Friday June 6
Day 1, Saturday June 7:
Day 2, Sunday June 8:
As they paddled from Port Clinton to Muhlenberg Township, sojourners had a rare opportunity to create a formation for an aerial photo (above). This stunning photograph was taken by our board member Ted Danforth and the formation was organized by our board President Carl Raring. It captures the beauty of the river and the amazing, colorful effect created by 100 kayaks. At lunch, Haley Sheeler, long popular with sojourners, entertained with her original music, and we were fortunate to have Glenn Wenrich of the Berks County Heritage Center speak about the Schuylkill Canal. Sojourners then paddled to the beautiful Jim Dietrich Park, in Muhlenberg Twp., where they set up camp (below) and heard an informative presentation about paddling from Sojourn Outfitter Doug Chapman, owner of Take it Outdoors Adventure Group.
Day 3, Monday June 9:
|Crazy Hat Day|
Day 4, Tuesday June 10:
Sojourners paddled from Gibraltar to Pottstown. They lunched at Morlatton Village, where they heard a presentationabout the restoration of Fricks Lock Village, a former canal town. Afterward paddlers got back on the water and spotted a bald eagle as they traveled to Pottstown's Riverfront Park. There, Secretary of DCNR Ellen Ferretti read a proclamation recognizing the Schuylkill as PA's River of the Year. Other speakers included a representative from State Rep. Mark Painter's office, Chester County Commissioner Terrance Farrell, and a panel of watershed partners who spoke about their efforts to clean and protect the Schuylkill and its tributaries.
Day 5, Wednesday June 11:
rare opportunity to lock through the restored Lock 60, the only operating lock remaining of the former Schuylkill Navigation System. At lunch they were
welcomed at Royersford's Victory Park with a cake. From there, they were accompanied to Lock 60 by several Montgomery County officials including Commissioner Leslie Richards and Planning Director Jody Horton. The evening was highlighted by an enthusiastic presentation from the Norristown Dragon Boat Club.
Day 6, Thursday June 12:
Day 7, Friday June 13:The 16th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn ended as always at Boathouse Row. Paddlers stopped for lunch at the historic Philadelphia Canoe Club before finishing their journey at Lloyd Hall. Overall, we had 64 people make the full trip, 100 kayaks (the most allowed) on the water every day except Thursday and Friday (86 & 95), and paddlers from 10 states and France attending. Many of our participants return year after year. They tell us they can't wait for the 17th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn!
|Sojourn under the Manayunk Bridge by Ted Danforth|