Sunday, February 21, 2010

Paddling on the Eno River Again

2/20/2010 - Eno River, Durham, NC

Hi everyone! Well, after my kayak sat for nearly 3 weeks in the garage, I FINALLY hauled it out this past Saturday, loaded it into the back of my truck... and I went paddling!!!! Yes!!! Saturday was mostly sunny with temperatures in the upper 50's and a light, variable breeze. Beautiful conditions, especially after so much cold and snow in the Raleigh - Durham area. I drove a short 10 minutes down the road to the Eno River.

Put in was at the Eno River boat ramp.
It was a bright, sunny day. I was so happy to be back in the kayak cockpit! :-)

The Eno River was in flood stage and had run over its banks. Forests that bordered the river were flooded. In some areas, there was standing water 100 yards from the actual banks of the river!
Approaching the highway bridge that spans the Eno River. Note the calm water conditions that made for ideal paddling.
Here, the Eno River divides. I decide to go left down a small tributary.
Interesting vine growth that enveloped this tree. I estimated that this growth was over 30 feet tall.
The sky was a vivid blue color that made the bare tree branches "pop" out.
Just a few cloud wisps in an otherwise deep blue sky.
I was real excited to capture this beaver in my camera lens! First "wild" beaver I have seen on the Eno River. This guy was swimming toward my kayak when I first came upon him. He spotted me, turned, and right after I snapped this photo, he slapped his tail down hard on the water and dove under.
"Classic" garbage photo. Some joker thought it would be cute to dump his desk chair right next to a "No Dumping" sign.
As I was taking out back at the Eno River boat ramp, I spied 4 teenagers unloading a canoe and sit on top kayak. So I hung around to see how they put in. Unfortunately, safety on the water was not top of mind with them - no PFDs, no water resistant clothing, no change of clothes, no dry bags, no paddle leashes, and they headed up river which is usually full of fishing boat traffic. I hope they did not run into any trouble.

Back at the Eno River boat ramp, another (finally!) fun paddling adventure!


  1. Just saw a bald eagle yesterday when we were swimming around Fews Ford.

  2. Fantastic! I need to put in at Few's Ford and paddle that area of the Eno River soon! Thanks for the eagle report!


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