One day in the middle of summer, 2012, Marc Magnus-Sharpe, his son John and his wife Sarah drove three hours from Ithaca to Sullivan County, as they did on so many days in so many summers, to paddle on the Delaware River.
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Carla Hauser Hahn—then Carla Hauser—was a 26-year-old member of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1980, its first year of operation in the Upper Delaware area.
One day, while receiving training from the National Canoe Safety Patrol, her boss turned to her and said, “Carla, are you going on the river?”
Ken Bailey visited NCSP founding member Richard ‘Dick’ Rhodes just a week before he passed in 2012.
“He was all wired up and really hurting big time,” Bailey remembered. “But once I came in the house, it was as if he was right out on the river.”
Dean Emrey’s dad introduced him to the outdoors as a child, and when he first brought up the idea of participating in the Delaware River Sojourn—a roughly week-long guided river trip starting in the Poconos—Dean was hesitant. “Oh, it’s a sojourn, it’s a guided thing, do you really want to do that?” Dean remembered saying.
If you want to know the history of the National Canoe Safety Patrol, “talk to me,” said Chris Nielsen, the patrol’s first commodore, “I know more about it than anybody. Because I was there.”