05 Sep 12 Surviving the Penobscot Heat
What an amazing twofer whitewater weekend, with great friends, weather and amazing guides.
Weekend started for the eight of us when we arrived at the Twin Pines Cabins on Millinocket Lake. We settled into our cabin around 2 and enjoyed the lake and sights of Katadin. After a great dinner and fire we tucked in early for an even earlier rise. 6:00 came early on Saturday and headed over to the Penobscot Outdoor Center for a little debriefing and gear collection, then we hit the best River, in my opinion, in the Northeast. The beautiful weather made for a great day and Alex, our guide, kept us in the heat and meat of the river all day long. We surfed, got jostled about a little and made some great lines into the best rapids around. No one left the raft or dumping on this day, but there was always tomorrow.
We closed the day by laughing at the video replay while enjoying a beer at the bar and then heading back to the cabin. We got a good dinner in and again hung out by the fire until we decided it was time to turn in. Tomorrow was going to be another great day on the Penobscot.
Another early wake up and checking out of the cabins was done and we on our way down the road again. Went through our briefings and we were on the river in no time for another brilliant day. This time, Luke was our guide and he did not let us down. Tough to beat the previous run with Alex but Luke was up to the challenge. We hit every line, spot on and even got some surfing in on a couple of areas we hadn't before. We experienced some great action, took one lots of heavy water and even survived the "darkroom" for a few of our friends. I was even launched out of the front row on the last run of the day on The Falls.
This year's trip has been our best yet over the last 5 years of running all of the rivers Northern Outdoors has to offer, including High Water, and already stoked for next year. It was a great weekend, with great weather and only made better by some awesome whitewater and guides. This trip was an EPIC success!
Thank you again to the folks at Twin Pines, Alex and Luke, and the whole crew of Northern Outdoors for making our annual getaway one for the ages.
Pelham, New Hampshire
Rating: 5 *****