Mild River Rafting in West Virginia
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Looking Down on The New River Hinton, West Virginia ( the name of the river is really “New River” ) -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking Down on The New River
Hinton, West Virginia
( the name of the river is really “New River” )

Thanks to all who responded to my request the other day on something to do near Rt77 between Cleveland and Charlotte. I followed up on one of the suggestions and ended up stopping by Cantrell Ultimate Rafting in Hinton, West Virgina, for a two-man “duckie” (inflatable canoe) trip...

Heading To Our “Duckie” Cantrell Ultimate Rafting, Hinton Basecamp -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading To Our “Duckie”
Cantrell Ultimate Rafting, Hinton Basecamp
Team Effort -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Team Effort
Dragonflies More than I'd ever seen in my life -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Dragonflies
More than I'd ever seen in my life
Temple St. Bridge -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Temple St. Bridge
Scared Some Geese -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Scared Some Geese
“Rapids” -- http://regex.info/blog/
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“Rapids”
Just Chillaxin' -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Just Chillaxin'

Then we headed a bit south to the Pipestem Resort State Park for the evening...

Hotel Scenery West Virginia's Pipestem Resort State Park -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Hotel Scenery
West Virginia's Pipestem Resort State Park
Very Nice View -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Very Nice View
Dinner ( at least for me ) -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Dinner
( at least for me )

We'll continue on tomorrow to visit my brother Alan and his family (Aunt Natalie and Titi)....


All 10 comments so far, oldest first...

Now you’re reminding me of my summers in the States. I did a whole lot of slow river-rafting, sometimes on huge innertubes, down many rivers. なつかしい。。。

— comment by Zak on August 5th, 2011 at 2:31pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Ahh Yuengling…. the Pennsylvania beer with the Chinese name. Good stuff.

Also, nice shot of your kid, the deer and Curious George. At some point you are going to have a photo of your son with Curious George and you’ll be able to say this was the LAST time he carried Curious George. And if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to wash him, repair him, store him away and then give it to your grandson or granddaughter when the time comes.

— comment by Ron Evans on August 6th, 2011 at 4:04am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Great trip with some stunning shots and a well deserved beer to end it on……. nice : )

— comment by Bryan on August 6th, 2011 at 7:07am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Great to see you “back home” with your son. We recently travelled back to the UK for our summer holidays, it was the first time our little boy had flown, he even managed to keep awake as we took off from Hong Kong at 1 am. For him, even at 2.5yrs he gained a great sense of freedom, such as being able to put his boots on and step outside into the garden and wander around by himself (mum & dad keeping a watchful eye). After the trip three things are fixated in his mind, 1, digging potatoes with grandpa, 2, the classic sit n ride race car grandpa bought for him, 3, the air hostess asking if he would like orange juice. Enjoy your time and great memories. Chris

— comment by Chris on August 6th, 2011 at 10:30am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

This looks just great!
What a great idea – I wish my Dad had fixed up for me and my twin sisters to do some mild rafting on a long car journey. We had to be content with “I spy with my little eye…”
What was the ratio of hours in the car to hours on the river!?
Also think it must have been good for Dad to have a break from too much driving,

Top marks
Annie

Including stops, close to six hours in the car. About 2.5 hours on the river. Wasn’t too bad. Hotel had a pool, which was his favorite part. Will be heading back north on Monday, so will have to find something else to do then. —Jeffrey

— comment by Annie in London on August 6th, 2011 at 7:07pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Has your son expressed anyting yet over the differeneces he sees between Japan (Kyoto) and here you take him when you return to the U.S for the summer?

My son (born in Japan), now 20, did seem to get more out of being in the U.S.

He doesn’t really compare… each place is its place. —Jeffrey

— comment by Northern VA on August 6th, 2011 at 9:37pm JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

This looks like it was a lot of fun! How often do you return to the US? Is it a nice feeling to come back?

We come every summer. I enjoy both places, but since my main life is now in Kyoto and being here is “travel”, I miss more of Kyoto when I’m here than vice-versa. —Jeffrey

— comment by David K. on August 7th, 2011 at 3:54am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

The second photo has a neat perspective to it.

And Yuengling’s my favorite! I need to visit PA to restock…

— comment by Andrew Shieh, Sunnyvale, CA on August 7th, 2011 at 10:16am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

An excellent choice for a stop along the way… And no anxiety with the camera on the water;-)

Jason
(now South Korea, formerly UK)

— comment by JasonP on August 7th, 2011 at 11:26am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Pipestem brings back memories. I took my family there and rented a cottage over Thanksgiving almost 40 years ago. My wife and I went back several times and enjoyed staying in the lodge down in the river gorge. Love to see more shots of Pipestem.

— comment by Ward on August 8th, 2011 at 8:08am JST (6 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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