Monday, August 25, 2008

Boating on the Susquehanna.

Saturday afternoon, after Scott came to get Gabe, Bob and Linda took Denise and I out on the Susquehanna in Bob's fishing boat. We'd worried about rain during our visit there, but it turned out to be a beautiful weekend.

Last time I came Bob and I went out on this river and caught a few fish. This time we took our womens out there and they showed us to cool sights along the shore, where the local folks camp out and recreate in the summer.

You think it looks like we're related? It turned out to be a beautiful day. The girls sat up front while Bob drove and I sat back, both of us smokin' nice ceeeegars.

I hadn't been up this far upstream on the river before, so it was fun to see all these little cabins and a few nice homes that folks have built along the river.

A few of them reminded me of some of the cool places we've seen along the lower end of the Guadalupe, back in Texas.

Bob and Linda said they knew the folks who refurbished this boat. Most of these people have bought land along the shore and rent it out to other folks when they're not using it. Rather than building a cabin out there, they just tie up a pontoon boat and set up camp. It looked wonderful to me.

This place, built up on stilts, led me to the obvious question. How often does the river flood? They said that it happens about once every fifty or one hundred years, and that the last time it happened was back in the 1980s.

This one was basically a trailer that has been reinforced with cinder blocks, painted pink. Mmmm hm, yea. Pink. Maybe they wanted it to look like adobe?

As we passed by these folks we caught sight of this lady, rounding up her hounds.

This place was more typical of many that we saw. Basically a trailer and a few tents, or just a covered patio with people having a cook-out and throwing a football. It looks like huge fun to me. These folks know how to have a good time.

The scenery was just beautiful. It was a great time.

One of Bob's buddies, one of the other guys we fish with, is selling his bigger boat. If Bob can figure out a way to fit it in his garage, he may end up getting it. We may well be fishing in higher style this coming June. We'll see. Linda said she hoped they did get it because the bigger boat will allow them to go out more comfortable on trips like this.

After the trip we headed back to the house to clean up and get ready to drive off to eat dinner. more on that in the next post. Cheers.


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

thanks for posting these photos. we camped on this river in tents when i was young. outhouses and all. the tents stayed up all summer and we went on weekends. there was a big kitchen tent with a long table.

the boat was homemade and all wood. my uncle had a rustic cabin. what good times! but every so often bad weather would zoom in, be careful!

smiles, bee

Sarge Charlie said...

Cool photos FHB, we lived on the Susquehanna in Aberdeen Md and Edgewood Md, I have taken my boat from Edgewood to Havre de Grace, Md which is just below the dam on the Susquehanna

Chuck said...

Man that looks like fun. I wish I knew someone with a boat...and a lake.

Suldog said...

That looks like a fantastic and fun time you had there. I'd love to go boating on a big river someday. I've done some lakes, and some deep-sea fishing, but never a river.

J said...

Man it's been a minute since I have been able to spend time like that on the water. I am glad you both had fun!

PS. I have a friend in your 12:30 class who tells me you have been playing movies for the past two days. For shame!

pat houseworth said...

Look like your entire vacation was blessed by good weather....I know your part in Dayton was, and the rest appears to be the same.

Mushy said...

I think you about covered it...I enjoy cruising the banks looking at homes and campsites myself.

Jerry said...

Aw, Man. I used to live in an apartment in Wormleysburg, PA overlooking the Susquehanna and Harrisburg. You're making me miss Pennsylvania.

CharlieDelta said...

That looks like Angler's Heaven FHB. I love cruising up and down and all around rivers. I gotta get me a boat...

phlegmfatale said...

Wow-- what a gorgeous place-- I so want to go there! Glad you and Denise had such a lovely getaway