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It's Gauley Season... whitewater rafting heaven!!!

It's that time of year again folks. The Gauley River in West Virginia has long been regarded as one of the country's baddest ass whitewater trips. The Upper Gauley is home to some of the fiercest whitewater rafting anywhere around and we'll be on it next week!

Mississipi River Kayak Trip postponed! :(

Our Mississippi River Kayak trip is back on for 2007. After several delays and two summers, this trip is now scheduled for late May 2007. The budget is set, the funds are there, and the kayak is the only thing left to build. My plan is to leave sometime around the end of May, and spend 60-80 days on the river. I predict there will still be quite a large amount of cleanup in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina and along the mouth of the Mississippi River Delta. It might be a sight to see. Wanna go along?

Groovy Adventures: Springtime Features

Congaree Swamp National Monument

Congaree Swamp National Park

The newest national park has always been a centurys-old national treasure.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway: Linn Cove Viaduct

Blue Ridge Parkway

See what truly makes this America's #1 motor road. The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders 480 miles on the crest of the Appalachians Blue Ridge.

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Homasassa Springs

Homasassa Springs

An amazing safe winter haven for the Florida Manatee, Homasassa takes you deep into a natural Florida spring.

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Previous Adventure Articles

Isla Guadalupe-Mexico’s Great White Sharks

This season Absolute Adventures-Shark Diver (www.sharkdiver.com) introduced 144 excited divers to the wild world of white sharks during our 8-week shark season. What we encountered there on our first expedition was nothing short of spectacular and began with an extraordinary introduction to one very wild great white that we quickly named “Shredder”.
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2004 River Kayaking Adventure Trips

2004 is a busy year for kayaking & camping! We've got a long list of rivers, lakes, & other destinations to paddle! Whitewater, touring, canoe, who knows, maybe even a blow up pink sofa adventure down some good waterfalls. In addition to the Mississippi & French Broad River adventure trips, we've got a bunch of shorter river stretches lined up, including the Davidson, Toe, Pigeon, Nantahala, Nolichucky, Tuckasegee, Green, and more!

Spring along the Blue Ridge Parkway

This year, we will try to hike every trail & visit every attraction along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I'll do my best to have a complete write up and recommendation for everything, but we can sure use a helping hand! If you have hiked any of the Parkway's trails, please let me know if you'd be interested in filling out a trail report to share with everyone :) The trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway are perfect for those not looking for some extreme bungee jumping or para gliding adventure. Click here for more info >>

French Broad River Kayak Adventure Trip 2004

We started our efforts to kayak every mile of the French Broad River last weekend. The French Broad River, for those who don't know, is the 3rd oldest river in the world! Of course, I can't find any info on how old exactly that is, but sounds pretty old. This is a very calm river, and atleast the entire river pre-Asheville is easily canoed or kayaked by paddlers of any skill level. Click here for more info on our French Broad River adventure! >>

Congaree Swamp National Park, SC Kayaking & Camping

On November 10, 2003 The Congaree Swamp became our nations newest national park, being upgraded from its former national monument status. This new park, located in central South Carolina, protects 22,000 acres of the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. We have a fun kayaking adventure planned for Congaree Swamp this month! We plan to spend a full weekend in Congaree, kayaking as many of the rivers including the Congaree River. We will also be camping in the backcountry! If anyone is interested, please email me, Don't forget the bug spray!

Dark Sky Astronomy Adventure

Just want to give a special thanks to John & Joe with the Astronomy Club of Asheville for putting up with me into the wee hours of the morning! They showed me Jupiter & the moons, the rings of Saturn, Whirlpool Galaxy, M42 Nebula, Crab Nebula, a bunch of clusters, globular clusters, and so much more! For anyone that has never given the night sky much thought... grab a pair of binoculars, you can see alot! It's a totally different ballgame even with a set of binocs! Point it toward Jupiter and you can make out one or two of Jupiter's Moons! Point it toward the belt of Orion, and BOOM the fuzzy area is the Nubula M42! I strongly urge everyone to join your local astronomy club if you've never seen these types of things in real life! Pictures of the planets on the web don't do any justice whatsoever. You thought Grand Canyon took your breath away? Wait till you see this...

Mississippi River Adventure MapFlorida Keys via Mississippi River 2004 2006!

Our trip down the Mississippi has been postponed a bit, but with the extra time we will make it extra special :) We plan to construct a kayak for the trip.

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5 Oldest & Longest River Adventures!

What's up everyone :) Groovy Adventures is attempting to kayak and canoe the 5 oldest & and the 5 longest rivers in the world. Long term adventure! Sound interested? If you have any info that you believe would help, or would like to help sponsor our trips, please let me know!

Longest Rivers

Country

Miles

Kilometers

Nile River Egypt 4,145 6,670
Amazon River Brazil 4,000 6,404
Chang Kiang - Yangtze China 3,964 6,378
Mississippi - Missouri
(river system)
U.S. 3,740 6,021
Yenisei - Angara
(river system)
Russia 3,442 5,540

Oldest Rivers

Country

Miles

Kilometers

Nile Egypt 4,145 6,670
New River U.S. 250 402
French Broad River U.S. 210 338
Ganges River India 1,560 2,510
Indus (Sindhu) River India/Pakistan 1,242 2000

I'm not 100% sure about this list. If anyone knows the answers please let me know. Some of these might not be kayakable... does anyone know for certain? Know of anyone who has completed any of these before? Anyone that attempted? My searching hasn't turned up doodoosquat. If anyone knows, please email me!!! This will be one heck of an exciting adventure!

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