Swim with the mermaids, why not?
Have you reached the age where you're working on checking things off your bucket list? You know the list...the one that may only be in your head, the subconscious thought at the back of the same head. The list that probably should make it on to paper, for the fridge or to the planner that sits on your desk. You could even start The List in your phone, so that it stares at you every time you check your phone, which I know you do several times an hour.
There have been come crazy things on my bucket list. Some miniscule, some average, some pretty major. Like when I learned to swim 34 laps (that's one mile, in case you didn't know) in 30 minutes. Well, I didn't quite make 30 minutes, but I did build up the stamina to swim a mile. Finding a lap pool wasn't always easy, so eventually I stopped. That was a while back....
Or hiking the Grand Canyon rim, or kissing my dream guy in Aruba, or figuring out how to write a blog, and even better, figuring out Why. But I digress...
Weeki Wachee Springs Park has been around in Florida for decades, even before Mickey and all the resulting theme parks took over Central Florida. And I've always wanted to go. I'd driven past it dozens of times over the years, but never had the time to stop in. When family came to visit, they always wanted to see the big attractions in Orlando, so off we went - driving past the wallflower Weeki Wachee, sitting quietly on the sidelines, time after time.
This was the week to check it off the bucket list. So Thom and I made the 3 hour drive down to Weeki Wachee, near to Brooksville, stayed at a lovely, legal bed and breakfast close by and spent the morning with the mermaids. The park has moved out of private ownership and is now run by Florida State Parks, which is probably the only reason it's still around as it's hard to compete with all the other major attractions in that neck of the woods. However, it's a fun half a day and I recommend it!
There's a water park with huge slides for the kids and a man made beach. There's a little riverboat ride where an informative park ranger will point out all the natural wildlife, plus the kayakers in the same water. It's Old Florida, to be sure, but sometimes that's nice to remind ourselves of what entertained us before we all became adrenaline junkies and had too much money to spend on theme parks.
And to keep you thinking...that could be me, on the right, with the green tailfin.... What do you think?
Do you think I did it?
What's on your bucket list?