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Kayaking the Apalachicola River with my Four-Year-Old Son

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.

Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV

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 Kayaking the Apalachicola River with my Four-Year-Old Son

Cottonmouth hides behind low branches in the Apalachicola River delta.

RiverTrek 2012 Part 2 | Apalachicola River Delta

In today’s video, we kayak the lower Apalachicola and finish our RiverTrek 2012 adventure.  We also join the Army Corps of Engineers in Apalachicola Bay, where oystermen show them the damage done by low river flows.

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Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV


Did you enjoy Part 2 but haven’t seen Part 1 yet?  Watch it here.

In the video above, I say something like “and just like that, RiverTrek was over.”  Except, for me, it kept going on for another month as I edited two video segments.  This post is the end of my RiverTrek 2012 experience (edit 9-13-18- I ended up having a few more RiverTrek adventures).  I’ll end it by writing an update from our last day on the trip.  I did updates every other day, but on this day,  I was reunited with my wife, Amy, and one year old son Max.  We had dinner in Apalachicola and then drove home to Tallahassee, and so I didn’t end up writing that day’s post. Continue reading RiverTrek 2012 Part 2 | Apalachicola River Delta