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On a trip down to Florida from our farm in western Pennsylvania many years ago in the winter; We stopped in north central Florida and discovered Ichetucknee Springs. It was a cool overcast day with the possible threat of rain which actually was lucky for us as we got to experience the magic of the springs almost all to ourselves. On a warm day the river and springs can be jammed with people tubing and canoeing. Because the water is quite cold this does not happen on a cooler day. We hiked through a pine and palmetto forest to find this primeval Florida river running hidden in the middle of it. What magic. We rented tubes and floated down the river which runs so crystal clear and turquoise in the center you can see the bottom while on the edge of both sides of it are the blackwaters that one often sees in Florida full of ferns and other aquatic plants and wildlife. A family came with children that were whooping and screaming as they tubed down the river so we waited for them to get far ahead and then resumed our quiet float down the river. Alas their noise probably disturbed some of the wildlife we would have seen but at least we could appreciate the sounds of nature. I hope that more parents will learn to appreciate being quiet in nature so that we can perceive her subtle and wonderful sounds and pass it on to the offspring.