On Saturday, August 13th, quite a few of us intreprid souls met at the Water Gap….we first convoyed up to Worthington State Park a few miles (and that one darn 3 minute stoplight), spent a while unloading, convoyed down to Belvidere.
As usual, Martha and I were the last to arrive….early mornings just are not a forte. Sorry folks.
Despite the early start it was after 11 before we hit the water….we started in beautiful weather but it quickly clouded up.
Approaching the Water Gap we approached the noise that was to be with us for the better part of the trip. The gap is, of course, spectacular, but the interstate highway the runs though it is not….
To start things off they are taking the lead paint off the I-80 bridge, so we entered with the gap with the smell of solvents.
At an island below the gap some search and rescue folks were doing some sort of a training exercise. Lori went over there to check out a Great Blue Heron and when she finally understood that they did not want her to come down on there side of the island she was unable to get out of the main current (see http://www.nfb.ca/film/path_of_the_paddle_solo_basic/ for some quick instruction on how to ferry across a current ) so she finally went down river and across their rope…
A leisurely lunch followed, with Lori having disappeared downstream. I used her disappearance as chance to explore the other side of the islands, but she was waiting for us a the pull out with cookies.
A brief shower at the end of the trip and I guess some of them headed off for Pizza.