Saturday, June 22, 2013

Paddling the Five Fingers Area on the Neuse and Eno Rivers!

Location: Five Fingers Area on Neuse and Eno Rivers, Durham, NC Temperature: 73F Wind: Light Conditions: Cloudy 

Early Saturday morning held the promise of a great paddling adventure with overcast skies, low temperatures, and humidity. Rachel was visiting her Mom, so it was time for me and my yellow Aquafusion Liberty 13 kayak to get re-acquainted!  ;-)  I decided to explore the Fiver Fingers area of the Neuse and Eno Rivers, so named because the water inlets have the appearance of an outstretched hand from overhead. Click on the photos to enlarge.   

Paddling the Eno River prior to reaching the Fiver Fingers area. The water levels were slightly high, with no current and little wind. Excellent paddling conditions. 

As I entered the channel into the Five Fingers Area, I heard voices and spotted this couple in an Old Town canoe. They were bird watching and enjoying the early morning stillness.

An archway, formed of tree branches, provided an leafy entrance to one of the finger inlets.

I spotted this bright blue geo cache box, hanging from a tree branch, courtesy of my buddies at Frog Hollow Outdoors Paddlesports, Hiking, Camping,and Adventure Services. When I returned to the Eno River boat ramp, I saw several Frog Hollow employees unloading many canoes from their company van and trailer. The crew informed me that a wedding party of 60 persons was going to put in at 12 noon and paddle the Eno River! The geo cache boxes, like the one I had discovered, had been put out earlier for the wedding party to find. Wow! That's a lot of folks! Glad I was off the river before that crowd got in! 

Yes! I see you. A heron keeps a close eye on a small yellow kayak closing in on its perch.

A cocooned tree branch. The leaves will serve as food when the caterpillars hatch,

Power line towers, that carry electricity for the Durham region,  march off into the distance.

Much of the Five Fingers Area is swampy with thick growth and narrow water passages.

I was excited when I spotted this baby fawn as it swam across the Eno River. Hopefully, it will get reunited with its family. I did not see any other deer on the river banks

I am not able to identify these white spores. Maybe a Durhamblogger reader can provide us with the correct identification?

The next two close up photos are Trumpet Creeper, or also know as the "cow itch vine" or "hummingbird vine."

More Trumpet Creeper.

Fantastic paddle in the Five Fingers Area this Saturday morning! It was cool, overcast, and low humidity with only a handful of folks about on the water at this early hour. Rachel and I need to return together to Five Fingers Area for another look soon!

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  1. Treasure! Swimming fawns! beautiful flowers! Looks like the Eno River has it all!

    1. It certainly did on this memorable Saturday morning! Note to self, try to get up earlier in the AM to catch all of Nature's beauty! ;-)

  2. Very cool story Mike! Enjoying your blog. It's amazing the things you can find and discover on a simple paddle. Cheers from Canada!

  3. FYI, the unidentified white "fireworks" bloom is a Butttonbush. Beautiful photo.


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