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ROAD TRIP

BY IAN J. TWOMBLY

SWIM WITH COWS
CENTRAL FLORIDA OFFERS MORE THAN DISNEY

TAKE THE LEAP

TIME TO DIVE

Learn in a controlled
environment
If you've ever wanted
to learn to dive but
you're intimidated by
diving deep on your first
experience, springs are a
great place to learn. Sort
of like learning to fly at
a nontowered airport,
learning to dive in an

FLORIDA ISN'T BIG ON ADVERTISING ITS SEA COWS. BUT IT SHOULD BE.

Measuring up to 13 feet and weighing in at more than 1,000 pounds, it's not hard to figure out
how manatees became known as the cows of the sea. These gentle creatures dot the Florida coasts,
lumbering along through channels frequented by boaters, fisherman, and others. The telltale scars
on their backs from boat propellers vaulted the animals into the hearts of many Americans as a symbol of our impact on nature.
It's surprisingly easy to experience these incredible mammals up close, and general aviation is
your ticket. From November through April, manatees frequent central Florida's clear spring-fed
rivers near Crystal River. At Three Sisters Springs and Homosassa Springs, guides can bring you in
a boat or kayak to manatee areas. There you can simply observe from above the water, or snorkel or
scuba dive with the animals. Although they are endangered, touching and interactions are allowed.
Landlubbers can even spot manatees from boardwalks that overlook the water.
Flying in to the Crystal River airport, pilots are treated to great views of the nearby springs and
Florida's nature coast. The airport is well outside the state's busy Class B areas, and it is a quick and
easy in and out. There's ample ramp parking with low overnight fees, available rental cars, and a
friendly and attentive staff. Don't forget about the Dairy Queen just outside the airport fence. The
airport represents some of the best that GA has to offer.
ian.twombly@aopa.org

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

A nature lover's dream of hiking, natural springs, wildlife, and more are all just
a few minutes from a gem of a general aviation airport.

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area like Crystal River
will give you a chance to
focus on the techniques
in relatively shallow
water that always has
great visibility, a predictable temperature,
and no waves. Crystal
River has about a halfdozen dive shops where
you can learn in just a
few days.
Crystal River-Capt.
Tom Davis Field (CGC).
Crystal River, Florida.
Located nine miles
from the business
district, the airport
has one paved runway,
9/27 (4,555 feet long);
and one turf runway,
18/36 (2,666 feet
long).
crystalaerogroup.com/
crystal


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