WFSU producer Rob Diaz de Villegas heads down the Apalachicola River once again, this time with his best adventure buddy. This year’s RiverTrek also featured the very first River Ride, with cyclists hitting small river towns and forest roads.
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Max wanted to do one thing above all else: climb Sand Mountain. But, as I was gathering camping gear for our trip on the Apalachicola, I got an e-mail from RiverTrek coordinator Georgia Ackerman. The water was high this year, and she wasn’t sure there would be a place to park our kayaks on the steep face of the giant sand spoil. As a parent of a four-year-old, you learn the dangerous nature of expectations. You have to be careful never to promise anything which isn’t 100% guaranteed to happen. Four-year-olds don’t necessarily grasp “maybe.” Continue reading →
Video: We explore Wewahitchka’s famous tupelo honey, from the ogeechee trees in the Dead Lakes, to the bees who make it, to the apiaries that bring it to us.
The Dead Lakes: October 2012.
I have been wanting to do a video on the Dead Lakes and Wewa Tupelo honey for a couple of years now. I caught the briefest glimpse of the Dead Lakes on the next to last day of RiverTrek 2012, as we were shuttled from our campsite in Wewahitchka back to Gaskin Park on the Apalachicola River. The water was low then, during the dry part of a dry year, and so the cypress knees and pine trunks were well exposed. Revisiting the same spot via kayak a couple of weeks ago, I passed over submerged and unseen knees. For this video, we needed to visit just as the rainy season was ending. I wanted to to see tupelo blooming and bees working. Matt Godwin from Off the Map Expeditions set me up to do just that. Continue reading →