Where are you from? Your professions? Quincy, Florida, which is just west of Tallahassee. Marylyn: retired fee-only certified financial planner and registered investment adviser. Ed: retired public service; Secretary, Department of Children & Families & Health and Rehabilitative Services.
and how did you become interested in paddling? When we realized that having our own kayaks
was more fun than a tandem canoe in 2011.
is your favorite place to paddle? October-May: In Florida on Womack Creek in Tate’s
Hell State Forest, a tributary of the Ochlockonee River and Fort Gadsden Creek
in the Apalachicola National Forest, a tributary of Apalachicola River. June-September: Canadian Rockies, Southwest
Alberta, Canada: Cameron Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park (northern extension
of Glacier National Park), Alberta. We’ve paddled 31 states (including Hawaii)
and three Canadian provinces. Hope to paddle
50 states and all Canadian provinces.
Our favorite paddles: Upper Missouri
from Coalbanks to Judith Landing, MT;
Brule River, WI; Jack’s Fork, MO; Colorado River’s Black Canyon, from base of
Hoover Dam, NV.
is the most interesting thing that ever happened to you on a paddling trip? Caught in high winds on Lake Kabetogama in Voyageurs
National Park, one of us imagined the headlines: “(Stupid) Paddlers Drown in
Lake Storm.” We had skirts, dry suits,
and kayaks which rode the waves, but had had no experience in waves that deep
with turbulent cross waves. We literally surfed from one side of the lake
to the other; except having fun surfing was the last thought on our minds.
How many Paddle Florida trips have you gone on and to where? Two. The Withlacoochee and the Bartram History Paddle on the St. Johns River.
keeps you coming back?
We’re always looking for areas to paddle where development has not
ruined the natural world. Paddle Florida’s
trip format of tent camping and paddling, its emphasis on environmental
stewardship, and that paddlers are not coddled – we’re expected to be able to
handle whatever nature and the venue dishes out.
you describe a Paddle Florida trip highlight? On most recent maiden and, alas, only St.
Johns Bartram Trail paddle, camping on Dunn’s Creek at soon-to-be-opened Dunn’s
Creek State Park. The sunset was glorious, reflecting on the creek which was dotted
with roosting egrets. Florida at its
best! Also the enthusiasm and knowledge
of trip volunteers Sam and Dean who explained history and high points of
What advice do you have for folks considering a Paddle Florida trip? Study the map of the location to orient yourself on the paddling conditions; make sure your boat is suitable for that venue; expect the unexpected. The challenges will be what you will remember.