Sloane and I took a trip to the Adirondacks at the beginning of September to attend an amazing wedding with some friends from Sloane's college. Although we were too early for any fall colors and the sun hid from us most of the time, the Daks still offered up some incredible scenery.
I was lucky enough to paddle everyday we were up in the Adirondacks. I got some paddle boarding in at the Genovese's camp on Friday when we arrived. On Saturday I demoed a sea kayak at an outfitter on Fourth Lake after our morning hike, paddled a kayak around the lakefront of PAOWNYC before the ceremony, and paddled the communal canoe after a hike into Sis Lake on Sunday before heading back south. The following weekend I made my way to western Maryland to paddle the Upper Yough on Friday before heading to West By God Virginia for the East coasts biggest paddling party - Gauley Fest.
After an excellent run down the Upper Yough, Dave, Nate and I got on the road and drove 2.5 more hours south to the Gauley river, in Summersville, WV. On Saturday the three of us made our way down the lower section at a snails pace, surfing all the goodness that is the lower Gualey and briefly paddling with lots of folks we know.
We had an excellent day on the lower Gualey, and after a long night of eating and drinking we were up early for a trip down the much more intense upper section. It was my first time in a kayak, as well as Nate's - so we opted to leave the photography gear on dry land. I'll have to wait until next year for some footage of Pillow and Iron ring rapids. Thanks to the incredible river knowledge of Dan and Ethan Gore, both of us had great runs, with zero swims. Dave was a different story, that fella owes a few booty beers..... We were off the river and back to our cars by 3 ish, I stashed my wet soggy gear in the VW, said goodbye to the crew and started the 5.5 hour drive back to reality.