Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Paddling the Eno River on a Fall day!

  Location: Eno River, Durham, NC Temperature: 67F Wind: Light Conditions: Cloudy

It was a Tuesday work day... but my thoughts were not on my tasks, but instead somewhere paddling out on a river! So, when the "siren call" of paddling beckons... I must follow it!  ;-)  It was a few minutes after 3 PM, and I found myself at the Eno River boat ramp. I "thought" the put in area would be fairly deserted mid-afternoon on a work day, but there were a number of trucks with trailers in the parking lot - fishermen taking advantage of the mild temperatures. A couple of "good old boys" were hanging out at the boat ramp and chuckled and nudged each other as I unloaded my kayak and prepared to put in. One of them asked me; "Are you fishing or exercising?" I replied; "Exercising, I need to be good at something." They laughed and watched as I put in, most likely wanting to see if I would flip out of the cockpit. I disappointed them as I climbed in and paddled SW on the Eno River. Click on the photos to enlarge.

 The Eno River water levels were low due to local dry conditions for the past week.

Red Mill Road bridge that spans the Eno River. Two fishing boats can be seen near the left bridge support. I had to paddle around (at least) 6 fishing boats with multiple fishing lines out, during my paddle. Always communicate with stationary or trolling fishing boats, as to your paddling intentions. For example, ask the fishermen what direction or side of their boats you may paddle, so that you do not unintentionally get fouled in their fishing lines.

A solitary and empty chair waits for its owner to return.

A close up photo of a half submerged tree trunk floating in the river.

Rachel's "Ent Person" shaking free of its summer foliage. On one of our earlier paddles on the Eno River, Rachel spotted this dead tree and thought it resembled one of the Ent tree creatures in Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-Earth.

The embodiment of Fall - fallen leaves drift in the sluggish river current.

Fall and a fitting quote. "“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason.”- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Strange and twisted tree roots, victims of water and wind erosion.

I spotted a couple of small turtles during my paddle, but because of the boat motor noise and activity on the river today, wild life made itself scarce.

This turtle got "camera shy" as I paddled closer!

The scenery was not spectacular during my paddle this Fall day on the Eno River, but the trip was definitely necessary! Paddlers will understand my sentiments. I hope to get in several more paddling adventures before my season ends in late November. Remember, to always take life one stroke at a time! I do!  :-) - Mike, the Durhamblogger.

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  1. Haunting pictures of the root. Fall is always sad here because I know that temperatures which feel cold now will be considered balmy in just a few months.

    1. Agree! I thought the roots looked almost like twisted human bodies. It is close to Halloween? Stay warm up North!

  2. Mike, I'm happy you were able to sneak in a paddle after work-- it always feels a little bit forbidden, doesn't it? I hope you're able to paddle for a few more weeks. We had an early morning temperature 3 days ago of 18! So, the kayaks have been put away. Enjoy the last of your warmer air and water temperatures!


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