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I took my family (and our foreign exchange student) whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River in PA.

Just did the Middle (family friendly) What a blast! Camped out for 4 days at the Ohiopyle State Park as well. Great weekend with the family. I can't wait for the boys to get a little older so we can run some of the Class 3/4 rapids.

What did you guys do?
 

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Wow ,,,glad you enjoyed your weekend , Had some great weather yesterday.. You was only 15-20 miles from my place. If your in to biking , the trail goes near Pittsburgh and to the east connects to the C&O Canal in Cumberland Md.
Just wondering did you come in from the Pa Turnpike or from Morgantown, WV ?

Helped BIL yesterday for a few hours , then wife and I took our youngest grandson for a Gator ride , had a picnic near the base of a Wind Turbine, then came back and dug two 15' ditches about 5' deep for the BIL.
With the intended delivery of some furniture this week, neighbor came over and got some items for his daughter and SIL. Tomorrow going to have a lot of fun , hauling all the LR furn to the bsmt and then cleaning the LR carpet .. Tomorrow night instead of setting in a recliner, will be setting in a plastic porch chair ,,,,can hardly wait !!!!:whip:
 

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sstlaure, If you don't want to wait until the boys grow up you can take me.:thumbup1gif:
 

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You got me way beat Scott. That sounds like a great time.
I painted my son's room. It was supposed to be done by Christmas; last year. We got ready for goose hunting which opens tomorrow. After hunting we are moving the oldest boy back to college.

I guess I'm not going to make the big thresheree that's only about 20 miles from here, maybe next year.
 

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I took my family (and our foreign exchange student) whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River in PA.

Just did the Middle (family friendly) What a blast! Camped out for 4 days at the Ohiopyle State Park as well. Great weekend with the family. I can't wait for the boys to get a little older so we can run some of the Class 3/4 rapids.

What did you guys do?
Heck if I knew you were doing to be in this neck of the woods I would have had you bring me some Kowalski hotdogs.

Looks like you had fun.


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Wow ,,,glad you enjoyed your weekend , Had some great weather yesterday.. You was only 15-20 miles from my place. If your in to biking , the trail goes near Pittsburgh and to the east connects to the C&O Canal in Cumberland Md.
Just wondering did you come in from the Pa Turnpike or from Morgantown, WV ?

Helped BIL yesterday for a few hours , then wife and I took our youngest grandson for a Gator ride , had a picnic near the base of a Wind Turbine, then came back and dug two 15' ditches about 5' deep for the BIL.
With the intended delivery of some furniture this week, neighbor came over and got some items for his daughter and SIL. Tomorrow going to have a lot of fun , hauling all the LR furn to the bsmt and then cleaning the LR carpet .. Tomorrow night instead of setting in a recliner, will be setting in a plastic porch chair ,,,,can hardly wait !!!!:whip:
Came in on the turnpike. 6 hrs end to end. (7 with the stops for food/bathroom, etc.) Had a little drama when we got to the camp. Had stopped about 1 hr out with no issues, but when we pulled into the campground the right rear brake was smoking BAD. Wheel was too hot to touch. Looked at it in camp and the brake was dragging really bad (it's about 6pm on Thursday) Had my wife use her smart phone and started dialing mechanics. Found one in Connelsville (sp?) about 20 mi away over the mountains. Had to snake my way through there using the force (not fond of road signs are you guys????) Got turned around in Dunbar, heard banjos and quickly got out of there.

Seized brake caliper (screw in style piston). 2 hrs and $245 later car was good as new (well - good as ~126,000 miles anyway) Not bad for an emergency repair. The guy only charged me 30 min labor. Had to replace caliper, rotor and pads, he threw the extra pads in the other side while he was at it. I'll be doing a full brake job this weekend, probably replacing the other rear caliper.

Didn't let it get the weekend mood down - once it was over it was out of my mind. Had great weather all weekend until late last night/today. It POURED overnight and continued today. Forecast didn't look good so we broke camp in the rain and headed out. Hit the Laurel Caverns on the way out.

Dodged the Ohio turnpike police NUMEROUS times and made great time home. Had to set EVERYTHING back up to dry out and I'll tear it all down tomorrow.

Only problem is now I want a freaking raft.:laugh: That thing would be AWESOME for a little fishing vessel. Room for coolers, you can stand up in them and you can throw it on the roof of the car.
 

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Heck if I knew you were doing to be in this neck of the woods I would have had you bring me some Kowalski hotdogs.

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All I knew was that we were going rafting. My wife is the planner. I just told her to make it fun. Most weekends are for work. This one is for play.
 

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Came in on the turnpike. 6 hrs end to end. (7 with the stops for food/bathroom, etc.) Had a little drama when we got to the camp. Had stopped about 1 hr out with no issues, but when we pulled into the campground the right rear brake was smoking BAD. Wheel was too hot to touch. Looked at it in camp and the brake was dragging really bad (it's about 6pm on Thursday) Had my wife use her smart phone and started dialing mechanics. Found one in Connelsville (sp?) about 20 mi away over the mountains. Had to snake my way through there using the force (not fond of road signs are you guys????) Got turned around in Dunbar, heard banjos and quickly got out of there.

Seized brake caliper (screw in style piston). 2 hrs and $245 later car was good as new (well - good as ~126,000 miles anyway) Not bad for an emergency repair. The guy only charged me 30 min labor. Had to replace caliper, rotor and pads, he threw the extra pads in the other side while he was at it. I'll be doing a full brake job this weekend, probably replacing the other rear caliper.

Didn't let it get the weekend mood down - once it was over it was out of my mind. Had great weather all weekend until late last night/today. It POURED overnight and continued today. Forecast didn't look good so we broke camp in the rain and headed out. Hit the Laurel Caverns on the way out.

Dodged the Ohio turnpike police NUMEROUS times and made great time home. Had to set EVERYTHING back up to dry out and I'll tear it all down tomorrow.

Only problem is now I want a freaking raft.:laugh: That thing would be AWESOME for a little fishing vessel. Room for coolers, you can stand up in them and you can throw it on the roof of the car.
Glad to hear you found a mechanic that got you back on the road,, plus sounds like you was treated fair. Yea coming from Ohiopyle , to Dunbar can be tricky. Haven't been there for a couple of years, last weekend ,the area where you visited had close to 4" of rain in a short time frame. It flooded Dunbar so not sure what road blocks or mess you may have found. After a few light showers Sunday morning didn't rain the rest of the day, looked like it could but we lucked out. Same this morning a light rain and rest of day looking better.

Saturday evening when we had our picnic at the Wind Turbine we was close to Laurel Caverns .
If you come back again ,and into history , Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located 11 miles east of Uniontown Pennsylvania and 1 mile west of Farmington, PA along The National Road (US Route 40. Plus you may have passed up the entrance to Frank Lloyd Wright home Falling Waters coming down from the Pa Turnpike, well depending on which exit you got off. If in to Casino's about 2 miles past Farmington ,Pa you can loose or win your money :laugh: .
Friday morning meet my brother, friend and cousin for breakfast at Braddock Inn and then stopped in Farmington Post Office. I was 10 miles from the house. I'm guessing when you left Ohiopyle and went to Laura Caverns you came onto 40 at Chalk Hill . Closer to the Summit where you turned and went to Laurel Caverns. If you came from Ohiopyle to Farmington , then made a right you would have passed Fort Nes, and Braddock Inn and grave.
Good to hear you had a good time and enjoyed . Sounds like you will be coming back to the area to have more fun.
 

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Glad to hear you found a mechanic that got you back on the road,, plus sounds like you was treated fair. Yea coming from Ohiopyle , to Dunbar can be tricky. Haven't been there for a couple of years, last weekend ,the area where you visited had close to 4" of rain in a short time frame. It flooded Dunbar so not sure what road blocks or mess you may have found. After a few light showers Sunday morning didn't rain the rest of the day, looked like it could but we lucked out. Same this morning a light rain and rest of day looking better.

Saturday evening when we had our picnic at the Wind Turbine we was close to Laurel Caverns .
If you come back again ,and into history , Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located 11 miles east of Uniontown Pennsylvania and 1 mile west of Farmington, PA along The National Road (US Route 40. Plus you may have passed up the entrance to Frank Lloyd Wright home Falling Waters coming down from the Pa Turnpike, well depending on which exit you got off. If in to Casino's about 2 miles past Farmington ,Pa you can loose or win your money :laugh: .
Friday morning meet my brother, friend and cousin for breakfast at Braddock Inn and then stopped in Farmington Post Office. I was 10 miles from the house. I'm guessing when you left Ohiopyle and went to Laura Caverns you came onto 40 at Chalk Hill . Closer to the Summit where you turned and went to Laurel Caverns. If you came from Ohiopyle to Farmington , then made a right you would have passed Fort Nes, and Braddock Inn and grave.
Good to hear you had a good time and enjoyed . Sounds like you will be coming back to the area to have more fun.
Yep - saw where both of the FLW homes were (Kentuck Knob as well) but didn't get around to them. Thursday was a drive day and set-up camp (and fix car), Friday was the river trip (about 6 hr float), Saturday was a hike followed by swimming in the river above the falls in town. The kids really enjoyed the waterslides in the rocks and we packed up yesterday morning.

Took 40 out of Laurel Caverns and picked up 76.

It did look a little abandoned in Dunbar, but there were cars and it looks like the police station is a low spot in town (and was manned based on the vehicles.) Did cross the river there, so that would have been the section of town under water (if it were).

We'll definitely get back again - it was a very doable ride for a weekend trip. I can do 6 hrs in my sleep (longest roadtrip so far was 54 hrs roundtrip non-stop w/3 drivers Detroit to Utah and back to buy my Bronco.) Still tons to do in the area - zip-lining, ropes courses, fishing, rock-climbing, etc.

I highly recommend the Middle Yough for literally ANYONE. It's a 6 hr float, but it's not really challenging at all (just fun) with mild waves. It's just enough to have fun and not "just float down the river" but not dangerous at all. If you've never done it before - you really have to give it a try.:thumbup1gif:

Although, my wife DID end up in the river once - bumped sideways off a big rock and she wasn't looking ahead and didn't brace. Just a little bruise on her shoulder, so it's all good....of course - I was the one steering the ship.:mocking:
 

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Yep - saw where both of the FLW homes were (Kentuck Knob as well) but didn't get around to them. Thursday was a drive day and set-up camp (and fix car), Friday was the river trip (about 6 hr float), Saturday was a hike followed by swimming in the river above the falls in town. The kids really enjoyed the waterslides in the rocks and we packed up yesterday morning.

Took 40 out of Laurel Caverns and picked up 76.

It did look a little abandoned in Dunbar, but there were cars and it looks like the police station is a low spot in town (and was manned based on the vehicles.) Did cross the river there, so that would have been the section of town under water (if it were).

We'll definitely get back again - it was a very doable ride for a weekend trip. I can do 6 hrs in my sleep (longest roadtrip so far was 54 hrs roundtrip non-stop w/3 drivers Detroit to Utah and back to buy my Bronco.) Still tons to do in the area - zip-lining, ropes courses, fishing, rock-climbing, etc.

I highly recommend the Middle Yough for literally ANYONE. It's a 6 hr float, but it's not really challenging at all (just fun) with mild waves. It's just enough to have fun and not "just float down the river" but not dangerous at all. If you've never done it before - you really have to give it a try.:thumbup1gif:

Although, my wife DID end up in the river once - bumped sideways off a big rock and she wasn't looking ahead and didn't brace. Just a little bruise on her shoulder, so it's all good....of course - I was the one steering the ship.:mocking:
Glad to hear you enjoyed the area , and yes there is a lot of do in this area. Around the first of the week in Oct when the leaves are turning and in full color ,,,just plain beautiful. We came out your way a couple years ago, took two of the grandkids to the Henry Ford Museum. Like you said ., 7hrs trip I think we had 7-8 by the time we looked around a little when we got to Dearborn .
If and when you decide to come back , let me know and if nothing going on I'll meet you in the area, or we can meet at a Good family restaurant.

From the sound of things your wife is doing OK , of course it was your fault when she fell out ,since you was steering the ship :laugh:
 

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I have been moving fire wood from down back in the drying shed to the house firewood shed for winter use, long way to go. I kinda like your idea way better.
 

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Very Nice felixm22. Looking GOOD!
 

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That is looking GOOD!! :good2:
 

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I've rafted on the New River in W. VA many times, it's great fun!

I took advantage of the world going away for 3 days (no interruptions) and wrote/debugged software. Yea haw.

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I've rafted on the New River in W. VA many times, it's great fun!

I took advantage of the world going away for 3 days (no interruptions) and wrote/debugged software. Yea haw.

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I did the New River about 10 years ago (pre-kids) but water level was pretty low - now that the kids know what to expect, we're planning another trip to kick off the summer in June next year with a little more action. Saw a Class III/IV river with min age of 8 yo down in Tennessee that looks pretty good. Any of the Class III+ stuff was min age 12 on the Yough.
 

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You can do the New River in big rafts where the guide has oars. While you paddle, the guy with the oars pretty much can take care of everything. Great way for a group to learn to paddle without any real possibility of some down-side. Other companies can give you "paddle boat only" where everyone really does have to paddle. Get a raft with the cross pieces, you can brace yourself in.

The upper New River has a class 3 and under, many companies have "duckie" runs where each person has a little raft all their own. Lower new goes up class V. I've found the "class" designations to be a bit random...

Once you think you're good at this stuff, do the Gaully (sp?) river in that same neck of the woods. Did that once with an open raft (no cross pieces). The only time I've washed out and I did it 3 times. We had a bad attitude masochist guide who quite possibly had just been released from prison and was off his meds and had a hangover. After washing out and doing a rapid _under_ the raft, I popped up and he yelled at me "Stop screwing around" (or words to that effect) "This is no time to be swimming." The Gaully is also very cold since it comes from a release at the bottom of a dam. You'll need to rent a wet suit. Gaully goes to class Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, including going over a 12' waterfall (which looks like about 30' when you're going over it).

So, lots of options for lots of experience levels. If you go with a bunch of adults only, remember that beer is best consumed as a celebratory beverage after you've rafted, not as a preparatory beverage the night before. :drinks:

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