I just returned from the Delaware River Sojourn. (Another bus man's holiday for me.) This year's theme was Conserving Our Wild and Scenic River. The Sojourn was a great opportunity to commemorate the 40th anniversary of National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. That law lead to the Wild and Scenic designation for the Upper and Middle Delaware River in 1978 (30 years ago!).
Our trip went as far north as Skinner's Falls. I ended my trip at a favorite birding location, Giving Pond in Tinicum. Others continued on to Matinicunk Island, near Burlington, NJ. The Sojourn sampled different sections of the Delaware each day (each year the trip itinerary changes). One can paddle from the beginning to end, or pick and choose sections by day. Besides paddling, each day we had several rest stops that featured educational programs. These programs were excellent and cultivated discussion among paddlers as we got back onto the River. In the evenings, we shared campfires, stories and laughter.
The Delaware River Corridor is awesome and inspiring. The Sojourn is worthwhile just for the opportunity to experience the natural resources protected by a variety of entities (federal, states and private). But the human resource provided by my fellow sojourners was an equally important part of the experience. I gleaned information from expert paddlers, naturalists, photographers, eco-travelers and others who shared tips, instruction and enthusiasm. It was a wonderful experience. This was my first Sojourn, but not my last.