Friday, June 24, 2011

Quick and Enjoyable Friday Paddle on Beaver Dam Lake!

6/24/2011 - Beaver Dam Lake, Wake Forest, NC

I had trouble sleeping Thursday night... one of those nights when your mind is racing with all kinds of thoughts and refuses to quiet down. I ended up taking a sleeping pill (which I hate to do)... because in the morning I'm still dopey from the drug and feel out of sorts. So... that's what happened, and on Friday morning I found myself... not myself... because of the after effects of the sleeping pill. I really struggled to get going... and with a busy weekend schedule looming before me with no paddling time... and looking at a light Friday work routine for me... I decided that a late morning paddle was just what the doctor ordered to shake me out of the doldrums! Rachel was taking Friday off... and was willing to accompany me on my paddling adventure. I was feeling better already! ;-) I quickly loaded the tandem Escapade into my truck, packed the rest of the gear... and by 11:00 AM Friday morning Rachel and I were heading down Highway 50 to Beaver Dam Lake for a quick paddle. Temperatures were in the low 80's with high humidity, partly cloudy skies, and a stiff 10 - 15 mph breeze out of the west. Not too shabby paddling conditions.

Me, the Durhamblogger, getting ready to put in at the Beaver Dam boat ramp.

New "don't litter" sign near the boat ramp. The sign might be working? Beaver Dam Lake is one of the cleanest and most litter- free lakes that I have paddled in North Carolina.

Turtle sunning itself on a dead tree limb. We were able to approach quite close to the reptile before it slide off into the water.

This egret also allowed us to get very close to it. Maybe because there were few persons and boats on the lake at this time of day... the wildlife were not spooked by our presence.

Rachel caught these interesting water reflections in her camera lens.

Suspect that this pile of dead branches and vines is a beaver den. It was located in the same cove we spotted "Bucky" the beaver back in May.

Nice scenery looking out of a quiet cove toward the main lake body of water.

Park officials removed the dock planks after Memorial Day weekend, leaving only the pilings. I assume that a new dock will be constructed here using the existing pilings.

Back at the Beaver Dam Lake boat ramp.

Backing down the ramp for kayak and wife "retrieval!" I was going for what I like to call "dramatic" photo shots... and I think I pulled off an interesting one?

Rachel and I had a great "quick" paddle at Beaver Dam Lake. Fighting a steady 10 - 15 mph west breeze added to a more vigorous workout for us... and the paddling was a tremendous help for clearing my head and getting the old blood pumping strong! Who says "quickies" can't be fun? ;-)

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