Well we are back home and back in school up in the cooler northeast and though we miss the south (Bojangles, Cheerwine, sweet trucks, sun, southern accents, kudzu and stellar creeks) it has rained tons here and the rivers are running! After spending one last night in North Carolina with Jane's godfather in Winston Salem on Sunday, we started our journey back north. We stopped for a break at the battlefield in Petersburg Virginia for a historical field trip where we got to see the remains of the crater that the Union army blew in the Confederate lines and the tunnel that was dug for this purpose. Unfortunately this seemingly smart idea turned into one of the greatest military blunders of all time when the Union army proceeded to charge into the crater in all the chaos and subsequently be surrounded by Confederates. The visit was a nice change of pace and afterward we continued on to Arlington where we stayed with Sarah's sister for the night. We also reestablished Virginia in first place in the quality of rest stop competition. The next day Jane, Dave and Noah bid farewell to Sarah, who was staying in Arlington for another day, and made the final haul back to Maine i. Since our return the rivers have been pumping and we have enjoyed some very local paddling surfing waves on the Androscoggin. This week we have already begun teaching the beginner whitewater class and are looking forward to most of the paddling season that is still to come (!!!) as well as the 70 degree weather that is forecasted for this weekend. So thank you for following us on our blog, rumor had it that there we many of you which was exciting- we enjoyed sharing our experience with you (and are sorry this last post took so long to get up!). Once we edit and compile all of our video footage we will be showing a film of our trip at the outing club at a date tba before the end of the semester so come and see! Happy paddling!