Guests describe the state park as an escape into the Old Florida wilderness, emoting a tugging feeling of nostalgia for an era that you haven’t lived in — but feel like you could belong to. The area was remote when Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings thrived there as a divorced writer. Only seven families lived in Cross Creek when she arrived.
The allure of isolation in the wilderness is an intriguing pull for many readers, idealizing the immersion experience.
Caia Reese is a first-year journalism student and a staff photographer for The Alligator. Besides taking photos, she loves to spend her free time writing, going to the movies and getting lost in a good book.
PHOTOS: A taste of Florida’s rich food heritageMay 15
The Florida Heritage Foods Initiative launched its third farmers market May 8 to showcase Florida’s agricultural diversity from cultures across the globe. Co-hosted with Grove Street Farmers Market on 1001 NW 4th St., it brought additional small-scale vendors and educational groups to feature the history and impact of worldwide cultural influence to local farming. The FHFI is a three-year USDA grant project between the Florida Organic Growers and Santa Fe College. Event coordinator Kathy Anderson said each FHFI farmers market will present a new theme based on in-season agriculture and international holidays. “Each farmers market will be a unique experience,” she said. “It all stems on what’s in season for that event, and the time of year for the event.”
PHOTOS: Elaine HargroveMay 10
Elaine Hargrove’s life since retirement is filled with trips around the world with her husband Kevin, enjoying live music and dancing like no one’s watching. She also performs her own music for charity.
Florida holds annual Orange and Blue GameApr. 18
UF's freshmen and transfer portal signees made their debut in the Gators' Spring game.