Location: Hyco River, Halifax County, VA. Temperature: 43F Wind: Calm Conditions: Mostly Sunny
Saturday morning I met up with Wayne Kirkpatrick and the fine folks of the Dan River Basin Association for a paddle on the Hyco River! Rachel was not keen on paddling in cold temperatures and decided to spend some quality time with her mother. I was excited to meet fellow yakers and paddle the Hyco River - the first time I've paddled this river! I was a little apprehensive while loading my kayak and gear in the early morning hours - it was cold with temperatures in the mid-30's! But as the sun rose and warmed the outside air, temperatures became more tolerable in the mid-to-upper 40's and 50's halfway through the paddle.
Yours truly - Mike, the Durhamblogger, paddling on the Hyco River. And yes, I am wearing a PFD under my water resistant jacket! I dressed in layers for this paddle.
Put in / take out was near the twin Highway 58 bridges that span the Hyco River. There was a small, concrete boat ramp that made for an easy entry into the water. There were approximately ten paddlers in our group - majority of folks were paddling kayaks with the exception being two ladies paddling a large Old Town canoe.
Approaching the twin Highway 58 bridges just after put in.
Our flotilla making its way along the Hyco River. We encountered occasional and brief (thankfully!) wind gusts that made for a few cold moments, but the majority of the paddle was conducted under sunny and calm weather with little water current. Very nice paddling conditions!
A suspected beaver lodge.
I spied some unusual tree stumps, the remains of a larger forest that once grew near the water's edge.
This tree stump was "camera shy" and was hurrying away!
Impressive rock formations lined part of the shore. I estimated the dimensions to be approximately 15 feet in height and, at least, 30 feet in length.
Wispy and high cloud formations broke up the otherwise deep blue sky.
A few lingering Autumn colors were seen in the shoreline trees.
We stopped for lunch and to stretch our legs.
A possible animal's burrow. I got close enough to peer inside and noted a floor of leaves inside. One of my fellow paddlers joked that I should have stuck my head inside to see if any one was "home." I declined that invitation! My mama did not raise a dummy! ;-)
Wonder what's around that next bend?
A fork in the tree? Or maybe two are better than one?
What a wonderful four hour paddle I had with members of the Dan River Basin Association! I had an enjoyable time paddling and chatting with folks along the Hyco River. I will be sure to check the group's calendar for other paddling outings and look forward to joining them in the future!