This year our kayaking adventures started where we left off with the second segment of the series from Jones Bridge to Island Ford. Similar to the first trip, this was a 9 mile, or so, downstream paddling trek with CRK volunteers and Ranger Jerry Hightower as our guide.
The trips cost $35 per participant which is paid to the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers. Last year's trip included about 35 paddlers. Most of the paddlers, this year and last, were in boats designed for use on the river but there were other boats as well, including one 17' long ocean kayak. It was long, thin and probably very fast on the open water. Ranger Jerry paddled a canoe.
The paddling group for the Jones Bridge Park to Island Ford Park trip consisted of 37+/- paddlers several of which were CRK employees and volunteers. We also had along with us CRK Operations Manager Bonnie Jackson, Staff Attorney Kevin Jeselnik, Communications Director Celia Lismore, and leading the group was Outings Manager Tammy Bates.
The group met at the put-in location at around 9 a.m. at Jones Bridge Park. Susan and I unloaded our gear there. While Susan stayed with our gear, I followed the CRK vehicle to the take-out location at Island Ford Park. Me and others from our group left our vehicles there and took a trolley, that had been pre-arranged by CRK, back to the put-in point. Logistics is a major factor whenever kayaking the Hooch. Parking at Island Ford Park was $3.
|The trolley ride back to Jones Bridge Park|
|Susan is ready to go|
|The ramp at Jones Bridge Park|
|My Garmin 910XT watch and Virb Elite camera in place|
|CRK sweeper keeping the group together|
|Ranger Jerry stopped the group to point out the abundant wildlife like Kingfisher birds, Great Blue Heron, Red Tail Hawks, Osprey, and the local flora and fauna.|
|Lunch on the sandbar|
|Whitewater... or not|
|Susan catching up to me!!|
|Susan says - Go get the truck, it's hot!|
|The ramp at Island Ford Park|
|Kayaks lined up for loading|
I took a few videos during the trip down the river. The first two video, both about 15 minutes in length were taken with the Garmin Virb. My Virb video doesn't include the available metrics like speed, elevation, etc. That data were captured with my Garmin 910XT and posted earlier in this blog. The third, last, and much shorter video was taken with my Samsung S5 cellphone.
Overall, this is a fun event for folks new to kayaking and the Chattahoochee. The Discovery Series helps promote the river and CRK membership is included with the registration fee. I would recommend one or all of these outings for anyone interesting in paddling. The water is cold so I wouldn't recommend swimming. The water is clean but I wouldn't drink it. Lastly, registration is limited and the trips usually sell out so register early.
Thanks for reading.
See more pictures here.