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A Paddler's Diary: Downstream from Warren, Pennsylvania
Eagles, hawks, osprey, and a Great Blue Heron
Friday 10/4 finally came and we headed out to Buckaloons Recreation Area, not far from Warren, PA. This
stretch of the Allegheny offers a nice mix of undeveloped forested hills rolling down to the river, houses of
all scale, and what I affectionately refer to as Upper Appalachia. Over the course of our trip, we must have
encountered 20 islands in the river as well. With Liz's expert guidance, we also spotted numerous eagles,
hawks, osprey, and on Sunday we drifted past a Great Blue Heron who seemed to be hunting on the shore
of an island.
The Cleveland Metroparks Institute of the Great Outdoors (IGO) hosts numerous classes, activities, and
adventures throughout the year. After enjoying some classes through IGO, I apprehensively decided to sign
up for this Allegheny River trip - my first overnight canoe-camp trip.The caravan ride out seemed quick and
was uneventful, and we arrived after 6PM. Of course, the remains of a hurricane were forecasted to blow
through the area, and after a dinner of Randy's "After eating this, Castaneda gave up peyote" Chili and
Mike's hamburger buffet, we did get high winds and rain. Fortunately it wasn't that bad, especially when one
doses up on Tylenol PM (only per John's suggestion lol!).
We trimmed the canoes Saturday morning under overcast skies. The day started out with some sprinkles,
gray skies, and light winds as we made our way down the Allegheny.
Allegheny River Wilderness Islands
The Allegheny Wilderness has had