Memorial Day May 28, 2001
Today we mourn the loss of "The Hat"
Lost at sea and never found. This great hat will never again cruise the rivers and waterways.
After 20 years of dedicated service, it has perished in the line of duty.The Hat first entered the water in March 1982 on the Florida coast.
"The Hat" went down in the capsizing of the Pungo at "The Ledge" on the Juniata River.
Phil and I cruised the Juniata from Howe Township Park to Duncannon
The water was high and fast (A little over 5 feet at Newport). If we had not stopped to play in the waves a lot trip would have taken about 2 hours, but as it was it took about 3 ½ hours. It was a great trip and we surfed a lot of waves.
The sinking of the Pungo was an interesting side trip. Phil towed the Pungo and me to shore so I could dump it and resume the trip.
It was definitelyGREAT FUN!!
The canoe club trip down the Juniata River.
"The Ledge" is is called Iroquois Falls.
It is just below
Poorman's Spring alias Poor Man's Spring alias Horseshoe Spring on the Blue Juniata River.
Poorman's spring is on the south side of the Juniata River. It is just above Iroquois falls. That is the nice ledge with the chute in the middle about 6 miles downstream from Newport. The 2001 Juniata Sojourn people enjoyed Iroquois falls but missed Poorman's spring. It is approximately across the river from the midway exit on 322. The Game Commission objects to cleaning it up and getting rid of the poison ivy. They say there is a $100.00 fine per plant for killing poison ivy on Game Commission land. I don't know how long ago this became Game Commission land, but it is just a small area between the railroad tracks and the river. It is only accessible by river unless you cross the railroad tracks and I have heard that is illegal. There are volunteers to clean it up. Joe would love to be allowed to work on that and there are some members of the canoe club that would help also.
That little old webmaker in the sprucecave Jim Crownover