It was a walk down memory lane for both of us as Silver Springs was a favorite destination for high school trips and such back in the day. It was also a favorite location for motion pictures. All of the original Tarzan movies were filmed here along with such notables as The Yearling and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Also such TV series as Sea Hunt, Wild Kingdom and SeaQuest attracted by the crystal clear waters and scores of fish.
Today, the springs, all of Florida's springs for that matter, are polluted with fertilizers and runoff and the beautiful sand bottoms are becoming covered in algae. The swarms of fish and manatees that use to migrate into the springs no longer can because of a dam built on the Oklawaha River for the construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, another "conservative" boondoggle gone bad.
|The famous glass bottom boats were running. These boats were created here at the springs. We chose to watch from the shore with a beer in the lounge chairs you see in the distance.|
|The river is still beautiful.|
|That night we went to a festival just a little out of town, the Paralounge Drum Gathering. As the name implies, a huge gathering of drummers who pound out the rhythms as the girls whirl. I love watching whirling girls. Don't know why.|
Not a bad weekend for two old men with nothing better to do.