Gray Water Boys 2017: Antietam Creek & Potomac River – A Canoe Trip Nowhere Close to Anchorage or Eagle River
For this week’s post we’re taking a break from senior pictures, dance, and family portraits in and around Eagle River and Anchorage.
In 1947 the Gray brothers canoed most of the length of the Potomac River. An account of their trip would be published in the National Geographic Magazine in June of 1948. This trip, in a much shorter form, became an annual late spring family tradition. Over the decades the trip grew and the ‘family’ that particpates has expanded to include many friends. Fifty-some years ago Vern Gray invited my father to attend. He has canoed in almost all of the trips since 1965. My brothers, brother-in-law, cousins, and nephews began attending the trips at various times beginning in 1978. In many ways this is a defacto family mini-reunion. The Gray family swears we haven’t ruined everything. It is an extended weekend of music, stories, and family.
This year was the 70th anniversary of the original trip. Tom Gray, our organizer, selected a trip that began on Antietam Creek and ended on the Potomac river – where all this started. Unlike the deluge of 2016, we had perfect weather for our three-day event. As usual it was a great weekend.
All of the slideshow photographs are in a gallery at this link: Gray Water Boys Photo Gallery 2017
If you are a Gray Water Boy (past or present), friend, or family member feel free to download any of the slideshow photographs from the gallery. If not, don’t even think about it…..