Thursday, January 5, 2017

Durhamblogger - Checking In with News!

Hello readers! Yes, it's Mike, the "long lost Durhamblogger" checking in after a long absence! Suffice to state that a LOT has transpired in my life since my last July 2016 post -  a family loss, job turmoil and my family's recent move to Virginia! All of this "stuff" and isn't life all about that "stuff" that marches into it... and how well you overcome it... has been prioritized over my blogging here at Durhamblogger.

But, hey I am back and just in time to settle down for a long winter's nap. My kayaking is definitely "out of season" during these winter months. But, just as my family has moved to a new home in Clarksville, Virginia, my kayaks have traveled with us and are comfortably nested into their new home too!

So, I will take the next several months to look at redoing some of my blog sections - since I now reside in Virginia, some of the North Carolina references are not relevant and see what else may need to be revamped.

But, never fear. Come the summer months, there is a great big lake within a stone's throw of our house - Kerr Lake, with hundreds of water shorelines to paddle! You can bet your last dollar that the Durhamblogger will be taking to the lake water and reporting about his paddling adventures here at Durhamblogger!

Happy New Year readers! And as always, remember to take life one stroke at a time!

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Return to Five Fingers

Location: Five Fingers Area on Eno River, Durham, NC Temperature: 70F Wind: Light Conditions: Cloudy 

Saturday morning was made for paddling - low temperatures, moderate humidity and overcast skies. Rachel's back was talking ugly to her and she elected to stay at home. I decided to explore the Five Fingers area on the Eno River - so named because the pond and marsh area bodies of water resembles a person's hand. Click on the photos to enlarge.  

Muddy and swollen Eno River - the result of heavy rainfall in the past several days in the Raleigh-Durham area. I encountered lots of floating debris and these water hazards may have been the reason there was no motor boat traffic encountered during my paddle.   

Close up and personal with a couple of Blue Herons. I was able to get within 25 yards or so of these birds. Neither bird seemed alarmed by a guy paddling a yellow kayak past their positions on the river.

 The Rose of Sharon were in full bloom along the banks of the Eno River. 

 Also, both the bees and butterflies were doing their "pollen thing."

A quiet cove in the Five Fingers area. You can see a large bush of the white Rose of Sharon plants in the left of the photo.

This electrical pole, complete with anchoring cable, was blocking the water entrance to the swampy and marshy area of Five Fingers. I was unable to complete my circuit through the Five Fingers area and was forced to retrace my paddle route. I have no explanation why this water route would be deliberately blocked off. A major disappointment.

Close up photo that details the anchoring cable.

A relaxing and invigorating paddle on the Eno River! It had been over a year since I had last visited the Five Fingers area. I need to return to it more often!

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