So close yet so far …
|Forget about the maps:|
All Ponce De Leon needed was
some well marked signs.
I made it as far as the Silver Springs sign,
But that was as far as I got.
Between parking and admission,
It was over $40 to get in.
|These movies are ageless|
“It’s well worth the money,” I was assured and to which I didn’t for a second doubt:
After all, Johnny Weissmuller starred in 6 Tarzan movies there.
Not having more than an hour or so to spare (I was in transit from Gainesville to Naples), I opted for nearby Silver River State Park instead, to which I had a free pass, and from which I figured I would find an alternative route to the spring:
I didn’t. (What was I thinking?)
|This boardwalk looked promising!|
Instead I found my way to the banks of the river, upstream from which – perhaps just a twist or three around the bend – lay its source:
Silver Springs, one of Florida’s
biggest ground water gushers …
Bubbling up at 516,000,000 gallons per day.
That’s 798 cubic feet per second if I did my math right.
And judging from what I saw I think I did.
|Unfortunately for Juan Ponce De Leon,|
he did not have this map.
Silver Spring was among Johnny Weissmuller’s favorites.
As to what I didn’t see:
Besides the spring I also missed the monkeys.
Stragglers or ancestors of stragglers left behind from the Johnny Weismuller days, monkeys are regularly seen climbing in the cypress trees across the river from where I stood.
“We saw them up there yesterday,” a couple assured me.
|Monkey’s from the Tarzan era are still there:|
Presumably beneficiaries of the ageless spring water.
Judging from my luck
I could only figure they were back at the spring.
I’m assuming they get in for free!