Broad white sandbars greeted us at most bends in the river. Those bars are like beacons for river campers, so when Steve saw them on Google Earth when scouting a new river for our men's group to paddle, he circled and starred it. In January, the month of our annual trip, with water levels just right, we headed to SE Georgia's Satilla River for a fine long weekend of camaraderie and wilderness camping. Ron Easton, who owns a nice spot on the river called Deep Bend Landing, was our "insider connection"- a veritable fountain of knowledge about this place where he'd spent his whole life, and he provided us with shuttle service from our take-out back to our vehicles at his place.
So here's your opportunity to take the trip, vicariously, through my snapshots along the way. But I'd recommend making your own journey too. It's a long scenic river with multiple paddling/camping options.
Let's start out with my favorite shot. Jacques had wandered into this willow thicket across the river, entering through a small channel, just before we stopped to camp the first night. When he told me about it a little later, the sun was getting low with lovely light. I paddled over and was blown away by the fantastic vignettes I saw in every direction. Wow!
Willow Thicket, from Camp.
Our first day was calm, glassy calm... reflections galore!
We always leave plenty of room in the evening and morning for camp-time. Sandbar camping out of kayaks and canoes is a pretty luxurious affair. We eat, drink, lounge, and sleep in fine accomodations. Truly.
And while comfy, we have the backdrop of pure nature, away from the noise and light and hub-bub of human habitation. (A lofty notion, except that we campers bring some with us... I guess the wildlife there would take exception to this imagined "escape into pure wilderness".)
Moving on downstream...
There's me, through Geoff's lens.
Sadly, Mark Canter was unable to make the trip this year. Our eightsome has been gathering regularly and camping annually for 15 years. It's been a privilege to be a part and an honor to know these great guys.
We had a brief rain the middle of Day 2, which resulted in a lovely mist floating on the river for the remainder of the day... YES! Good for shooting photos.
The next afternoon, we set up camp at a mysterious underwater sand formation (well, not all that mysterious to anyone who knows the South. And knows that rivers rise and fall.)
Goodbye sweet Satilla for now.
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