Paddling Down the Chattahoochee

David Hanson (Photo by Larry Gierer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

David Hanson (Photo by Larry Gierer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

David Hanson, a 2000 graduate and an all-conference shortstop for the Generals’ baseball team, likes to get to the source of things. That, at least, is what David told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer about his decision to paddle a canoe down the Chattahoochee River from Helen, Ga., in the northern part of the state to Florida’s Apalachicola Bay, which he hopes to reach by December. According to the newspaper report, this journey has always been one of his dreams, and his canoe is named Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. An English major at W&L, David grew up in Atlanta and attended Pace Academy there. The Chattahoochee winds through Atlanta and its suburbs. As David told the Ledger-Enquirer: “This is a personal trip for me. This was the first river I ever knew. It has been the source of my drinking water most my life. I liked to get to the source of things.”

2 Responses to “Paddling Down the Chattahoochee”

  1. 1 Jimmy Santiago October 31, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Happy that you got to stop at George Andrews Lock and Dam and visit with me for a while. I wish you the very best and a safe journey to the Appalachicola Bay. It was great to meet you. Good luck and God speed!

  2. 2 Suzanne Noonan October 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Dear David,

    Have a great trip! My daddy and friends regularly motored(middle-age transportation) down the Chattahoochee to Apalachicola in the 50’s and 60’s. They did shorter Boy Scout canoe trips. They, too, loved the river. Joe and Monica Cook wrote an account of their Chattahoochee canoe journey called -River Song – Copyright 2000 (University of Alabama Press).

    Take care.


    Suzanne Noonan
    Born and raised on the Chattahoochee at Columbus.

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