Perkiomen Creek Sojourn photos: Pa. legislator among 40 paddlers

The Perkiomen Creek sojourn was held Saturday June 7,2014 with 45 participant kayaking and canoeing the Perkiomen Creek. The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy sponsored the event. Photo by John Strickler/21st Century Media

SCHWENKSVILLE — About 45 people paddled in the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn on June 7, including families, friends and a state representative.

Rep. Mark Painter of Montgomery County and his wife Coleen paddled in the seven-mile sojourn from Schwenksville to Hoy Park in Lower Providence.

“I wanted to learn more about the watershed conservancy,” Painter said was his reason for joining the sojourn.

He said the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy convinced him to paddle in the sojourn after he spoke to them at a township community day on May 31. Painter said he hasn’t kayaked with his wife in a while and he was excited to paddle together.

The first Perkiomen sojourn was in 2007 and there has been one every year since, said Trudy Phillips, the conservancy’s director for environmental education.

Slide show of photos is here.

Phillips said the conservancy is very excited about this year’s event especially since last year was tough because it rained a lot in June. She also said the excitement came from the amount of people at the sojourn.

“This is the most we’ve ever had,” she said.

Kayaks of varying sizes and colors made for a beautiful sight on the Perkiomen Creek. One paddler stayed on his feet for the whole journey on a standup paddle board. Phillips said the sojourn allows people to get to know the waterway from right in the middle of it.

“It’s an emergence experience,” she said adding that there are several wildlife sightings.

Chuck and Ruth Yeiser of Lower Frederick made the sojourn a family event and brought their son along for the ride.

The Yeisers said they are lifetime paddlers and like to kayak because it gets them in the water to explore new places.

Phillips said the sojourn helps people feel connected to the ecosystem.

Next year’s year sojourn will be June 6. For more information, visit www.perkiomenwatershed.org/perkiomen-creek-sojourn/.