Hey guys, just thought I’d catch you up on what some of the staff does around here for fun on their days off. Ian, Liz, and I rallied up to The West Branch of the Penobscot for a few days of kayaking and camping. Known for its dependable class IV White Water this has been an annual trip for my friends and I for years. This is the first year I had dragged Ian and Liz along though. In fact, it’s only second time Ian had really paddled any significant white water (ok, any white water).
We met another boater along the way on route 95 (Ben has been helping me with some Lyndon State Courses I teach) and spread out the load of gear for the long haul. We were actually headed for the Seboomook section first (7 hours from home) so that everyone could see this really cool “pool drop” section of the river. Only two miles long, it was a great stretch of river to get everyone warmed up for the big stuff we would hit the next day. The Seboomook is about 12 different rapids all at a class III difficulty. Everyone loved this stretch and swore to come back.
We landed at camp by 6:30pm that night (about 12 hours after we started driving) and were snoring by 9pm. Up early pressing coffee and getting the fire going we enjoyed our beautiful site at the bottom of the Cribworks rapid. I ran the upper stretch of river while Ian, Liz and Ben got some pics and walked the dogs (yes, we had four dogs in the truck too!!). The group decided to set a shuttle downstream of our site at Big Eddy so we could run Little Ambejackwockamus, Big Ambejackwockamus, and Neswadnehunk Falls. So. Much. Fun. We all did some laps on the big drop at the end and had a blast running into the huge hydraulic at the bottom of the waterfall. More food back at the site, a couple drinks, a huge fire and we were in bed again before 9pm.
Day 3 we needed to pack up and leave the site by 9am in order to make our morning run down Abol Rapid and Big Pockwockamus Rapid. Absolutely stunning views of Mt. Katadin and some of the best foliage I have ever seen made the morning go way too fast. Huge surf waves and fun rapids finished the morning before noon. We were home by 5pm only to unpack and repack for the next trip. Another Penobscot adventure in the books. -Nate