On Sunday, I hit the mighty Ohio River for the 14th annual Paddlefest. It’s a 3-day outdoor celebration, culminating in an 8-mile jaunt down the river in kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards and other hand-powered watercraft. The river is closed to barge and motorboat traffic for a few hours, making for a very peaceful journey, and a chance to see Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky from a unique perspective as you make your way down the river.
This was my 5th consecutive Paddlefest, and my 4th in a row with my friend and co-worker Matt. More than 1,400 folks made the trek, and nary a special friend of Ned Beatty in sight. The weather was perfect, the water was calm, and the scene was serene.
Can’t wait ’til next year.
This is one time I can say that delay worked in everyone’s favor. I was sad a bit ago when the weather caused a sudden (but smart) cancellation of Paddlefest 2015. As my girlfriends and I ran all along the Ohio for our long run early Sunday, we were so giddy with the weather and excited for the paddlers. What. A. Glorious. Day! So happy you were able to be out on the water. Thanks for the pictures.