Yesterday – Saturday July 23rd, 2016 – I had reason to be in a town called Crystal River, FL. I should set the record straight right off – there IS an actual river known as Crystal River. But today’s ventures didn’t quite lead me to those more natural areas along that river. Nonetheless, I found Crystal River and the surrounding communities to be quite a charming surprise.
I live in the central Florida area (Walt Disney World and other attractions area). It’s my belief that when you live in an area such as I do, you become a little blind or perhaps the better way to say it is more subliminally focussed on your surroundings. Most places you look in and around central Florida, there’s something or other connected or related to Disney, Sea World, Universal Studios Orlando etc… But when you get away from that and out of the area, it’s like a whole new or different world that plays out before your eyes – or at least in my case it does.
Traveling west on State Route 44 driving away from Interstate 75 is what I like to refer to as ‘beautiful nothingness’. Just acres and acres of undeveloped land, saw grass, palm and other beautiful trees, lakes, ponds and swamps – nature at it’s purest. Things you’re a little hard pressed to find in a highly developed, busy tourist zone like central Florida / Orlando area. Then, when you enter a small to medium size town like Crystal River, it’s like (this is hard to put into words) small town America, but with palm trees and the other aforementioned additives. Just relaxing, country-like & stress relieving!
These are just a few pictures with captions I managed to capture & create while I was there strolling around the area. Most of these photos I shot inside Crystal River Preserve State Park.
Definitely worth the trip if you want a quick and easy escape from city life and theme parks!
Peace – Mike T.