The Crack of Dawn Day Paddle at Triadelphia Big Branch
I really love being on the water early in the morning. I just don't like to get up early enough to make it happen often. If I am going to do it, I'm going to do it early enough to do it right so YES, 5:30 AM is the on the water time for this paddle. Plan to arrive early enough to have your boat and gear ready to launch promptly by then.
If I've read my the calendars correctly most of the school teachers in the group should be off for the summer and the retirees are up then anyway without anything better to do (just teasing) so let's do a really early paddle.
Sunrise on June 18th should be about 5:40 AM so we will be on the water for a few minutes as the sun starts to come up over the horizon and mother nature comes to life in all her splendid glory on the reservoir. The fish will be jumping, the herons, ospreys. eagles and other water birds will be looking for breakfast. If we're really lucky it will all be happening in the hazy glow of a morning mist on the water that disappears as we paddle. Bring your camera because there isn't a better time to take potentially awesome pictures.
I'm going to regret posting this at about 4:30 in the morning on the 18th but am super confident that I will be happy I did by about 8:30 when I expect us to be getting off the water. The pace will be extremely leisurely with a focus on communing with nature rather than paddling past. There's a great little breakfast place in Ashton which isn't too far away where those who are interested can get a cup of coffee and something to eat after the paddle.
Triadelphia Reservoir is owned by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). To paddle here you must purchase a $6.00 day use permit or a $70.00 season permit. Please purchase a permit or be prepared to suffer the consequences.
With over 13 miles of water between Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge Reservoirs and 7 different kayak launch sites we'll visit the WSSC properties often during the season and I suspect regular paddlers in the area will find that the season pass will pay for itself quickly. You can purchase day or season permits on line and print them out at home. The WSSC website is located here http://www.wsscwater.com
Rental boats are available for this paddle at a special day rate of $35 which includes the paddle and PFD. Just answer the rental question when you RSVP to reserve one.