Spooks! Daredevil dry-land kayaker! Bridge climber! Gnarly jerky and the golf cart! Also the Withlacoochee River at Spook Bridge, Knight’s Ferry Boat Ramp, Nankin Boat Ramp, each with road and kiosk signs for the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail, plus briefly Port-A-Potties at all those places and halfway back up towards Troupville Boat Ramp, and a gopher tortoise, all during Day 2 of #PaddleGA2019.
There were boats.
Most people used the rope to get down.
Except the last kayak paddled on dry land.
Not pictured: how Suwannee Riverkeeper saved all 350 paddlers from being arrested by a Lowndes County Deputy. By explaining we had permission to be there. The deputy rode back in the golf cart. Thanks to Battery Source for the gold cart. Thanks to The Langdale Company for the access at Spook Bridge and halfway upstream from there to Troupville Boat Ramp.
Good thing the deputy didn’t come up against our security.
OK, maybe he’s not that scary.
River check-In closed, Jesslyn Shields accepted the last rid out on the golf car. Well, almost last, before the deputy incident.
By the time I could drive to Knight’s Ferry Boat Ramp, many paddlers were already there and snacking.
Note the WWALS water trail signs on the 4×4 and the Lowndes County road sign on the steel post.
And the essential for any rest stop.
At least I beat the paddlers to the take out for the day. Aren’t those nice water trail signs?
Each landing gets a similar top sign for the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT), with writeups on the water trail, WWALS, safety, etiquette, and a checklist. Thanks to Dan Phillips for planting these signs the day before #PaddleGA2019, so as to minimize risk of damage or theft.
Each landing gets a lower sign specific to it, with descriptions and maps of what to expect downstream and upstream.
And the essential item if you invite 350 of your closest friends:
This time nobody got stuck in the sandy dirt woods roads. Thanks again to The Langdale Company for access to this site, halfway between Troupville Boat Ramp and Spook Bridge.
This Gopherus polyphemus seemed quite nonchalant for a keystone species whose burrow hosts 300 other species, including rattlesnakes.
And the final pickup of the day.
However, unlike the previous day, I did not paddle that day, so wait for Gretchen’s pictures to see what happened on the Withlacoochee River.
I had to pick squash and cucumbers.
The cucumbers were popular at Grassy Pond.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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