Paddle Georgia – Back to Augusta

Paddle Georgia – Back to Augusta

By Ruth Mead, Sr. Environmental Educator

PGF-1June 25, 2016 – Paddle Georgia was over and most everyone gone. A dozen of us were scheduled to catch the 8:30 a.m. Journey’s End shuttle back to our cars at Murray County High School. I tried to sleep in till 7 but was up at 6:30. The Camp Horizon students had a bus picking them up at 7:30, so they were up and ready. For them it meant back to their cell phones and re-plugged into the world they knew.

Jeanne, one of the teachers on scholarship, and I walked into town for breakfast at the Harvest Moon. Their display of cakes was incredible, but I settled for the oatmeal raisin cookies. Back at 8:20 but no bus. We were told it was 45 minutes late, so Jeanne and I took a walk down to the river and enjoyed a bench in the shade. Back at 9, but still no bus. Another 45 minutes. So I headed into town and went window shopping till I found an antique market.

PGF-3The bus finally made it at 10:40. A big leisure bus with comfy seats and air conditioning! It was a peaceful relaxing ride to Murray County High School.

We arrived and quickly unloaded the gear truck. We were loading our cars when Debra of Georgia River Network arrived with pizza since our bus was so late – Thanks Debra! A pizza party in the parking lot, final hugs and good byes and we were all on our way – until next year – or at least we all hope to be back.

Did you miss my blog for the first day on the river? Go to the Paddle Georgia Blog – I was the guest writer for day 1.

Join a paddle. Georgia River Network has a Fall Float in October on the Flint, a Spring Paddle in April and Paddle Georgia – June 2017 – on the Etowah – I heard!

Respectfully submitted by Ruth Mead – Happy Paddling!