Last weekend I went to the new Holtwood Whitewater Park in PA on the Susquehanna River. A big thank you to Jeremy for reaching out to me about making the trip down. If it wasn’t for him I would of stayed home and cleaned the garage or something horrible like that.
As I expected, the annual Moosefest near Old Forge, NY was a treat. The weather was bitterly cold, and it snowed both days, which just added to the fun of the whole event. There was certainly no question as to whether it was drysuit time. Both Saturday and Sunday I bundled up under my drysuit and zipped up. The resulting cold hands and face were well worth the incredible whitewater.
As a paddler, once the spring runoff has dried up and the creeks stop running, I start looking forward to fall. Many of the dam controlled creeks in the northeast have scheduled releases in the fall and many also coincide with festivals. Every year the fall creek season kicks off with Beaverfest, a 3 day creek festival in New York. There are three sections of the Beaver all offering a little different challenge and the Raquette also releases this weekend.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.