By Georgia Ackerman
April 26, 2021–Eco-educational outings offer a fun, memorable experience with the guidance of skilled volunteers. Last night’s sunset-full moon trip on Scipio Creek was no exception.
I was reminded that about a decade ago, former Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire swayed me to enlist as an outings volunteer at Apalachicola Riverkeeper. At the time, the “First Saturday Paddle,” was AR’s monthly donation-based kayaking trip. In fact, I remember the first trip I went on with long-time volunteer David Morse leading. We had a delightful time twisting through Graham Creek with visitors from several different US states and Canada.
Dan told me being an outings volunteer would be a great way to explore the Apalachicola River Basin, learn more about the river and meet good people. Indeed, he was right. Years later, now on staff with Apalachicola Riverkeeper, I fully appreciate both the outings volunteers and the folks that come to experience a stretch of river, creek or trail with us.
Last night on Scipio Creek, Dodie and John Alber kept the group safe and having fun while we lost count of jumping mullet and kept watch for manatee cues. The setting sun silhouetted boats and building as we circled back from Turtle Lake (also called Turtle Harbor) following the moon to the Apalachicola Bay. Check out more photos here.
Incidentally, this was the first of only two supermoons of 2021. It’s called a Pink Moon, but not because of its color. According to NASA, the April moon got its name after the herb pink moss, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox or mountain phlox, which is one of the earliest spring flowers appearing in the United States.
Georgia Ackerman is Riverkeeper and Executive Director at Apalachicola Riverkeeper. She can be reached at [email protected]