Fall Wetland Touring Schedule 2012 Hello swampers!! It has been a couple of seasons since we have had a schedule of wetland touring trips. I am looking forward to reconnecting with old paddling companions and meeting new ones. These trips are open to all comers and all skill levels who wish to get outdoors in some beautiful places, see wildlife and ancient trees. The following list of trips is subject to change due to weather or water levels. A week before each trip occurs I will post a brief description of the trip with meeting times, locations and any other directions. Post general comments or questions on this thread. Post specific questions or comments about the next upcoming trip on that trip thread as it is posted.
Oct. 6 Saturday-Polk Bayou Cleanup Float in Batesville Oct.13 Saturday-Maddox Bay-North Unit of White River Refuge Oct. 21 Sunday-Rex Hancock Black Swamp-Cache River Refuge Oct.27 Sat./Sun.-H Lake Camp and Moonlight Float South Unit White River Refuge Nov. 3 Saturday –Bayou Deview –Combined Ozark Society ACC float Nov.10 Sat./Sun.-Felsenthal- Float and camp-Felsenthal Refuge Nov.17-Grassy Lake –Bell Slough WMA Jan.1 2013-Little Maumelle-Happy New Year Red Hot Cider Float
Something I posted after reading the announcement above caused by the combination of things I experienced electronically on the same day: Aubrey James ShepherdI grew up spending summers on Bistineau and Caddo lakes and other similar sunken cypress swamps in Louisiana created by the 1812 earthquakes and was pleased to see video from Caddo Lake on the nature moment at end of 8:30-9:30 Sunday morning show on CBS Sept 30, 2012. I recognized the scene and said "I grew up there" before the announcer named the place. Lauren saw the tears in my eyes. My painful, bittersweet thought was 'I'll never get to go there again.' Except for their lack of Spanish moss on the trees, the Arkansas swamps are about the same as the Louisiana swamps. I said nothing but knew she realized exactly what I was thinking and feeling at that moment.