How far would you travel for a day trip? For me, it was 3.5 hours on Saturday for a trip on the White River in VT. I don’t think that is the longest I have done (that’s 4 hours to the Mongaup in NY), but it is close.
There are two sections of the White River that are popular for spring trips – the lower Gaysville section from Stockbridge to Bethel, and the upper section from Granville to Stockbridge. Our original plan was the paddle the lower Gaysville section that has a few more exciting rapids, but due to high water levels the trip was moved to the upper section.
This would be my first trip on the White River, so it really didn’t matter to me which section we paddled. The group was all canoes. I’d be paddling tandem with my friend Jonathan, and the group included one other tandem, four solos (including DougD), and four polers. This section is 13 miles of quickwater that winds through the pretty farms and fields of VT’s dairy country. It rained on and off until around 2:00, but then the clouds lifted and we even saw some blue sky. Great trip and worth the drive. Few pictures here: