Two Day Glamping Paddle and Camp - Ray's Wayside to Eureka EARTH DAY PADDLE

  • April 19, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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This will be a "Glamping" paddle (ie bathrooms and cold showers). We will set up a base camp at Gores Landing and paddle the Ocklawaha River from Rays Landing to Gores (Saturday) and from Gores to Eureka West (Sunday). I plan to arrive late Friday to set up the base camp. Participants are welcome to camp both nights, one night only or not at all.

Saturday night will be a potluck dinner night. Everyone contributes and everyone shares. Please note in the comment section below what you will contribute.

The Ocklawaha is said to be a very old river geologically, and as a result has created a mile-wide valley. It has a sand bottom and its waters tend to be very clear with occasional areas where tannin from the swamps colors the water a darker hue.

Gores Landing have campsites on a first-come,first-served basis; we will share sites to fit everyone; small pup tents are advised or share large tent - whatever works and people are comfortable with. There are bathrooms with outdoor showers. There are a total of 12 campsites at Gores, hopefully there will be sites available to us.

EVERYONE IS INVITED FOR SINGLE DAY TRIP and/or to hang out for food/drink at campsite on Friday or Saturday evening, or camp at other locations.

Everyone on the water is required by law to have a PFD and a whistle.

Rental kayaks are available. Let me know if you need to rent one.

WEATHER CHECK ZIP CODE: 32134

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WHO'S BRINGING WHAT (gleaned from comments posted)

SAM (Baked Beans, Chocolate Chip Cookies)

CARLA (10 Burgers)

RONDA G (Burger Buns)

JULIE N.  (Brauts, cheese ball and crackers. Wine!! - Red))

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  • lois v.

    is this down stream? I"m not familiar with that area. (I'll need directions.) I will bring wood and salad. I will be camping both Fri. and Sat. nights. Medium size tent, if there is enough room.

    April 23, 2013

    • Kim M.

      Lois The trip was 3 days ago:)

      April 23, 2013

  • Sharon

    To spend the weekend. Look forward to the next time.

    April 22, 2013

  • Sharon

    Awesome weekend even with the rain. Thanks Sam for being a great leader and the rest of the gang for friendship and fun. Can't think of any better way

    April 22, 2013

  • Joyce

    Hi, This will be my 1st slacker event and I was wondering if schedule could change due to weather. I will be there Friday night and plan on paddling Saturday. Look forward to meeting everyone. :)

    April 18, 2013

    • Sam G.

      A little rain will not stop the Slackers.

      1 · April 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      LOL. A little rain never hurts! Thanks for everything, Sam. Great trip.

      April 21, 2013

  • Julie A.

    Terrific time. Thank you to everyone who made my family feel right at home; your kindnesses did not go unnoticed. We all enjoyed the outing and meeting new friends. This trip is one of my favorites.

    April 21, 2013

  • Carla

    Beautiful river, I'd forgotten how beautiful actually - awesome people - my bad for thinking summer had sprung and failing to adequately prepare for the weather :(

    April 21, 2013

  • Jaime D.

    Chris and I had a great time. We always enjoy hanging out with slackers.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Carla

    Still a beautiful paddle with awesome peeps :) thank you Sam -btw warm and dry now :)

    April 20, 2013

  • Mauri

    sorry everyone I have company coming up gotta clean my house..... I may come out Sunday though!!

    April 19, 2013

  • Julie A.

    Fruit for breakfast or dessert....bananas and whatever is plentiful

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, Sam. Sorry for the late notice, but we've decided to cancel due to weather. (Joyce Nichols and myself) I was really looking forward to it, and hope to try another slacker trip soon! I hope you get this message in time to unload a boat. Thanks again, Sam!
    --Kathy Bowes

    P.S. Please let me know if I owe you anything for canceling the kayak rental with such short notice.

    April 18, 2013

  • Carla

    I've still got 10 burgers, buns - tomatoes, onion - charcoal if I can find some firewood somewhere on the way, will bring some.

    April 18, 2013

  • Donald

    howdy,
    What might we need pot luck wise????

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    About what time are we meeting at Rays Landing on Saturday AM?

    April 18, 2013

    • Sam G.

      9:00 - 9:30am

      April 18, 2013

  • Sharon

    Sam def on the kayak for my friend Tina. Do you have a sit inside one? She prefers that type. Does she need to bring her own paddle and vest?

    April 18, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I will have a sit in / if she has a PFD that would be great / I have paddles

      April 18, 2013

  • Sam G.

    New kayak rental needs - Cy (Saturday), Kathy (Saturday) and Sharon's Friend

    April 17, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Will all the people who need to rent Kayaks please let me know.
    Cut off for notification is 6:00 PM Thurday. So far Cy needs a boat for Saturday only. I also remember someone saying they also needs one but can't remember who that was. All people who need boats please post on this page.

    April 15, 2013

    • Sharon

      Coming to camp too will be bringing Cha Cha chicken salad and chili for dinner

      April 16, 2013

    • Sam G.

      OK Sharon / I will have one for your friend

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry- unble to attend- Di

    April 17, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Sam, I am looking into options. What time would Saturdays paddle start? ;)

    April 16, 2013

    • Ronda G

      And how long is the paddle?

      April 16, 2013

  • Linda R.

    Hate to jump ship on any event that Sam facilitates..........but NONA talked me into it! (Ha ha Nona, I threw you under the bus!! lol)

    April 14, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I see you are dumping us to go to someone elses Hawaiian campout.

      April 15, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Sorry I can't make it after all. I have family in town.

    April 14, 2013

  • Millie C.

    Sorry, can't make it.

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, I would like to rent a kayak for Saturday. I will be only coming for Friday night and all day Saturday. If someone needs the kayak on Sunday, you'll have another kayak. Please confirm, please, Sam. I'll bring a couple bottles of wine, crackers cheese and salami for Friday. I'll plan to be there about 6pm. Is there anything I can do or help others do?

    April 14, 2013

    • Sam G.

      OK / I'll bring an extra Kayak for you.

      April 14, 2013

  • Mauri

    I'me going to try and be there fri evening later, around 8, I'll bring done kind of salad and home made wine! Can't wait!!

    April 14, 2013

  • matt p.

    Can't attend due to a prior commitment.

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will make a salad of some variety

    April 7, 2013

  • Jeff R.

    My trip to Vancouver just got extended by one day, and now I won't be back until Saturday. Can't make it this time, everyone enjoy!!

    April 5, 2013

  • amy

    I wish I could be in two places at once :-(. Next time!

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh boy out in the woods!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Mountain Man - You need to pay your Annual Dues in order to attend Slacker events.

      April 3, 2013

  • Julie N

    I am bringing brauts, cheese ball and crackers. Wine!! (Red)

    April 3, 2013

  • Carla

    Sam I'm going to plan on Friday afternoon, would meet you and help secure spots.

    March 24, 2013

    • Marilyn G

      I'll be there Fri afternoon as well.

      1 · March 25, 2013

  • Carla

    Will bring ten burgers , buns and charcoal

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I will need to rent a kayak. How long is each days paddle?

    February 13, 2013

    • Julie A.

      The first day is about 9-10 miles; second is about 8 or 9 miles. Easy paddling....if you mean hours - we always stop for lunch, goofing off so 4-5 hours. Then some get caught up in their photography and dawdle...

      March 10, 2013

  • Nona

    Are we securing a group site for this or do we need to call in reservations??

    March 10, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Nona, this campground is first come first served.. It's got a lot of space..the water has a very strong sulfur smell...bring lots of fresh drinking water!

      1 · March 10, 2013

    • Julie N

      Nona call julie n. Check e-mail for my number please

      March 10, 2013

  • Nona

    Camping Saturday for sure, possibly Friday night..

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    Sorry can't do it this weekend.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sat.'s paddle only [would not camp]

    February 12, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    Sam, did you change the dates on this?

    February 12, 2013

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