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Is that a Whale? No, It’s Just Lani.

Posted by on April 19, 2010

Kayaking to the Headsprings of Rainbow Springs State Park

I’m back and I promise I will catch up this week! Our final days at Rainbow Springs State Park were glorious.  The temperatures were in the 80s and it was sunny and hot.  So hot, in fact, that I finally got up the nerve to put a swimsuit on and spend some time at the Springs and the park’s pool.  Of course, I tried to go at times when there were no people since I’m a bit uncomfortable wearing a bikini with a pregnant belly.  (I swear, the bikini was the only swimsuit I had that would fit which is why it took me so long to work up the nerve to even go swimming.)  I may have scared some kids away but other than that, all was fine.  It felt great to be in water and get some much-needed exercise.

On Thursday, Chris’ brother came up and we took the kayaks out again.  This time, we made it to the headsprings, which is the main portion of the state park.  The water and grounds were beautiful.  Chris and his brother took the kayaks out again later that day once Chris finished work.  They swam in the headsprings where the temperature is always 72 degrees.  The water was crystal clear and the fish and turtles were abundant.  They even saw an otter. Here’s some video footage of Chris’ underwater exploration.  (Please pardon his loud breathing at the end. The fact that I edited video is an accomplishment. My audio editing attempts will come later.)

Chris’ underwater exploration of Rainbow Springs from Lani Pokrana on Vimeo.

After seeing their video footage and photos of the headsprings, I was determined to go one more time and check out the park’s trails and actually swim in the springs.

View from the trail

Chris and I returned on Friday evening, our final evening in the park.  We walked the trails, which were lined with vibrant pink azaleas.  The sun was setting and creating a beautiful color on the springs.  As the park was closing soon, we had limited swimming time, but we took advantage of the almost-empty swimming area.  Chris grabbed snorkel gear and our camera and took off exploring.  I enjoyed floating leisurely in the warm springs.  Sadly, Chris took video of this moment.  If you’d like to get an idea of what I look like swimming, just Google “whale swimming” and you’ll get a pretty good picture.  Thankfully, Chris took lots of video and not just the one of me and my belly floating contentedly.

We returned to our site and began our packing up process.  We both admitted to feeling sad to leave this park.  It was a great two weeks.  We met some fabulous people, including Jim and Julie from Ohio.  They were our incredible neighbors who shared their breakfast with us twice, dinner once, and then gave us their outdoor carpet.  Um…how awesome are they?

The swimming area at Rainbow Springs State Park

We also met a really cool couple from Canada, Marcel and his wife, Suzanne (I hope I’m not spelling her name wrong…).  They travel in a Safari Condo Alto.  Chris has really wanted to see inside one of these trailers so, of course, he wasted no time in introducing himself and asking for a tour.

Lastly, this was also the first campsite where family has been able to come visit us.  It was great having people over for a cookout and some outdoor fun.  We definitely left this park with some great memories and are hopeful for a return visit someday.  They ARE looking for camphosts.  Hmmm…tempting….

6 Responses to Is that a Whale? No, It’s Just Lani.

  1. Mom

    I can see why you loved the park – it is a beaut!! I am going to tell Baby Pokrana someday how his/her mom called him/her a whale! Great entry!

  2. 5ennie

    Looks like a fun park! We’ll have to check it out! We are at a RV park in Lakeland at the moment, and definitely want to tour FL a bit more in the next few months. I can’t remember if I’ve left a comment before, but I think I found your blog on FOTR.

  3. Lani

    Thanks for the comment, 5ennie! We really enjoyed our stay at the park but were impressed with many Florida parks. The springs were beautiful and a lot of fun! Definitely a great place for families. I checked out your blog and really enjoyed it. Look forward to reading about your journey. Safe travels!

  4. lotus

    The floating sounds wonderful! That was something I did not get a chance to do. Just think – this time next year, the baby will be swimming alongside you!

  5. Lani

    Hi Lotus! The floating was wonderful! I hope I get a few more opportunities – it was a great feeling and nice to get some exercise.

  6. Maxwell Veno

    I don;t know how you find the time to write so well but here is a little something
    Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot. :)

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