Student Paddlers Beat Rain, Sort Of…


Photos and story by Rick Hiduk

With the Susquehanna River running too high for participants in the annual Youth Heritage Sojourn sponsored by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR) to set in for a much-anticipated paddle, organizers of the event opted instead for a paddle of Lake Carey in upper Wyoming County today.

Youths were shuttle to the lower end of Lake Carey from Camp Lackawanna at Vosburg Neck, which serves as home base for the three day adventure. They were met by local resident Dick Daniels, who shared some history about the lake, the Wyoming County Commissioners and Wyoming County planner Lynnelle Farber.

The idea was to get participants on the water before it began to rain, at which they succeed. Showers caught up with the entourage as they reached the causeway and paddled under the bridge to the upper part of the lake. The water was calm, but higher than normal. The paddlers enjoyed bag lunches from Ardees Foodrinkery after their time on the lake.

The youth sojourn is coordinated primarily by Keith Brown, a Towanda High School teacher and owner of Endless Mountains Outfitters in Sugar Run. Assisting him are EMHR water trail manager Emily Rinaldi and other adult volunteers.

EMHR’s youth sojourns are made possible through grant funding from the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR).


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