Once a year there is paddle madness along this historic canal. Hundreds of kayaks and canoes launch from the park where I work and head north into Virginia. The paddle is a tad over 7 miles and attracts paddlers of all skill levels. Thankfully, this Saturday was bright and beautiful with temps in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Everyone seemed to enjoy the paddle -- even those folks I had to remind to don their life jackets as per the rules of the event ;)
Three miles into the paddle, boats prepare to cross the state line.
There were several craft powered by peddling. They were popular with tired paddlers who wanted to catch a tow for a while. This lady was kind enough to let her friends hitch a ride for a bit.
I usually direct traffic during the unloading of the boats for the event, but this year I got to ride in a chase boat. It was a nice change of pace.