Get Those Paddles Ready for the June 29 CJ Canoe Trip

The 16th Annual CJ Canoe Trip is set for Sunday, June 29. We will continue to rely on Calleva for general organization and canoes, but a special feature this year will be the involvement of Liquid Adventures, a Cabin John company run by CJ Gardens resident Tom McEwan. Liquid Adventures will be promoting kayak use, rental and instruction. So we hope those of you who have always thought about getting out in a kayak will seize this wonderful opportunity.

Once again, we will put in at Old Anglers Inn in the morning (probably around 10:00 a.m.) and take out at Lockhouse 10 in Cabin John in the mid-afternoon (probably between 3 and 3:30 pm). The trip is generally limited to Cabin John residents and friends, but we may be able to include others. Fees are $15/head (maximum of $30/canoe), and there is a separate charge of $30 if you rent a canoe or kayak. These fees, along with the CJCA subsidy, pay for the Calleva and Liquid Adventure guides and associated costs.

On the trip, you will definitely encounter herons and ducks and possibly ospreys and eagles. We’ll likely have lunch on the Virginia side by Scott’s Run creek, which has a nice waterfall that some of the more adventurous can sit under. Expert guides, including Byron the Great, and instruction will be provided. Canoe/kayak paddling instruction is strongly recommended for all and begins at the River’s edge about 10 am. Expect to get wet in some fashion during this trip. Boaters have been known to tip over. We will avoid Yellow Falls, which can be somewhat difficult, but expect to have fun going through Stubblefield Falls, just upstream of the Beltway Bridge. It’s wavy and bouncy but no rocks. We’ll get some pictures of you in your canoe/kayak as you go through, so it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to get yourself in an action photo.

Bring your own canoe/kayak or let us know that you will need to rent one. You will need to bring your own lunch/sodas/water/sun tan lotion. As always, the mystery dessert is provided by CJCA. Past participants are sworn to secrecy regarding the mystery dessert. If you are planning to participate, it is very important that you notify Burr Gray (burrgray@aol.com) as soon as you know you will be coming but no later than June 24 so that we can plan on how many guides to get and provide you in advance with other instruction and the specifics of the trip. Please indicate the following: (1) number of canoes or kayaks you will need to rent or will bring yourself, (2) number of people in your group, plus the ages of any kids, and (3) level of expertise. State in particular whether you will rent or bring your own canoe/kayak, and give a phone number where you can be reached the morning of the trip and an e-mail address. We will send out some detailed information as we finalize the list of Cabin John adventurers. This event is sponsored and subsidized in part by CJCA and this year by Liquid Adventures.

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