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Getting started

Posted by on September 19, 2012

Okay, I’m new to blogging, so don’t set your expectations too high.  I will be adding content about my sabbatical river research project over the next several days, so please check back.  As I get underway, I have great intentions to write every night that I am not on the river monitoring the fluorometer and taking other measurements.  You know what they say about great intentions; we’ll see how that goes.

I have been working for several months now preparing for the trip, reaching a fever-pitch these last couple of weeks.  I feel like I am getting everything done, which means I am probably forgetting something.  Anticipating that, I have built a couple of slack days into the end of the first week.  This will be after I reach and paddle down Lake Lanier.  Since the rhodamine WT dye that I will be tracking will disperse in Lake Lanier, I will have to re-dose the river just below Buford Dam.  This will, in fact, happen at every reservoir, which will give me the only opportunity to catch my breath that I anticipate.

The adventure begins at civil twilight (0658) Saturday morning, September 22, 2012 at the intersection of GA 180 and GA 180 Spur.  From there, I and a few supporters will hike 2.5 miles to Jack’s Gap on the Appalachian Trail and then down the other side to the small spring that is the source of the Chattahoochee River.  I will conduct water tests, introduce an invisible, fluorescent dye, and then take off alone tracking and testing that water to the Gulf of Mexico.

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