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GRN banner2013 Monthly Photo Showcase and GRN Staff Pick of the Month

We want to give a BIG high five to Cindy Leighton, who submitted the winning Staff Pick photo of July’s Showcase

Best Paddle Georgia 2013 Photo

 Cindy Leighton

‘Mysteries Await’

Check out the slide show below to see all of the amazing photos submitted!

July Photo showcase

Make sure to get those creative juices flowing for August’s Topic:

Funniest Paddling Photo

So this is the scoop, each month we have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month.

We will showcase everyone’s photos on our website and social media and one photo per month will receive the illustrious title of ‘GRN Staff Pick of the Month’ and the chosen photo’s author will receive a surprise token of gratitude.

We will accept photo entries up until the third week of each month and announce the GRN staff pick and showcase all photo submissions the last week of each month. Submit your August’s photo entry NOW to Gwyneth@garivers.org

August‘s theme:

Funniest Paddling Photo

Check out the 2013 Monthly Themes:

Looking forward to seeing your AMAZING photos!
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The 6th day of Paddle Georgia has finally arrived and paddlers really have become P1010798true “river rats” with theirP1010660 sun tans/burns- giddy attitudes and desire to linger as long as possible enjoying the river.

It seems that every day people come off the river exclaiming it was their favorite day yet – and today was no exception.

P1010626Kids played incessantly, discovering mussels, snails, and flint in the sand between their toes as well as a few awesome rope swings to jump from on the limestone cliffs.

Paddle Georgians love to have their boats decorated with a mascot every year rangP1010560ing from a flock of flamingos and Hippo’s to a Re-Egret, a Happy Turtle, and a  Recycled TraP1010670sh Dude. Gotta love the creativity!

The Camp Horizon youth ‘made like a caterpillar’ and rolled down a giant sand dune- screaming and hooting for joy the entire way down.

Those with their hearts set on catching fish were not disappointed- as George Gibson a first time paddle Georgian caught 3 Shoal Bass over a 15 minutes period.photo

P1010714Bobby Marie recounted his incredible tale of a 3 foot Gar jumping out of the river into his boat- and flipping him over after giving him a major arm abrasion. P1010563Although this sounds a bit “fishy” it was verified by 2 eye witnesses who saw the incident in its entirety and were completely awe-struck. So amazing and only on Paddle Georgia!

The Bovine Spring gurgled away and paddlers whipped out their snorkels to get an underwater look at the spring water spewing forth from the depths below.P1010790

The most magical spring we have encountered thus far was Westrick Spring about a mile from the take-out. Although hidden within the Cypress forest, once discovered it was an oasis of crystal blue water – so clear you could see to depths of 20 feet.P1010862!

The night ended with the best talent in Georgia showing off their smooth moves, great rhythms, and beautiful poetry and voices.

It was truly a magical day and we are so sad that tomorrow is the last.

Keep on rollin’ down the river…

Gwyneth Moody

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We have officially reached the half-way point of Paddle Georgia 2013 with 3 DSC_6363days of awesome paddling behind us and 3 more ahead. Everyone really enjoyed their stay at Chehaw with their friendly staff, beautiful grounds and comfortable facilities and we were all sad to leave, but excited about the new digs in Camilla.

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Although everyone seemed to cringe at the mention of a 21 mile paddle – the current was the fastest we’ve had yet and we scooted swiftly along.P1000943

P1000998Playful paddlers, as always we encountered hoola hooping in the morning and bubbles in the afternoon.P1010050

Red Tailed Hawks, Belted P1000653Kingfisher, Bob Whites, Pileated woodpeckers, and Green Heron could be heard and occasionally seen through the canopy that shrouded the winding river.P1010062

The limestone caves along this stretch were beautiful and mysterious with their tight crevices and dangling ferns that formed curtains on the rock walls surrounding the cave mouth.

Twisted, gnarly roots of Sycamore and Cypress trees reached out like fingers and hands holding back the river bank, their knees jutting up out of the water resembling mud castles at the beach.P1000972

And even with the usual swimming, lounging, and jumping from rope swings paddlers completed the trip in record time, and were shuttled to our new home of Mitchell County High School.

And what a better way to end the day than with an awesome street party in Camilla!P1010115 It was great to see everyone boogying down and enjoying themselves so immensely.

Looking forward to another day in South Georgia paradise tomorrow!

Keep on rollin’ down the river,

Gwyneth Moody

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Today is World Water Day!

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Won’t YOU help Georgia River Network celebrate by sharing this post with your friends, making a donation, or by discovering your local river group on our website (www.garivers.org) and getting involved!

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Paddle Georgia set to ride Flint

~Albany Herald.com~

ALBANY, Ga. — Gentlemen and ladies, start your kayaks.

flintPGPaddle Georgia, a project of Georgia River Network is entering its ninth year, officials say, and has opened registration for the 106-mile canoe and kayak paddle down the lower Flint River June 15-21.

According to GRN, in previous years organizers have guided more than 2,400 paddlers on more than 800 miles of Georgia rivers, including the Chattahoochee, Etowah, Ocmulgee, Flint, Coosawattee-Oostanaula, Broad-Savanna, Oconee and Altamaha. The trips have generated more than $125,000 for the purpose of protecting Georgia’s rivers. Officials say the 350 available paddle spots were claimed within 14 days from the opening of registration.

“The event has become a hot ticket, so we’re encouraging people to make their plans for the summer now,” said Joe Cook, Paddle Georgia coordinator in a special release. “This is a unique opportunity to vacation in Georgia and see it in a way you never have before.”

The week-long excursion will begin at Lake Blackshear Dam near Warwick, continue past Albany and on to Bainbridge and the backwaters of Lake Seminole, officials say. Paddlers will coast beneath limestone bluffs and visit a “blue hole” spring. There will expecting viewings of alligators, otters, bald eagles and other wildlife.

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http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/feb/17/paddle-georgia-set-to-ride-flint/?sports

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Paddle Georgia 2013 on the Lower Flint!
                               REGISTER HERE!!!
Paddle Georgia Friends,heartWe know how much you LOVE Georgia’s rivers and Paddle Georgia, and to celebrate that LOVE, we thought it would be appropriate on Valentine’s Day to let you know that Paddle Georgia 2013 registration is now OPEN! dsc_0467If you haven’t heard the news yet – Paddle Georgia 2013 will take place on the lower Flint River – from Warwick to Bainbridge – June 15-21, 2013. Read Joe’s most recent blog post for all the details. It’s going to be another GREAT trip, and it’s going to be a hot ticket.Registration will be open until all the spaces are filled. There will be 350 spaces available for thru-paddlers this year. Last year, we sold out in just two weeks – so please register before we sell out.
 
Watch our Fun Lovin’ Paddle Georgia 2013 Registration Video:
http://youtu.be/hZcqVIB1v-w

ImageWe will also have a limited number of Paddle Georgia Lite 2013 spaces that will be available by invitation only to our supporters, special guests, and by lottery. Paddle Georgia Lite is our abbreviated trip for just the first two days of Paddle Georgia – June 15-16. If you would like to be considered for a Paddle Georgia Lite invitation this year please fill out the request form at this link by April 1, 2013 and we’ll put you in the pool. Invitations will be extended by April 12.

AND, A VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants will be eligible for a very special reward for helping us accomplish two important goals of Paddle Georgia – introducing more people to our beautiful rivers and raising more money to protect these precious resources. Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants who raise at least $200 will be GUARANTEED A SPOT ON PADDLE GEORGIA 2014* by being eligible to register during a special PRIORITY REGISTRATION period before regular open registration begins in Feb. 2014 for Paddle Georgia 2014 – our 10 Year Anniversary Trip and return to the Chattahoochee River where it all began. To learn more about Canoe-A-Thon and sign up for Canoe-A-Thon 2013 go to: http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgcanoeathon.html. *Be sure to click here and read all the specific rules and policies for Paddle Georgia 2014 Priority Registration. As always, there will be additional fabulous prizes for our top fundraisers.

Finally, please consider making a special gift to Georgia River Network to support the tradition of enjoying and protecting our rivers in 2013. It’s easy to do by just clicking this link.

We look forward to seeing you on the Flint in June!

The Paddle Georgia/Georgia River Network Team

2013 Sponsors to Date – Georgia Power; Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Patagonia; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cellairis ; Len Foote Hike Inn; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Sea to Summit; The Outside World

2013 Partners to Date – Georgia Canoe Association, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Project Wet

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KUDOS to Patrick Phelps for finishing the 12 rivers in 2012 challenge!

His paddling adventures were on the following 12 rivers:

IMG_34901. Oconee – March 6
2. Broad – March 15
3. Etowah – April 21, Aug 18
4. Notelly – May 27
5. Chattahoochee – June 9
6. Oostanaula – Aug 11
7. Coosa – Aug 18
8. Conasauga – Sept 2
9. Chestatee – Sept 8
10. Yellow – Sept 15
11. Soque – Sept 29
12. Ocmulgee – Nov 4

Read all the paddlers’ 12 in 12 stories and get inspired, get excited, and go paddling!

As y’all know we have been highlighting 12 in 2012 paddling adventures in our newsletters, Facebook, and Twitter, so make sure to check ‘em out.
And if lo and behold you have not signed up for our newsletters you can do so by clicking HERE!
Make sure to also peruse our Water Trails Website when searching and planning for your next paddling adventure. It’s a great a place to find out about water trails, paddling events and trips, and outfitters and amenities throughout the State.

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