Our dear friend and mentor, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Olds Mikels wrote a poem about Crystal River Inn after she visited us. We want to share it with the world! We love our place and those who visit. This poem speaks of this sacred space. Here is Carolyn’s poem (pdf). The poem was inspired by the abandoned river bed that runs through our land which is bordered by the modern Crystal River. Such an abandoned course is called an oxbow and is filled with quiet water until they eutrophy into “dry” land as ours has. Our oxbow provides a variety of wetland ranging from cattail marsh to bottom woodland to sedge meadow.