Friday, June 20, 2014

Summertime and the living's easy...

Ohiopyle Trading Post and River Tours is in full sumertime swing as we approach the first official day of Summer (June 21st).  We've had multiple days reaching the mid to high 80's, but with the Lower Yough water temperature sticking around 65 degrees, taking one of our Fully Guided or Guide Escorted rafting tours is a great way to ward off the oppressive heat.  Not only is the water nice and cool, but late day thunderstorms have kept the Yough at slightly above average flows. 

We have been running multiple trips daily on the Lower Yough with some of our seasoned veterans returning for their yearly rafting trips.  Summer's Best Two Weeks had their first 3 trips of the year with us.  This camp, based out of Boswell, PA, brings campers to the Lower Yough as a guide escorted trip every two weeks throughout the season.  Their trips are usually the first ones on the river, with an early morning launch time of 9:30, and are hitting the take-out around noon so campers can pursue an afternoon of activities.  

This past week, we also held our annual Nemacolin Woodlands Adventure Center staff trip on the Lower Yough.  Their staff shows up whenever they can close down the Adventure Center and we run an express Fully Guided trip down the Lower Yough, stopping only at Jump Rock to cool off.

The first day of Summer will also be the start of Saturday releases on the Upper Yough.  Up until this point, Deep Creek has been releasing water Mondays, Fridays and only certain Saturdays, tomorrow will start the releases on every Saturday from now until September.  These Saturday trips fill up quick, with us only allocated 21 rafters per given release, so make your reservations early for your Class V rafting trip. 

With all the great happenings in Ohiopyle, the town is suffering a great lost to the rafting community.  Donald "The Booster" Harshyne passed away at the beginning of the month.  Bo was a living legend in Ohiopyle, guiding for 32 years on the Yough, Cheat, Gauley, and Russell Fork rivers.  He was a staple member of our Upper Yough staff, helped out on busy days around the base, and ran the Lower Yough when needed.  He will be greatly missed by our staff, and the whole Ohiopyle community. 
The Booster

"Paddle High-five, Wow-Wow, Buddy"

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