After about an hour of searching for salamanders, Bruce Means stops to grab a drink. It’s a hot summer day, and about time for some cool refreshment. He gets down on his hands and knees and presses his lips against the muck on the slope. There, cool, clean water is seeping from an underground lake, creating the ecosystem favored by the subject of our search. Continue reading →
“Well, you do have dry bags, right?” Tyler Macmillan asks, sitting in his kayak and consulting his phone. We’re almost half an hour into our Upper Chipola River kayak trip, and we’re starting to hear thunder. We have a choice to make- do we paddle back upstream or race ahead? Continue reading →
Take three minutes off from your busy holiday bustling and escape with us to Merritt’s Mill Pond. Thank you to Crawfordville’s very own Well Worn Soles for letting us use your guitar and fiddle to score our little adventure on the water. Local musicians, we love to have your music on our videos. We’ve had a good response from musicians so far (and so many of you are interested in performing on Local Routes as well), so keep the tunes coming!
Rob Diaz de VillegasWFSU-TV
As it is with many great adventures, Merritt’s Mill Pond was not our original destination that day. For over a year, Chuck Hatcher, Liz Sparks and I have been trying to paddle the Upper Chipola River paddling trail. The idea was that we would hear ghost stories at Bellamy Bridge and paddle past springs and into Marianna Caverns State Park. When we started planning, the Upper Chipola had been newly designated as a Florida state paddling trail. We set a date; it rained that day. Then again on the backup date. We took a few months off and tried it again. Every time, we were rained out or the river was too high from abundant rainfall. It’s been a busy El Niño year in north Florida. Finally, on the day of our failed fifth attempt, Liz, State Paddling Trails Coordinator for DEP, took us to a nearby favorite spot of hers. Continue reading →