Day 1: Bill Tingley waves to the engineer as the train travels along Muddy Pond.
Paddlers at Muddy Pond in Washington, Mass. are set to start the 10-day journey down the Housatonic River.
HVA's Berkshire Program Manager Dennis Regan and Outreach Program Manager Alison Dixon at the sign dedicating the Hinsdale Flats Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
Paddlers wind their way through the Hinsdale Flats area of the East Branch of the Housatonic River where they will encounter many beaver dams.
Paddlers arriving in Hinsdale after a couple hours of paddling.
Dennis Regan presents Liz Sorensen of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation ACEC Program with a Housatonic River Hero Award at Ozzie's Steak and Egg Restaurant in Hinsdale.
Dennis Regan and HVA's Executive Director Lynn Werner (right) present Karen Pelto of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection with a Housatonic River Hero award at Ozzie's Steak and Egg Restaurant in Hinsdale.
HVA's Development Director Dick Sears and Executive Director Lynn Werner paddling in Dalton.
Jim Noel (left) of Crane and Company explains plans for a microhydro facility on the Housatonic and shows a miniature hydro turbine model to trip leaders Bill Tingley (center) and Nic Osborn (right).
Day 2: All bundled up to start a cold wet day on the Housatonic in Pittsfield.
Pittsfield Mayor James Roberto and Dennis Regan at Fred Garner Park in Pittsfield where paddlers stopped to enjoy pizza and celebrate Pittsfield's 250th anniversary and the PCB remediaton progress on the river.
Dennis Regan presents Dean Tagliaferro of the federal Environmental Protection Agency with a Housatonic River Hero award and paddles from HVA, Housatonic River Initiative, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Mass Audubon and Citizens for PCB Removal.
Day 3: Leaving Decker Landing in Lenox for a 4.5 mile paddle with views of October Mountain State Forest.
Stopping at Woods Pond, paddlers get a tour of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox.
Miniature town at the Berkshire ScenicRailway Museum.
Dennis Regan and Karen Pelto of the DEP explain how the new access site was constructed at Woods Pond before they cut the ribbon. The pedestrian bridge and October Mountain State Forest are behind them.
Paddlers get ready to leave Woods Pond for the next leg of the trip.
Trip leaders and Dennis Regan negotiate rapids in Lenox on the way to Lee.
Bill Tingley and Schuyler Thomson made it through the rapids safely and arrive in Lee.
Dennis Regan and Nic Osborn also negotiated the rapids safely.
A visitor at the Lee Athletic Field tries her hand at fly casting after a demonstration by Gene Shague of Trout Unlimited as Lynn Stonebridge (a through paddler) watches.
Housatonic Philharmonic entertain at the RedLion's Den inSTockbridge with old-time jig, reels, hoedowns and waltzes.
Paddlers, staff and significant others enjoy dinner at the Red Lion's Den after a very long day.
Day 4: Paddlers tour the Glendale Dam in Stockbridge where two new river access sites are planned.
Dennis Regan (right) presents a Houstonic River Hero award to Kevin Webb of the Littleville Power Company.
Happy paddlers at the Glendale Dam.
Touring the Glendale Dam.
Trip leaders from left, Nic Osborn, Schuyler Thomson and Bill Tingley with Mary Flynn, former Stockbridge selectman and former HVA Board Member, at Rising Pond Dam.
Day 5: Nic Osborn gives paddling pointers to a new paddler joining the trip in Great Barrington.
Dan Rogacki (a through paddler) and Nic Osborn show off their headgear.
Trip leaders Schuyler Thomson, Bill Tingley and Nic Osborn in Great Barrington.
After a 6.5-mile paddle, the crew arrives at the Sheffield Covered Bridge in Sheffield.
The Easy Ridin' Papas greet the paddlers with some foot-tapping tunes.
Town officials and trip leaders hold the ribbon as Bill Tingley does the cutting honors celebrating the new Sheffield river access site and riverside park at the Sheffield Covered Bridge.
First Selectman Julie Hannum cuts the cake celebrating the dedication of the riverside park in Sheffield, Mass.
Nic Osborn is amused as Lynn Werner and Bill Tingley ham it up!
Jenny Hersch, Sharon Casdin and Lynn Werner. Sharon hosted a reception for the paddlers in Ashley Falls.
Day 6: A sunny day (and some cows on shore) greet the paddlers as they leave Bartholomew's Cobble in Ashley Falls to cross the border into Connecticut.
Paddlers stop at Dutcher's Bridge to honor the Salisbury Association Land Trust for its recent land preservation successes in Salisbury, Conn.
In Falls Village, Woods Sinclair (white beard on left) gave a guided historic trail walk and a brief history of the area.
Bill Tingley talks to paddlers about what they should expect in the next section of the Housatonic. The Falls Village power plant is in the background.
Bill Tingley and Lynn Stonebridge negotiate the rapids below the power plant.
More than 100 attended HVA's picnic at Housatonic Meadows in Corwall Bridge.
Youngsters spray "rain" on a mockup town to see how pollution runs into the river from storm drains.
Grumbling Gryphons, in full regalia, perform at the picnic.
Sven Lindholm barbecues hamburgers and hot dogs for the crowd.
More Grumbling Gryphons entertainers. The kids loved the show!
And the final Grumbling Gryphons act, a giant green glob.
Day 7: Swifts Bridge rapids downstream from Housatonic Meadows.
Schuyler Thomson and HVA Board Member Michael Nesbitt (front) paddle the rapids at Swifts Bridge.
Marge Smith of the Kent Historical Society talks about the importance of the iron industry in Kent and identifies some of the stones by the river near theSloan Stanley Museum.
HVA Board Member Bob Bailey (front) with Schuyler Thomson leaving the Sloan Stanley Museum site.
Jean Vitalis of West Cornwall, a long time HVA member, shares a canoe with Bill Tingley.
Kirsten Peckerman of Washington, Conn., a long-time HVA supporter, shares a canoe with Nic Osborn.
Delicous lunch hosted by the Kent Land Trust at their facililty by the river in Kent.
The dam at the Covered bridge in Bull's Bridge in Kent.
From left: Anne Sherwood, HVA's Elaine LaBella, DEP Commissioner Dan Esty, Molly Sperduto of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ken Finkelstein of NOAA, and HVA board member Marc Taylor at HVA's 70th anniverary celebration at the Bull's Bridge Inn in Kent.
HVA Board Member Einar Lindholm and Valerie Friedman and Frank Adams of Washington, Conn.
The Joint Chiefs entertain at HVA's 70th anniversary party.
Salisbury Bank representative Michael Dixon and his wife, Jerry and Gail Tobin and HVA Board Vice President Tony Zunino.
Sabine Prather and Rick Jacobson of Connecticut DEP Fish and Wildlife.
Author Frank Delaney, his wife Diane Meier, HVA Board Director Bob Bailey and Crystal Rock President Jack Baker.
Awards were given to HVA's partners and the through paddlers. From left: HVA President Bob Houlihan, Lynn Stonebridge of Tampa, Florida (a through paddler), HVA Development Director Dick Sears, and HVA Executive Director Lynn Werner.
Dick Sears with HVA’s sponsor sign for the River Adventure.
HVA's Anniversary cake made by Bull's Bridge Inn.
Day 8: More rapids for trip leaders Schuyler Thomson and Bill Tingley in New Milford.
The crew arriving at Young's Field in New Milford.
New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy discusses river protection and recreation projects at Young's Field.
New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy with Bridgewater Selectman Curtis Reed.
One of many deliclious lunches hosted by partner groups along the Housatonic.
With their hunger satisfied, the paddlers leave Young's Field for Bridgewater.
A perfect ending to the day. A cook-out in Newtown on Lake Lillinonah.
Day 9: Bill Tingley and Nic Osborn flank Jan and Marc Taylor at Kettletown State Park in Southbury.
The Pomperaug Watershed Coalition, Southbury Land Trust, Candlewood Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Pootatuck Watershed Association celebrate HVA's River Hero Awards at Kettletown State Park.
James Belden, executive director of the Pomperaug Watershed Coalition, welcomes the paddlers at Kettletown State Park.
Carol Haskins, outreach director of the Pomperaug Watershed Coalition, and Lynn Werner share a joke.
Leaving Kettletown, some of the paddlers use umbrella power to sail on Lake Zoar, one of three lakes on the Housatonic created by dams.
After a 3.5 mile paddle from Kettletown, the boats arrive in formation at the New Haven Rowing Club in Oxford.
Schuyler Thomson, Dennis Regan, and Joe Ruggiero of Southbury and Lynn Stonebridge of Florida, both through paddlers, enjoy refreshments at the New Haven Rowing Club before dinner hosted by the club.
Day 10: Derby Mayor Tony Staffeiri and DEP Commissioner Dan Esty at O'Sullivan's Island in Derby.
DEP Commissioner Dan Esty arriving at Sunnyside Park in Shelton.
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti greets HVA Board Member Len DeJong of Aquarion Water Company at Sunnyside Park.
From left: DEP Commissioner Dan Esty, Aquarion President and CEO Charles Firlotte, HVA President Bob Houlihan and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti. The bench in the foreground is one of several donated to the town by Aquaion and HVA.
Charles Day leads the paddlers in his boat as they leave Sunnyside Park. Mr. Day is the grandson of landscape architect Charles Downing Lay, who founded HVA in 1941 to encourage land conservation in the river valley.
Nine boats approach the shore at the Audubon Center in Stratford at the end of the final segment of the l0-day trip.
After a 10-mile journey on the last leg of the trip, the paddlers are eager to get on shore.
HVA Board President Bob Houlihan arriving at Stratford with Schuyler Thomson.
Bringing the boats up for the last time.
The Audubon Center in Stratford, Conn. overlooking Long Island Sound.
A final group shot of weary but happy paddlers.
A champagne toast to the end of a long and successful trip!
A lone mocking bird, on the Audubon rooftop, welcomes the paddlers.