With 45 to 50 boats every day, and many return paddlers, the Sojourn had a spirit of a reunion this year. Our entourage included people from Ohio, West Virgina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. We paddled about 41 miles of river between Johnstown and Apollo, visiting the Canal Days celebration in Saltsburg on the way. The weather was poor the first day, but it brought the river came up for the second day to just the right level of excitement in Packsaddle Gap, which was beautiful and fun. The skies were great for the rest of the trip.
We enjoyed an informative lecture “Magic of Water Science” by St Francis University professor James Eckenrode and student Nicole Himes. One participant from New Jersey commented on how beautiful the river was and how well the trip was organized, promising she would be back again.