Location: Eno River, Durham, NC. Temperature: 49F Wind: Calm Conditions: Partly Sunny
The last two weeks for Rachel and me have been crazy! My mother-in-law was dealing with some serious medical issues and we were commuting for several days from Durham, NC to South Boston, VA to be with her. BTW, she is doing so much better now! I've been literally "slammed" at work and having a hard time keeping up with the amount of projects coming my way. On top of all this, we had planned to have some house renovation work done this past Thursday and Friday. I had taken off from my job, so I could be at home with the contractors, but at the last minute, the renovation work had to be rescheduled for next week! Yikes! With all this turmoil and stress, I REALLY needed to head to one "place" where it all makes sense to me... getting on the water and going on another paddling adventure!
Thursday forecast was calling for the possibility of storms in the afternoon, so I decided to strike out for an early morning paddle on the Neuse River. However, when I arrived at the Eno River boat ramp... Eno River branches into the Neuse River... I noted that there were several fishermen heading east to the Neuse River and the large fishing areas on Falls Lake. Change of plans. I decided to put in and paddle west on the Eno River. Hopefully it would be free of any fishermen and there would be a better chance of spotting wildlife during my paddle.
The reason I so enjoy paddling is I get to experience scenes such as this one!
A ghostly, early morning mist drifts across the still waters of the Eno River.
One of the reasons yakers normally don't encounter motor boats in this area of the Eno River. This floating log was over five feet in length and would do serious damage to any motor prop that hit it. I encountered several floating logs and a few underwater hazards. BTW, no fishermen ventured into these waters while I was paddling there!
Autumn colors. Fall has arrived in eastern North Carolina.
Approaching the Red Mill Road bridge that spans the Eno River.
A colorful coat of vines drapes the top of this dead tree.
Peaceful and calm. I had this section of the Eno River to myself!
A Blue Heron trying to warm itself in the early morning rays of the sun.
A splash of "white and red" in a landscape rapidly changing into red, brown, and orange hues.
Close up of a green "gum ball."
Live, green gum balls hanging next to their dead and brown companions.
An abandoned bird's nest.
A tree branch and cloud images reflected off the calm waters. Up is down and down is up!
The ominous storm clouds that started building about two hours into my paddle and "persuaded" me it was time to begin my return trip!
My early morning paddle on the Eno River was great "therapy" for me! Calm, relaxing, and peaceful... it does not get much better than that! Remember, to always take life one stroke at a time. I do! :-)