Stories from the Tallapoosa Basin

10/23/12 - Tallapoosa River

Glen Smith and I thought it would be fun to find a river that neither of us had paddled so that we could share in the discovery. We decided on the Tallapoosa, made arrangements with an outfitter for a shuttle, and set out on a dreary Saturday. This is a pretty little river, and it was such a treat to have it all to ourselves! The water was a bit shallow, but for the most part we were able to find enough water to stay afloat. It was tricky, and we did walk two or three times, but we were too busy enjoying traveling unknown waters for that to make much of a difference. The slow paddle allowed us to enjoy the surroundings--yellow and red wildflowers, stalks of purple berries, and incredible gray rock formations. About midway, it started to drizzle; our hair and clothing were dampened, but our spirits weren't. The secluded surroundings provided just the getaway we needed .

- Suzi Parron