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Paddlers continue to rave about their wonderfully varied, enjoyable experiences at the October 4-6, 2013 Hidden Coast Paddling Festival here in Cedar Key.  Among the pictures e mailed to the Cedar Key News for sharing were the following ones sent by Liz Sparks.

 

 

Liz is the Paddling Trail Coordinator in the Office of Greenways and Trails in the Division of Recreation and Parks in Tallahassee.  Part photographer, part volunteer, and dedicated kayaker, Liz was one of the six key creators, organizers, and implementers of the Festival. 

 

 

ISLAND HOTEL: Saturday’s evening reception at the Island Hotel featured endless, exquisitely served, delicious hors d oeuvres in the hotel’s beautiful garden patio - Carol McQueen, Executive Director of the Levy County Visitors Bureau welcomes paddlers

 

 

SUNRISE:  The sun spectacularly rises over Old Fenimore Mill Condominiums

 

 

SUNRISE:  The rising sun at Old Fenimore Mill becomes even lovelier

 

 

DENNIS CREEK:  After better than a mile into their trek, paddlers drank milk, ate doughnuts, and  examined their position within the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

 

DENNIS CREEK:  Paddle Leader Steve Conoyer (left), Cedar Key locals Frank Offerle and Lannie Cardona, and paddle participants, some of which came from as far away as Wisconsin, posed for a snapshot before they returned to their full 4.1 mile jaunt along Dennis Creek to the Gulf and back.

  

SHELL MOUND PADDLE:  Understanding how kayaking can cramp paddlers, Paddle Leader Liz Sparks invited her participants to perform yoga stretches on this beautiful beach under clear, perfect blue skies.  

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