The Clear Waters of Northern Florida
Last week I had the pleasure of taking a trip to see one of my best friends, Susan, in Gainesville, FL, her new home. The area around Gainesville is, literally, teaming with wildlife and outdoor adventures. Most of Florida is atop of what is called karst topography, which is basically porous limestone (think swiss cheese) with many springs, rivers and streams above and below ground. Sinkholes are very common in Florida because the limestone can be dissolved from beneath and then –boom–the earth falls in. Luckily, I did not get sucked into one of these.
I personally think Florida’s amazing rivers and springs get overshadowed by beaches, fake blonds and Disney. As you might guess, I did not make it to Disney (though I will admit I went multiple times as a child and loved it), nor did I dye my hair blond, but I did spend time exploring the outdoors. Needless to say, I am ready to go back any time!