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Governor wrapping up three-day western PA kayak tour

Submitted Wed, 07/25/2012 - 7:19am by Andy Alm

Governor Tom Corbet is wrapping up his three-day kayak tour of western Pennsylvania today.  It’s the second straight summer that Corbett’s toured the state by water:

“… to see the nature we have, to expand upon tourism in Pennsylvania, and to remind everybody what a great and beautiful state we have,” Corbett said.

Last year, Corbett toured Luzerne and Wyoming Counties via the Susquehanan River. This year, he took to the Allegheny and Conemaugh rivers — of course doing a little sightseeing along the way:

“We saw three immature bald eagles out there, flying around, and they saw this group of kayaks coming, and they went and hid,” Corbett said.

The trip included stops at historical sites and state parks, including one at at Oil Creek State Park and the Drake Well Museum in Venango County — the birthplace of the oil industry:

“We really have quite a treasure here.  This is a living monument to people who had some ideas, took some risks, and never lost faith in the vision of Pennsylvania’s people, and the American people.”

The trip concludes with a stop at Point State Park in Pittsburgh.