Monday, November 10, 2014
"Chassahowitzka" translates as "place of the hanging pumpkins" which is an interesting visual to imagine, but not a sight we happened upon.
I'd called the camp the night before, and the answering machine informed me the store was open from 8AM-5PM. We were there shortly after 8, and a bit behind several fishermen.
This picture isn't great, but it shows how close to the surface and tempting one of the caves is.
This is a view as we headed by an island.
labeled map shows the location of the spring off to the side.
Then it was back to the main channel, where more boats were headed out to explore.
The Crack appears in many descriptions of the river; again it's a narrow channel which leads to a spring.
Back at the main channel, it was apparent that all the other boaters were out. Groups of kayaks streamed by, boats raced down the river, there was even an inflatable paddleboard. My favorite was this paddler who seemed unaware that a predator was close behind.
Chassahowitzka River Camp
A nicely labeled map of the river : http://www.chassahowitzka.net/rmap.htm
Chassahowitzka River Wikipedia
Summary: Launch and rental from the Chassahowitzka River Camp at about 8:30, finish about 11:30. Bathrooms are available at the store Low was earlier in the morning. We wound up paddling about 8 miles.