It was 500 years ago in April, 2013 when Ponce de Leon landed on the coast of St. Augustine, Florida. The legend says that Ponce de Leon was on the search for the Fountain of Youth. To find the elusive fresh water spring that restores the youth of anyone that drinks its waters.
In spite of the legend, historical accounts have no mention linking Ponce de Leon and the search for the Fountain of Youth. In spite of accurate historical documents, the legend stands strong. Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth is now well preserved in the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaelogical Park in St. Augustine, Florida.
Here, visitors can walk the grounds that have been inhabited for over 3,000 years. Also the location of the oldest successful European settlement in the United States, the park holds history of the ages.
The main attraction is the Fountain of Youth, a freshwater spring from the aquifer of Lake Okeechobee. Here one can drink from the the Fountain of Youth and hope for its restorative powers.
But of course I had to drink some of this world famous water. As a bit of a water snob, I was surprised with the taste. It had a salty, metallic taste to it that I would find hard to drink a lot of.
It is said that the Timucua Indians who lived on this land and drank daily from the spring, lived well into their 80’s. Something very uncommon for that time period. If that is so, then I can expect to also live to a ripe old age. Here’s hoping so!