Paddle Georgia participants John Branch, Tim and James Watson and Georgia River Network Executive Director April Ingle will be featured on an episode of Deserving Design With Vern Yip sometime in late winter, early spring 2009.
Now, I’ve got a beautiful living room and workroom. Of course, the workroom is too nice to actually work in, so I’ve moved the workroom elsewhere. Ingle and the Watsons were here for the “reveal day” and you’ll catch their reactions as well as my maniacal cackling at the tranformation when the show airs.
And, when booted from home, where do paddlers go? To the river, of course. The eviction gave me an appropriate excuse to scout another day of Paddle Georgia 2009 on the Coosawattee and Oostanaula River. This time I explored the last 25 miles of our journey from Reeves Station Road in Gordon County to downtown Rome.
The Oostanaula in Gordon and Floyd counties is predominantly rural (a University of Georgia cattle experiment farm hugs the river bank for some three miles at one point). Mostly, farm fields flank the river, periodically giving way to picturesque bluffs. Rock wing dams jut out from the river banks in places…the remnants of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1870s’ effort to improve navigation on the river, and some six miles upstream from downtown Rome, the remains of a Native American fish weir channel the Oostanaula’s flow.
Along the way, I spotted racoons, deer, beaver and, as always, mussels. At one shoal, I stumbled upon a three-horn wartyback graveyard–a spot where a raccoon, or perhaps an otter, made a feast of the racquetball-sized mussels with the funny name. The shucked shells littered the river bottom. I retrieved several (bringing one back for Vern!).
After a cold night camped on an island at Jones Bend, I pushed into Rome. In the journey’s last mile, you pass beneath five birdges, but you are rewarded with picture postcard views of downtown Rome’s most prominent skyline features, the Floyd County Courthouse and the City Clocktower.
Like Vern Yip ready to do a “reveal” those of us who know the rivers of Northwest Georgia are anxious to show off our gems. I hope you’ll be as excited to see the Coosawattee and Oostanaula as I was to see my new rooms…A big thanks to John Branch, the Watsons and April Ingle for taking part in this fun adventure in TV.
We’ll let you know when the show airs. In the meantime, if you want to see some of Vern’s handy work at my house, go to http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/680/public/news937053.html where you can read a story in the Rome News Tribune about the redesign and see a video of the rooms.
And if you’d like to see the redesign in person, on Dec. 6-7 you are welcome to attend Rome’s Holiday Tour of Art Spaces, our annual tour of artists’ homes/studios and art sale. The show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, with a reception and party following at the Rome Area Council for the Arts, and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. River photos, including many bargains, will be for sale.
Nov. 24, 2008