Monday, May 2, 2011

Met "Bucky" at Beaver Dam Lake!

5/02/2011 - Beaver Dam Lake, Wake Forest, NC

May 2nd was our 24th wedding anniversary, so Rachel and I decided to do something special like... go paddling! ;-) I skipped out of work a little early... loaded our kayak and gear into my truck... and picked up Rachel from her job. After a quick stop at a Subway shop... Rachel had a craving for Subway's new Orchard Chicken Salad sandwich... we arrived at Beaver Dam Lake late afternoon. The weather was fantastic... temperatures were in the upper 70's, low humidity, partly cloudy, and a slight breeze. It was the kind of day you wish could be bottled and saved for a rainy one... yep, it was that nice!

Beaver Dam Lake on a late afternoon spring day. View looking from boat dock.

Rachel in her forward seat stroking hard.

It was down this small inlet off the main lake that Rachel and I had numerous encounters with "Bucky" the beaver! I spotted the animal first swimming toward our kayak and was disappointed when the beaver dove underwater before our camera was ready to shoot.

So we proceeded down the waterway and got some nice photos of the inlet mouth...

...and the tree reflections on the water. At this point, I had handed the camera to Rachel and she was busy taking photos from her front seat while I slowly paddled and maintained steerage way.

Then... Rachel caught the little guy as the animal swam toward the shoreline,

At one point we were excited that the beaver might climb up out of the water and onto the bank, but as the animal reached the shoreline, it dove underwater and slapped its tail on the water surface.

"Bucky" surfaced a short time later... this time it headed out to the main lake waters. Finally, we had caught a beaver in our camera lens and had proof of actual beavers at Beaver Dam Lake!

The shadows lengthen as dusk approaches on Beaver Dam Lake.

Back at the put in / take out area, we spotted this heron as it carefully watched two fishermen cast their lines from the boat dock. Looking for either fish or bait? The bird remained standing on the dock while I backed my truck down the boat ramp... loaded and secured the kayak to the truck bed and piled all our gear into the cab. In fact, the bird was still standing there as I drove up the boat ramp and out of the parking lot. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to get close to these birds while paddling... and here is one that just stood there on the dock while I snapped its photo! Amazing!

It was a great paddling adventure... made even that much better because I was sharing it with an amazing woman who I have been married to for 24 wonderful years. Thanks and all my love Rachel!

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