seagulls in anna maria island, fl

jay and i decided to feed some seagulls while we were on vacation in florida. i think we both went into it thinking it would be a quiet crowd of a few birds gathered on the sand. much to our surprise/awe/slight horror, it turns out they're super aggressive and would rather catch food mid-air, five inches from your face.

at least it made for a memorable experience and some interesting photos!

riding glass bottom boats at silver springs state park in ocala, fl

one of the coolest things in my hometown is an old attraction from the 1870's that the state acquired last year and converted to a state park. silver springs is home to hundreds of small springs as well as the main spring, which is 30 ft deep. many of these springs, including the main one, can be seen from aboard glass bottom boats which are currently run by a concession within the park. we took a ride on one of the boats when we visited a few weeks ago -- something i used to do all the time as a kid, but haven't in many years.