By Jay Thomas
Now in the final days of the 2006th year following the first Christmas I look back at the last 350+ days and remember the exciting, adventurous, and communal times spent on and around the waterways of the southern US. I recollect the joys of planning the logistics of a trip; the initial idea of when and where to go, who to bring along, what to pack, where to stay, how to get there, and what to expect. I remember the excitement of the new places I visited this year. I reflect on the social times of bringing along friends and acquaintances to the wonderful places that I had experienced before, and watching them enjoy it, sometimes as much as me.
I feel proud of the work that we have done as a group for the community. The club has gained members and we have all gained friends by showing others that they are not alone in their love for the water and outdoors. We have also proven to the community that we care about the current and future state of our waterways by hosting the second successful Paddle Pickup. Furthermore, we have worked hard to demonstrate the potential of Beech Fork River for local and regional recreation with the push to construct the Bardstown Whitewater Park. I cannot imagine belonging to a more enthusiastic and committed group. I see the Bardstown Boaters continuing the successes of our past and growing on the very enthusiasm and commitment that brings us together.
I must mention my favorite trips of the year:
1. Number one must be my bachelor trip to the Big South Fork.
2. My first trip down the Ocoee. For a long time I had been looking forward to when I would finally have the skill to hit the Ocoee.
3. First miles of the Sheltowee Trace.
What are your favorites of the year?