Landscapes January 25, 2017

Waterways Explored Part 3

Blue Marsh Lake

August 29, 2015 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK on a Mushing tour of Blue Marsh Lake in Pennsylvania. The lake is a man made lake along the Tulpehocken Creek and was made to provide flood control to the Schuylkill River Valley. It was also made for water supply and recreation, with construction beginning in 1974.

SchuylkillRiver.org to learn more about the lake and surrounding trails

US Army Corps of Engineers Website is another great resource to learn more about this lake


Deckers Creek and Monongahela River

The WooFPAK took a mushing tour of the Deckers Creek Trail in Morgantown, West Virginia on March 27, 2012. Deckers Creek is a tributary of the Monongahela River that supported the Native Americans living and hunting in the area for thousands of years before the first European settlers arrived.

The Monongahela River formed 20 million years ago. In its natural state the river was shallow but because of the series of nine locks and dams, the river is deep enough for tow boats to pull barges. The Native Americans named the river Monongahela, meaning “river with crumbling or falling banks.”

Friends of Deckers Creek Website to learn more about both Deckers Creek and the Monongahela River

WooFDriver On Tour - Deckers Creek Trail, Morgantown West VA 03.27.2012


Codorus Creek

On January 25, 2012 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK on a mushing tour of the Heritage Trail in Pennsylvania that passes by the Codorus Creek. The creek is a 42.4 mile long tributary of the Susquehanna River and its name means “rapid water” to the Native Americans. The creek has developed a small following of fishermen who travel from afar bypassing well known streams to fish here for its vibrant trout.

Codorus Trout Unlimited Website to learn more about this creek

Wikipedia Webpage another resource to learn more about the Codorus Creek

WooFDriver On Tour - Heritage Trail,  New Freedom PA 1.25.2012


Lehigh and Delaware Rivers

The WooFDriver has mushed the WooFPAK on much of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail which travels along the Lehigh River. The Lehigh River is a tributary of the Delaware River and is 109 miles long located in eastern Pennsylvania.

The Lehigh river flows through valleys between the Appalachian Mountains. The upper river is characterized by its numerous whitewater rapids and lower river forms the heart of the Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley is a historically important coal and steel producing region of Pennsylvania.

The Delaware River is a major river on the east coast of the United States. Its watershed drains into five states New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. The Delaware River is named in honor of Thomas West De La Warr, Virginia colony’s first royal governor who defended the colony during the First Anglo-Powhatan War.

Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about the Delaware River

Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about the Lehigh River

Please enjoy this photo albums for their Mushing adventure on the trail!
D&L Trail 12.30.2014

Another section of the D&L Trail the WooFDriver and PAK Mushed on December 4, 2014
D&L Trail 12.04.2014

From November 20, 2014
D&L Trail 11.20.2014

Here they are on another section of the D&L Trail on November 13, 2014!
Lehigh Valley 11.13.2014

From October 30, 2014
D&L Trail 10.30.2014

From October 23, 2014
D&L Trail 10.23.2014

From Mushing Tour on January 18, 2012
WooFDriver On Tour - Lehigh Valley PA 1.18.2012


Schuylkill River

On February 15, 2012 the WooFDriver and PAK went for a mushing tour of the Schuylkill River Trail named after the river it runs along. The Schuylkill River runs 135 miles long in Pennsylvania. The river valley was vital to shipping throughout the eras, with many railroads still in use. The oil works, silt and coal dust from mines upstream industries led to extensive silting of the river. So much pollution that Benjamin Franklin left money in his will to fund restoration.

Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about the Schuylkill River

WooFDriver On Tour - Schuylkill River Trail, Philadelphia PA 2.15.2012


Shenandoah River

The WooFDriver loves to take the WooFPAK to the Shenandoah Valley where they take to the fields Free Range Running. They often visit the banks of the Shenandoah River to explore. This river is a tributary of the Potomac River and 55.6 miles long with two forks approximately 100 miles long each in Virginia and West Virginia. The origin of the name may have came from General George Washington. It is assumed he named the valley and river in honor of Oskanondonha (also known as Skenando or Shenandoah), an Oneida Chief, who led hundreds of Oneida and Tuscarora warriors in support of the American rebels on the frontier during the Revolutionary War.

Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about the Shenandoah River

Shenandoah


Chesapeake Bay

On December 13, 2011 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK on a mushing tour Kent Island, Maryland. Kent Island is the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay is categorized as an estuary, freshwater from rivers and streams mixing with the ocean’s salt water. Running from Havre de Grace, Maryland to Norfolk, Virginia it is 200 miles long and provides food, water, cover and nursery areas to more than 3,000 species of wildlife.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Website to learn more about the bay

WooFDriver On Tour - Kent Island MD 12.13.2011


Atlantic Ocean

On February 14, 2013 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK on a mushing adventure on the beach of Assateague Island, Maryland at Atlantic Ocean’s coast. It is the second largest Ocean, following the Pacific Ocean. It covers 22 percent of the earth’s surface and is on average the saltiest major ocean. It is believed to be the second youngest of the five oceans, not existing prior to 130 million years ago.

Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about the Atlantic Ocean

WooFDriver Event - Mushing The Beach -Assateague Island, Ocean City MD 1.14.2013


Casselman River

On January 13, 2014 the WooFDriver went on a Mushing tour with the WooFPAK on the Great Allegheny Passage and crossed the Casselman River.

The Casselman River is 56.5 miles long and a tributary of the Youghiogheny River in western Maryland and Pennsylvania. It has been used for transportation across the Allegheny Mountains between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about the Casselman River

Check out the photo album for the mushing tour!
WDOT Gap Trail Rockwood 1.13.2014


Erie Canal

July 27, 2015 the WooFDriver and the crew took the WooFPAK for a Midnight Mushing tour of the Erie Canal in New York.

The canal began construction in 1817 to create a navigable water route from New York City and Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. In 2000, the United States Congress designated the Erie Canal-way National Heritage Corridor as the most successful and influential human-built waterway and one of the most important works of civil engineering and construction in North America.

Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about the Erie Canal


Potomac River

March 19, 2015 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK for a Free Ranging and Mushing tour. They stopped at the overlook to capture this awesome panoramic shot of the Potomac River.

The Potomac River is approximately 405 miles long and flows into the Chesapeake Bay. It is the fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of the United States and the 21st largest in the United States with over 5 million people live within its watershed.

Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about the Potomac River

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