Category: All-Time Favorites


Just introduced the Big E to kayaking in The Alleghenies and I think he’s going to become a regular. We rented a boat at Tussey Mountain Outfitters and made his first launch at Sayers Dam in Bald Eagle State Park. We spent the day cruising the shoreline and watching Osprey fish. We also hit Black Moshannon – which is another great paddling experience through the lily pads. Lots of great wildlife too. If you know Big E, you know he isn’t exactly a camper, so we stayed in State College, which is a great town for places to eat. Something he likes most of all. Besides great paddling, this place is a haven for flyfishermen and we saw plenty of them heading for nearby Spring Creek. I’m going to have to try that someday. Another hobby. Tina will be thrilled.

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Moonlight Paddle

Tiger Lily

The bright orange blossoms of the Tiger Lily add color to the banks of the Juniata.

I read a book once by Dennis McIlnay called Juniata River of Sorrows. It’s a collection of stories about Indian attacks, frontiersmen, mysteries and tragedies along Pennsylvania’s Juniata River. But for me, this river has been nothing but a good time. And being on the water in early summer is my favorite — the banks blast into color with blooming Mountain Laurel (the state flower) and Tiger Lily. Today I took a trip with Chooch and Fat Jack and put in along the Lower Trail — a rails-to-trail bike path busy with bikers out enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. After the take out, we dropped in at nearby Canoe Creek State Park for a paddle that lasted long after sunset — just us and the moon left on the water paddling to the sound of a distant owl.