What have Sojourners said about the event?

2019 Feedback

  • “I look forward to the sojourn every year, would not miss it! Have met many wonderful people through the years and made nice friends. Love paddling the upper part of the river.” (J. Walters)
  • “Fantastic planning, organization, staff, volunteers and participants. As newcomers, we were immediately welcomed by a friendly and supportive community.” (P. Headley)
  • “This was our first time on the Delaware River Sojourn. We joined for the first two days. Safety on the river was excellent. My children had a great time, and I as a parent felt very   secure about their safety. The event was very family oriented, well planned out!  And, let me add, not having to cook after a day on the river was amazing, along with the food being fantastic. We also enjoyed the educational components that were available during lunchtime and in the evening. We look forward to extending our trip next year!” (Beyer Family)
  • "I have been involved in this event for more than 2 decades and it just keeps getting better!" (S. Forbes)
  • “It was wonderful to connect with people on river while paddling, and it was nice to learn and see sights on the river that often seem so far removed from us. It was a wonderful learning opportunity.” (J. Brunette)
  • “I really appreciated the opportunity and the chance to experience the Delaware from a different vantage point. I would definitely do it again!” (E. Pugliese)
  • “It was absolutely wonderful to further connect with people and partners from all over the watershed and see the beauty of the great river we are all working to protect. This direct connection with the Delaware River for a day is so important in inspiring people and bring them to nature, and I hope that the Delaware River Sojourn can continue long into the future.” (E. Rosetti)
  • “Thank you for the opportunity to experience the Sojourn firsthand! It was a very real way to experience the river, both in its beauty and its manmade challenges. The experience makes very real the work done every day by your groups to protect, preserve and restore this vital resource.” (B. Lestini) 
  • "Being out on the river made me reconsider how we ought to view ourselves and how we ought to act, and I am thankful to the Sojourn for this important lesson. Even though I only spent a fraction of the overall experience with the group, I left with a deep appreciation of how vital these immersive events are; and how important the Sojourn is in changing the perception of the river and the people who depend on it for life." (M. James)

2018 Feedback:

  • “Friendly people on a beautiful river! The Sojourn is a great way to see one of America's treasures.” (S. Butler)
  • “This is a wonderful organization, very well done.” (D. Straus)
  • “Working with the Sojourn Steering Committee was a pleasure.” (M. Leck)
  • “Being a first-time kayaker on the river, the staff made it one of the greatest day! The river offered fun, challenges, and at the end, peace and exhilaration at the same time. Can’t wait for next year!” (T. Karabian)
  • “The Sojourn is one of the best ways to experience the treasure of the Delaware River. While there is nothing like paddling, the lunch and evening programs provide the historical, cultural and ecological context.” (A. Smith)
  • “The Sojourn was a wonderful experience. Better than anticipated. Incredibly well organized. Great staff!” (L. Glazer)
  • “One of my best vacations EVER! Can't wait for next year!” (K. Moylan)
  • “This is like summer camp for adults and it is always good to see the friends you make as people return year after year” (G. Southard)
  • “Great opportunity to challenge yourself in a safe environment. The all-volunteer Leaders and Safety Patrol members were professional, friendly and supportive.”
  • “Thanks so much to all the generous volunteers. It's rare to see such role models in day to day living these days...” (J. Manicone)

In 2017, one of our youth groups consisted of students from Sullivan West Central School District, Sullivan County, N.Y. Here's their feedback from their day on the river:

  • “It was great and fun and I loved doing it!” (R. Joyce-Turner)
  • “Thank you so much for an amazing day. I really appreciate you going out of your way to give us a great time. It was so beautiful except for the rain, but that was very fun. It was a great start to my summer.” (D. Sager)
  • “Not once has experiencing the natural beauty around us ever been so educational, simply fun, and exciting. This Sojourn created a lasting memory for years to come." (S. Seidl)
  • “This was a wonderful experience for me to have. I had a great time. Thank you so much for making this all happen. This was a great memory!” (P. Parucki)
  • “It was such a great journey with everything we did. I built a lot of teamwork and got even closer with some of my good friends. Everyone was so helpful on the river." (G. Cohen)
  • "This trip was a great experience for me, both educationally and as a really fun and excellent bonding experience with friends and adults that I could learn from. I learned how to paddle and maneuver a kayak while still having tons of fun. I really enjoyed this experience and I will remember it for many years to come.” (S. Everett)

Other Feedback Received Over the Years:

  • “This was our first river trip. Hope to be back next year. Met a lot of great people. And learned a lot. Would recommend it!” – John & Tina Myers, 2017
  • “What an amazing experience! So happy I did the entire week for my first Sojourn! Made new friends that I now consider family!!!!” – Dawn Marie Namulik, 2017
  • “Beautiful scenery, organized execution, and wonderful safety team made the sojourn a wonderful vacation option!” – name withheld, 2017
  • “Thanks again for an excellent and well-organized learning adventure. Great group of people.” – name withheld, 2017 
  • “I wouldn't be able to go on the Sojourn without those who helped me into and out of my boat and moved the boat. Wes and Louise are always there for me, but there were so many more people who I’d never met who saw that I needed help and pitched in. THANK YOU ALL!” – C. Stranahan, 2016
  • “My experience of this river adventure was enhanced by the kindnesses and laughter of old friends, new friends, and new new friends. I loved sharing time with the people of interest and of good cheer. Hope to meet again!” – T. Novak, 2016
  • “Three of my best days kayaking and enjoying the river occurred during the 2016 sojourn. I highly recommend the experience. I will be back. Thanks to all who made this possible.” – P. Merkel, 2016
  • “An excellent introduction to public to the resource of the Delaware River. Monday section was at the limit of number of paddlers, but managers handled them very well!” – C. Cole, 2016
  • “This was my first sojourn and only my 3rd time paddling a river. It was an amazing experience! Hats off to the Steering Committee, volunteers and vendors. I was impressed with the organization, great food and safety focus. All participants were very helpful and ensured all had a great time. I will be returning and spreading the word about next year's trip.” – P. Scilla, 2016
  • “As a first timer I was very pleased with the ease in which I could make new friends and immediately feel like a part of the community of old friends and repeat sojourners.” – E. Eaves, 2015
  • “Everyone was friendly and helpful. It made the day very pleasant.“ – C. Michaels, 2014
  • “The Sojourn was an excellent experience. We met a lot of great people, saw beautiful scenery on the river, and really enjoyed the whole trip. We are recommending it to everyone we know and we can't wait to paddle the Sojourn again next year!” – J. Tundidor, 2014
  • “Was a wonderful trip I met a lot of kind and caring people. Can't wait to next year. Paddle on my Friends.” – J. Kepner, Sr., 2014
  • “This is an extraordinary way to experience the Delaware River. A great introduction to paddling and interesting to those who have spent more time on the water. Good food, good people, great river.” – A. Marancik, 2014
  • “This is an excellent event for all levels of paddlers and something I've participated in year after year and hope to continue in the future!!!” – K. Matthew, 2014
  • “I would like to thank the Sojourn committee for all their diligent, hard and loving work they put into this and all the sojourn family to make it one of the most enjoyable times of my life. So much that I did not want it to come to a close.” – L. Covell, 2014
  • Dan Okrent, annual Sojourn participant since 2004 and current steering committee member, submitted a "blog" in 2009 for inclusion on the Sojourn web site. To view, please click here.
  • "The more you educate people, the more they’re going to want to preserve and take notice that the Delaware River is a treasure here not to be squandered by development or any number of things." – Pennsylvania State Senator Chuck McIlhinney
  • "Not only do you enjoy the experience of being on the river, but you get to know so many people who want to see this river remain a recreational treasure." – Florence Wharton, Delaware and Raritan Greenway
  • "This was the day we experienced simultaneously touching three states, with a single finger on Tri-State Rock. The landmark lies under Route 84 where the Neversink and Delaware Rivers meet." – S. Grimes, 2000
  • "You can’t know a river from any one spot on it. A river is the movement of water, from headwaters to mouth." – Ken Margolis, Former President, River Network
  • "We pulled the canoes up on the bank, then reluctantly walked to the bus with a new appreciation for the Delaware and its wildlife." – K. Robbins, student