Monday, June 28, 2010

Another Beaver Dam Lake Adventure!

6/28/2010 - Beaver Dam Lake, Wake Forest, NC

Hi everyone! Rachel and I were both still tired from our week-long mission trip to Dulac, Louisiana... and since we both took Monday off from work to use as a "transition day"... decided to get in a short paddle before the work week officially started for us on Tuesday. We decided to return to Beaver Dam Lake - a favorite paddling area. Monday morning was partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 80's... hot and humid with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. There was a 30% change of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Entrance to Beaver Dam recreation area off of Highway 50.

Parking lot was deserted with nobody in sight! Fantastic! ;-)

PFDs are provided (at no cost) to folks using the beach and swimming area at Beaver Dam. Great idea and hopefully will prevent drownings.

Rachel at the put in area.

We launched and headed SW toward the Beaver Dam. Our plan was to cross under the pedestrian bridge and explore Falls Lake. Saw these Loblolly Bay (Gordonia lasianthus) blooming on the side of the dam.

Unfortunately, our way was barred by a mesh fence and gate located under the bridge. The only way across was to portage our kayak over the shore banks... but since neither one of us was anxious to attempt it... we passed.

Approaching the dam spillage controls. Rachel in her customary front seat.

Beaver Dam Lake is located along the approaches to Raleigh-Durham International Airport... so there are numerous low-flying passenger aircraft that pass over the lake. (Click on the photo to enlarge)

Spied this heron perched in a tree near the shoreline. The bird allowed us to glide almost under him before he flew off across the water.

We completed a brief circuit around the SW corner of the lake... about 1.5 hours of paddling... and called it a day. It was good to "stretch out" our paddling muscles again! Looking forward to our next paddling adventure! Stay tuned. More to come!

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