The 27th Annual Delaware River Sojourn was an eight-day journey on the Delaware River with nightly camping.

Many participants return yearly, several of traveling from outside the tri-state area. The Sojourn began in the Lackawaxen and ended in Bordentown, N.J., on June 25. It ventured into the Lower Delaware River on Wednesday when sojourners put in at Riegelsville.

That day featured a morning program from Alan Hunt about the Musconetcong Wild & Scenic River and dam removal. Pamela Bush, Beth Brown, and Kate Schmidt of the Delaware River Basin Commission joined the trip.

It rained Thursday morning, but by afternoon it cleared up. The Sojourn continued from Bull’s Island, N.J., across the river from Lumberville, to Lambertville, NJ.

On Friday before the sojourners shoved off in the morning, Sarah Bursky, natural resource specialist for the National Park Service, quizzed participants on the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic program. Richard Dodds, chair of the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic, spoke a more about the program and its impacts on the river.

The trip stopped for lunch at the Washington Crossing Historic Park and received a history lesson. The park’s executive director, Jennifer Martin, spoke about Washington’s crossing in 1776 and his challenges getting his soldiers across during a winter storm.

The journey ended in Bordentown on Saturday with an ice cream celebration.

Lauren Walters from the Belvidere Shade Tree Commission and a first-time participant exclaimed, “I had an absolute blast – and what a wonderful group of people!”

Another first-timer, Eric Lee said, “It was fun.

I loved kayaking and enjoyed the activities and good people.”

Both participants plan to return next year.

Katie Martin and Gabbie Lent from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources handled the logistics for the Lower Delaware section of the trip, which began at Riegelsville.

The National Canoe Safety Patrol, kept participants safe while on the river and Northeast Wilderness Experience provided kayaks.