Posts Tagged ‘Silver River’

I experienced a a fast and fun filled eight weeks blended with the rocks, strainers, and natural obstacles associated with work.  And due to being a full time paddler, father, husband, coach, and employee at Eckerd College I have neglected my posting obligations.  In the next few days Sean and I will catch you up on all of our adventures.   As a teaser we have…

As we collect out thought and write I would like you to enjoy this Bubble Street comic; it made me chuckle because I have been so tempted…

– Jeff

Halloween is a great time to enjoy the rush of being scared. And the pounding of the heart lets us know that we are alive. I recommend seeing these classic and modern movies if you cannot get out on the water. Every year I update this list and I think you are sure to get lost in the fun of each movie.      – Jeff

the bayThe Bay  (2012)

The Bay” is a genre of film that blends environmental activism with entertainment and results in an Environmental Science Fiction Horror film.  It is a fictional documentary about the Chesapeake Bay,  directed by Barry Levinson.  Curiously, some of the content of the film appears to be based on some facts from “Poisoned Waters“.

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Black WaterBlack Water (2008)

The movie is an Australian crocodile film about a rogue crocodile that attacks some tourists in their boat. As they drift into a mangrove swamp, their boat suddenly capsizes and Jim disappears. Becoming stranded in the swamp the group realizes that a crocodile has attacked them. Stranded they must somehow elude a man-eating crocodile and get out alive.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

“A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.”

This movie was filmed in Florida on the Silver River.

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Deliverance (1972)

“On a weekend canoing trip down a river in the Georgia back country, four urban businessmen enter a nightmare in which both nature and mankind conspire to send them through a crucible of danger and degradation in which their lives and perhaps even their souls are put at horrendous risk.”

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The Descent (2005)

Six girlfriends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians for their annual extreme outdoor adventure, in this case the exploration of a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes, and there’s no way out. (Directed by Neil Marshall, English, 100 min., 2005, Rated R for strong violence/gore and language).

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Frozen (2010) when you cannot go kayaking because the water is frozen go skiing.  Frozen “is [ an environmental ] horror film that, thankfully, does not conform to the recent trends of low budget horror films.  It is a small-scale story that explores a commonplace fear that could literally happen to just about anyone.  There is no ‘Well I would have done things differently and made it out OK.’  The list of possible outcomes for this scenario is extremely short, no matter how you tackle it.  When one is hoping that the characters of this film make it out alright, what they’re really hoping is that it never happens to them.”

The Host (2006)

U.S. military scientist orders deadly chemicals to be dumped in a Korean sewer, inadvertently giving birth to a mutant monster. This film, which has won rave reviews from critics and audiences around the world, does for the age of chemical weapons and bioterroism what Godzilla did for the era of the atomic bomb. The director has been compared with Steven Spielberg for his ability to combine relentless thrills with poignant characterizations. (Directed by Joon-ho Bong, Korean w/ English subtitles, Rated R)

Island of Lost Souls (1933)

“The original version of H.G. Wells’ novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau. Charles Laughton makes a very creepy Dr. Moreau, and Bela Lugosi is equally creepy as The Sayer of the Law. If you’ve seen later versions, particularly the recent Brando remake, be sure to catch this one if you can.”

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Jaws (1975)

“Not to be outdone by Hitchcock, Spielberg managed to make people afraid of a fish. ”

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Lake PlacidLake Placid (1999)

“Its placid waters complement the pristine Maine wilderness it borders. This tranquil setting is probably the last place you’d expect a gruesome fatality. But then it’s also the last place you’d expect to find a 30-foot, narrow-snouted, multi-toothed, reptilian of the species Crocodylus. An eating machine more commonly known as a crocodile.”

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Open Water (2004)

Being left behind can happen to anyone.  “Based on true events, [ this movie ] follows an American couple, Daniel and Susan on an island holiday.  The couple being certified scuba divers, board a local dive boat for an underwater tour of the reef.  Due to some innocent miscommunication, the couple is accidentally left behind.

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Surviving Crooked Lake (2009) “In this sensual, intense, indie feature drama, a quartet of teenage girls embark on a canoe-and- camping trip with a slightly older male guide in the endless wilderness of theCanadian Shield. His younger sister Steph – who is desperately afraid of the water – is one of the campers. Once the group is underway, romantic tensions erupt and disaster strikes, forcing the girls to face a grueling and desperate trip back to civilization. Shot in tight close-ups with a fluid camera that sees the landscape first as an embodiment of desire and second as a distortion of reality…”

Ocklawaha RiverOn Saturday, May 16, 2009, the Marion County Aquaholics Paddlers Group will sponsor their 10th Annual Paddlers PokerRun.  The eight-mile paddle starts at Gore’s Landing and runs down the Ocklawaha River.  The proceeds benefit the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Club.  The club is a non-profit group that teaches outdoor skills to children and youth.

Our plans are to camp at the Silver River State Park Friday night.  It is a nice park.  And camping there is a good way to be relaxed and focused for the Poker Run.

There is early registration of $10 per kayak.  If you register on the day of the event, the charge is $15.  There is also a separate free game with prizes for children under eleven.

Ray Wayside Park

Silver River is located east of Ocala Florida fed by Silver Springs. Most paddlers, us included, access the river via Ray Wayside Park 3 miles past the Silver Springs Attraction on SR 40.

After a person pays the $5 parking fee at Ray Wayside Park, they can quickly transport themselves into a 12,000-year-old Florida experience.

The water is still clear blue and the vegetation is naturally wild. The unspoiled beauty is why Native Americans once called it home and why modern people have used the river for the creation of movies and as a tourist destination.

This time as we paddled on the river, we saw several Rhesus Monkeys, Cormorants, Ibises, fish, and a small alligator. Sean provided us with a great lunch. And it was a pleasure paddling with our kayaking friends on the Silver River.

Directions:

  • Exit Interstate 75 onto State Road 40 east. Exit 352 Ocala
  • Travel east on SR 40 and drive for about 12 miles
  • You will pass through Ocala, then through the town of Silver Springs.
  • At mile 9, you will pass the Silver Springs Attraction
  • Drive for 3 more miles on SR 40 to Ray Wayside Park
  • Ray Wayside Park is on the right hand side of the road
  • You will turn before the Ocklawaha River, Delks Bluff Bridge
  • Take a right onto a fork marked Ray Wayside Park.
  • Continue about 200 feet and take a right into the boat ramp parking area.
  • There is a canoe launch located at the far end of the park.