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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Richard Barker


The Trouble With Taboo

This month’s issue of National Geographic focuses on the existence and pitfalls of tribalism by belief. In communities where membership is granted by birth but lines are drawn by worldview, many find themselves socially trapped in inflexible, unrealistic mindsets, unable to contemplate otherwise obvious problems for fear of alienation.


Enter the Wilderness: Ichetucknee River

Out of all the nature hotspots around UF, the Ichetucknee River is one of the best. Forty-five minutes north of Gainesville, the Ichetucknee rises from a series of first magnitude springs, and flows south into the Santa Fe River. You can swim in the two sources springs at the North Entrance, Ichetucknee and Blue (pictured), or you can rent a tube and float down from the South. I always describe the river to friends as the lazy river, an eternally 72 degree stream of clear water filled with turtles, fish, and, at this time of year, manatees.

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