For those looking to escape the University of West Florida and paddle down the Blackwater River for the weekend, they might just run into 12 fellow Argonauts on the water.
UWF Outdoor Adventures is hosting an all-day canoeing trip at the Blackwater River State Park in Milton. The excursion will take place on March 30.
Adrienne Dahlberg, graduate assistant to Outdoor Adventures, said the group visits Blackwater River often.
“This is a river we have been down multiple times and is a really nice length for a day trip,” Dahlberg said in an email.
The park was created to protect the waters of the river, according to the Florida State Parks website. The last two miles of the river are part of the canoe trail that the group will travel across.
Semester canoeing trips are a favorite among the UWF community and Outdoor Adventures staff.
“This is our most popular trip,” said Shaun Boren, assistant director of Outdoor Adventures. “It’s one of my personal favorite things to do.”
The canoe trip will be more about leisure than adventure and expert canoeing Boren said. No experience is necessary and people learn how to canoe on these trips he said.
Spaces for the day trip cost $15 each, including transportation, canoeing gear and coolers for lunches. A picnic lunch is a part of the schedule.
Though this month’s trip is fully booked, there will be more off-campus excursions sponsored by Outdoor Adventures. The canoe trips take place at least twice a year.
“We host these day canoe trips about once a semester, sometimes more in the warmer months,” Dahlberg said.
For more information on upcoming Outdoor Adventures events, contact the organization at 850-474-2061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.