Our World: Fayette Station Rapids

Kayakers on the New River above Fayette Station Rapids. September 17, 2011. (Photo by Betsy)

Kayakers on the New River above Fayette Station Rapids. September 17, 2011. (Photo by Betsy)

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them.)

This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

When Betsy and I got to the New River at the bottom of the gorge (click here to read about our trip down), we parked the car to walk over the bridge.  We wanted to get some pictures of the beautiful gorge, but when we got onto the bride Betsy noticed two kayakers, as seen in the picture above, getting ready to shoot the Fayette Station Rapids.

Kayakers approaching Fayette Station Rapids, New River Gorge, West Virginia. September 17, 2011.

The rapids were some distance downstream from the bridge, and the kayakers were moving too quickly for me to get back to the car to retrieve my telephoto lens.  So I did the best I could with my standard lens.  The kayakers are approaching the rapids in the picture above.

Kayakers shooting Fletcher Station Rapids, New River Gorge, West Virginia. September 17, 2011.

If you look carefully in the middle of this picture you can see two helmets and two paddles as the kayakers shoot the rapids.

Enlarged photo of the kayakers in the Fayette Station Rapids. September 17, 2011.

I cropped and enlarged the previous picture to give a slightly better picture of the kayakers in the rapids.  It’s a good thing it was a warm day.

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18 Responses to “Our World: Fayette Station Rapids”

  1. Maple Lane Says:

    They are braver than I am!

  2. Ms. A Says:

    If West Virginia water is as cold as North Carolina water, it wouldn’t have been nearly warm enough for me.

  3. Neal Says:

    That does NOT look like fun to me. Of course I am not a water person as far as swimming, etc.

  4. Colin (HB) Says:

    Are you trying to bring back vivid scenes to me of my “great” effort in the 1980’s on that river near Atlanta?
    Remember I was not the “flavour” of the day!!! ha ha.

  5. Sandra Says:

    really amazing shots with the short lens, and glad it is them not me. no rapids for me thanks, a beautiful spot though

  6. NCMountainwoman Says:

    I love a gentle canoe ride down the wide French Broad. A kayak down fast-moving rivers and rapids? I would not do that on a D-Double-Dare!

  7. Tanya Says:

    looks fun but i’d probably capsize on those rapids!

  8. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    I love the water and I would love to be able to kayak, but I’m too big of a chicken to even try!, My youngest son kayaks, but I don’t think he’s done anything like this — of course, if he has, he probably wouldn’t have told me anyway!! Old chicken Mom!! Your captures are wonderful George!! Thanks for sharing the beauty!


  9. ladyfi Says:

    Great shots of these kayakers!

  10. Rajesh Says:

    Beautiful shots of the place. Very scenic.

  11. Carletta Says:

    You’d think a girl born and raised in West Virginia would have rode the rapids someplace at least once – NOT!
    I do envy these folks on their adventures but I’m a scaridy cat! 🙂

  12. Leovi Says:

    I enjoy canoeing, beautiful photos.

  13. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    My word! But they do make for a colorful picture! Our seniors group at church go kayaking frequently. You would think they were high school seniors, not REAL seniors. I say, call me when you get the comfy chairs and hot chocolate!

  14. Happyone Says:

    I saw them just fine. They are braver than i am!!

  15. genie Says:

    I have done some white water rafting – not the BIG rapids – but have only been in a kayak one time while on a cruise in the Bahamas. I did see the two guys and the helmets. Great shots. genie

  16. Rose Says:

    That is a beautiful area….but would not want to be the kayakers.

  17. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    They are quite adventurous aren’t they?? Great captures George!

  18. Liz Says:

    Beautiful shots! Happy sky watching.


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