Sasser landing to Jennings Bluff, WWALS Outing 2015-06-14

Update 2015-06-10: Expedition leader Chris Mericle writes:

I am pleased to report that the Alapaha River water level has increased since my last report (May 31). The Statenville gauge reports an increase of .9′ The Jennings gauage reports an increase of .8′. There should be plenty of water in the river for this weekend’s outing.

Float down the Alapaha River for a couple of hours, then walk to the Dead River Sink, where it disappears into the Floridan Aquifer. facebook event.

This is a pretty easy outing, but as always bring your personal flotation device. If you need a boat, let us know, and we can find you one.

When:9AM Sunday, June 14th, 2015
What:4 mile paddle from Sasser Landing to Jennings Bluff, with a hike along the Dead River to the sink.
Duration:3-4 hours total, after a 30 minute shuttle.
Directions: From Jennings, Hamilton County, FL, travel east on CR 150; cross the Alapaha River; turn left onto NW 72 Court and follow to river. Sasser Landing is also known as Alapahoochee Launch.
Responsible party:Chris Mericle

This event is FREE! All we ask is that you are a current member of WWALS Watershed Coalition. If not, it’s easy to join online today at http://wwals.com/blog/donations/. You do not have to be a member to come on this outing. If you like the experience, we recommend that you join to support the efforts of WWALS.

This continues from our February outing from Statenville to Sasser Landing, exploring the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT). You can see these access points on the ARWT interactive Map.

Water level should be at least 1.5′ or greater at the Statenville gauge.

If the Alapaha River is too high or too low, we will go to the backup plan on our other main river in Florida:

Backup location: Allen Landing (CR 143 Boat Ramp) on the Withlacoochee River to the Mericle residence.
When: 9AM Sunday June 14th,
Duration: 4 mile paddle, 2-3 hours, after a 30 minute shuttle
Directions: Hwy SR6 Hamilton Co. west to CR 143 south, right on SW 64th Way to end.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to come to the Third Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, Saturday May 16, 2015 at Reed Bingham State Park on the Little River between Moultrie and Adel.

And you don’t have to, but if you feel like it you could learn this poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
   Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean; ….

-jsq

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