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Dorothea in the Mirror, a Jill Szekely mystery
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An Ocmulgee River White-water Canoe Trip
Sunday, June 20, 2010  11:41:00 AM

by Niki Collins-Queen



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Some of us held our breath during the white-water maneuvers and, at the end, hooped and hollered in relief.

It was sunny and warm when six Georgia Wilderness Society (GWS) members canoed the 6-mile upper Ocmulgee River section from Lake Jackson to Wise Creek.

This historic seven island area was once a major trading hub for the Native American Creek Tribe.

The low water made the narrow drops and standing waves of the rapids more challenging. We had to concentrate to move rapidly from left to right among the funneling rock ledges, boiling currents and tree limbs. The biggest thrill was paddling down the center of large standing waves.

The choice at the Lamar Mill Class III rapid is a huge five-foot drop in fast moving currents or navigating through a series of smaller cascading rapids. We chose the “stair steps” with large pillowed rocks and tiny tongues that dropped swiftly into small reversal waves. Many of us entered the rapids wide-eyed. Some of us held our breath during the white-water maneuvers, and at the end, hooped and hollered in relief.

An osprey called from a tree top as a bald eagle swooped in front of our boats it's tail white against the blue sky.

The Wise Creek take-out looked like Miami Beach. Families lined the the Ocmulgee's pink beaches, large boulders and rocks. Children floated in the current on colorful red, blue and yellow inflatable tubes. A couple of families grilled hamburger's and hot dogs near the parking lot. 

Everyone had a great time including the person who took a spill in one of the rapids when his kayak hit a tree limb.


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A Tribute to my Mother - 12/20/2013 8:11:00 AM

A Tribute to my Father - 12/20/2013 8:08:00 AM

2013 Christmas Letter - 11/26/2013 5:52:00 PM

2012 Christmas Letter - 11/28/2012 7:18:00 AM

Bud Queen's Biography - 3/13/2012 3:56:00 PM

Niki Queen's Biography - 3/13/2012 3:49:00 PM

2011 Christmas Letter - 12/5/2011 1:45:00 PM

Utah's Zion National Park - 10/27/2011 4:33:00 AM

Georgia Wilderness Society's Ocmulgee River canoe/float/camp - 6/11/2011 10:06:00 AM

Visiting the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta - 12/11/2010 2:43:00 PM

2010 Christmas Letter - 11/16/2010 4:26:00 PM

2009 Christmas Letter - 12/7/2009 3:57:00 PM

Authors on the Appalachian Trail - 3/3/2009 4:05:00 PM

2008 Christmas Letter - 12/5/2008 5:56:00 PM

2007 Christmas Letter. - 12/8/2007 10:25:00 AM

Solo backpacking reloads mental, emotional circuits - 4/16/2005 12:28:00 PM

Niki Collins enjoys solitary treks - 4/10/2005 2:22:00 PM

Counselor seeks task force to fight sex abuse of children - 1/17/2005 8:11:00 PM

Nature photography provides peace and joy - 12/4/2004 5:53:00 PM

Discovering the sacred in nature - 11/12/2004 7:16:00 AM

Woman’s spirituality in nature leads to book about experiences  - 11/11/2004 12:15:00 PM

Spirit on the Hiking Trail - 8/25/2004 4:26:00 PM

Author finds God and spirituality in nature - 8/25/2004 4:17:00 PM

Swami, how I love Ya! Yoga’s benefits  - 8/19/2004 7:52:00 PM

Woman's Spirit-Quest Is Told with Humor, Understanding and Appreciation of Nature - 8/19/2004 2:09:00 PM

Author Niki Collins-Queen to sign books - 8/19/2004 1:59:00 PM

The Simple Life - 8/7/2004 7:52:00 PM

Natural Soul - 8/7/2004 7:24:00 PM

Catching a Wave - 8/7/2004 7:08:00 PM

Journey of a thousand miles...  - 8/7/2004 6:45:00 PM

Georgia Wilderness Society, GWS, Flint River Canoe/Float/Camp Trip  - 7/20/2004 7:46:00 PM


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Earth, the Forgotten Temple, A Spirit Quest

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