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. :-)