Stepping into the travel blogging world has been an unsteady ride for me. However, this time around, I mean to stay and do justice to my ever aching passion to travel as much as I can and share my stories with the world.
Right then I knew, nothing better to start off with than the most enjoyable and treasured trip to Florida along with my brother. Taking off from Detroit, MI, we landed in Fort Mayers, FL, and then covering Miami and Everglades before coming to Orlando, “The Fun Land”, as I’d like to remember it. We indisputably spent the first day at Universal Studios, ticking off the most touristy thing that we could think of. Not to mention, some of the best roller coasters and thrill rides I experienced.
Having said that, my choice of stopping by Wekiva Springs State Park, a little outside of the city limits, led to a mild smugness in me. That’s how immensely picturesque the place was.
The State Park offers kayakers and canoeists to paddle along the 17 mile Wekiva River while serving visitors a handsome bit of nature to relax and rejuvenate. What adds to the place is the absence of tourists which makes it more restful and serene. My brother and I rented out a canoe for 3 hours and must I say, hands down, some of the most peaceful hours of our time.
Clear blue skies, crystal clear waters and wilderness on either side, paving a waterway for the canoe is a blissful sight. Three hours of canoeing on the river, effortlessly distracted by the sounds of insects and the rippling waters while overlooking the reflection of the best of nature is purely sensational. We chanced upon spotting turtles and herons while other kayakers and canoeists we ran into had better luck locating baby crocodiles and river otters.
If you prefer to stay dry to the bone and unwind from your busy life, you can hike along the 13-mile trail and still get a glimpse of Central Florida and how it appeared when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands.
Again, there’s nothing else that I would rather have started blogging about than these calming memories that Wekiva Springs helped imprint on my mind.
P.S: Big shoutout to Shwetha Ragothaman for her maddening support to start afresh.