Hey neighbor! Well, old neighbors! You’re the bomb dot com!
(oh and you two are gorgeous people)
April 29, 2017. Another bright and sunny day where two became one. When I was originally approached by a good friend of mine to take some photos for his friends, I wasn’t sure what to think, but I’m glad I took the offer! Getting to witness the excitement of friends and family of this compassionate couple was absolutely priceless. Here’s to you Brason and Jolene, here’s to being #EternallyEnglish!
“Between Grad photos and any other kinds of photo events I’m recruited to cover, I always have the pleasure of meeting some Doggos along the way. Here’s to the fun furry floofs I’ve gotten to know this Semester! Cheers to Spring 2017!”
Ahh Westley boy. You’re 4, going on 5, and I still remember your days as just a puppers… Glad you could visit and run around with me for a day! Thanks go out to the Marty’s for pupper provisions.
Well my time visiting you was brief but your seemingly endless amounts of energy always kept me on my toes! You really are a weird Nugget. Play date thanks to E. Tran.
Returning home from a Wedding I helped cover, I walked into my room to find a doggo cage… and inside, this little ball of fluff smiled right back at me! Aside from the untrained bladder and pupper scent you’ve got quite a hopeful future growing up into a bigger floof! Sesh organized with the help of J. Novak.
Trip In Review: Cellon Oak Park
Address: 4100 NW 169th Place
If you’re looking to check out the largest Oak tree in Florida, take a quick drive north of Gainesville to Cellon Oak Park! With a trunk that sports a diameter over 30 feet and a crown spread of over 160 feet, for an oak tree in Florida, this is massive!
Pulling off onto 169th Place, you first follow along a dirt road before pulling up to a small parking lot. Nearby, a few picnic tables are present but nevertheless, the parking lot and tables aren’t that lose to the oak tree at all.
Walking through some grass, approaching the oak tree is quite an experience. As you walk closer to the trunk, the tree in all its magnificence looms overhead. Throughout its canopy, you’ll find steel support cables, snaking their way through the greenery like vines present for years. Even though it might be a warm sunny summer day, the Oak provides a generous amount of shade, perfect for lounging under.
Personally, I think the best thing to do at the tree is hold a picnic while taking pictures with friends and family. So get on out, grab some food, a blanket or hammock, a camera and some friends and take advantage of a beautiful Florida day at the Cellon Oak Tree.
The Final Word:
There honestly isn’t too much at the park, but like most things in life, how much you enjoy something can be directly linked to what you make of it. And after all, the beauty of nature doesn’t need huge publicity or a city location to be fantastic.
Whether you are picnicking with a close friend (or friends) or just checking out an impressive tree in Florida, the Cellon Oak is the place to be.
Ginnie Springs is one of those places you just have to visit with some friends. From clear blue waters, to small underwater caves, and open hangout areas, it’s a full day family event kind of place.
Cost: $14 entrance.
Snorkel Mask Rental: $5
Upon entering the springs, there are actually 7 different springs to visit. By floating along the Santa Fe River, you’d be able to visit all the springs.
Although it was Summer, the springs were definitely chilly. Maintaining water temperatures around 72 degrees, the springs offered a refreshing dip in clear blue waters.
At Devil’s Springs (right of Ginnie Springs), there is an underwater cave that is set for scuba divers. You can actually snorkel down to the bottom but entering the cave is for divers only. Near the entrance of the spring is a sign warning about the cave. Divers have died down in the cave. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful spring.
At Ginnie Springs, there is a large open cave indentation present. It’s the perfect hole to check out at first!
Dogwood Springs offers a narrow hole that’s goes deep into the earth. The springs area is a little more shady there, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
Other springs included Twin and Deer Springs but they’re not quite as memorable. If you wished to be further away from the crowds and the parking lot, those springs are perfect but otherwise, the springs themselves aren’t quite as beautiful.
In general, for the price of $14, if you spend a whole day there with friends and family, it’s definitely worth it. The various springs offers many different sights to see while swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Besides the natural springs, there are various volleyball courts at each spring. Restroom facilities aren’t the best but they are presentable and clean enough for most people. Connecting all the springs is also a path marked for tubers to walk back to the main parking lot at Ginnie Springs.
The Springs also offers camping accommodation. While camping is considerably pricier, the though of Summer camping next to a natural springs is still inviting right?
Ginnie Springs. Check it out.
4 out of 5 stars.