Tara Smith

This traveler has taken me to the highest mountain tops, and to the lowest deserts…together facing challenges and victories of all shapes and sizes.

The last two years with her have brought such amazing growth and happiness to my life…words can’t express it..

..Happy Birthday, to my partner in all our adventures!! Tara Smith

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Moonlight on Coopers Rock

The moon has been rising just as the sun sets the last week or so, and each night has been brighter than the next. I’ve been watching the radar for a decently clear night the past few evenings, and last night the moon seemed to be shinning extra bright.

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NIKON D800 ISO 2000 Focal Length 14mm (14mm in 35mm) Aperture f/3.2 Exposure Time 20s (20/1)

I drove up to Coopers Rock a couple hours after sunset to see if I could capture some of the remaining fall foliage.  I brought my bike, thinking that I’d have to peddle out to the overlook from the first gate, but I guess with the addition of the new gate by the overlook they appear to only lock that one (while the park is still in season). So, it was a very short hike from the last gate to the overlook…which is kind of lack luster toward the adventure side of things, but ease of access is nice sometimes (especially when you have to work in the morning).

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The first thing I noticed upon arriving, the lack of people, obviously. But, I find it funny how during the day throngs of people come to Coopers Rock, especially during the beautiful autumn days, but the nights seem totally forgotten.  Save for a select few…there were a group of trail runners just starting out as I pulled in…a perfect night for a run! Once the sun goes down, the majority of people seem to be done playing outside. Sometimes we need a reminder that the outdoors at night has many beautiful things hidden…things that can’t be seen in the light of day.

With camera and tripod in tow, I biked the few hundred yards to the overlook. The mountain air was warmer than I thought it would be, but there was a cool breeze blowing in. The moonlight was so bright that a head lamp wasn’t needed to find my way.

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NIKON D800 ISO 1250 Focal Length 14mm (14mm in 35mm) Aperture f/2.8 Exposure Time 5s (5/1)

I only took a few pictures, as the gusting air caused too much movement in the tree tops for me to be completely satisfied with my shots.  One of the things about shooting at night is that I use longer shutter speeds to capture the available light…anywhere from 4 seconds to 30 seconds…but the moving tree tops created some neat effects in some of the images.

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NIKON D800 ISO 1250 Focal Length 14mm (14mm in 35mm) Aperture f/2.8 Exposure Time 5s (5/1)

 

Tonight, October 27th, will be a full moon. So, if this cloud cover goes away I highly suggest getting outside wherever you’re at and enjoy the October Sky!

Also, with Halloween a few days away, the moonlight will still be very bright…so perhaps a night hike under the moon out at Coopers might be just the right amount of spookiness and prettiness…just a thought…

And, just for some contrast, here’s a photo of the same location under a winter’s full moon from earlier this week.

 Moonlight

West Virginia Juried Exhibition

Pretty stoked that two of my pieces will be in the The West Virginia Division of Culture and History‘s 2016 Juried Exhibition.

– Located at the Tamarack in Beckley, WV.


Light Pillars over Morgantown
Juried Exhibition, Light Pillars over Morgantown, WV - From Coopers Rocks Overlook

-In the sub-zero air, my friends (Dennis Lees & Anna Withrow) and I skied out to the overlook at Coopers Rocks, WV. What I captured was a strange phenomenon, known as Light Pillars. Captured on 2/20/15


Moonlight and Stars trails over Jenkinsburge Bridge

Star Trails, Cheat River, Juried Exhibition

-Star Trails above Jenkinsburg Bridge. I shot 450 consecutive photos through the night, and combined them in Photoshop to form this composite image. The hills and bridge are lit by the moonlight of that night. Captured on 4/29/15


 

The opening Reception will be on November 8, 2015 – starting at 4 p.m.

The exhibition will run from November 8, 2015 to February 21, in case you can’t make it for the opening.

 

Squirt Boating Video

Within the world of outdoor adventure there are many subsets of interests, each with their own rabbit hole of fascination and intrigue. This video is found at the bottom of one of these rabbit holes…

In the subset of water sports, there is whitewater boating. Within the whitewater boaters we have another subset—kayakers. And, of those gnarly bunch we have another subset who label themselves squirt boaters.

In squirt boating, paddlers with neither paddle nor PFD ride currents underwater in sleek crafts designed in part to sink and ride the subsurface flows.

This is my first video I’ve ever made using video files… normally i stick to photos, and my videos have been time-lapses comprised of hundreds or thousands of photos.

I had been trying to capture photos of them in the turbulence, but when I asked Jim what type of media squirt boaters prefer… he replied video! So, I swtiched the GoPro to video for the first time and had at it.

Like the photo below, I would dive down into the flow, but instead of letting it take me, I’d latch on to a rock with my free hand, gopro in the other. Fortunately, I can hold my breath for well over a minute.

The real fun was after Jim and Jesse would paddle past my position, I’d launch off after them into the torrent.

swimming in the rapids

Garret swimming in the Alley

Published in National Geographic Magazine

I found out this week that one of my photos was published in National Geographic Magazine. …life goal, check!

A few months back this photo was featured in one of Nat Geo’s online assignments, Behind the Adeventure (by Jimmy Chin & Mary Anne Potts).

Side bar, I was just reading one of the most terrifying and compelling stories I’ve come across this year.

It’s about Jimmy Chin’s skiing accident in 2011 “Surviving an Avalanche – ‘There is Clarity I Need to Remember…’ …it’s a must read!

Friends in the High Country, National Geographic Magazine

Camping in the High Country of Yosemite. This photo extends beyond the curved boundaries of Yosemite National Park, all the way to the edges our galaxy. In this image, I can feel my interdependence to the rest of the universe, while also being able to see and feel my friends. (Side note, the fire had burnt down to just a few barely glowing embers in order to get this shot to work)

A big thanks to my friends for being apart of this experience, and making this moment happen!

(in the photo: Zack Nagel, Shandra Campbell, Nicole Pruno, and Evan Knight)

Thank you Jimmy, for the kind words and inclusion in your and Mary Anne’s article!

Also, a big thanks to National Geographic’s Your Shot photo forum!

The inspiration and feedback I get from amazing photographers around the would make this a very powerful online photo community.

Check it out and start contributing your own creative view of the world!

Cheat River Fest 2015

I’m finally getting around to posting photos from the Cheat River Fest. .. took long enough, right..

This has been an enlightening spring thus far,

capturing the river, race, festival, and friends from new angles has brought about great changes in my life.

…and here are a few of my favorite moments… enjoy!

Exploring the River

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring A walk around the fest site grounds. (West) Virginia Blue Bells

A walk around the fest site grounds. (West) Virginia Blue Bells

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Views from the Alleghany trail. An Eastern/Red-spotted Newt. "Aquatic adults range in color from olive to brownish-green and have red spots on their back. The belly is yellow. During the immature terrestrial “red eft” stage, the body is completely bright orange or red. " http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Nongame/salamanders/east-redspot_newt.htm

Views from the Alleghany trail. An Eastern/Red-spotted Newt. “Aquatic adults range in color from olive to brownish-green and have red spots on their back. The belly is yellow. During the immature terrestrial “red eft” stage, the body is completely bright orange or red. ” http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Nongame/salamanders/east-redspot_newt.htm

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Views from the Allegheny trail. Amanda walking across the first rock bridge/butress

Views from the Allegheny trail. Amanda walking across the first rock bridge/butress

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Photos from Patrick Pell

Photos from Patrick Pell’s land. The Pells have owned this property for several hundred years. They are one of two properties that still connect down to the cheat river in this area.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring I reached out to the land owner (Hayes) to access the bridge/peirs across from the Cheat Fest site. This old trestle is where the race will begin Friday. I was looking for new angles to capture the start of the race. I think it would work great, but would limit my shots to only this vantage point for the race, as accessing the bridge requires hiking in.

NCM15010; reduced

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The arched stone masonry viaducts Tray Run and Buckeye were completed about 1907 by the B & O railroad. Originally these were made of cast-iron trestles built on top of continuous masonry walls. The design of the trestles were early works of Albert Fink. When they were built in 1852 it was considered the greatest engineering feat of the time. The picture of the Tray Run arched masonry viaduct appears on the back of the West Virginia State Seal.

The arched stone masonry viaducts Tray Run and Buckeye were completed about 1907 by the B & O railroad. Originally these were made of cast-iron trestles built on top of continuous masonry walls. The design of the trestles were early works of Albert Fink. When they were built in 1852 it was considered the greatest engineering feat of the time. The picture of the Tray Run arched masonry viaduct appears on the back of the West Virginia State Seal.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The arched stone masonry viaducts Tray Run and Buckeye were completed about 1907 by the B & O railroad. Originally these were made of cast-iron trestles built on top of continuous masonry walls. The design of the trestles were early works of Albert Fink. When they were built in 1852 it was considered the greatest engineering feat of the time. The picture of the Tray Run arched masonry viaduct appears on the back of the West Virginia State Seal.

The arched stone masonry viaducts Tray Run and Buckeye were completed about 1907 by the B & O railroad. Originally these were made of cast-iron trestles built on top of continuous masonry walls. The design of the trestles were early works of Albert Fink. When they were built in 1852 it was considered the greatest engineering feat of the time. The picture of the Tray Run arched masonry viaduct appears on the back of the West Virginia State Seal.

 

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring I reached out to the land owner (Hayes) to access the bridge/peirs across from the Cheat Fest site. This old trestle is where the race will begin Friday. I was looking for new angles to capture the start of the race. I think it would work great, but would limit my shots to only this vantage point for the race, as accessing the bridge requires hiking in.

I reached out to the land owner (Hayes) to access the bridge/peirs across from the Cheat Fest site. This old trestle is where the race will begin Friday. I was looking for new angles to capture the start of the race. I think it would work great, but would limit my shots to only this vantage point for the race, as accessing the bridge requires hiking in.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Cheat River Narrows boating. I know these people and they allowed me to capture their rafting trip (Anna Withrow and Tara Smith). The plan was for them to run the canyon, but recent rain made the water levels too high for their comfort/ability). Maybe some of these shots might work for a variation on the boating areas on the Cheat, along with highlighting two women tackling the sport.

Cheat River Narrows boating. Anna Withrow and Tara Smith

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Cheat River Narrows boating. I know these people and they allowed me to capture their rafting trip (Anna Withrow and Tara Smith). The plan was for them to run the canyon, but recent rain made the water levels too high for their comfort/ability). Maybe some of these shots might work for a variation on the boating areas on the Cheat, along with highlighting two women tackling the sport.

Cheat River Narrows boating. Anna Withrow and Tara Smith

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Cheat River Narrows boating. I know these people and they allowed me to capture their rafting trip (Anna Withrow and Tara Smith). The plan was for them to run the canyon, but recent rain made the water levels too high for their comfort/ability). Maybe some of these shots might work for a variation on the boating areas on the Cheat, along with highlighting two women tackling the sport.

Cheat River Narrows boating. I know these people and they allowed me to capture their rafting trip (Anna Withrow and Tara Smith). The plan was for them to run the canyon, but recent rain made the water levels too high for their comfort/ability). Maybe some of these shots might work for a variation on the boating areas on the Cheat, along with highlighting two women tackling the sport.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The view from Marvin

The view from Marvin’s Mountaintop, down to the Jenkinsburg Bridge.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The view from Marvin

The view from Marvin’s Mountaintop, down to the Jenkinsburg Bridge.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Marvin

Marvin’s Mountain top use to be home to the Allgood Festival, until locals deemed it too much of a liability. This is an old bus that appears to be converted into a water station.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Night sky photos of the water tank/hippie bus at Marvins Mt top.

Night sky photos of the water tank/hippie bus at Marvins Mt top.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Hiking Conner Run with Mike Powell

Hiking Conner Run

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Hiking Conner Run with Mike Powell

Hiking Conner Run

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Hiking Conner Run with Mike Powell

Hiking Conner Run with Mike Powell

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Night Sky and Stars from the the Jenkinsburge Bridge, which is the take out for the Cheat canyon.

Night Sky and Stars from the the Jenkinsburge Bridge, the take out for the Cheat canyon.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Night Sky and Stars from the the Jenkinsburge Bridge, which is the take out for the Cheat canyon.

Night Sky and Stars from the the Jenkinsburge Bridge, the take out for the Cheat canyon.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Night Sky and Stars from the the Jenkinsburge Bridge, which is the take out for the Cheat canyon.

Night Sky and Stars from the the Jenkinsburge Bridge, the take out for the Cheat canyon.

Jenkinsburg; Bridge; Star; Trails

Star Trails above Jenkinsburg Bridge. I shot 450 consecutive photos through the night, and combined them in Photoshop to form this composite image. The hills and bridge are lit by the moonlight of that night.

 

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Foggy sunrise at Marvin

Foggy sunrise at Marvin’s Mt top.

 

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; DNR; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring A fog ring illusion, caused by my angle to the sun and the refracting light through the moisture rich air (on Marvin

A fog ring illusion, caused by my angle to the sun and the refracting light through the moisture rich air (on Marvin’s Mt top).

The Mass Start Down River Race

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. I got a flat tire at the festival site at 4pm, changing my strategy for shooting the race. I improvised by finding these very kind safety boaters to shuttled me across the river.

The Down River Race. I got a flat tire at the festival site at 4pm, changing my strategy for shooting the race. I improvised by finding these very kind safety boaters to shuttled me across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. I got a flat tire at the festival site at 4pm, changing my strategy for shooting the race. I improvised by finding these very kind safety boaters to shuttled me across the river.

The Down River Race. I got a flat tire at the festival site at 4pm, changing my strategy for shooting the race. I improvised by finding these very kind safety boaters to shuttled me across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. I got a flat tire at the festival site at 4pm, changing my strategy for shooting the race. I improvised by finding these very kind safety boaters to shuttled me across the river.

The Down River Race. I got a flat tire at the festival site at 4pm, changing my strategy for shooting the race. I improvised by finding these very kind safety boaters to shuttled me across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

The Down River Race. The mass start of the race, seen from the old bridge that extends half way across the river.

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge. The Winner (Andrew McEwan)

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge. The Winner (Andrew McEwan)

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge. The Winner (Andrew McEwan)

NCM15010; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2597; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2608; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2612; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2613; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2614; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2620; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge. These boaters are argueing, as one of them accideintlaly struck the other in the face during the race (the other boater didn

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge. These boaters are argueing, as one of them accideintlaly struck the other in the face during the race (the other boater didn’t feel it was that accidental)

NCM15010; 150501; 2645; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge. This man was very worn out, but super happy to be at the finish.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge. This man was very worn out, but super happy to be at the finish.

NCM15010; 150501; 2657; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2660; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2670; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2682; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2686; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2689; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

NCM15010; 150501; 2699; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

The Down River Race. At the take-out by Jenkinsburge Bridge.

Cheat River Fest

NCM15010; 150501; 2715; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Amanda Pitzer thanking everyone for all their hard work and support, at the pref-fest celebrations Friday night.

Amanda Pitzer thanking everyone for all their hard work and support, at the pref-fest celebrations Friday night.

NCM15010; 150502; 2720; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival.

The Cheat River Festival.

NCM15010; 150502; 2761; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. This is the kids nature hike, taking place along the Cheat River.

The Cheat River Festival. This is the kids nature hike, taking place along the Cheat River.

NCM15010; 150502; 2772; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. This is the kids nature hike, taking place along the Cheat River.

The Cheat River Festival. This is the kids nature hike, taking place along the Cheat River.

NCM15010; 150502; 2778; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Artist vendor tents

The Cheat River Festival. Artist vendor tents

NCM15010; 150502; 2779; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Kids tent activities. Kids decorate a pyrimid as part of Nile themed activiites (The Nile theme is based on the fact that the Cheat River flows North, and so does the NIle).

The Cheat River Festival. Kids tent activities. Kids decorate a pyrimid as part of Nile themed activiites (The Nile theme is based on the fact that the Cheat River flows North, and so does the NIle).

NCM15010; 150502; 2782; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Kids tent activities. AMD tie-dye

The Cheat River Festival. Kids tent activities. AMD tie-dye

NCM15010; 150502; 2790; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival.

The Cheat River Festival.

NCM15010; 150502; 2794; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival.

The Cheat River Festival.

NCM15010; 150502; 2796; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Mike Powell

The Cheat River Festival. Mike Powell’s wife at her art booth selling her handy work.

NCM15010; 150502; 2802; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival.

The Cheat River Festival.

NCM15010; 150502; 2808; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. My son, Ellic. He just lost his two front teeth in the last week. One of them along the Cheat River.

The Cheat River Festival. My lad, Ellic. He just lost his two front teeth in the last week. One of them along the Cheat River early that week.

NCM15010; 150502; 2812; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Art Market Area.

The Cheat River Festival. Art Market Area.

NCM15010; 150502; 2876; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The kids

The Cheat River Festival. The kids’ Nile Parade.

NCM15010; 150502; 2931; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Cheat canyon art, made from AMD stained clay. These are the medals for the 5k racers (by gail Anderson)

The Cheat River Festival. Cheat canyon art, made from AMD stained clay. These are the medals for the 5k racers (by gail Anderson)

NCM15010; 150502; 2937; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. My Girlfriend , Tara Smith

my darlin, Tara Smith

NCM15010; 150502; 2954; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. River Inspired artwork. This is a boaters Juju box, for storing bad energy in before getting on the river.

The Cheat River Festival. River Inspired artwork. This is a boaters Juju box, for storing bad energy in before getting on the river.

NCM15010; 150502; 2978; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Kieth McManus, lead singer/fiddler for Stewed Mulligan

The Cheat River Festival. Kieth McManus, lead singer/fiddler for Stewed Mulligan

NCM15010; 150502; 2992; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Amanda Pitzer in chill mode at the festival.

The Cheat River Festival. Amanda Pitzer in chill mode at the festival.

NCM15010; 150502; 3003; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Jason Coffman, owner of Black Bear in Morgantown (good friend of Mike Powell)

The Cheat River Festival. Jason Coffman and his lovely wife

NCM15010; 150502; 3020; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Mike Powell with jason Coffman

The Cheat River Festival. Mike Powell with Jason Coffman

NCM15010; 150502; 3025; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Mike Powell enjoying the festival.

The Cheat River Festival. Mike Powell enjoying the festival.

NCM15010; 150502; 3081; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. revelers dancing in front of the stage.

The Cheat River Festival. revelers dancing in front of the stage.

NCM15010; 150502; 3084; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. revelers dancing in front of the stage.

The Cheat River Festival. revelers dancing in front of the stage.

NCM15010; 150502; 3093; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. revelers dancing in front of the stage.

The Cheat River Festival. revelers dancing in front of the stage.

NCM15010; 150502; 3108; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Gail Anderson and her 3 tooth snail ear rings.

The Cheat River Festival. Gail Anderson and her 3 tooth snail ear rings.

NCM15010; 150502; 3141; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. TNC booth with Mike and his son Mason.

The Cheat River Festival. TNC booth with Mike and his son Mason.

NCM15010; 150502; 3200; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

NCM15010; 150502; 3249; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

NCM15010; 150502; 3307; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance. Vince Farsetta

NCM15010; 150502; 3331; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance, Pat McIntire

NCM15010; 150502; 3389; Pano; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

NCM15010; 150502; 3406; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance. Bob Spangler

NCM15010; 150502; 3446; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance. Bob Spangler

NCM15010; 150502; 3484; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

The Cheat River Festival. The Stewed Mulligans performance

NCM15010; 150503; 3542; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Night photos of some after party music with a few members of the headlining band, Quiet.

The Cheat River Festival. Night photos of some after party music with a few members of the headlining band, Quiet.

NCM15010; 150503; 3544; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Night photos of some after party music with a few members of the headlining band, Quiet.

The Cheat River Festival. Night photos of some after party music with a few members of the headlining band, Quiet.

NCM15010; 150503; 3548; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring The Cheat River Festival. Night photos of some after party music with a few members of the headlining band, Quiet.

The Cheat River Festival. Night photos of some after party music with a few members of the headlining band, Quiet.

NCM15010; 150503; 3974; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat. The idea is to ride under water currents like a helicopter, and it

Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat.

NCM15010; 150503; 3988; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat. The idea is to ride under water currents like a helicopter, and it

Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat.

NCM15010; 150503; 4022; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat. The idea is to ride under water currents like a helicopter, and it

Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat.

NCM15010; 150503; 4132; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat. The idea is to ride under water currents like a helicopter, and it

Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat.

NCM15010; 150503; 4039; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat. The idea is to ride under water currents like a helicopter, and it

Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat.

NCM15010; 150503; 4282; Allegheny Trail; Cheat River; Friends of the Cheat; Gabe DeWitt; TNC; The Nature Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy Magazine; West Virginia; photo by Gabe DeWitt; spring Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat. The idea is to ride under water currents like a helicopter, and it

Jim Snyder at the Alley, a section of the Cheat River that contains the unique hydraulic flow they call the Mystery. He uses a special boat of his design called a Squirt Boat.