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. 

The weather forecast was calling for a 50% chance of rain, so I wore my rain gear and attached the skirt to my kayak cockpit. Note, how I have the skirt pull strap draped over the forward part of the skirt and within easy reach. In case of a water spill, I can quickly reach the pull strap and yank the skirt off, so I can make an unobstructed escape from a capsized kayak.

 Early morning, approximately 7:30 AM on the Neuse River. Overcast skies and mist on the river.  It remained overcast for my entire paddle and the lack of sun kept the temperature very comfortable for paddling.

Here, I paddle through the swirling fingers of the mist. It was also very quiet, since my early put in beat all the fishermen and their powered watercraft. I had the river to myself!

I spotted approximately a dozen birds during my paddle; Blue Herons, White Herons, Egrets, and even a couple of red-headed woodpeckers.

This river bank had severe water and wind erosion. Several trees had toppled over and there were a few more that were in danger of joining their fallen comrades.

As I paddled close to shore, I startled a catfish that was swimming in the shallows. We both had a good fright! I estimate the fish was about two feet long.

It's good to see that the high tension power lines that supply electricity to Durham, also serve as a nesting platform for Osprey!

Here's a close up photo of the Osprey nest. I stayed for several minutes, near the base of the nest, but could not see any activity in it. Maybe nobody was home?

The next two photos are beauty shots. Enjoy!

I also tried my hand at a brief, 13 second video. Hopefully, it will give you an idea of how calm, peaceful, and quiet it was on the Neuse River, this Friday morning!

It was a wonderful and relaxing early morning paddle on the Neuse River. I really enjoyed my time away from all the busy schedules and stress of a work day. :-) 

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  1. Looks like a very peaceful trip - other than the catfish! That's awesome that you were able to get a shot of it. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    1. Yes! The catfish leaped out of the water and landed in some shallows next to my kayak! It was startling for both of us!

  2. I love hearing about all the birds you see on your trip, it shocks me the different types of birds you encounter while out there! I thought the catfish photo was pretty cool too! Water - whether its the lake, ocean, or rivers, I've always found peaceful and beautiful! Love it!

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