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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Paddlers tackle the Suwannee

Published 3/22/08
More than 150 paddlers participated in the inaugural Paddle Florida event. The event covers 123 miles of the river, with stops along the way for lunch and overnight camping.

Participants stayed Thursday night at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park before hitting the water Friday morning. They shivered through temperatures that dipped to around 40 degrees and were greeted by a river blanketed in mist as it was warmed by the rising sun.

The stops are at the state parks and river camps that make up the wilderness trail. The wilderness trail isn't a trail in the traditional sense, but rather a way for paddlers to travel down the river and be assured they have places to sleep, eat and use the bathroom.
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