Kayaking the Yough

Where I’m from there is a local river by the name of Youghiogheny.  As you can guess this has been shortened to Yough (“Yok”).  And if you have spent any time in the mountains of my area you no doubt have visited Ohiopyle, Pa.  The river that runs through the little town of Ohiopyle is none other than the Yough.  The areas that we use the most are either the “Middle Yough” or the “Lower Yough.”  The “middle” section works well for a lazy float down stream for the family.  The “Lower” section has a bit more, shall we say, excitement.

Years ago I worked in Ohiopyle as a photographer taking photos on the middle Yough of those that took the rafting trips.  Not to date myself but this was before digital cameras.  I always enjoyed capturing the action and the expressions on the faces of the people as they made their way through a small rapid.  But the fun place to be is on the lower Yough at what is referred to as the entry rapids on the “Loop”.  The photo graphs below were all taken this past Saturday while I was out enjoying the weather.

Hope you enjoy!

Water, Kayak, and Sun: Equal Fun

As I watched the snow fall and the wind blow today I thought back to the warm summer days, as I’m sure many do when faced with the bitter cold of winter.  So today I’m posting some photographs from a spot in Ohiopyle State Park along the Youghiogheny River.  The river runs through the heart of the park and people come from all over to kayak the section know as the lower Yough.  I spent one summer on the river working as a photographer taking photos of the rafters and kayakers.  And from time to time I’ll venture back to the old spot and take a few shots and enjoy a peaceful day in the park.

Hope this warms your bones if your in the dead of winter.