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Morgan and the gang out for a great day on the water. No boat? No problem!

Read about Heritage Cove Resort on another blog and thought I would check it out with the extended family for our weekend getaway. It’s a great location right at the mouth of the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River with more than a mile of no-wake zone perfect for paddling without dodging the water skiers and motorboats out on Raystown Lake. We got some great shots of herons and ducks and even saw some eagles soaring over the water. Mom wanted to stay in a comfortable cabin, but there’s also a campground for tents and RVs. Nice folks. Great spot.


Time To Get All Artsy

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings out the best. This guy was great.

Tina and I love a good arts festival and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College is one of our favorites for fine arts and crafts, and great musical performances. We’ve made it a regular stop every July and introduced lots of friends to all there is to see and do. The setting is great, people are friendly and the atmosphere is laid back. This year’s festival is July 8-11th.

Weekend Warriors

Anyone up for renting a houseboat and kayaks at Seven Points Marina for a weekend trip?

Spent the weekend with Scoot and Egghead paddling some of our favorite spots in The Alleghenies. We hit Trough Creek – which is a good time after a heavy rain and ended up making basecamp at site 29. From there we hit Whipple Dam State Park and Greenwood Furnace. Then a big day on Raystown Lake where we paddled and fished for small mouth. Didn’t catch much, but had a great time cruising the big lake. Lots of folks do this one by houseboat – could be fun with Tina and Morgan.

Cool Float

Touring America’s only all-water cavern.

We usually like to do our own paddling, but today we let the tour guides do the work on a trip through Penn’s Cave. After the one-hour float through “America’s only all-water cavern & wildlife park”, we checked out the mountain lions, wolves, deer, elk, bison and Texas Longhorn calves in the wildlife park.

Took Morgan and Tina for a paddle on the Juniata River and ended up in an episode of Wild Kingdom. We loaded up with fishing gear, cameras and lunch and put in at victory Park, where we watched river otters playing along the bank.Tina got some great shots of egrets, great blue herons and a turtle family, but her best was near Mifflintown where huge eagle nests fill the trees and a pair of eagles put on a show for her camera. Morgan and I just paddled along and did some bass fishing. Morgan = 6. Dad = 2. We had a shore lunch at Muskrat Springs picnic area and ended at the Walker Access Area, where a livery service got us back to our car in Lewistown. Another great day on the water.