On September 15th, the UF College Democrats had their first social of the semester in Ichetucknee Springs State Park near Fort White, Florida.
A protected landscape (IUCN Cateogry V), the head spring was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1972. The sights and sounds we experienced represent a Florida from even longer ago, as we saw white-tailed deer, turtles and fish and heard various types of birds. Walks to and from the river also afforded the club a glimpse at oak, cypress and even pine trees that first took root even longer ago.
The trip represented a perfect way to end the last weekend of summer, as tubing -and swimming for the more adventurous of the group- down the spring-fed river’s 72 degree water was both relaxing and refreshing. We finished the day at Adam’s Rib Co. back in Gainesville, enjoying great food with great people. No pictures of that part of the day exist however, no one, not even a UF College Democrat, looks cute with barbecue sauce on their face.