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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Local woman kayaks 500 miles on St. Johns River

Published June 18, 2008
When Michelle Thatcher first told friends and family that she was planning on trekking the entire St. Johns River on a 14-foot kayak, many of them told her she was crazy.

"I wanted to be as safe as possible," said Thatcher, who is the executive director of the Association of Florida Conservation Districts. "I didn't just do this on a whim. I did a lot of research and made sure I was completely prepared."

Thatcher began her trip at the true headwaters of the St. Johns River, all the way in Okeechobee County. By launching from Fort Drum Creek, Thatcher was bucking the traditional wisdom of where the river actually begins. The navigational headwaters of the river are actually much farther north at Lake Helen Blazes.

1 comment:

Chris said...

It's 310 Miles (500 Km) long. 190 miles is a huge difference....