Monday, August 25, 2008
Delaware River in August...
Two tandem canoes on an unseasonably perfect August weekend. We paddled Bushkill to Smithfield Beach and shared the river with quite of few other paddlers, almost all in livery kayaks and canoes.
We didn't need to share the river with the Jet Skiers...they are not allowed anywhere upstream of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area and that is a beautiful thing.
Had the unusual experience of witnessing two inebriated canoers be "assisted" by NPS Rangers after they rolled over their heavily loaded canoe for no apparent reason. Apparently they were heavily loaded too, for we later learned they were charged with charged with DUI's, and indeed we saw one of the rangers bring the red livery canoe downriver on his motorboat - absent the pickled paddlers.
We had an uneventful trip, but it was a swell day on the river, and it was great to see so many people enjoying the river, many campers and many more paddlers. And no jet skis makes the 2 hour drive all the more worth it. How to get them banned on the rest of the river?