Days like yesterday remind me that summer is on it's way. I sit here today thinking of last year and our intertubing adventure down the river, one of the things I love about Florida on a hot summer day we can go down with intertubes down some nice river that is spring fed. My adventure down the river last year reminded me that places like this need to stay preserved and protected. Looking at this picture I can hear all the sounds, smell the freshness of it all, and feel the coolness of the water soothing my spirit like it was yesterday. It was also Mike and my first outing together and with friends. When I was going down the river, the water was so crystal clear. Cool crystal clear spring water, eel grass, little and not so little fish swim beneath you as you see them clearly. Tiny minnows gently nipping you as you let your feet dangle into the water. A family of red-eared sliders (turtles) sunning themself on a moss draped cypress log. Distant sound of nature, peaceful as it was in the beginning. My thoughts fade back to my teenage years going down this same river and what it meant for me then, and what it meant for me last summer. The river is still as beautiful as it was then. I remember imagining going under water and swimming through a cave and coming up on another side with a whole new world on the other side. On the othe side people lived as peaceful as the foilage. Ferns amond lillies, trees among bushes. I love the underwater caves that as a boy I thought if you would dive down in them that when you came up on the other side you would be in a peaceful place on the other side. Still looking for those peaceful places.