John Haltom jumping off the cliff at First Falls in the Kopka Gorge.

Dave Ries doing a flip into Brennan Falls.

Keewaydin is such a wonderful place for imagination. In the afternoon, we construct a fantasy cop show starring Fuschetti and Jessiman as the protagonists. Fuschetti is a hoagie-eating Italian and Jessiman is the drunk Irishman. Chris (Fuschetti) and Andrew (Jessiman) embraced the story and went with it. They developed everything, from the clothes they would wear to what types of guns they would use. I think it all began when Chris found (Uvex) Blue-Blocker old lady sunglasses. He wore them all day and looked hysterical. We spent most of the day creating scenarios that went along with the glasses. 

People can talk for hours, especially when Simpson’s or Saturday Night Live skits are involved and the laughing goes all day long. It is what must be done to entertain oneself during long paddles.  Entering the world of the absurd is one of the beauties of Keewaydin that is not mentioned enough.

— Ben Pomery, section log, 7/25/01

Photos: John Haltom



 Mushroom cloud

First Falls, Kopka Gorge

The kids are ecstatic to be here. The look in their eyes as they saw the massive amount of water being pushed through that one spot along with the ubiquitous hum of the collision of water with rock, is unforgettable. As is the case with all travel out here, variation and pattern characterize landscape and ambiance. This is a place of dramatic grandeur and high energy. It flows through rock and tree, speaking to us bold and steadfast.

— Ben Pomery, section log, 7/25/01


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