Paddling the South Branch of the Potomac
As we slid down the talus slope of Champe rocks, an enormous pair of sandstone fins accessible only by canoe, Kyle said, “I think you could spend your whole life in this part of West Virginia and not see every hidden gem like this.” I tend to agree. The vastness of our backyard here in Pendleton County, WV, is sometimes astonishing. There’s so much to do out here, and so few people doing it.
Working at Experience Learning, we have the unique benefit of being in the epicenter of recreation possibilities. In a single weekend off I’ve seen instructors fling themselves into paddling, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, backpacking, sledding, and gathering wild edibles. The Monongahela National Forest alone has over 900,000 acres to explore with trails extending right from our property boundary. As we look forward to an exciting season of programming, instructors are also looking forward to more opportunities for adventure in our national backyard.