You got it right, there is an actual lake on campus. Further down Museum Road going towards Fraternity Row is Lake Alice. This walk is a bit longer than the Reitz bus loop but well worth it if you venture the whole way. There's also buses that will take you nearby. Along the walk down Museum there are all different types of Fraternity houses; each has its own unique set up and architectural style. As you arrive to the lake, there is a nature trail that acts like a portal and transports you into the wilderness. After you’ve done a good bit of walking, there trees far enough apart to set up hammocks and benches to relax. The characteristic of the lake compliments talks about the past, an unraveling chat about ones past is fun to share with new/old friends. This is a great place to reflect about oneself together. During the evening hours of the day, the bat cage is a glorious site to see. The sky is being painted with black fluttering bats and dark silhouettes of each bat covers the sunset sky. It’s as if someone is taking a bucket of black paint and tossing it to the sky.
Walking during the day is great, however my favorite is walking at night. The bright sunlit day fills me with energy and the dark night adds an element of thrill and chill. This begins our night walk.
- Across the transportation Garage on the intersection of Gale Lemerard and Mowry Road is the “Lemerand Bridge” known for its L-shape feature. It surrounds an empty field mainly used for the Gator Band. In the fall semester during game season you can catch the band practicing their marching half time show here. This bridge was recently built cutting a path between the Mowry and Gale. The unique aspect of this bridge is the white florescent lights that light up the path. The beaming lights highlight the material of the bridge. The wood flooring shines best and entices people to walk through it. This bridge can spark an open mind and open heart "talk".
Our last stop is located at the Southeast side corner of campus. Betty Towers and Sorority Row are located near here. A little further up the road is Norman field. The bridge looks like a double helix hence the name DNA Bridge. The visual appeal of this bridge makes it another favorite of my night walks with friends. The intertwining aesthetic of the bridge evokes a sense of connection. On the bridge you can find “Love Locks,” a small lock shared between two people and the key is thrown away symbolizing the commitment between two people. The DNA Bridge is different from the other bridges for it has a top; it’s more like a tunnel. On one end of the bridge is a path that leads through a portion of UF Shands hospital. The other end continues down a mile long path perfect for biking, running or walking.