Being the longest waterway in the northeast United States, the 460-mile Susquehanna River runs from the foothills of New York’s Catskill Mountains to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Along the way it spills across all types of topography, giving paddlers a selection of conditions only found on long rivers. From soothing flat water to seething class III rapids, the Susquehanna delivers diversity.
With long-distance hiking and mountain climbing – the two sports I most often practice – being unappealing in November (the month when it is cold enough to freeze your butt off but when there is no snow to make it fun), long-distance canoeing seemed like a fine way to pass the month. Besides, once in my canoe I would be heading towards warmer climes, as one of my students put it, “like a bird.” As chilly as it really got though, my toes stayed warm and cozy in my Darn Tough Mountaineering Extra Cushion socks.
Below is a chronological photo journey from source to sea on the Susquehanna.