Bluestone River Trip, Class II-III, May 27-30

Leaders: Terry & Thresa Dougherty, 423- 502-5177

This is the 32nd year for the Bluestone Trip.  The trip this year is planned later than ever because the Pipestem State Park Mountain Creek Lodge does not open until Friday May 27, Memorial weekend with a 3-night minimum.  The cost is $97.44 with tax per night.  We could not reserve a block of rooms, so folks will need to call 304-466-1800 to make their own reservations.  With it being a holiday weekend, they probably need to call ASAP to get rooms.  Camping is available in the campground and reservations can be made as well.

We are planning on paddling Saturday and Sunday (optional).  The average flow for the May 30 timeframe is 518 CFS, so the water level could be really good.  Other activities include golfing, birding, horseback riding, hiking and biking.  A Saturday evening Happy Hour (Ed Montgomery coordinator) is planned and is always a fun event.  This is a special trip and we hope you can join us for the longest running TEHCC annual paddling trip!

Friday Hikers: Big Laurel Creek, April 15

We had a nice wildflower hike along Big Laurel Creek in North Carolina under clouds early, then sunny in the afternoon with occasional breezes.  The wildflowers were out in profusion with many varieties and many individual flowers.  Many flowering trees added to the scene.  Because of recent heavy rains, the clear rushing creek stole the show with powerful rapids.  A few kayakers were enjoying the flow also.  Hikers were Olin Babb, Lee Bockman, Kathy and Jerry Case. Andrew Cleland, Ann Cosby, Carol and Dave Dunham, Judith Foster, Bob Harvey, Carol Idol, Susie Seiler, Jerry Sluder, and Collins Chew.