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Canoe & Kayak Downriver Adventure on the Shenandoah River With Lunch and Dinner

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

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

Shenandoah River Gazette

And here is the issue from the prior year (I like the pictures):

Shenandoah River Outfitters Gazette

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 $58 per person for canoe with lunch and steak dinner; and $66 for a single kayak with lunch and steak dinner. You have to pay online using the form provided below. 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. They provide the boats, the gear, to include paddles and life vests, the shuttle, and the meals. Be advised that these are the discounted group rates that we are getting. Moreover, please be aware that, as time passes, their 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.

Since this is a relaxed trip, and the facility can accommodate a large group, teens as well as guests are welcome to this event. 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.

These are the outfitter's canoes - there is only 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, do you want to pack a PB&J sandwich with a granola bar in a ziplock bag, or would you rather 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:

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 female 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 (both single and tandem), canoes, but NO rafts and NO tubes because they will not be able to keep up with the canoes and kayaks on the long trip. If you are a weak paddler get a canoe or tandem kayak and team up with a partner. There are plenty of canoes but not many tandem kayaks. So ACT FAST!

If you are renting a canoe or a divorce boat, in your RSVP, note if you are looking for a partner or if you need a partner. Then, YOU take the initiative by contacting the person directly by email (NOT by posting a greeting on their profile that no one reads and NOT by making a global comment comprising a prayerful wish for a partner). If you have any questions or need any help, please feel free to send me a direct email and we can work something out. Of course, the earlier the logistics are done, the better it will be.

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 $58 per person for a canoe (or tandem kayak) with lunch and steak dinner; and $66 for a single kayak with lunch and steak dinner. When they run out of boats the event closes.

Here is the online form that you must use to reserve and pay for the activity:

http://www.shenandoahriver.com/Canoeresform...

This is very important: When you reserve using the online form, after the group name write: Bob's Meetup

So, again, at the request of the outfitter, to ensure that you actually sign up with our group, when you reserve your boat online make absolutely sure that after the group name you write: Bob's Meetup

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. So save time and effort by printing this form, filling it out, and then bringing it with you:

Liability Waiver for the July 14th Shenandoah River Trip

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.

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 after Friday, July 6th. Accordingly, if you find out you cannot make it after you have paid, get someone to take attend in your place by you sending out an email advertising your spot and then letting me and the outfitter know who is taking your place.

If you are nervous about getting a single person kayak, and you need a partner, note it in your RSVP. For example, say I have a two-person canoe and I am looking for a partner, or I do not have a boat but would like to be with another person who has reserved a boat. Remember, though, that if you get a two-person vessel, and you do not paddle in sync and do not paddle as a team and do use use equal strokes, then it will not be a good idea.

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

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 camera, as we will have ample opportunities to engage in nature photography.

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 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 July 14th 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.

Heading down the river......

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great people, lots of friendly chatter .. had a great time with everyone!

    July 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun spending the day with you all. It was fun! Thanks, Bob!

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. What a fun group of wild and crazy guys and gals. Thanks Bob and Sarabeth for hosting this fun event. Hope to see everyone on the next big adventure

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Bob and everyone for a fun day! Perfect day to be on the water.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This trip was awesome fun! Thanks Bob for arranging it.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Door to door, end to end, and every second in between - outstanding! Thanks Bob for your hard work, and to all the attendees for making great memories.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a very, very fun time. From start to finish... everyone in attendnce was willing to have fun as a group. The Shenandoah Oufitters did a great job. The meals were delicious and even the bumpy ride back was entertaining. Bob did a great job in organizing and left it to us to make the most of the get together... other than the one rapids ;-) "Stop Stop One at a time!" LOL!!!

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was great! fun on the river, great food, perfect weather, and a bunch of fun- loving folks to experience it with. Thanks for putting this together Bob.

    July 15, 2012

  • Doug R.

    Bob did a wonderful job.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Bob - it was a fabulous day!

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather was perfect and a fun group of people.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic day on the water. Great food and the rope swing into the river was fun.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good day to be out on the river. My prime goal on this paddle was that it would be a safe adventure on the Shenandoah River; a strange river, I should add, as it flows south to north rather than north to south as most rivers so. We used two put ins, so that we would have a choice of either a 9 mile or a 6 mile trip. It worked out well, as we made it to our first break stop where the entire group was located. The real test was Compton's Rapid, where we were to face some Class II action. I was glad to have brought my throw rope with me. We assisted one another so that we all made it across with nothing more than a few bumps and bruises. And this trip had the added bonus of having a barbecue waiting for us along the way as well as a steak dinner at the end of our trip. And that was a serious steak. It was a fantastic group of people who paddled this trip, and they all made it an enjoyable and memorable experience.

    July 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun day! Thanks to all who participated. But especially thanks to Bob for all his hard work in preparation for this event.

    July 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic group of people with great food. Wonderful day to be on the water.

    July 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun group of people! I had a great time! The weather cooperated. So if you cancelled out, you missed a day full of sunshine, good food and great music!

    July 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Bob and Sara Beth for a terrific day on and off the river. It turned out to be a beautiful day despite the incorrect forecast.

    July 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Tomorrow, the temperature will range from 75 - 85 degrees during our activity, and there is an ongoing chance of showers. Still, I will take that over the trip that we did recently where it was 104 degrees in the shade. We are good to go. If you need to reach me, I will be on the computer until 9 PM tonight. I will send out a email with my wireless number as well. Start early tomorrow, and arrive relaxed. Please drive carefully. SYOTR.

    July 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The water level will be at about 2.2 feet on Saturday. The take out is unchanged, at #19 on the map, after Compton's Rapid. The put in will be ascertained on Saturday morning based on conditions.

    July 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - The currently predicted chance of thunderstorms for Saturday is going from 40% to 10% at 10 AM, so we are looking good. I will update this regularly.

    July 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rocky - It may be more practical asking those who are not going on the trip if they want to go on the trip...... Send out an email to the group and include your email address so that the emails do not go to the entire group. So far, everyone who did this was able to sell the spot. Good luck.

    July 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone is interested in taking my spot for this kayak event, please call me on my cell [masked]). I have to cancel due to some unforeseen things that have come up. I reserved a single kayak, lunch and dinner for $66. Thanks.

    July 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, the folks in the BSB need to get each other's email addresses and move the conversation offline. After four days of communicating, you folks still don't know where you are meeting. Remember that the driver is coming from Laurel, MD, and one of the riders does not have a vehicle and lives in Washington, D.C. Good luck. This is what you are up against: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sShMA85pv8M

    July 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @BSB If you take Hwy 7W to Gallows Rd (which is 650) it should drop you right where you need to be for the Dunn Loring Station.

    July 12, 2012

  • Doug R.

    Leigh - is a 6 PM pick-up okay? At the location that we planned for next to Arlington National Cemetary? A more convent location?

    Brian - we need to be real clear where to meet at Dunn-Loring.

    Every time I have used it, half the people ended up on the wrong side of I-66. There are different entrances to the metro with two different parking garages on opposite sides of I-66.

    Leigh could you please email me your cell phone numbers at [masked]?

    July 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Doug, posted 10:07pm last night. That is the plan so if can help Leigh get there that would be great.

    July 11, 2012

  • Doug R.

    Leigh - Bryan - Christina - Vanessa,

    I am a little confused because I do not see any previous comments that mention the Dunn Loring Metro Station.

    Is that is definitely the plan? If so I could pick you up in Arlington at 6 AM and we could drive down to the Dunn Loring Metro station and ride with Brian. Just let me know...

    Doug

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bryan, Doug, I would have a hard time getting to Dunn Loring Metro without renting a car... Metro doesn't start running until 7:00 am on weekends according to their website. However, I could get to Arlington Cemetery easily. Doug, are you driving now, too?

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    People - Please watch the safety video (link is provided above) and bring the completed liability waiver (link provided above) with you. Doing so will save much time, as we have a large group.

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Kelly, ok! I'll see you at the Centreville P&R at 6:30am on Saturday. Turn left as you enter the lot & I'll meet you all the way over to that side of the lot. I'll email you my cell# now. Anyone else want to carpool from there?

    July 11, 2012

  • Doug R.

    I picked this up after I set my previous email. This is great.

    Others may want to separately email their cell phone numbers to Bryan in case someone is running late.

    As I previously mentioned, mine is[masked]

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - I think that it is great that several are carpooling to this event; that will also help the driver by having a navigator, since the outfitter stresses that the location is a bit difficult to find. I plan to leave very early and get there with slack time so as to relax. Please watch out for deer on the road, as they are beginning their yearly ritual.

    July 11, 2012

  • Doug R.

    Bob - thanks for your advice on the BSB shuttle meet up location. It looks like Bryan will be coming trough Arlington, so it may work out fine. BSB Gang - recommend we meet at 6:45 and park along the wall for Arlington National Cemetery about half way up the hill, stand by your car and call me at[masked] in case you get lost. Thanks,

    Bob - thanks for noticing my double booking.

    Doug

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'd like to drive or ride from Centreville Park and Ride, just off 66W in Centreville at 6:30am. Let me know.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've had a conflict come up and would like to sell my spot on this meetup. I have paid for a single kayak, lunch and dinner for $66. Anyone interested please contact me through the website. Thanks.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Betty - You need to contact the outfitter. Read the activity narrative for specifics and sign up with the outfitter.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Leigh, Doug, Christina and Vanessa - Ok, let's meet at the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro (2700 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22180) at 6:30am. This will ensure there's no problem with leaving cars for an extended period of time. I have a green Ford Expedition and will be in the Kiss and Ride Lot so I should be easy to spot at that time of morning. My cell is (240)[masked] if you need to reach me. There's room for one more if someone else wants to come along for the ride.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would like to try this out. Is there any opening for Canoes left, Lunch and dinner too?
    Thanks

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Bryan and Doug,
    Could I hitch a ride with you guys, too? I could meet you at the old Navy Annex Building if that's where everyone agrees to meet.
    I guess we should aim to be there by 6:45 or 6:50 a.m. if we want to leave by 7:00. (yikes) Let me know.

    Leigh

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    You people on the BSB (Bryan Shuttle Bus) might want to meet at a central location for him, because the door-to-door pickups may be very time-consuming. There are several park and ride locations along the entire route. Remember: If you are late, there are no refunds, and the most we would be able to do is photoshop your picture in for the group picture and say you were there spiritually......

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Remember, folks, you have to be there at 9 AM at the outfitter. Consider the logistics and distance when carpooling or driving solo.

    July 10, 2012

  • Doug R.

    Bryan/Christina/Vanessa.

    This is the website for the building.

    It is in the process of being torn down.

    http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/hr/Pages/HROM_Dir_Annex.aspx

    My cell number is 703.850.7410. I have a bue Lexus RX 330 Suv.


    What time do you want to meet?

    Thanks,

    Doug

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Doug and Christina - sounds good that'll make 3 of 5. Doug, I'm pretty positive I know the building but might be helpful for everyone to have an address. Do you have one by chance?

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bryan -
    Vanessa and I (coming from Alexandria) could meet in Arlington too! We could probably find the Navy Annex building...

    July 10, 2012

  • Doug R.

    Bryan - I could meet you up i Arlington. Are you familiar with the old Navy Annex Building which is down the hill from the Henderson Hall Marine Corps Base and up the hill from the Air Force Memorial? Doug

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming from Laurel and it looks like the navigator has me going through Arlington. I can carry 5 comfortably on a 2-hour ride so if there's enough interest let me know.

    July 10, 2012

  • Doug R.

    I live in the Tysons Corner area.

    The Outfitters says that it is about a two hour drive.

    Doug Is there anyone else?

    Doug

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The water level is currently low, hovering at the 2.3 feet range, and, if it continues to be that low, we may shorten the mileage of the trip.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - While the outfitter will shuttle your boat for a fee if you make prior arrangements, I strongly urge you not to do that. Any damage or loss to your boat from either the river rocks (or the metal trailer) will be wholly your responsibility. I have many many boats, but for this trip I am using the outfitter's kayaks. The river is low. Moreover, I am bringing waterproof duck tape with us to take care of any boat holes or punctures along the way.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone driving from DC and interested in a rider? I'd happily chip in for gas.

    July 9, 2012

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