“Beware the Ides of March”William Shakespeare, from Julius Caesar, 1601
Until Shakespeare penned that line warning Julius Caesar of his impending death, the Ides—a day on or about the middle of the month—was not necessarily an ominous date. For a woman traveling alone, however, any day has the potential to turn dangerous. I frequently travel alone and am ever vigilant regarding untoward, unseemly, or unsafe circumstances.
The date: March 15, 2007, The Ides of March.
The setting: Ed Ball Lodge, an imposing 75 year-old structure in Wakulla Springs State Park, Florida.
Was this, potentially, one of those unsafe circumstances? My intuition told me it could have been, and that's good enough for me. As I said, a woman alone has to be mindful of anything out of the ordinary, and I did considered this situation worthy of that designation. No, I didn't hear anything later on about criminal activity occurring at or near Wakulla Springs State Park, and I suppose this story would have more clout if I had. But I offer this report as a cautionary tale to women travelers to beware. And to be careful out there.