Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Beautiful Morning Paddling at Hickory Hill

Location: Hickory Hill, Durham, NC Temperature: 75F Wind: E 8 mph Conditions: Mostly cloudy

Rachel and I decided to paddle at Hickory Hill today - an area that we had last paddled back in August 2011. Even though it was Memorial Day weekend, there were only three other trucks with trailers in the Hickory Hill parking lot, when we arrived at 10:00 AM. I guess folks were either sleeping in or away for the weekend?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Canoe & Kayak Magazine and Porn?

Hello everyone! Regular Durhamblogger readers may know that I've taken Canoe & Kayak Magazine to task (twice) for running photos / ads that depict unsafe paddling practices:Shame on Canoe & Kayak Magazine - No PFDs! and Shame on Visit - No PFDs Both times, I fired off letters to their editor and received no response from them. But, maybe the third time is the charm?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Return to Beaver Dam Lake!

Location: Beaver Dam Lake, Wake Forest, NC. Temperature: 65F Wind: NE 10-17 mph Conditions: Sunny

Saturday, following my return from London, UK... I had experienced enough of being crammed into an airplane like sardines for 8 hours... and was more than ready to get back to some paddling! It was great to have Rachel with me since this would be her first paddle of the season! Beaver Dam Lake was crowded when we arrived at about 10:00 AM Saturday. The Carolina Kayak Club had set up camp near the put in area and its members were giving instructions to first time kayakers. So lots of kayaks perched on various vehicles were streaming into the parking lot and off loading near the shoreline. I also had a few individuals admiring my Extend-A-Truck bed extender bar for transporting kayaks in my pickup truck.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cockleshell canoes or going to war in a canoe - Revisited!

Hi everyone! I just returned from a business trip to London, UK! It was a long 8 hour flight from the United States to the UK! But, even with my busy schedule, I was able to have "some" downtime. So, I met up with one of my buddies, and he took me to the British Imperial War Museum! Among all the tanks, artillery, aircraft, and other military paraphernalia on exhibit... I chanced to stumble across one of the actual Cockleshell canoes (kayaks) that were used by the British during WW2!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What's wrong with this photo?

 I'll give you two hints... there's no water... and the kayaks are sitting in my garage!  Unfortunately, due to business travel and other "stuff" going on in my life... the Durhamblogger has been "shore bound" for a while. Drat and double drat!