Some of my more agnostic paddling friends give me a hard time when I can’t paddle on Sunday mornings because of church. They call Sunday morning paddles “River Church”. One of the nice things about being Catholic is that you can go to Mass on Saturday, and then go to “River Church” on Sunday, and not feel guilty about it (if you are prone to feel guilty about those types of things). Anyway, yesterday was my day to go to “River Church”.
It has been almost a year since I took the drive out to Tariffville, CT to run the Tariffville Gorge or “Tville” section of the Farmington River. “Tville” is one of the best-known whitewater runs in southern New England. The run itself is short - just 1.5 miles - but the water runs most of the year, and there are play spots for paddlers of all skill levels. At yesterday’s level it was a class II/III run. The river starts off with some easy surf waves and ledges.
Once you enter the gorge the intensity picks up a bit with the Bridge Abutment Rapid (ran right) and the Playhole (ran left). The Playhole was at nice level, but I was too chicken to try. Here are a couple of the braver souls in the playhole.
A couple of barely successful attempts surfing at Typewriter finished up the day.
A few more pictures here: