Thursday, October 18, 2012

Paddling the Eno River on a beautiful Autumn morning!

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!   :-)


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7 comments:

  1. Glad to here your mother-in-law is doing better. Trying to deal with family crises long distance is always stressful, and extra work on top makes it more so. On those days it seems like such a privilege to enjoy the outside. Good luck with the home improvement.

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    1. Many thanks! I am thankful to have opportunities to "escape" to the water - even if only for a brief time!

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  2. Couldn't agree more with your statement "..the one place where it all makes sense to me".

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  3. I'm really happy that Mrs. West's mom is doing better! That makes me really happy! I hope the stress and chaos has gotten better, things have been very hectic for me lately with work and college. But anyways! I love the fall look, its always relaxing and its truely amazing how fast time has flown, I feel like just yesterday it was summer and I just started college. I hope things have calmed down now and I can't wait to see more of whats coming!

    This is one of my favorite quotes and so prevalent for times when we get stressed and just need to stop to do things we enjoy:

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
    Mark Twain

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  4. I'm really happy that Mrs. West's mom is doing better! That makes me really happy! I hope the stress and chaos has gotten better, things have been very hectic for me lately with work and college. But anyways! I love the fall look, its always relaxing and its truely amazing how fast time has flown, I feel like just yesterday it was summer and I just started college. I hope things have calmed down now and I can't wait to see more of whats coming!

    This is one of my favorite quotes and so prevalent for times when we get stressed and just need to stop to do things we enjoy:

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
    Mark Twain

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    1. Really like your Mark Twain quote! I need to use it in my "Reflections" section!

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  5. I'm glad to here that Mrs. West's mom and your mother-in-law is doing better! I hope she continues to get better too! I really hope to meet her sometime, Chris says a lot of good things about her! I hope work and everything else in life has cooled down and isn't as chaotic as it was this past week, I know I've been really busy too with work and college. Sometimes we just need that break and I hope that break relieved a good amount of your stress and hopefully these next few weeks will be relaxing. I love the fall weather, its so beautiful and I just love how the leaves change colors, it's just such a pretty atmosphere and your pictures surely reflect that! I love the gum ball pictures and flowers, I remember I always hated stepping on those gum balls when I walked barefoot! They hurt so much!

    "Life isn't about the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breathe away."

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