Video: Kayak adventure in the upper Apalachicola, where we find Florida’s tallest river bluffs face a decades old man made threat. Also, higher water lets us deeper into Sutton Lake, a back woods swamp where the oldest and largest tupelo and cypress trees of the Apalachicola basin are found.
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV
Alex Reed inspects rubble from the Alum Bluff landslide.
It’s amazing to see how much can change in one year on the Apalachicola River. I’ve previously mentioned the smaller sand bars and higher water. But the most striking visual difference is in the face of Alum Bluff, probably the iconic image of the upper river. In part 1 of this adventure, we approached it from land to be rewarded with possibly the best view of the river and the forest around it. In part 2, we kayak up to it. Last year, we camped there and had activities in the evening and following morning that kept me from just being able to hang out and enjoy the bluff from my boat. As I did so this year, Alex Reed, our co-captain as well as a geologist, was inspecting the rubble from a landslide that occurred earlier in the year. Some of the rocks unearthed were millions of years old. Continue reading
Video: Kayaking in, and hiking around, the Apalachicola River.
Last year’s RiverTrek kicked off a year where we made the Apalachicola River and Bay a focus of the In the Grass, On the Reef (IGOR) project. As with this year’s video, last year’s was a two-parter. Watch Part 1, Days 1 and 2, here. Watch Part 2, Days 3 through 5, here. In Part 2, we looked at how low river flows last year precipitated the crash of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery. Shortly after, IGOR team member Dr. David Kimbro began investigating the oyster stocks more closely. You can follow that research here.
This video focuses on a 5-day kayak and canoe adventure down Florida’s longest river. RiverTrek is a fundraiser for the Apalachicola Riverkeeper. Riverkeeper staff and volunteers have been an immense help in producing our Apalachicola videos and in getting them seen. Thank you to Dan, Shannon, Tom, Georgia, Doug, and everyone else for allowing us to be part of the adventure.
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV
Getting back on the Apalachicola River for RiverTrek 2013, we’ve come full circle. On RiverTrek 2012, we journeyed down the entirety of the Apalachicola River, and explored some of the area around it. We climbed the tallest river bluff in Florida, Alum Bluff. In a wild corner of Torreya State Park, we followed Means Creek into a small ravine and ultimately into a cave. We camped on sand bars, many of which were augmented by river sediments dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers, and climbed the largest sand spoil of them all- Sand Mountain. When the trip was over, our collaborator, Dr. David Kimbro, started his research into the cause of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapse. Within a few months, we traveled from the top of Alum Bluff to the bottom of Apalachicola Bay, all in an attempt to better understand this large and complex river and bay system. Continue reading