On Feb 12 -15, 2010 GCA members are organizing a fundraising trip in honor of recently deceased GCA member Belton Dykes.  The proceeds will to to Team River Runner at www.teamriverrunner.org.   Team River Runner is a non-profit organization that teaches wounded war vets how to paddle in the hopes it will help the heal physically, mentally and spiritually. 

The weekend will kick off on Friday, February 12, 2010 with paddles on either a short paddle on Alexander Springs river or a longer paddle on Juniper Springs.  Paddlers arriving later in the day can launch from Camp Kiwanis onto Mills Lake Dam for a leisurely paddle or participate in a basic paddling workshop.  

The rest of the weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday), there will be several rivers to paddle (Juniper, Alexander, Ocklawaha and Silver). A hearty, catered breakfast will be served each morning on which we paddle, and on Saturday and Sunday we will be treated to a filling and deliciously catered dinner.

On Fri, award winning, paddling author Doug Alderson (www.dougalderson.net) will give a presentation on his adventures. On Sat and Sun, the New Radio Ramblers, a band that performs a mix of americana, jazz and blues, will perform. 

You have the choice of tent camping or bunking in one of the heated and/or air conditioned dorms. Although these dorms are rustic, they are clean and comfortable. Heated bathrooms and hot showers are also available. Each evening, the River Rat Crew will build a campfire, and if the weather turns nasty, then we’ll just hang around the fireplace in the covered, screened pavilion.

The River Rat Rendezvous is limited to the first 125 paddlers and a registration fee of $150 covers the entire weekend.  Daily registration ($75) will be offered after Jan 15. To register, go to www.riverratweekend.org or contact Jamie Higgins at yaksrule2008@yahoo.com, 678-595-6154.

To sign up!

To find out more about the weekend go to our You Tube video