|USGS River Gauge of Lower Youghiogheny|
Saturday saw more reasonable levels in the 8-8.5 foot range. Our trainees took to the water at 8:30 AM to get an early morning run in before our guests arrive. Everyone was anxious to get on the water to see what the Lower Yough actually looks like at these levels. Jeremy took them out and had a great day, running smooth lines and not dropping a single person in the river.
On Saturday afternoon, we had about fifty guests check-in for our Lower Yough Fully Guided tour, ready to challenge the river at these extremely high flows. Most of our guests had previous rafting experience but were totally impressed by the high volume of water. There were definitely some unexpected swims, but all were gathered up very quick and back in their boats before they could get too far downstream.
|Fearless Trip Leader Joel, leading the pack, and busting waves.|
|Small boats + Big water =Big HITS|
This past weekend's weather was not the best, with cooler temps moving through the area on Saturday and Sunday. Word on the trail is that the cooler temperatures make a much more enjoyable bicycle ride, and the threat of rain keeps traffic down. We have also heard that the town of Confluence now has all of it's restaurants and attractions open, or at least will be for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The ride on the Great Allegheny Passage is about an 11 mile bicycle ride from Ohiopyle to downtown Confluence. Once in Confluence, most folks enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants, do a little sight-seeing and then return back to Ohiopyle. Of course, once they return to Ohiopyle everyone loves to cool off with a scoop or two of our Hershey's Premium Hand Dipped Ice Cream.
The upcoming holiday weekend is starting to pick-up but we still have plenty of space available on our Lower Yough rafting trips, Upper Yough rafting trips, Middle Yough raft rentals and have our fleet of over 85 Trek and Gary Fisher bicycles all tuned up and ready to go.
We hope to see you this weekend!