Location: Beaver Dam Lake, Wake County, NC. Temperature: 78F Wind: Light Conditions: Partly sunny
Rachel and I decided to get in a paddle at one of our favorite sites - Beaver Dam Lake over the long July 4th holiday weekend. We went for a mid-morning put in to avoid both the heat and holiday crowds. Click on the photos to enlarge.
Lots of water craft line the shore. A canoe, sit-on-top kayak, 3 Coleman stand up paddle boards (SUPs), and our tandem Mainstream Escapade kayak in the foreground.
A turtle sunning it self on a dead tree.
Sun peering through the trees and foliage as we paddle in a quiet cove.
"Water strider" insects that "walk" (stride) across on the water surface. Click on the photo to enlarge and you can see that their legs are suspended on the water surface.
Gorgeous cloud formations that billowed hundreds of feet in the air above Beaver Dam Lake.
Trees basking in the sunlight.
Looking out from a peaceful cove.
Here's how NOT to use SUPs and kayaks. Nobody is wearing PFDs except for the kid lying down in the bow of the SUP on the left. In fact, the PFDs are on the SUP decks where they will be useless in an emergency. The fellow with the white hat, is wearing street shoes and socks. The guy in the kayak has on jeans and a t-shirt. Thankfully, the water temperatures are warm and they are not far from the shoreline.
A woodpecker clinging onto a dead tree.
Remarkably close up photo of a blue heron. The bird stayed perched on the tree limb the entire time I was taking photographs.
Rachel and I enjoyed a relaxing and fun paddle at Beaver Dam Lake. We went early, avoided both the heat and holiday crowds, and got in some good upper body workout. Hope to return soon to the lake!