Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Journey to a Secret Warm Mineral Spring

We managed to get to the Warm Mineral Springs and really enjoyed ourselves.

At first my 19 year old daughter was a liitle apprehensive because I had showed her the picture of the illustration about how deep it is. 230 feet in the middle of it.


Deep enough for another Lochness?  Maybe not, but


  this Wickepedia info is stunning.

The spring has been in use for thousands of years. This was shown when 10,000 year old human remains were discovered near the bottom, including a skull with intact brain matter, and the skeletal remains of a Mastodon and Saber tooth tiger.....( Gee maybe it can help preserve me?)
Scientists anticipate that future excavations may reveal findings that may date as far back as 30,000 years, to a time when Warm Mineral Springs was a dry cave.


Maybe i spooked her a little ....Here they are testing the waters. Over 9 million gallons of warm minerals issue from the springs a day!


But after a few minutes she relaxed a bit. Although once we were in it..she did keep saying "are you sure there isn't anything LIVING in here?"
I have to admit we kept playing with her a little, it was just too tempting not to.
Saying things like "Don't worry if you just felt something... that was my foot" and her saying I did'nt feel anything, did you?
Oh my foot must have touched Matt, and Matt saying No nothing touched me.
And my daughter going "oh gees mom what did you touch?"

A few more minutes go by and as we relax and float, Matt comes out with. "Ohhh, what was that?"
: 0)
All in all we had a great time, we fessed up to our shinanagins and we all did go in again.

The neat part is, as you go in the water, you can walk and touch bottom and then... bamm...it drops off.

This is supposed to be the fountain of youth that Ponce de Leon searched for. They even have signs out at the facilities stating that. And it seems that lots of Europeans come here for it's therepeutic properties.

A bit of a well kept secret around here. I can't believe this is only 13 miles from my florida home and I just found out about it this week!

  This is a creek that it flows into which is very peaceful to look at.



Some more info about the springs from Wikepedia:

About "Warm Mineral Springs"

Warm Mineral Springs is a water-filled, hourglass shaped sinkhole. It is about 80 yards in diameter and 230 feet deep where warm, heavily mineralized water enters from regions far below. Years ago it was developed into a spa. Now, visitors come from around the world to soak in its rejuvenating water.[1]
Warm Mineral Springs is the only warm water mineral spring in the State of Florida, and is the largest warm water mineral spring in the world.

[edit]Geology

Discharging more than 9 million gallons each day. The spring has 51 minerals, highest mineral content in the USA. The spring is the second largest of the warm water kind in the western hemisphere.

Needless to say it was more than pleasant, and the music was very soothing. My skin feels sensational now. They even have a little cafe in case you get hungry.
 I wish I could bottle some of the water and bring it home.
More info at their site http://www.warmmineralsprings.com

Thanks for stopping by!
Eileen


Yesterday we had a great day at Siesta Key
Where there always seems to be a beautiful bird to greet us!



We had a great couple of days.




I will be posting at
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6 comments:

  1. How fabulous, Eileen - it sounds so amazing. You're lucky to live so close and now that you know it is there you can remain young & relaxed! :O)

    Hope you are having a great week.

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  2. So very cool ! I never new about it either and have traveled all around Florida.

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  3. wow!!

    that is truly amazing!!

    what a wonderful find- and i would have had to pull out a few comments for my kiddos too!!

    that's the luxury we mums get sometimes!!

    just amazing!

    melissa x

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  4. How interesting, Eileen! That must'ave felt sooo relaxing! You're lucky to be living in Siesta Key, too! I've heard that it is just beautiful down there! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog, too. I always love hearing from you!

    xoxo laurie

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  5. Eileen,
    what a wonderful few days you had! both places look amazing! I have to say, I would have done the same thing to my daughter!
    Rebecca
    P.S. You don't happen to have a bottle of that water you could send my way!!!

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  6. The place looks amazing. Glad you had a wonderful time. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

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