"The Great Horseshoe"
Launch: We launched at Lakepoint Resort State Park, near Eufaula, on the Chattahoochee. You could launch at Wingate Fishing Lodge on Lake Seminole, just above the Woodruff Dam and then lock down into the free-flowing river.
Nearby campsites: There is camping and a locked storage area for vehicles at Lakepoint State Park. There is also camping at Wingate Fishing Lodge.
Comments: If you have insufficient time to do the entire trip from Eufaula to the Gulf, launch at Lake Seminole.
-----There's many a buggy night on the Apalachicola River in the spring. We don't know that kind of insects these are, so we called them lake bugs. They covered the windows at night and, in the morning, the boat was littered with their bodies -- attracted to the anchor light. These bugs don't bite like the mosquitos that will come later in the season, so they are of minor concern. We were anchored every evening along the rivers within an orgy.
-----The view out the door of the cabin was through a mist of lake bugs -- sometimes so thick that it was difficult to see the uptilted engines.
-----We discovered, on close examination, that our frenzied neighbors were amazingly beautiful in detail and we gained a new appreciation of their design.
-----The Apalachicola River begins at the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers, now buried below Lake Seminole. It continues a wild and lonely path, southerly across the Florida Panhandle. The banks are often lined with sand beaches, inviting for a swim or an overnight cookout.
There are, however, some rather large reptilian residents that might give one pause before going in for a dip.
---A Full Stomach And What He Loves to Munch
along the river are intimately tied to the riverine flow. Either they are about
to join the flow or they more often float serenely on the river. Either way,
the river in its meandering saunter to the Gulf or in wild winter floods, controls
the fate of those who live along its banks.
-----Eventually, the gentle lift of the diurnal Gulf tides affect the river and we know salt water is close. We turn off the channel and into the old fishing port of Apalachicola. We have been here for weeks, in the past, awaiting good weather to cross the northern Gulf to west coast Florida. It is a marvelous place, full of great eating places. Of course, shrimp and oysters are on the top of the menu. One day, we had a dozen oysters on the half shell chased by baked shrimp under parmesan sauce for lunch. Dinner was a dozen raw oysters shucked right beside the boat that dragged them. We followed the oysters with a marvelous oyster stew. We love Apalachicola.
Sunrise in Apalachicola
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