As you get into the Silver Springs attraction, the glass-bottomed boats come by and you can hear some of their spiel. They don't kick up that much wake so it's not a problem, however they do have the right-of-way on account of them being bigger(and they are making a buck off the tourists). The head spring is kind of hard to see real well when you get there, on account of being so close to the water. There is no dockage so getting out is not an option, and it's busy there because that's where the glass-bottomed boats take off from. We did go over to the side to stabilize the canoe while Zman and his friend changed places. While there, I think we rousted this little guy(he was only about 3ft long) from his hiding spot. There's a dragonfly on his head! : )
After we left the main spring, it was time for lunch. There are many minor springs and coves along the way that make for good places to hang out and eat lunch. We shared one such spring/cove with a gator and a couple tour boats. It was field trip day for area summer camps so there were alot of children gawking at us from the tour boats. We made the most of it by making faces at them and waving to them. The gator was not a problem either, even though he was really big! He watched us and the boats a bit and was just there. Generally, they don't bother you unless you bother them.
Usually, the rhesus monkeys make an appearance at some point along the way. I don't know if it was too hot for them, or if they were just tired of the tourists for the day or what, but we didn't see any. On the way back, we fed the fish, and saw a few more gators.
The boys stayed in the canoe this time. There is only one spot where it's feasible to actually get into the water and on the way back it was occupied. Otherwise, it's just too dark and bottom mucky to try it, besides, who knows what's lurking down there!