barbara manatee...

you are the one for me,
sent from up above,
you are the one I love!
-a Veggie Tales Silly song

Major, major photo overload in this post!

While Kendra was visiting, we went to visit the manatee at Blue Springs Park. November 1st-March 1st is peak season to see them. Everyone else thought it was a good day to see them too! Our first two attempts to enter the park failed, as it was at capacity. Luckily there was a park with a really cool playground just down the street, so we hung out there for a few hours.

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This is one of the coolest playground toys I've ever seen! We got quite a workout on this one.

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Sweet baby A awoke from her nap.

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On the third attempt, we finally got into the park, but only by two cars. This was one popular place! I recommend going early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

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Currently this area is closed, but in the summer it's open for swimming. Doesn't it look so inviting?

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There they are. A big "plump" of manatee as A called them.

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Here's one coming up for a breath. After seeing lots of "plumps" my girls were unimpressed. They wanted to go back to the playground. We got a tip from another tourist that a calf had just swum near the dock in the swimming area, so we headed down for a closer peek. That was more interesting!

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There were also cool trees to climb...

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and little seashells to collect. Overall, it was well worth the visit. I would definitely go again.

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