Turkey, Stuffing, and Beginner to Intermediate Kayak Instruction
There was whitewater.
There was camping.
There was camaraderie.
TRPC is a paddling group from the Pittsburgh area. They organize paddling outings and instruction, bringing boaters together to make them better.
They hold three large club events annually: the Slip Clinic, the Turkey Bash, and their Holiday Party. Steve Barber, State Director of American Canoe Association Pennsylvania, and TRPC member, attended the recent Turkey Bash. Like these sweet river pics, Unit4media visuals master Steve harvested some event gold.
Learning the Lines
The Turkey Bash was once again set in Ohiopyle State Park’s Youghiogheny River (Yough).
Beginners took on the class I-II Middle Yough.
For slightly seasoned beginners or intermediate boaters, instructors took them down the class III-IV Lower Yough.
The instruction was provided by experienced TRPC members.
The time TRPC members spent on the water together fuzed them through the whitewater’s foam. Learning how to navigate the V’s; heck even learning to paddle straight; putting your roll into action (though hopefully not needing it too often): sharing these struggles and accomplishments with others gave you fast friends in just a few days.
Beyond Kayak Instruction: Kayakers Camping
These friendships continued to form after the take-out. The Turkey Bash included two days of camping at Benner’s. Boaters sat around fires, sharing how they got into boating, and half-truths from river runs in the past.
Saturday night was the biggest TRPC hoorah: the Turkey Dinner. This event was catered, so these boaters enjoyed finely prepared food. Pies stretched before them from the Ohiopyle Bakery.
With adrenaline spent, bellies full and shaking from laughs, and faces lit with smiles, the evening had a great sense of contentment in nature.
TRPC’s Turkey Bash Was What Paddling’s All About
Enjoying paddling sports means soaking in the water. With that wild nature, you learn a few things and make a few friends. With lots of instruction and boater buds wrapped into a weekend, TRPC’s Turkey Bash gave a kayaker a few days of what the sport is all about.
Paddling Is As Close As Your Keyboard!
Learn more about TRPC!
Dive more into touring Touing Ohiopyle!
Read PA DCNR’s Ohiopyle page!
Look at the pics from the event!
Going camping? Checkout Benner’s!