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Juniata Journey: Raystown Rendezvous!

The Formal Report:            (For the full story and more photos: click here!)

Photos!

Thursday, May 16, 2002

50 people participated in our kick-off event festivities.  This consisted of a tour of the Bedford Historic District @ 3:30, our full-weeker's shuttle service, plus a live band at Fort Bedford Park from 7 until dark.  Approximately 30 of the 50 people were Sojourn participants.    Bedford County Commissioner Dick Rice presented a proclamation.  Len Lichvar from Southern Alleghenies Conservancy spoke about the Raystown Water Trail and Southern Alleghenies Conservancy's projects throughout the region.  Charlie Hoyer spoke on behalf of the Audubon Society - Pennsylvania Chapter.  

JCWP presenting gift to Lloyd Dell, Chair of the 

Raystown/Huntingdon & Broad Top Partnership

 

                                                                                                                             

Friday, May 17, 2002

51 people launched their canoes into the water of the Raystown Branch in Bedford, PA.  For lunch, Sojourners were greeted at the Juniata Woolen Mill for a quick break and a tour of the Mill.  Around 3:30 p.m. Sojourners arrived at the Everett Dikes.  People had their choice of a tour of the Everett Railroad Station or relax until dinner.  The Everett Church of the Brethren provided an amazing dinner and the rest of the night consisted of games and conversation in the rain. 

 

Sojourners before launching, Friday Morning: Burkett Motors, Bedford, PA

   

Saturday, May 18, 2002

66 people put their canoes in the fast flowing water.  Approximately two inches of rain overnight.  The safety guides talked to the group about the challenges of rising water levels and 9 people decided not to enter the water.  The rest of the group made their way downstream until we reached the Juniata Crossings Lodge near Breezewood, PA.  After lunch and a quick break we were safely guided around a large standing wave and on to our destination – Woy Bridge Campground.  The hot showers provided by this facility made many of our cold, wet campers extremely happy!  Dinner was held around the campfire and a program on Bats was provided by Lincoln Caverns. 

 

Sunday, May 19, 2002

59 people finished up the weekend activities.  About half the group participated in a church service offered in the morning, while the rest prepared for their trip ahead.  Canoe and kayakers headed for their lunch spot at Ritchey Bridge.  The water was moving fast and many people had difficulty finding easy take-out spots.  Fortunately, our land crew was very helpful in getting people to shore safely.  We ate a hearty warm lunch and listened to a interesting program on the reintroduction of the PA river otter by Tom Serfass of Frostburg University.  Since river otters were introduced to parts of the Raystown Branch earlier in the spring, this was a fun presentation for the locals.  After lunch, we headed for Cypher Beach where we took out and shuttled back to Woy Bridge Campground for one more night of warm showers.  Tonight was “wild game night” and our meal consisted of turkey, deer, and pheasant.  Later,  we were serenaded by the campground owner’s son around the campfire.  

 

Monday, May 20, 2002

67 people shuttled back to Cypher Beach to get their canoes and kayaks and head out toward Hopewell, PA.  We pointed out the Cooper Superfund Site as we floated by and pulled out in Hopewell for lunch and programs by the Shoups Run Watershed Association, Ron Morgan (local historian), and members of the Hopewell Foundry gave us a tour.  We then paddled to Warriors Path State Park where we set up camp.  For dinner, everyone was shuttled a few miles away for a fish fry hosted by the Raystown Stripers Club and a Contra Dance was held at that pavilion.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2023

48 people paddled on the last day as we made our way from Warriors Path State Park to Heritage Cove Resort.  High water continued through this day making the remains of an old dam challenging for beginning paddlers.  The safety guides helped everyone over or around the dam as we floated the rest of the way to Heritage Cove for a pizza party.  To end our sojourn, Ann Devine from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission presented the JCWP an award for supporting Watershed Awareness Month and Marion Huber from the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network said a few words about the water trail designation.   

     Betsy and Allan Quant of Canoe Susquehanna 

           receiving Safety Award from Dan Pryor