On Friday, the 5th of June, Project 113 helped kick off the 17th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn by bringing the locomotive to Schuylkill Haven for the event's kickoff. 113, traveling by herself, arrived in Schuylkill Haven in mid-afternoon, and she came back home to Minersville that evening. While on display at the Island Park complex, a quarter-mile north of the Schuylkill Haven depot (click here for a map), from 4 until 7:30 p.m., we had the engine cab open for tours, and we had our train wares for sale as well.
The Schuylkill River Sojourn is an annual 112-mile guided canoe/kayak trip on the Schuylkill River that begins in rural Schuylkill Haven and ends seven days later in Philadelphia's Boathouse Row. Participants paddle 14-18 miles per day and can register for the entire trip or as little as one day. Sometimes it is wet and wild. At other times it is peaceful and inspiring. There are a few rapids, calm water, plenty of laughs, songs at the campsites, and celebrations in the river towns. There is a little bit of everything for paddlers throughout the week-long sojourn that begins the first weekend of June. And though the same route is paddled every year, a different river greets us every June.