A Ride in a Glass Bottom Boat

Gramma and Papa in Glass Bottom Boat.  Silver Springs, FL.
Gramma and Papa in Glass Bottom Boat. Silver Springs, FL.

Do the pictures in this post bring back memories to any of you?

If so, then you’ve taken a ride in a glass bottom boat at Silver Springs, Florida. I found this old picture in one of Gramma Findley’s albums. It was taken around 1973.

When Gramma and Papa Findley retired from the store, they used to take long trips in their Winnebago recreational vehicle. They seemed to be gone forever, when I was a child, and I missed them so much! After all, we had the luxury of them living right across the field from us, so we saw them pretty much all of the time.

So the album has quite a few pictures of their Florida trips, Florida not being more than a 3 or 4-hour drive from where we lived in south Alabama.

I remember gazing at the Silver Springs glass bottom boat souvenir picture all the time, when I was a little girl. At one age, I didn’t quite grasp the concept that Gramma and Papa were riding on the boat with total strangers. I remember constantly asking Gramma, “Who is this?” or “Is this Mrs. Black who goes to church with you?” Patiently, Gramma would explain that she didn’t know those people.

“Who is that little girl and boy? Is that cousin Gigi?”

“I don’t know who those children are,” Gramma would say.

For some odd reason, I still didn’t understand, which seems comical to me, today. Yet, I know how little kids can be when they run up against a cognitive block like that.

Later on, my family went to Silver Springs and got one of these pictures made. (I’m sure Mom has it somewhere.)

Wouldn’t it be so great if one of you in cyber-land knew some of these people in the Findley picture? Then I would finally have some peace.

Just kidding!

Still, be sure to give me a reply if any of you out there remember taking one of these Silver Springs trips in a glass bottom boat.

Note: Click on pictures to see a bigger view.

Here is Papa and Gramma.
Here is Papa and Gramma.
Here is the picture without the souvenir sleeve.  Papa and Gramma are in the very back, to the left.
Here is the picture without the souvenir sleeve. Papa and Gramma are in the very back, to the left.

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