Sunday, August 14, 2011

Surprise Paddle at Hickory Hill

August 14, 2011 - Hickory Hill - Durham, NC

Well, a few minutes after posting my Still here, but no paddling! Busy with land stuff! post, and not looking forward to a Sunday cooped up in the house while it poured rain outside... my wife Rachel rushed into the room with a gleam in her eye and exclaimed; "Let's do it!" My mind whirled with possibilities... eek wink ...but than she explained that she had checked radar from her smart phone and it looked like there was a "window of opportunity" this morning to get in a paddle! I jumped up and took a look outside. Sure enough, the rain had stopped... it was lighter toward the east... and there were some breaks in the clouds with small patches of blue sky poking through. Not a minute to lose! We sprang into action like a well oiled machine.... and in short order had both our gear and kayak loaded into my truck... and we were heading towards the Hickory Hill boat ramp on Falls Lake! Sunday late morning temperatures were in the mid to upper 80's, high humidity, and moderate to heavy overcast skies.

Put in at the Hickory Hill boat ramp. I spotted this fellow with a "Jettus" - a combination boat platform + jet ski.

The guy explained to me that the "boat part" of the Jettus was useful because his girl friend liked to sun bath and as storage to haul his fishing gear. He also chuckled and stated that when "things got to where he could not stand it anymore," he could always detach the jet ski and take off!... leaving his girlfriend to fend for herself! Good way to either avoid or end arguments! wink

As we put in and headed directly across Falls Lake, we kept a careful eye on the ominous and threatening weather to our east. Thankfully, the rain held off during our paddle and at times the sun broke through the low hanging cloud cover.

Spotted this Osprey mated pair in a tree on the shoreline.

The Redwood road bridge over Falls Lake.

We paddled down a quiet cove and saw this Osprey nesting platform that had toppled down...

... and just a few hundred yards further into the cove the base of the Osprey nesting platform. Apparently, the platform had been toppled by high winds, snapping off at its base, with the larger section of the wreckage drifting with the currents, to lodge on the shoreline.

Close up photo of a wading Egret. Rachel took this nice pic from her kayak front seat as I slowly and quietly paddled to get into position.

Another pair of Osprey, this time in a functional and upright nesting platform.

The next 6 photos are "beauty shots." Enjoy!

I guess the motto... "where there is a will, there is a way" prevailed today! We had a wonderful paddle at Hickory Hill on Falls Lake. I was thankful that Rachel had been vigilant in regards to watching the radar... and that I was vigilant watching for that gleam in her eyes! You never know what kind of adventure is in store for you? wink

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  1. Good for Rachel! She allowed you to outsmart those rain clouds, and aren't unexpected outings the best!

  2. I am always ready for both surprises and paddling adventures!


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