Pictures: WWALS Boomerang 2019-10-26

Update 219-10-30: The winners.

We’ll announce the winners soon. Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the Second Annual WWALS Boomerang.

[Around the bend, 30.63533, -83.30991]
Around the bend, 30.6353300, -83.3099100

Special thanks to Hamilton County, Florida, Commissioner Beth Burnam for welcoming all the paddlers to Florida.

[Rivers surround Hamilton County]
Rivers surround Hamilton County

Here’s video of Beth Burnam speaking:

There was plenty of river to spread out on, with a very nice day, cool, sunny, and a breeze.

[Another paddler, 11:44:04, 30.6292, -83.2892]
Another paddler, 11:44:04, 30.6292000, -83.2892000

Not far after Mile 1, we slowpokes met some people coming back already.

[People coming back, 11:57:15, 30.6282740, -83.2821910]
People coming back, 11:57:15, 30.6282740, -83.2821910

[Paddleboard, 11:57:40, 30.6282740, -83.2821910]
Paddleboard, 11:57:40, 30.6282740, -83.2821910

[The Drs Potter, 11:58:56, 30.6282740, -83.28219]
The Drs Potter, 11:58:56, 30.6282740, -83.2821900

Shelby Miller helped many people through the one shoal.

[Next shoaler, 11:35:01, 30.6311275, -83.2943523]
Next shoaler, 11:35:01, 30.6311275, -83.2943523

Bobby McKenzie marked miles 1, 2, and 3 with banners. This is Mile 2.

[NWX, WWALS, SBMS, 12:37:14, 30.6298546, -83.2866161]
NWX, WWALS, SBMS, 12:37:14, 30.6298546, -83.2866161

Cindy Leighton picked up a fishing pole, and carried it all the way to Mile 3, which Bobby had marked with a Suwannee Riverkeeper banner.

[Fishing pole at the end, 12:11:55, 30.6274105, -83.2723296]
Fishing pole at the end, 12:11:55, 30.6274105, -83.2723296

Here are Conn and Trudy Cole finishing.

[Coles about 2:19:24, 13:26:44, 30.6355122, -83.3099571]
Coles about 2:19:24, 13:26:44, 30.6355122, -83.3099571

Many people got the orange tumblers with the race logo.

[Like father like daughter, 13:33:15, 30.6359501, -83.3111943]
Like father like daughter, 13:33:15, 30.6359501, -83.3111943

The replacement Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail signs are still there. Nobody has stolen them this since Dan Phillips planted them just before Paddle Georgia. Somebody did shoot holes in them within the past week.

[Dan Phillips and Bobby McKenzie, 14:28:30, 30.63598, -83.31121]
Dan Phillips and Bobby McKenzie, 14:28:30, 30.6359800, -83.3112100

Finally, Gretchen took up the WWALS banner Bobby had put at the turnoff to State Line Boat Ramp. A good time was had by all, and see you there with your friends next year!

[Been there, done that, 14:41:26, 30.6377760, -83.3111419]
Been there, done that, 14:41:26, 30.6377760, -83.3111419

Here’s a WWALS video playlist:

Pictures and Videos: WWALS Boomerang 2019-10-26
Videos by John S. Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS).

There are many more pictures on the WWALS website. See also the Google map.

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As mentioned, we will post the winners soon.

All the previous information about WWALS Boomerang 2019 is on the WWALS website:–boomerang/

Come on back to WWALS Boomerang 2020 next fall, and meanwhile, don’t forget our Eighth Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, coming up April 25, 2020, at Reed Bingham State Park, betweeen Adel and Moultrie, Georgia.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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Google Map

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