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The more rain the better for one Jim Thorpe business

JIM THORPE, Pa. - To most of us, the sound of the river itself is beautiful.

To the people who work on the river, it's a different sound they love to hear.

"Pray for rain! That's the mantra of kayakers and paddlers," Jerry McAward says, smiling.

McAward took over Jim Thorpe River Adventures ten years ago, moving away from a busy life in Long Island, to a peaceful one, teaching kayaking skills, along with serving up a daily rush of rafting adventures.

"Watching people enjoy this and get something out of it has fueled me for many years now," he tells us.

His work on the river fuels him, but it's the rain, that fuels the river. This year, both their tanks are full.

This has been the 8th wettest July on record.

"If you have a big front lawn, I'm sure you'd like it to stop raining a little bit, but for us, I've called this rain "liquid sunshine" because it makes everyone really happy," Jerry laughs.

And the good news keeps trickling in.

The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to release extra water from a dam upstream - every weekend from now until Labor Day Sunday - making for some great river adventures.

And there's even more good news around the bend. Jim Thorpe River Adventures will open a brand new building this fall that will provide for even more adventures.

With that -- and the full river -- it appears things for Jerry, are flowing in the right direction.

"I've had people the last couple weekends run off the buses with their hands in the air," he says, chuckling and adds, "If you're interested in paddling a river anywhere, if you've ever thought about it or done it before, this is the year to do it."

To learn more about rafting, kayaking lessons and more, head to Jim Thorpe River Adventures' website https://www.jtraft.com/


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