Sunday, August 26, 2012

Paddling the marshy area of Beaver Dam Lake


 Location: Beaver Dam Lake, Wake Forest, NC. Temperature: 84F Wind: Light Conditions: Mostly Sunny

Rachel and I decided that a paddle was in order immediately following church on Sunday! My only apprehension was I had to transport our kayak on I-85 to first attend church services and than drive to Beaver Dam Lake off Highway 50. Maybe because of my multiple caution flags hanging off my Extend-A-Truck bed extender or because I was traveling at a moderate speed in the right hand lanes, motorists gave my rig a wide berth and there were no incidents! It is said... and is truth... that the most "dangerous" part of kayaking... aside from getting in and out of the cockpit... is the drive to your put in / take out areas! 

Friday, August 10, 2012

An Early Morning Paddle on the Neuse River

 Location: Neuse River, Durham, NC. Temperature: 72F Wind: None Conditions: Overcast

 I had been working hard all week with work stuff... and decided that I deserved to take a break and go paddling Friday morning! Rachel was unable to join me, so I loaded our single seat kayak into my truck and headed for the Eno River boat ramp, a short 10 minute drive from our house. I wanted to paddle down the Neuse River, that feeds into the Eno River, and see what early morning sights I could discover on the river. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Paddling Chernobyl? Canoe & Kayak Magazine at its worst - again!


 Hello everyone! Regular Durhamblogger readers may know that I've taken Canoe & Kayak Magazine to task... on several occasions... for running photos / ads that depict unsafe paddling practices:Shame on Canoe & Kayak Magazine - No PFDs! and Shame on Visit Florida.com - No PFDs. The most recent dust up was in May when editors sheepishly admitted to a "miscommunication" when an adult products and DVD ad was published in their paddling magazine Canoe & Kayak Magazine and Porn? All three times, I fired off letters to their editor, voicing my displeasure, and received no response from them. Surprised?