After
a roaring fire was started Monday morning, Susan prepared some great
cantaloupe and orange slices for us to munch while Rod and Eric
cooked the casserole. After a relaxing time around the fire, we broke
camp and were back on the river by 10:30.

This
section of the river is a little different from the upper section,
with fewer sand bars and forest growing nearer the river. The banks
are steeper and we had difficulty finding a sand bar large enough to
isolate our snorers. As we were only a few miles from the take-out by
this time, we called the outfitter and he said the take-out was
remote and there was ample room to set up our “tent city,” so we
stayed on the river to make it about a 16 mile paddle.

We
arrived at the take-out and found a really large area to set up camp.
After snacks and pizza prepared by Buddy in the Dutch oven, we
gathered around the camp fire for stories (mostly by Tater).

Tuesday
morning was my turn for breakfast. Unfortunately some of us had
carbon-encrusted country ham and biscuit due to my burning about half
of them. We did not have to paddle today, so we had a very leisurely
camp breakdown before the outfitter picked us up.

By
the time the drivers got back to the camp, our partners had our gear
and boats all ready to load. After our goodbyes, some of us were on
the road home by 11:00 while the rest drove down to look at the
shoals and possibly paddle some of the only whitewater in Florida.

All
agreed that we had some great meals with a little paddling thrown in
and are looking forward to our next camping and paddling trip, MLK
weekend in the Ocala National Forest.

by
Lamar Phillips
From The Eddy Line, January 2001

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