Two posts ago, in the comments Kristy wondered if George Washington canoed in the Potomac, which made me wonder if Geo. Wash. canoed in the Allegheny, where our scouts canoed. I decided to ask Google “Did Washington canoe the Allegheny River?” I got as far as “Did George Washington” and auto-fill-in gave me:
Did George Washington have any children
Did George Washington smoke weed
Did George Washington own any pets
Did George Washington own slaves
It turns out Mount Vernon is right on the Potomac River (I should have known that, eh?) so it’s likely that at some point he traveled on the Potomac by boat, if not by canoe. Washington also traveled on the Allegheny, but by raft, in the middle of a freezing, snowy night. He fell in, nearly froze, but managed to get onto an island. He and his traveling companion waited until the next day, when the river was completely frozen over, and they could just walk across it. It wouldn’t surprise me if G.W. smoked weed after that experience.
Following this great historical tradition, our scouts fell in the Allegheny, too, managed to get to shore, and then stayed overnight on an island. It was quite windy that day, but it was not cold enough for the river to freeze.
I hope to tell you the full story soon, but there’s just too much going on. Work projects, moving my MIL to assisted living, birthdays, ever and always transporting teenagers places. Add to that lack of a decent night’s sleep for many a night, and I’m just about done in. Maybe I should smoke some weed, in keeping with historical tradition. Except there isn’t any in Western Pennsylvania. We just don’t do that sort of thing around here.