A 'spring fling' can be a refreshing experience

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By Claude Lewis

Up in snow country, folks get something called cabin fever.

Days are short. Weather is ice cold. Travel, if possible, is treacherous.

People get trapped indoors and lethargic. They need something, like perhaps spring, to make them want to bust out.

In a way, the economy is like cabin fever.

The price of fuel has folks staying close to home, less adventurous, to say the least.

Yours truly is no exception.

With gasoline prices at around $4.10-$4.15 a gallon, staying instead of straying had become the rule.

When I wanted to visit the water for a day in the sun and fun, Manatee Springs State Park has become the norm. It's only a few miles down the road and has most everything one would want -cool clear waters, jumping sturgeon, deer and birds.

But it's been steadily building up and there was no denying it. Finally, Sunday was the time to bust out-great weather, no time constraints, no maps.

It was clear that this day of spontaneity was perfect for some spring hopping -a visit to places I've never been before.

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