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Craig and Sams Suwanee Labor Day Spectacular

  • Aug 29, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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THIS TRIP WILL FILL UP BUT PLEASE GET ON THE WAITING LIST. WE ALWAYS HAVE PEOPLE WHO DROP OUT.

Craig and Sam have arranged an exciting weekend for the SLACKERS. We have taken most of the work out of the trip down the Suwanee. Just jump in your Kayak and float down the river on a multi day camping and kayaking adventure on the on the Suwanee. This trip will cost $105.00 per person. ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS.  Please RSVP only if you plan on attending. This trip will include the cost of Camping Friday night, the outfitter to cart our Kayaks and gear to the starting point at Dowling Park, and all equipment to each of the River Camps, provide us ice each day, tip for the outfitter, breakfast and dinner each day. Lunch snacks and drinks are on your own to bring.

 

Meet fellow Slackers Friday night at River Run Camp grounds where camping reservations have already been made for you. Go to a local Buffet or cook at the camp grounds. Saturday morning, meet the outfitter at the Branford boat ramp and leave Cars there. Load kayaks and gear into the outfitters trailer and he will take us up to Dowling. We will meet the outfitter at Branford boat ramp about 7:30 am.

 

A - TRIP Details

Saturday: Dowling to Peacock Slough River camp: 18 miles
Sunday: Peacock Slough to Adams Tract: 10 miles
Monday: Adams Tract to Branford 7 or 8 miles

B-Trip Detail:

I plan on going up Thursday night and staying at the RiverRun campsite. This group will shuttle ourselves and will also carry our camping gear down the river. This way we can make room for more people to join the entire Slackers Armada down the Suwannee River.

Friday -  I want to shuttle ourselves up to Dowling Park - Unloading the kayaks and gear and heading over to Dowling Park Rivercamp. After setting up camp Friday morning, I want to paddle up to a rock quarry which is about 2 miles north of Dowling Park. We will paddle back and spend the night at Dowling Park River Camp.

Saturday - We will paddle across the Suwanee River to the Dowling Park landing to meet the rest of the Slackers

 

The Dinner Menu
We will be catering in Dinner.

Saturday Dinner:

Barbeque Pulled Chicken and Pulled Pork

Potato Salad, Baked Beans

Also, we will have the squash Casserole Sunday night.  That was some of the best Squash Cassarole I have ever eaten.

Dinner Sunday Night

Smoked Brisket
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Seasoned Green Beans

Sweet and Un Sweet tea.

Breakfast Sunday and Monday morning will include Eggs, Bacon, Pancakes. and Craig's famous French Toast.  Plenty of Coffee (subject to change or additions)

We'll try not to trip the circuit breakers.

Sounds mouth watering after a long days paddle, doesn't it.

The Springs:

This section of the river has the greatest number of Springs I've ever seen. Think of Weekie Wachie, Juniper springs, silver River times twenty. Each day, we will visit so many springs you will lose count. Some are actual parks, others are hidden, only accessible from the river. Maybe we'll be the first to find a new spring no one knows about yet! Elisa found a small spring on the last trip, and we names it Elisa Springs.  Summer and I found a spring, and named it little bitty spring.  We need to find it again, it was real small.

Friday night will be at River Run

Campground.http://www.riverruncampground.net/index.html Located at 2739 Us HWY 27 Branford, FL 32008. No need to make your own reservations. Reservations have already been made and included in the price per person. The remainder of the time, we will be staying at the Suwannee River River Camps Peacock Slough and Adams Tract. http://www.floridastateparks.org/wilderness/rivercamps.cfm These facilities have bathrooms with hot water showers, fire pits, picnic tables, and grills. Very nice facilities!

The first day of the paddle (Saturday) will be approximately 18 miles with several stops along the way for playing in the beautiful springs. Day 2 (Sunday) will be approximately 10 miles also with several stops for spring playing. Day 3 (Monday) will be approximately 7-8 miles to finish up the trip. This is a a fairly leisure version of the trip since we have plenty of opportunity to play in the water at some of the most beautiful springs in Florida.

The not so fine print....please be responsible for yourself. Bring all of your own safety gear and normal kayaking equipment. Breakfast and dinner will be provided for you; however, dinner on Friday night, lunch, snacks and drinks will be up to you. Please bring plenty of water to hydrate. Alcohol is acceptable in the River Camps! With that said...as a courtesy to others, please drink responsibly. If ANYONE gets out of hand, they will be calling the outfitter to come pick them up at their own expense. Please don't be the one to test this safety rule.

Don't forget folks....... RSVP's are to be paid for using the PayPal button. Please pay when RSVPing, or send me an email letting me know when you'll be paying. Craig -[masked]  Please no pets. If you would like to pay by check, and many did last year, please e-mail me.

As with all of our paddles, we are not professional guides nor instructors. We are a group of kayaking enthusiasts out for an enjoyable time. We help each other, learn from each and enjoy the privilege of being out on the water. By participating in any of our paddles, you assume all risks and responsibilities for your personal health and safety and for your equipment. You also agree to the terms of the Waiver of Liability (see "Files" for the Word document) that applies to all SLACKER adventures. It is important for everyone that each participant be prepared for the trip. Please use your discretion and best judgment when joining a trip. Check the weather reports and tide charts and make your own informed decision about the trip.Be sure you are up to the paddle -- physically, mentally and that your equipment is appropriate for the intended trip. Know and respect your limits. Be safe, act responsibly and you will certainly enjoy another fantastic trip.

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  • Craig G.

    I thought I had all 3 coolers when I left Jason, but was looking for my Blue cube cooler and could not find it the other day. Has anyone seen or have it? It would have been empty, as I consolidated the juice and other beverages into the larger coolers at Adams Tract.

    1 · September 15, 2014

  • Julie N

    Videos are on my facebook page. I vote for Barb as the best one!!

    September 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have contact info for Diane B? I am thinking she has Jim's bag and I would really like to get it back to him. Is there anyone who can help me get in touch with her? My phone number is[masked]

    September 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      All taken care of. Thank you, Amy :)

      2 · September 6, 2014

  • Jim D.

    I've had a few requests so I thought I would pass along the recipe for Kym & Jim's "Suwannee Creeper".
    Fill a glass with ice.
    Add 1 shot (or so) of Malibu coconut liqueur rum.
    Add a mixture of 1/3 coconut milk and 2/3 pineapple juice.
    Shake or stir, and top off with a float of Kamora coffee liqueur.
    Enjoy!

    1 · September 4, 2014

  • amy

    I just realized that I am missing my grey tarp. Anyone happen to pick it up? Please let me know. Thanks!

    September 3, 2014

  • Ann

    Thanks again, Sam and Craig. Most awesome trip with wonderful people down a gorgeous river!

    1 · September 3, 2014

  • Craig G.

    I want to thank everyone on the trip. You were wonderful, and made this Suwannee adventrue as the name implies, Spectacular. Thanks to Sam, who helped everywhere he was needed, our great Kitchen crew, Matt, Ron, Adam, Tony and Diane, Julie, you were all great, and a huge help. Paula for helping me not forget anything, and Charlie, thank you both for successfully following me home. We made it back to Tampa. We really couldn't ask for a better way to spend the Labor Day weekend!! Heres to next year!!!

    3 · September 3, 2014

  • Craig G.

    I know many of you ahve not up loaded your photos yet. Go to Photo's, and you will see Album 2 and album 3. Fill em up, we want to see those pictures!!

    September 3, 2014

  • Julie N

    Had a great time. Hope everyone made it home ok. I will put videos on facebook and let you know who is in them. You can tag yourself. Really nice to see everyone again. When is the next big trip. Sign me up.

    2 · September 3, 2014

  • Craig G.

    When I left, there was still members belongings out side the trailer with Jason. We have a couple of members who are missing gear. If you brought home an extra bag or cooler, could you please post it here, and the member can contact you directly to arrange for getting their bag or cooler. I want to thank everyone for their help. That was a lot of gear and although we had a big group, the gear loading and un loading seemed to go smoothly. Special thanks to our out fitter Jason, who really went above and beyond any out fitter I have ever seen to help us!!

    4 · September 2, 2014

    • Adam T.

      Between Diane and I, we collected what was still unclaimed when everyone was gone ... I have Sam's paddle, some box wine, and some charcoal (guessing the last two aren't worth worry :P) ... Diane had a bag or two or something.

      September 2, 2014

    • Julie N

      I lost a term a cell the last night if anyone found one.

      September 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Big THANKS to Craig and Sam for putting this trip together. The food was delicious! Craig, and all the helpers, did such a great job on breakfast. It was a fantastic weekend :)

    September 3, 2014

  • Craig G.

    I'm dong a pretty good job of filling up the second album. You will find it under "Photos". Fill it up to 500, and then I'll open up a third album.

    September 2, 2014

  • Sam G.

    I want to thank Craig for all his hard work to make this the best ever Suwanee River paddle. Him and his breakfast assistants made breakfast yummy. I also want to thank all of the Slackers who attendend this paddle. Ya'll were great. I look forward to this trip next year.

    2 · September 2, 2014

    • Lisa H.

      Hey Sam, you still have my red tote?

      September 2, 2014

  • Sam G.

    There is a second place to post photos for the people who were not able to post pictures. In the drop down at the top of the home page click on "photos". You will see the place to post pictures.

    September 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful trip on the Suwannee! Great company with new friends and old! Sorry I had to leave the party a bit early but I enjoyed the time I was with everyone. I look forward to many more SLACKER trips the rest of this year.

    I arranged for Kym to pick up my bags but we think (hope) another SLACKER picked up my small duffle bag by accident. If you picked up a blue, green & white canvas duffle (I think LL Bean), can you PLEASE contact me off the list? That way we can arrange getting it back home. Thanks:)

    September 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If I can help in getting it to Jim please let me know.

      September 2, 2014

  • Matt

    This was a great weekend to be on the water with old and new friends. Thanks to Sam & Craig for putting it together.

    September 2, 2014

  • Matt

    This was a great weekend to be on the water with old and new friends. Thanks to Sam & Craig for putting it together.

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • SunAnnie

    Thank you to all that contributed to another spectacular Suwannee trip! Special thanks to Kym and Jim for the rum creepers!

    2 · September 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're welcome! They were so yummy and so much fun to serve. Kudos to Jim for the recipe tweaking!

      2 · September 2, 2014

    • Lisa H.

      Yes Kym and Jim....ha, Kym & Jim. Hmmm, how cute. Anyway, yes, the rum creepers were delicious! Next time let me know ahead and I'll bring a bottle of rum to contribute. And a blender for frozen ones if we have electricity. I'm already drooling.....

      3 · September 2, 2014

  • Laura

    An epic trip! Thanks Sam and Craig for all you do. Slackers are the best!!!

    September 2, 2014

  • amy

    Although I can officially say this trip wore me out, it was well worth it. Great time with just a wonderful group of individuals. Sam and Craig, as always, you have out done yourselves. All the planning and execution was well done. Great food both by Craig and crew and the outfitter. Bonus, had a blast with the Boy Scout Troop that I had the pleasure of sharing camping space with two nights in a row :-)

    September 2, 2014

  • Lynn H.

    I left orange rachet straps right by the trailer that were Steven's. Did anyone pick those up by mistake?

    September 2, 2014

  • Lisa H.

    What a wonderful trip down the lovely Suwanee! Craig, Matt, and Adam (and whoever I didn't notice!) did a fantastic job slaving over our delicious breakfasts. You are so appreciated. Great organizers, fun people, beautiful springs....who could ask for a better way to spend a weekend.

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • Joan

    Had a great time with great people. Weather worked out perfect - beautiful during the day rain at night. Springs were awesome. The most sturgeon I have ever seen. Thanks Craig and Sam for everything. Had no breakfast this morning waiting for me when I woke up!

    1 · September 2, 2014

  • SunAnnie

    Jumping sturgeon, dozens of springs to explore, rum creepers, fire flies, summer storms with incredible light displays, and catered meals! A fabulous weekend!

    September 2, 2014

  • Susan

    Awesome

    2 · September 1, 2014

  • Adam T.

    A paddle (very light yellowish tint) reading "crack of dawn paddlesports" was unclaimed and is in my possesion.

    September 1, 2014

    • Sam G.

      It's mine / Thanks

      1 · September 1, 2014

    • Adam T.

      OK ... I'll bring it with me to the Ray's Wayside paddle.

      1 · September 1, 2014

  • Paula

    Awesome time with the Slackers! Beautiful springs, loads if laughter and perfect weather! Thx Sam & Craig

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Paula

    Awesome time with the Slackers! Beautiful springs, loads if laughter and perfect weather! Thx Sam & Craig

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Linda S

    Spectacular. Dancing diva, singing, light shows, fires, special drinks, fabulous food, awesome chickees, cool springs, super kayaking. And Slackers!

    September 1, 2014

  • Jim D.

    Awesome trip! Thanks everyone!

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am running late guys! Will be there ASAP

    1 · August 29, 2014

    • Ann

      Awesome prime rib!!!

      August 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone camping Friday at River Run, I found a great fun place to eat that night. It's on the Santa Fe river about 10-15 min away. We went Thursday for their prime rib special. It was awesome! They had live music as well. How many people want to go so I can reserve the big table.

    1 · August 24, 2014

    • Adam T.

      I'm definitely late but en route

      August 29, 2014

    • Adam T.

      And stuck in traffic (accident) to boot.

      August 29, 2014

  • Craig G.

    Special shout out thanks to AMY and KYM for helping me bring the kitchen, Food and WATER for all of us. Lots of goodies coming up to the Suwannee this weekend. If the Electricity holds, we'll have 100 cups of coffee brewing early!!! And boiling water for the tea lovers.

    1 · August 29, 2014

  • Julie N

    Nice picture ladies!!! See ya soon.

    August 29, 2014

  • Madeline

    Not gonna be able to make it. Been sick & haven't been able to shake it. Really bummed about it. :-( Have fun everyone.

    August 28, 2014

  • Joan

    How could I forget my water cannon!

    August 28, 2014

  • Mark

    Arriving Friday night and using my tent.

    August 11, 2014

    • Adam T.

      OK... so I'm in the middle of a huge contract, but I wanna see Mark. Disregard Amy :P

      I'm intending to tent this trip ... taking off prior to Friday probably wouldn't really work well, so Friday departure.

      1 · August 12, 2014

    • Nona

      Yay! Mark is coming!!

      August 28, 2014

  • Craig G.

    I need a count of everyone who would like to come up thrusday night and paddle the Suwannee with Sam on Friday. If you want to come up early, please reply in this thread by Friday of this week!!

    1 · August 18, 2014

    • Bill B

      Craig, I would like to do the Friday paddle. I will meet Sam early on Friday morning.

      August 22, 2014

    • Nona

      I'm coming up Friday night

      August 28, 2014

  • Craig G.

    Don't forget your water Cannons, it will be hot. I understand the rope swing in the above pictures is ready to go. Summer will keep her eyes out for it so we don't pass it. This is the best rope swing on the river!! Rope swing competition is on!

    August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is still a little time if anyone wants to make your food order. Otherwise you will be stuck with what ever they got left.

    1 · August 27, 2014

    • Dianne G.

      I e-mailed you for a prime rib dinner. Just making sure you got it. Thanks Summer!

      August 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone who is coming to eat at Ellie Rays needs to look at the menu. Sturg is going to accommodate us and needs to know what we are going to eat so he can order enough food to serve us. I recommend the prime rib! It's not on the menu but he will do it special for us. Email me by tomorrow afternoon to let me know what you want to eat. This includes salads. Thanks. [masked]

    1 · August 26, 2014

    • Rob

      If not available, chicken is ok.

      August 27, 2014

    • Ann

      I'll go with your recommendation - prime rib for me. Thanks for doing this, Summer!!!

      August 28, 2014

  • Julie N

    Hot! Hot! Hot! Better get your umbrella gear ready. Mid 90's all week.

    2 · August 27, 2014

    • Jim D.

      Ain't it great!

      August 27, 2014

  • Sam G.

    For the people who are paddling with me Friday - We will be camping at River Run Thursday night. I plan on getting up there around 6:00 pm. For the people who are around we will then go and get dinner.
    We will be at the Branford boat ramp at 8:00 am Friday. Depending on how many people show up, I will try and get everyone in one or two cars and go up to Dowling Park. We will paddle across, unload our gear and set up. We will then paddle up the Suwanee River about two miles and look for a creek that goes back to a quarry or a lake. Saturday morning we will meet everyone else at the boat ramp.
    Bring food & beverage for lunch and dinner Friday and for breakfast Saturday.
    Call me for any questions Sam[masked]

    August 26, 2014

    • Bill B

      I will meet you at the Branford ramp at 8:00am, Friday.

      August 27, 2014

  • Tracy E.

    Sam are you going to have prime rib for us Friday night?

    August 26, 2014

    • Craig G.

      The only problem is that the population of this area is "NOT MANY" an most places are closed during the week. I found that out last year. The only place that was open was cousins.

      August 26, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Matt, the best Spring to play in is itchetucknee springs and the park that its in. There are two springs, its very close to River run and very easy to find. If you haven't been to this spring, its a must do.

      August 27, 2014

  • Anna

    Craig I'm will meet you at Saturday morning at the Branford boat ramp.

    August 25, 2014

    • Craig G.

      OK Anna, make sure you give yourself enough time to get there. I would target 7:15.

      1 · August 25, 2014

  • Joan

    Please count me in for dinner on Friday night.

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Ron B

    Working late on Friday.
    I'll be spending the night in Ocala and will arrive
    very early on Saturday morning.

    August 18, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Awesome Ron, we'll see you Sat. morning.

      August 25, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Eric says his keychain light is still bright at night. He loves it and says hello!

      August 25, 2014

  • Craig G.

    We need a central point of information and communication. Please let me answer any questions from our members before posting comments. If you have any questions that need answered right away, you can call me at[masked]

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Kristina

    Craig - I will be coming Friday and will bring my hammock. Will there be enough trees with all the hammocks? Can't wait to hop some springs and see my paddling buddies.

    1 · August 16, 2014

    • Kristina

      Awesome news Lynn thanks I know you have used your hammock along these waters :)

      1 · August 25, 2014

    • Craig G.

      I have never seen anyone hang their Hammock inside the sleeping platforms. If they are full, you won't be able to access them with your Hammock. The members in the sleeping platforms use the hooks to hang wet clothes.

      1 · August 25, 2014

  • Craig G.

    Sheila and Kim, were sorry you cannot attend. The Suwannee River will not be the same without you. We all hope you heal quickly and can join us on the next adventure.

    1 · August 23, 2014

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