01.03.2017 87 °F
Today was scouting day for Rainbow Springs, 30 miles from where we are staying. This was one of those campgrounds on our list. The campground and the springs is 6 miles apart. It is nothing special when we went through it, but this couple whom we met earlier at Silver Springs rode their bicycles to Rainbow Springs told us the camp sites are actually really nice; that we were in the wrong area. Well, we'll pass for now...the heat is getting to us and we need to get to the main park. On this hot upper 80's degree day, the spring is a welcoming place to swim. Didn't take John long to dive in, the first this year, and I got to soak my tired ankles in the cold water. Refreshed, we walked the hilly trails leading to the different waterfalls. I wasn't sure at first if my new knee and my pesty ankle will handle the terrain, but I did okay. It was soothing hearing sounds of water downstream everywhere.
John swimming in the springs
Rainbow Falls off the forbidden path
Another record heat (for this time of the year) brought us back to Rainbow Springs the next day. After cooling off on the way back to Ocala, ate at El Toreo, where the special for the day was 99 cents margaritas.