The "Craaazzy Kayak Trip Water Basin Tour" finished its trip from the Catawba River headwaters to Blythe Landing in Cornelius recently, encouraging donations to the Catawba River Keeper Foundation.
The group raised almost $2,000 in pledges and received a $1,500 challenge bonus from the N.C. Conservation Network. Volunteers donated trip supplies and support. Jay Caldwell, who came up with the idea for the trip, is a summer intern with the foundation. He and his mother, Tracy Tripp, the foundation's community coordinator, led the effort.
The mother-and-son team, which advocates for the river, joined two other kayakers: John Dettelbach and Tim Reaves.
For the final leg of the trip, sailboats were lent to the group by the nonprofit organization N.C. Community Sailing & Rowing.