I was here for a convention, and found myself with free time on a Sunday morning after church on a fine May morning. I am an avid and experienced sea and whitewater kayaker, and was in town with a colleague who is also a sea kayaker. We decided to rent kayaks and go paddle the Allagheny and Monongahela rivers. Now I must admiut that I am spoiled by living in the Pacific Northwest and living in some of he best paddling country in the world, so the scenery along Pittsburg's rivers does not compare to Puget Sound or Vancouver Island or the wild Washington coast. But I enjoyed this paddle nonetheless. We started out paddling upriver on the Alegheny, goin around an island a couple of miles upstream and then looping back. The current was non-existent, and it was kind of neat to see the remnants of Pittsburg's industrial age along the shores. I had forgotten what a wasteland the eastern US is. After paddling back to where we started, we then went dow to Triangle Park and up the Monongahela for a ways. There was also some boat traffic to dodge, but nothing dicey. There was a Pittsburg baseball game going on, and we noticed that a number of boats had rafted up in the river and were sort of watching the game both live and on TVs aboard there boats. It was interesting to hear the cheears and roars as we were paddling.
The price for the kaya rentals was reasonable. the boats that they rented were rotomold, and bombproof and really slow. Having a quiver of very high-end boats back in Seattle has spoiled me, but I must say that I enjoyed the paddle, found the boats perfectly fine, and the rental price more than fair.
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