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Full Moon Paddle on Black Creek - Intermediate

The paddling part of this trip is easy enough for the beginner paddle, but I am limiting this paddle to intermediate paddlers. This is a narrow twisting creek with many 90 degree and even sharper turns. You need to be confident in your maneuvering skills. Since it will be dark, it will be extremely important to stay out of the trees.

We will meet at the landing at 6:00 pm and launch by 6:30 pm. We will paddle across Lake Prestwood, go through the swamp and up the Black Creek. We should make it to the canoe landing around the time it starts getting dark (8:00 pm). We will walk to the spring, get a fresh drink, and then paddle back in the dark. We will be back to the landing no later than 11:00 pm because the park closes at Midnight.

I can't fully explain the experience of paddling in the dark. For me, it feels like the darkness engulfs you. The sound is amplified. I feel the need to whisper. My level of attention is heightened and I love it. If you are claustrophobic, this paddle is not for you.

This is a meet up paddle. You are responsible for your own actions and safety. You must wear a properly fitted PFD with a whistle and you must bring a white light. Please bring water and a snack. Please post a comment if you are running behind or can't make it so we don't wait for you. I received the comments on my phone so I will get it. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Fun Factoid - June 23's full moon is called a Strawberry Full Moon or in Europe it is known as the Rose Full Moon. (According to the Farmer's Almanac.)

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  • Susan H.

    What an adventure! A great paddle with wonderful people.

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Cathy B.

      "Adventure" is a good description!

      June 24, 2013

  • Melisa H.

    I had a great time. It was great meeting all the new people. I hope to see you all on the water again soon.

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Cathy B.

    Good company. I loved meeting new people.

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Brian K.

    I rally enjoyed this paddle. The night time with the moon was a nice experience. I was happy to put my rescue training to work as well. Ernie, thanks for the use of your paddle!

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Elizabeth N.

    I'm out of this one Eliz. Nock

    June 22, 2013

  • Melisa H.

    Just an FYI, it will be cloudy and there is a good possibility of rain.

    June 22, 2013

    • Al B.

      How we going to see the moon if its cloudy? :-/

      1 · June 22, 2013

    • Melisa H.

      No one told the clouds to stay away.

      June 22, 2013

  • Sarah T.

    How many miles is this paddle?

    June 18, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Melissa where from in Louisiana? I moved there for a few years and came back to sc in 2011. I lived in Patterson,Franklin,and Baldwin while I was working for Acadian ambulance.

      June 22, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Oops I meant Sarah in this post

      June 22, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Can't make this one since I am working but might swing by in the ambulance to meet some of y'all if we are not busy.

    June 22, 2013

    • Cathy B.

      Love to meet you. Just don't come in with lights flashing.

      1 · June 22, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Don't worry about that. I'm working for a private service now so not to many emergencies anymore.

      June 22, 2013

  • Brad D.

    As much as I hate missing this, I'm still under the weather a bit. Sorry

    June 21, 2013

  • Beverly M.

    I'm going to miss both the Cuddo Unit and full moon paddle. I'll be on vacation for a couple of weeks. Ya'll have fun. Hope to see you in July.

    June 19, 2013

  • Melisa H.

    I found some glow sticks at Bi-Low today. I am getting excited. :)

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • Cathy B.

      That will create some great lighting for photos!

      June 18, 2013

  • Elizabeth N.

    I've done this...I think with Naturally Outdoors a while back..only in the daylight. We started at Prestwood Lake and forgot where we landed. I'm out of this one...will make one during he day. Thanks

    June 17, 2013

  • Crystal M.

    Family Vacation....gonna miss this one. :(

    June 14, 2013

  • Ted D.

    would love to if it was a little closer;years ago we use to paddle in the inlet on fullmoons. Maybe we can do that sometime. Yall have fun maybe next time

    June 13, 2013

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