Saturday, April 26, 2014

Paddling at Lake Rogers on a beautiful Spring morning!

 Location: Lake Rogers. Creedmoor, NC. Temperature: 64F Wind: Light Conditions: Mostly Sunny

Saturday, April 26 was a mild temperature and low humidity day - the kind of day you wish could be bottled and opened as needed! It was also a perfect day for paddling! I decided to head to one of my favorite put in locations - Beaver Dam Lake. However, on the drive over Highway 50 to the park, I noted a number of bicyclists churning away, traveling in the opposite direction. As I neared the park entrance, I spotted a Raleigh police officer directing traffic. I carefully maneuvered around the cyclists and drove up to the park entrance office. Six bucks entrance fee and guess what? I was in the middle of the Inside-Out Sports Olympic Triathlon at Beaver Dam! The Triathlon is a grueling 1500 meter open water swim, 26.5 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run. Literally hundreds of Triathlon athletes, and spectators had converged on the one spot this morning where I wanted to put in! Every parking space was filled and the boat ramps were closed. Time for Plan B. Next stop, was a paddling adventure at Lake Rogers! Click on the photos to enlarge.           

Put in at the Lake Rogers boat ramp. Conditions were calm and still. The water was like a sheet of glass.

I spied this Heron as I rounded a bend. The bird was wading in the shallow waters near the shoreline, hunting for food.

Here is one half of a geese mated pair. The two birds were slowly swimming towards my kayak. I stopped paddling and while drifting took several photos of the pair. The birds were not alarmed by my presence, and after approaching to within 25 yards or so, they turned and swam toward the opposite shore.

A fallen and broken tree, sprouting new growth in its branches, lies partly submerged in the lake waters.

Sunlight filters into a quiet, shadowy cove.

There were approximately six fishing boats on Lake Rogers. From what I saw, I was the only person wearing a PFD, and paddling a kayak this morning on the small lake.

A quick bio break and stretching the legs exercise.

As I paddled by the Lake Rogers dam, I spotted this knucklehead dangerously close to the spillway. There is an approximately 20 foot drop just under the traffic bridge in the immediate background. Excellent way to end up in the hospital or worse.

A gorgeous morning paddle on Lake Rogers!

Who can't love this photo? These "moments in time" are what sustains me until I can get back on the water for my next paddling adventure!

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  1. That certainly looks good to me Mike. Good to see you out on the water on such a nice spring day. It has been a little cold and rainy up here in Canada this week, but next week it is supposed to be warm and sunny! Cheers.

    1. Hey Peggy. Thanks for your comments. Hope you can get back out on the water in the "far North" soon!


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