1. You don't have to be an expert paddler: Sure, we recommend you have some paddling experience, but beginners have done the trip without a hitch. Safety guides are there to help you, and most sojourners will give you tips if they think you could use a hand. Trust me, I'm a beginner and I benefit from expert advice every year.
2. You can do it alone: Don't have a paddling pal who can accompany you? No worries. There are usually anywhere from 70-100 paddlers on the water each day, and they are all moving along beside you. After a day of paddling you will have made at least one new friend and possibly a whole river full.
3. You don't have to do the whole trip: Not sure if you'll like it? Just sign up for one or two days. Chances are, you'll be back for more next year.
4. We take care of everything: First time sojourners often comment on how well organized the event is. All you do is show up with your kayak and gear. We lead the way, provide water and Gatorade at rest stops, give you three meals a day, arrange for entertaining and educational programs at lunch and dinner stops, transport your gear, shuttle you back to your car and provide a place for you to camp. Seriously, you don't have to do a thing. (Well, you do have to paddle.)
6. It's the perfect opportunity to try something new: Even if you paddle on the river all the time, chances are you haven't paddled the whole thing. This is the perfect chance to try a piece of it you've never experienced before. My recommendation? Sign up for the Wednesday paddle from Pottstown to Mont Clare, so you can float through a remnant of the Schuylkill Canal, and through the restored Lock 60. Or how about Friday, the final day of the sojourn, which takes you into Boathouse Row?
|Betsy Quant of Canoe Susquehanna|
8. The food is great: We don't just give you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and a hot dog for dinner. We partner up with other non-profits who provide hearty meals at each stop. Sojourners rave about the food.
10. You'll have a wonderful time: If you only do one or two days of the sojourn, I recommend choosing a mid-week day. That way, you'll be out on the water, paddling under a blue sky, surrounded by beauty and enjoying the company of other paddlers. Meanwhile, your co-workers will be at work. This is a good feeling. Trust me, I've done it.