may have heard the old Stephen Foster song....Old Folks at Home. If so, this is the river the song is referring to....the Suwannee River, and it's just a few miles from home. I was hoping to see a gator today so I could snap a photo to share, but no such luck! My hubby and son did see one before I met them. They said it was a big one....about 10 feet long! So, no gator photos, but I did take a few others to share. First is these two old boats. Really cool looking old boats. I don't know if they are still used or not. 

We rode all the way up to where the Suwannee meets the Santa Fe River and rode down it for a few minutes. It's not nearly as wide as the Suwannee, but it is just as pretty. Check out the cool paint job on this boat! Some creative person owns this one...:)

The sign below warns boaters to be on the lookout for sturgeon. They are huge fish that jump up out of the river and sometimes hit people in their boats. It happens every least a few times. They have been the cause of broken bones and knocking out teeth, etc. I know a couple of folks who have been hit by a sturgeon. I pray it never happens to me. I keep my eyes peeled!

Here we are heading back to the Suwannee from the Santa Fe. This is where the two rivers meet.

Here we are entering the run to a local spring called Rock Bluff Spring. Look at the green stuff floating on the water. It looked like some sort of seed to me, but I'm not sure what it was.

Look at this huge cypress tree in the run. The base is around 12-15 feet wide. These trees grow huge!

See how clear the water is here at the spring....look at the mullet fish! I would love to have taken a photo of the boil (where the water comes up out of the ground), but there were too many boaters. It is beautiful!

My son caught this pretty dragonfly while we were sitting in the boat and talking to friends.

I love this pretty cypress tree and the reflection in the water...:)

And here we are heading back to load up the boat and go home. I travel over this bridge often. This area is called Rock Bluff. The spring we just left is Rock Bluff Spring.

I hope you enjoyed riding down the Suwannee River with me...:) It's one of my absolute favorite things to do...:) I'm sure I'll be taking you along again this summer! Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day and 3-day weekend! I have a 3-day work week due to graduation Friday and taking the day off!'s a short but  busy week so I better go get started on something.
 Until next time.....


  1. Oh, Vicky, this is even better than a Sunday night walk with you. Beautiful photography. I would have loved to be in the boat cruising down the river.

  2. What peaceful and beautiful photos! I can almost feel the sunshine. I'm jealous as I sit here hearing rain rain rain. Ah, Oregon.

  3. What a lovely day on the water. When you showed the first green picture I thought it was a grassy field and then I realized it was water too.

    Hope you have a good week. I love 3 day weekends because then there is only a 4 day work week. But, I have 2 late nights at school this week.

  4. You lucky thing to be able to just meander down the river on a boat. I love the Cypress tree roots, this is huge! I'm looking forward to seeing gators when you manage to snap them on one of your future trips. Have a great short week! I'm off ALL week so taking a trip to London on Thursday! Take care. Chel x

  5. Oh Vicky, what a wonderful and beautiful day on the river - it looks so relaxing :)

    I hope you have a GREAT week, sweet friend!

    Love and hugs!

  6. I've been to the Suwanee! Is this where you got your sunburn? ;)

  7. Hello Vicky,
    I want to thank you for your frienship in our blogs. Your very kind in your comments. It seems like a lost art anymore. I hope your school year is almost done, and your times on the river more often :) !!
    May you have a wonderful cruise!
    Blessings, Roxy

  8. Beautiful photos. I enjoyed that little "cruise" very much, especially there was no way I could be attacked by a sturgeon behind my screen!

  9. What a great place to relax, Vicky. I have seen the Santa Fe sign on my travels through Florida and now I will think of you when I pass through. The scenery you photographed reminds me of a canoe trip through a waterway in Ocala we took back when I was kid at a church camp we went to at Lake George. Great times, good memories. Hope you have recovered from the end of school. Must be about time for that cruise! Yay!


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