2019 Moonlight Spider Lily Paddle Recap

On Saturday May 17, CRF led our first nighttime spider lily tour. Under a full moon, 19 members led by 3 staff and joined by Ranger Nathan Green floated through the world’s largest colony of the rocky shoals spider lilies!

Members started the event at dusk with a walking tour and history of the locks by Ranger Green. After attaching glow sticks, our fleet launched and the light faded. Just as we came around Culp Island the moon peeked over the tree line. In the relative darkness, the lilies took on a distinctly more wild look and several paddlers commented it felt as though we were paddling through a jungle. The normally mellow run was peppered with rushes of adrenaline as we discovered hidden rocks in the low light conditions. Overall it was a fantastic event and we hope to repeat something similar next year.

Special thanks to our safety boaters Stuart Wine and Paul McSwain and to the Rangers for letting us explore this beautiful park after hours.

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