Cheat River Interview

The following are my responses to a recent FOC interview about the upcoming Cheat River Festival…

What was it like growing up in the Cheat River Watershed?

It gives and it takes..and gives.

My entire immediate family comes from the Cheat River Watershed. My Mom (Kathy DeWitt, previously Overbeck), grew up in Albright, where my Grampa Vic was the post master and Grama Betty was a school teacher.

Aside – When my mom was a kid, almost every weekend there was a white water rafter or guide having dinner with her and her family.  Vic and Betty Overbeck (my grandparents) welcomed them.  Many boaters put in the river across from her house. My mom and aunts would would serve breakfast to the boaters at times at the Fire hall the Albright fire department.

In 1985, the Cheat River destroyed 110 of the 132 houses in Albright.. my mom’s house being one of them.

Fast forward to today, I frequent the Cheat River whenever possible…to swim along the Alley…

swimming in the rapids

…boat down the Cheat Narrows…

Cheat Narrows Rafting, Albright, West Virginia, Family, Friends

…climb above Devils Den…

Devils Den, Cheat River

….hike on the Allegheny Trail…

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…or craw through some of the hidden caves…

Cheat Canyon, Beaver Hole Cave, Cheat River, West Virginia

… the Cheat Canyon is an old and special place on this earth for everyone to enjoy and protect.


What are the three best things about Cheat Fest?

The River

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The Music,

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and the People.

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Cheat River Takes a Turn

Published in Nature Conservancy Magazine

I shot an assignment for The Nature Conservancy last spring featuring several aspects of the Cheat River. This February the story was published in Nature Conservancy magazine including two of my photographs from that assignment. Happy days! Check out the compelling story by Ted O’Callahan called.

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