Sunday, July 06, 2008

Exploring the Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic River

My son Aki was with me to visit the grandparents in upstate New York and we decided to take a day and explore the Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic River.

We drove down to Hancock, a little over an hour south from my hometown and worked our way down the river to Soaring Eagle Campground where we parked our car and arranged for a canoe rental and shuttle up to the put-in at the Lordville Bridge.

Looking downstream on the Upper Delaware. The section from Lordville to Kellams that we paddled is relatively calm. Despite the placid nature of the river surface, you could look down to the bottom of the river and see that the current carried us along at a good pace. Aki was able to see some fish in the exceptionally clear water.

Aki paddling down the Delaware River.

Approaching one of the riffles on this section.

Aki is just learning to fish and we took our poles along but didn't have much luck.

Aki waiting patiently with his fly rod.

A highlight of the trip for Aki was all the creatures we found along the margins of the river along with the bird life which included a bald eagle siting. Here Aki holds a baby snapping turtle on the end of his paddle blade.

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