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A Day on the Withlacoochee River

July 17, 2010

This morning we packed up the kids, picked up Peyton and headed over to the Withlacoochee River.  Steve’s friends said we could use their camp and we were looking forward to spending the day with Carl, Katie and Joseph who had come over from Jacksonville, Florida for the weekend.

It took about 45 minutes to reach the river including a stop in Madison for gas and some cokes.  It was around 11 o’clock when we pulled into the camp. We immediately made our way down to the water with Mason in tow.  The others had arrived before us and were splashing around.  Unlike his first time at the river on July 4th Mason was not scared, and after walking along the bank for a few minutes was swimming with Meme and Becks.

Mason ready to swim

Steve had brought things for sandwiches, a watermelon, chips, sodas and cold beer.  The beer and sodas found their way to the riverbank and we floated around, explored some limestone outcroppings a little ways down the river and enjoyed the beautiful day.  The water was cool and the only other person we saw on the river was a lone kayaker making his way toward the Suwanee River State Park.  Mason swam like a little fish and drifted around the shallow water with either Meme or I acting as his shadow.  When he felt a little braver he “jumped” off of Poppy’s shoulder into the water where I caught him.  He had such a big day!

We stayed at the river until around 4 o’clock when we decided to pack things up and head home.  It had been a very relaxing day and next time we go to the river I really would like to bring my kayak so I can explore more of the Withlacoochee.

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