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A photo of William Young paddling the entire length of the Etowah River.

Homegrown adventurer will tell tall tales at May 16 Historical Society meeting

Much like a scruffier 80-plus-year-old Ken doll, the next speaker for the Historical Society’s Drinking and History, comes with a variety of outfits.

There is canoeing William Young, who took a canoe from Swan Bridge in Pickens County all the way to the gulf of Mexico in the early 1970s. 

At age 77, he canoed from Dahlonega to Rome, roughly 150 miles.

There is caving and rappelling William. A man who still takes on multi-hour caving trips that involve both ascending and descending deep columns across the southeast. He also cleans garbage from Amicalola Falls by rappelling down and picking up litter along the way.

And there is motorcycling William who went with his wife Sharon all the way across the country to celebrate retirement in 2012. At that time a Progress article quoted him, “This retirement thing isn’t so bad after all. You choose your rocking chair, I’ll choose mine.”

 There are a bunch of other William models out there as well. Bicycling William; a BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia) rider. And there is writer William who has lead the Sassafras Literay Society for decades.

Come find out all about him and his adventures May 16th at 7 p.m. at Pendley Creek Brewing, Main Street, Jasper, as part of the Historical Society’s Drinking and History Series. The talk is free.

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