Kayak Downriver Adventure on the Shenandoah River With Lunch and Dinner

This event took place last summer, and it was extremely well-attended; folks have been asking ever since then when it would take place again.  So......  Here it is!

 

Here we are, last July 14th, getting ready to head downriver (you can check out those pictures if you are curious about that prior trip)

 

 

This will be an all-day event, with all our meals provided for.  This event is a great one for all, whether you are a first-timer in a boat or an accomplished river-reader.

Shenandoah River Outfitters is the oldest and largest outfitter in the entire Mid-Atlantic.  They even have a magazine out about their paddling outfit:

Shenandoah River Outfitters Gazette Summer 2013

 

 

 

This is a beautiful way to spend the day

 

 

 

 

This is a good, day-long paddling excursion on the Shenandoah River that is mostly flatwater but with some exciting spots along the way.  We are going with the current, so the effort is not that great.  The rates are $66 per person for the kayak with a barbecue lunch and an evening steak dinner; and there will be musical entertainment as well.  You have to pay online using the below information. We could save $10 and get our own lunch, and we could save another $24 and get our own dinner, and we could save even more by staying home......But this way they do it all for us.  The food is delicious and there is plenty of it.  They provide the boats, the gear, to include paddles and life vests, the shuttle, and the meals.  Moreover, please be aware that, as time passes, the trips will be all booked up and they will run out of boats!  If you procrastinate, there will be no more vessels for you; if that occurs, and you cannot get a boat, you are welcome to join us for dinner only at a cost of $24.

 

 

 

That is some paddle that Julia has!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan makes it look easy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine is using a rare air paddle

 

 

 

 

Since this is a relaxed trip, and the facility can accommodate a large group, teens as well as guests are welcome to this event.  Of course, all members who sign up for this event need to have an appropriate profile photograph posted.

Please, however, do not contact me at a later point in time to tell me that you waited and waited and when you finally decided to go you were told that there were no more boats available.  Forewarned is forearmed.

 

 

 

To me, this was the scariest sight on the river last summer

 

 

 

Here's some of the boats waiting at the outfitter's - the one thing missing in them:  You!

 

There is a beach and a swimming hole along the way where we can go in the river after having been on the river.

 

 

For a mid-day lunch, you could pack a PB&J sandwich with a granola bar in a ziplock bag that will be waterlogged, or you you could have this grill waiting for you with the burgers sizzling along the river......  I'll take mine well-done!

 

 

 

 

 

Relax and let the three Nancys cook your steak

 

 

 

 

 

The river can heal one's soul

 

 

 

 

 

Except for the arrival time at 9 AM, these are tentative times, but I am listing them here to give you an idea of our planned day-long river adventure.  I am basing this on my past experience of running this stretch of the river:

We need to be there at 9 AM

They will take care of us from that point on (9 AM) as we begin our adventure on the river

Wear your bathing suit since we will go to a secret place to swim

We should get on the river at 10 AM

We will paddle for 5 hours

During the day, there will also be a lunch break and a swim break for another 1 hour

We will be off the river at 4 PM

We will go to our steak dinner at 5 PM

We should be able to leave by 7 PM

Again, it all depends on the water current and the river level and the weather outlook, as these are factors controlled by One at a much higher pay scale than mine.  So, once more, these are all tentative times except for your arrival time of 9 AM.

 

 

 

Off they go!

 

 

 

The dinner will be held back at the outfitter's pavilion.

The food will be great, and there will be plenty of it.  We will have huge portions of chicken and steak for dinner.  And we are planning to have live music for us at the post-paddle meal, most likely by a folk singer who is quite good.  The area will all be set up for us when we are ready to eat and socialize, with wooden tables under a wooden canopy.

We are using kayaks, but NO rafts and NO tubes because they will not be able to keep up with the kayaks on the long trip.  Once the kayaks are gone, they are gone.  So ACT FAST!

Here is the safety video recommended for all of us to see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfMuJViVpec

Please wear your life vest at all times, and remember that there is no alcohol allowed on the river.

 

The outfitter even has hot showers for us after our trip.  Be aware, however, that the trip will take place rain or shine.

Here, again, are the rates for this particular trip.  The rate is $66 for a single kayak with lunch and steak dinner.  When they run out of boats the event closes.  And you may not bring your own boat because the contractual agreement for this trip is to use their boats and their food.

You may not bring your own boat to this event.  You must reserve it with the outfitter.


TO RESERVE A KAYAK:

You sign up online.  Have your credit card ready and go to this web site:

http://www.shenandoahriver.com/QuickJoin.html

This is very important: When you reserve using the online form, enter the following information and check it carefully:

Trip ID:  10190
Group Name:  Cianflone
Click:  Find Group Reservations
Our river trip will then appear
Enter your personal information
Place your name in the Liability Waiver box
Click the green "+" sign for each reservation at Add To Cart
Submit Order

When you sign up make sure you sign up for the right event.


 

 

Our lunch will be in a hidden spot along the river (yes, that is a real saw)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lining up for the steaks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cost of the entire activity is worth it just for the steak dinner!

 

 

 

There will be many people that the outfitter is getting on the river this day, so, to ensure you are with our group, follow the above directions.

You will also need to provide a liability waiver.  If you followed the directions provided, you will have filled it out electronically as part of the reservation process.

If you wish to extend your adventure and stay overnight and camp here, just reserve it online the same way you are reserving your boat.

At dinner, we will relax with a big steak or BBQ chicken. We can talk about the day's adventures and how the river healed you.

Remember:  The limit for the RSVPs is dictated by the number of boats that the outfitter has available for you to reserve.  Thus, when the boats run out, then the event will close to new RSVPs.  I asked for 50 kayaks because that is the number we used last year.  Again, the reason we cannot bring out own boats or bring our own food on this river trip is that that is the agreement that we have for this trip and the price is set.

The outfitter is buying much good food for us, as well as spending substantial resources on preparations for our well-being, so there are no refunds, and the trip takes place rain or shine.   Accordingly, if you find out you cannot make it after you have paid for a spot, get someone to attend in your place by you sending out an email advertising your spot and selling it to that person and then letting me and the outfitter know who is taking your place.

While there are canoes and tandems available, based on personal observation and experience, it is better to be in a single kayak on this trip, particularly at the rapids.

 

 

 

 

The scenery is very varied along the Shenandoah River and it changes as the mood of the river changes - this is why river readers say the Potomac is masculine but the Shenandoah is feminine, as their original Indian names signify

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will have a good view of the mountains on our journey

 

 

Here are the directions.  If you use a GPS or Mapquest, you will get lost.  So use these:

http://shenandoahriver.com/Directions.html

For those members who are coming yet did not use the online registration (I know who you are), you will have to print, complete, and bring the following liability waiver:

Liability Waiver for Shenandoah River Outfitters, June 29, 2013

Obviously, we do not know what the weather and river level will be like until it is close to the event.  I will check the gauges and confer with the outfitter on the best and safest place for us to paddle in.  As always, your safety and well-being comprise our foremost goal.

This trip is appropriate for first-timers, as well as a good event for veterans.  Please bring your waterproof camera, as we will have ample opportunities to engage in nature photography.

When we get to the rapids, I will paddle ahead of the group and remain there with throw ropes in case any paddler has problems.  This is another reason we all should remain with the group.

 

At Compton's Rapid, on our way to the take-out, we will go over some good waves

 

 

 

 

Some good Class II action awaits us towards the end of our journey

 

 

 

There will be areas with ripples and waves.  One particular spot, Compton's Rapid, should have solid Class II whitewater, and it is very important that paddlers remain to the right side of the river when going through it.  There is a false channel on the left side with several pillow rocks therein.  Right after the rapids you will enter a pool of very deep water.  It is important that you wear your life vest.  Since this is an unguided trip, I will stay there while our group goes through it to take your picture as well as to render any assistance.  I will have a throw rope just in case.  So this is another good reason to stay with the group.

 

 

 

 

There goes Bryan over the rapids

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there goes Sarabeth over the rapids

 

 

 

 

 

There seems to be many types of paddling techniques here

 

 

 

 

The wildlife will be watching you

 

 

 

 

All kinds of families share this river

 

 

 

One goes right and another goes left

 

 

 

For Our Trip:

  • Wear  tennis shoes or river sandals for the river with an ankle strap; the rocks are sharp and there might be glass there. Flip-flops are useless.
  • Bring a towel for the shower after the trip or for sunbathing.
  • First aid: a packet of baby wipes, bug spray with Deet, Noxzema will keep the gnats away, some band-aids, or whatever you personally need for health supplies.
  • Bring a retainer or string for eyeglasses.  Leave your vehicle key behind at the outfitter.
  • Trash bag:  Bring one just in case, for trash and to keep things dry.  Bring a rope to tie it on your boat.
  • Bring plenty of water so that you do not get dehydrated.
  • There is no alcohol on the river.
  • Do not bring any glass bottles or anything you can cut yourself on.
  • Other Extras: River gloves if your hands are delicate, a water bailer (just cut a plastic gallon jug at an angle keeping the handle on it.)
  • If you plan to fish, make sure you have a valid license (you can get one at Walmart).
  • Sun protection: Lotion, hat, pants, long sleeve shirt, and sunglasses with a retainer.
  • Bring a complete change of clothes and leave it in your vehicle; remember to bring extra underwear and footwear, as people tend to forget these.
  • Rain and wind protection, just in case; a wind-proof jacket will keep you warm.
  • Parking at the outfitter:  There will be many different groups there, so it is important that you do this cleanly.  Upon arrival for your trip, stop in the 10 minute area, check in with the staff, unload the river gear at the outfitter's store, and follow the road to the parking lot 200 yards behind the store.  Please only park in that lot.  Other areas are part of the National Forest and you can't park there.  Leave your vehicle keys at the outfitters--not in the River!
  • Please leave all your valuables at home! There is no need to lose valuable rings in the river.
  • Directions:  Again Follow our directions.  MapQuest and GPS units are sending some folks 1 hour, 50 miles, and 2 mountain ranges more than they need to go.  It is a beautiful drive, but maybe not what you want to do on this date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shenandoah River is a unique river, as it flows south to north, while most other rivers flow north to south.

Here is the river map that is specific to our trip:

Shenandoah River Map for Our June 29th Trip

Remember that the trip logistics are totally dependent on the river level.  For example, one localized storm the week before or an extended area drought can change the plan, so that the paddle location will be moved.  For our trip, the current plan is for a 12-mile downriver paddle.  On the above map, we would put in at #8 (where we are parked) and take out at #19 (where the shuttle picks us up).  Our lunch will be provided for us at #13 (where one of the swimming holes are located).  We even go by two bald eagle nests.  I will provide more information on the planned trip in time.  For now, this map tells you much, so study it.  It is not a topographic map, but it shows the key areas for our specific trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The outfitter is a family-run operation that has been in business for many years.  They started more than 40 years ago with two old canoes and a dream.  Since then, they have been making paddlers of all skills levels happy.  We will have a great time.  If anyone has any questions about the event or about the river or about anything else, just shoot me a direct email.  The three Nancys are eagerly awaiting our arrival.

Towards the end of our journey, as you traverse Compton's Rapid, it may get interesting, so I will stay there to ensure all is well, and bring some throw ropes.  I want to emphasize that the trip is safe and appropriate for beginners but listening is the key.

To prevent problems at the rapids, it is important that there be no failure to communicate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fuDDqU6n4o

 

 

 

Heading down the lazy river......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The steaks bring out the best in every paddler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we will have music along the river - if you hear any banjos paddle faster

 

 

 

Directions (from the Washington, D.C. area):

Take the Route 495 Beltway to Route 66 West to Exit 43A at Gainesville.

Take Route 29 South to Warrentown.

Follow the signs to Route 211 West to Luray.

In Luray (follow the signs), take the 2nd exit to Route 340 South Business (at 200 yards).

Turn right onto Route 675 (Mechanic Street, then the name changes to Bixler's Ferry Road)

Go about 4 miles to Bixley Ferry Road.

Cross the Shenandoah River, then turn right on Route 684 (South Page Valley Road).

Go about 6 miles until you reach the Shenandoah River Outfitters (on your right).

Park in the lot behind the store.

 

 

 

When our group was told to connect with the river last summer, our folks knew no restraint!

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  • Bob

    Folks - The 125 action pictures I just posted are Suzanne's albeit they have my name on them. They are great shots of people paddling when they thought they would be swimming and people swimming when they thought they would be paddling.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have over 100 pictures so didn't want to flood the site. I have some excellent rapid pictures- hopefully this link will work. Had a great day!

    http://s1274.photobucket.com/user/Suzanne_Pedersen_Timmer/library/Over%2040%20and%20kickin%20it-%20kayak%20trip?sort=3&page=1

    3 · July 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great pictures!

      July 2, 2013

    • Bob

      Suzanne - Those are great photos! By all means, if you choose to, flood the site so that we have a Class 3 photographic flow!

      July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you everyone for taking ans sharing the pictures!

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome -- perfect weather and really nice company!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Had a wonderful time! Beautiful day on the river, enhanced by nice company and great food. Doesn't get better than this. Thanks Bob!

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FANTASTIC!!! Perfect day!

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    From a beginner's perspective, this was a great trip! Had fun and met lots of good folks! Thanks Bob!

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time! Thank you Bob for organizing.

    June 30, 2013

  • Ellen

    Thanks Bob for another wonderful outing under beautiful blue skies!

    June 30, 2013

  • Barbara

    great day! great group! delicious food

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day!

    June 30, 2013

  • Jim P.

    Yes we were blessed with fantastic weather & lots of sun on the river, plus great food. Was grand making new friends, hope to see many of you dancing & camping in the future.

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent as always!!

    June 30, 2013

  • Becky

    What a beautiful day! It was a great event, we had lots of fun with old friends and many new friends. Thank you for organizing this event!!!!

    June 30, 2013

  • Bob

    The river was great, weather perfect, white water too short, steak was huge, but finished it all and chicken.

    June 30, 2013

  • Bob

    It was a truly fabulous day on the river. It was sunny, with no humidity, and the wind was gentle. We had a huge contingent of people on our daylong adventure, and we used three buses to get to the put-in area. The river was moving steadily, and we were faced with ripples, rapids, and long stretches of calm water. All did well, and we lost no souls to the river gods. The lunchtime barbecue (on a large saw) was excellent, and the evening steak with chicken dinner was superb. We ate more steaks than we thought possible...... What surprised me was when I got home: I had a powerful storm with high winds that did some damage in my town at the same time while we were on the river. That showed me we were blessed with fantastic weather on the river all day long. It was good to see new faces as well as familiar faces, and all in our group comprised a first-rate posse of fantastic individuals with a positive attitude. It was a day to remember.

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Best day ever!! Thanks Bob! It was awesome seeing everyone again and great to make new friends!
    And Christina Louise.. water guns ~What a brilliant idea!

    June 29, 2013

  • Linda L.

    What an incredible day! Thank you Bob!

    June 29, 2013

  • Yoshiko

    Another wonderful and fun day!! Thank you. (^。^)/

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Bob, this was a great adventure, great weather, great trip, great food and great people.

    June 29, 2013

  • Christina L.

    What a great day!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Dawn

    Fantastic day! Well organized, nice people. Super day on the water! Thanks Bob!

    June 29, 2013

  • raaj

    well my car in a minor accident(front end),not sure drivable for 2 hrs,so I wont make it to the trip;
    ye all have good time;
    see at next meet.

    June 28, 2013

  • raaj

    any one carpooling from arlington or alexandria.(it seems to be a 2 hr drive)

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My kiddos just got back from camp and they are leaving again for two weeks on sunday. Have a great time everybody !

    June 28, 2013

  • Bob

    If you bring cameras, make sure they are waterproof or in a waterproof container. The Shenandoah is a beautiful river; from the Native American, it means "Daughter of the Stars," and the legend tells us that when the Great Spirit created the world, the river in the lush valley was so beautiful that the morning stars placed their brightest jewels from their crowns in the river.

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - This reminds me of the telephone pole down the street from my house where there are two posters on it: One shows a lost dog with a phone number and on the other side the other poster shows a found dog with another phone number. Same dog. Now, we have folks trying to get spots and folks trying to sell spots; please communicate directly with one another......

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I still have the kayak reservation plus lunch and steak dinner for $66 if anyone would still like to go . [masked]

    June 28, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - Please make your final arrangements today for this trip. Remember that the buses will not wait for you at the outfitters so be there before the designated time of departure so that you do not have to rush. And read the activity narrative so that you know all the logistics as well as the needed directions. SYOTR.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need three spots....possible to gather them this late in the game?? HELP!! :)

    June 27, 2013

    • Bob

      Look below. Plus, contact Gayle Lorenz at [masked] for another spot.

      June 27, 2013

    • Bob

      Did you contact Gayle, Don, and Ellen as instructed?

      June 28, 2013

  • Bob

    Although it is still to early to make any pragmatic prediction for our trip, based on the local gauges and upriver precipitation, the river is set to rise in the next couple of days but then lower thereafter by Saturday. It should be an average of 2' by then (this means that at some places it is more and others less). The flow should be at about 1.2 KCFS which is rather slow. I will update this information as the paddle date gets closer. There is rain in the forecast there in the next few days, but for Saturday the current prediction is for a mostly sunny day, with a high near 86 degrees.

    2 · June 25, 2013

    • Bob

      Those gauges at the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service told the truth: For Saturday, we are shooting for a 2.2 height with a 1.6 KCFS flow. Now, the atmospheric weather prediction is something else entirely, and it can change dramatically in the Shenandoah Valley, so that grandma's bones have the same reliability factor as the Doppler radar, but our trip is rain or shine so please plan accordingly.

      June 27, 2013

    • Bob

      The South Fork of the Shenandoah River will be an average height of 1.8' with an approximate flow of 1.17 KCFS, so that makes it mellow and sweet.

      June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So happy to be coming along! Anyone coming from Alexandria, DC area I can ride with? I can come to you. Please email me. Thanks!

    June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be great, thanks Christina! [masked]

      June 27, 2013

    • kathy

      Hi Christie and Christine,
      I live in Alexandria and would be open to carpooling, I have a HOnda CRV and plenty of room for more 3 folks.

      June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Suzanne for taking my two reservations. You guys have fun!

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ready to do it again :)

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Bob

    Contact Gayle Lorenz at [masked] for an available spot for sale.

    June 27, 2013

  • Bob

    We have one slot available from a member of the Potomac River Paddlers who are joining us and who has an extra purchased ticket to sell.

    Please contact Don Vieraitis at [masked] if you would like to buy the slot from him.

    June 26, 2013

    • Bob

      This spot is for sale - contact Don directly for it.

      June 27, 2013

  • Ellen

    O.k., I now have a Kayak, lunch and dinner package available for 1 since I will be canoeing instead. Anyone interested in the available spot, please let know. See you on the river...

    June 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Ellen, so very psyched!

      June 26, 2013

    • Ellen

      Same here!

      June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't think of checking back for cancellations until now. Boo. Anyone still have a spot to get rid of, I'm a taker! Please email me. Thanks!

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I secured Ellen's package. Very excited about this. Looking forward to meeting some other nature lovin' folk!

      June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone! I'm new to the group, glad I found you all. I am MOST definitely interested in this but before I pay need to secure a ride there and back. I can meet anyone in NoVa. Is there anyone I can ride with? Please let me know. Thanks!!

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chrisite, Pat is still trying to get rid of one ticket as of today.

      June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      THanks Suzanne, I think there were two takers already but I emailed her just in case. ;)

      June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Centerville commuter lot is about 17 miles (in wrong direction) from my house, so is anyone interested in carpooling from Harris Teeter on Hoadly Road?

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm very disappointed that I have to cancel. I've posted to a couple of people who are looking for a boat...I have two I'd like to sell.

    June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great didnt know this!!!! thanks for info!!!

      June 18, 2013

    • Gregory

      Pat, thank for the offer to take your boat but I now made other plans....

      June 26, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - I know that it is extremely important to provide me with comic entertainment, and I appreciate those herculean efforts; however, we need to step back...... There are messages asking for boats and then there are messages trying to give up boats - can you people please talk to one another directly? Also, the reason we are renting boats rather than bringing our own is because the outfitter's iron racks may damage personal boats.

    June 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      "Iron Racks"? Ha ha!! They shoved all the kayaks in school buses last year.lol ;)

      June 25, 2013

    • Bob

      Not all - two kayaks went under the buses. They are stand up paddleboards this year.......

      June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to have to pull off for this date unfortunately. If someone wants my spot please message me privately. Thanks.

    June 24, 2013

    • Bob

      So you are now spotless......

      June 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I guess that makes me spotted.

      1 · June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meaning I have a kayak with grub available for purchase. [masked]

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I still have a reservation with lunch / dinner .. Email of interested [masked]

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    And please email me privately if you'd like this reservation. Thanks!

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I still have 1 kayak available. Suzanne has taken one but I still have another reservation to sell. Anyone interested??

    June 25, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - If you look at the comments, there are individuals who booked spots yet are having work conflicts so the are selling their reservation. Write to them offline and get a boat if you were not able to do so yet.

    June 24, 2013

  • Samuel

    Hey Bob, Thanks for the heads up! I'm comfirmed with River & Trail for July 27th and Pedal & Paddle for
    July 20th.

    I'm really Looking forward to getting out on the H20. :)

    2 · June 24, 2013

    • Bob

      Great! As the date gets closer, they will be all booked up, so it is wise to reserve as soon as possible.

      June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who wants to buy my spot? boo hoo!!! i can't come !!!!! Please send me an email if someone would like to buy my kayak reservation.

    June 24, 2013

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