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12 May 2006
Paddlin’ Terrapin Creek with JSU Field Schools

Forty participants joined JSU Field Schools coordinator, Renee Morrison, and volunteers (Chris Raney, Don Coley, Jimmy Jimmerson, Joan Alexander, and Jamie Morrison) for a paddle tour of Terrapin Creek on Saturday May 6th.  The Field School maintained its 100% safety record. However, many folks enjoyed the cool refreshing creek water as their canoes tipped over.

Volunteer Joan Alexander taught an impromptu beginner class while Chris Raney laughingly explained that a gallon of water weighs 8 pounds as he helped empty each vessel of some 40 gallons of water.  Fortunately the day was warm, sunny and beautiful . . . so a dip in the creek was an enjoyable experience.

“Not one kayak turned over . . . almost EVERY canoe flipped at least once,” explains Renee Morrison. 

Most of the participants will take her advice next trip and choose kayaks over the canoes. Renee also explains that the Field School has many interesting stories that result from their unique programs. For example, the lovely couple in the yellow kayaks (Marshall East & Mary Clark East) met at the 2005 Paddle Clinic, fell in love and were married last month. Where did they honeymoon? Terrapin Creek, of course!

If you missed this trip, you can join the Field School on one of their upcoming programs: Nationally Recognized Essentials of River Safety Paddle Clinic (August 19) or the Nine Mile Autumn Paddle Trip ending in a dinner at Creek Side Restaurant (September 23).  Please pre-register quickly . . . these programs fill months in advance. 

If you would like to arrange your own paddling trip, you may contact Terrapin Outdoor Center & Outfitters (Mike Warren) at 256- 447-6666 (mention JSU Field Schools when you call) or visit their website at

For more information, call Renee Morrison at 256-782-5697.

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