The team revived a Halloween night paddle from Bellefonte’s Moonyside (it wasn’t Sunny) to Milesburg. Starting at 8:30 p.m., Alden Henrie of Snow Shoe led the way with his head lamp along with Ryan Pacella of Bellefonte and Jake Saldana of Milesburg. The group decided the head lamp wasn’t very useful and relied on incident light from houses and street lights for the final and most exciting rapids.
Local paddling continues at the Sunnyside Paddling Park in Bellefonte. Last week on one session the air temperature started at 40 degrees and ended at 38 for local paddlers Celia Graef, Linus Kaye and Eric Reichard of State College along with Saldana.
Incidentally, the coldest paddling session at Sunnyside by Mach One paddlers (or anyone else) has been a 30-minute trial when a school busing delay was in effect. Martin Greenberg and Rachel Thomas paddled 30 minutes at 0 degrees before heading to school.
Mach One has a Christmas Camp scheduled Dec. 27-30 primarily at Sunnyside, but we could spend it elsewhere or at a couple of places. Camp costs $15 per day and we have sit-down lunches together for that price.
The plan is to do some simple kayaking games such as one-on-one racing, backwards paddling, and even a bit of slalom. If snow comes, canogoning at Slab Cabin Park will be the theme of the day.
The next indoor pool session is scheduled for Dec. 1 at the Juniata Valley YMCA in Burnham with an opportunity to learn an eskimo roll. A fee of $25 gets a registrant to the remaining five sessions. Participants are to meet at 2:15 p.m. at Sunnyside to load up boats and the session runs from 4 to 6 p.m.