Sunday, October 08, 2006

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park

Marjorie Rawling's life is very inspiring to me. She was an independent woman, who carved out a life for herself in the scrub of southern Alachua county. She grew vegetables, kept chickens, tended her orange groves, and hunted and fished in addition to her writing. Her home is not so remote anymore. In fact, it is on county road 325, which connects with 26, which goes into Gainesville and there is a fair amount of traffic on it now. There are also homes and trailers all around her homestead. It retains old Florida charm however,and Orange Lake is still wild with abundant wildlife. I kayaked Orange Lake, putting in from what was once her dock and is now a public boat launch. I imagined what she must have seen and felt in that wild, swampy lake.

Cross Creek is a just north of her home and it connects Orange Lake with Lochloosa

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