Saturday, August 30, 2014

Return to the Hyco River

 Location: Hyco River, Halifax County, VA. Temperature: 85F Wind: Calm Conditions: Mostly Sunny

Over Labor Day weekend, Rachel and I were visiting family in Clarksville, VA. It just so happened, we also took along our Mainstream Escapade tandem kayak in case any paddling adventures presented themselves! They did!  ;-)  We decided to paddle the Hyco River primarily to avoid the holiday crowds on nearby Kerr Lake and because Rachel had never been on this river. It had been over two years since I had last paddled the Hyco River with the Dan River Basin Association paddlers, (See Hyco River, November 3, 2012) and I was eager for a return visit! Click on the photos to enlarge.

Mike, the Durhamblogger, surveying the put in / take out area on the Hyco River. There was a small, concrete boat ramp that made for an easy entry into the water.

Put in / take out was near the twin Highway 58 bridges that span the Hyco River. 

We paddled S-SW up the river. Rachel in her customary front seat leading our way.

Rose of Sharon in bloom on the river bank.

A clump of mushrooms cling to the underside of tree branches.

Trees towered over us and provided welcomed shade during our paddle.

Buckshoal Road bridge over the Hyco River. According to, this bridge was built in 1970 and has average daily traffic of 608 vehicles.

The crumbling remains of a bridge support adjacent to the Buckshoal Road bridge span.

A "wishbone" tree.

Tree clings precariously by its roots to the river bank.

A lone feather floats in the sluggish current of the Hyco River.

A loaded Persimmon tree partially submerged in the river waters.

A Red Admiral butterfly greeted us on our return to the put in / take out area.

It was a relaxing and fun paddle on the Hyco River. We had this area of the river to ourselves and we made the most of it. Would like to return to the Hyco River this year and retrace the N-NE paddle route I took with the Dan River Basin Association paddlers back in November 2012. Until next time, keep taking life one stroke at a time. I do!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Paddling on Kerr Lake near Clarksville, VA

Location: Kerr Lake, Clarksville, VA. Temperature: 68F Wind: Light  Conditions: Mostly cloudy

Rachel and I visited family in Clarksville, VA. over the weekend and took along our tandem Escapade to get in a paddling adventure. Saturday morning we decided to put in at the Bluestone boat ramp, a Kerr Lake access area located approximately 5 miles north of Clarksville. It had been a while since Rachel and I had paddled together... and we were both ready to get out on the water! Click on the photos to enlarge.

Rachel, steadies her new paddling hat, as an unexpected wind gust tugs at it. 

Approaching the US Highway 15 bridge that spans this section of Kerr Lake.

Caught this Blue Heron on its perch overlooking the lake waters.

Submerged trees and other vegetation, evidence of the heavy rainfalls this area of southern Virginia has experienced during the past few weeks.

Looking out from a quiet cove on Kerr Lake.

A large cocoon, like so much cotton candy, wraps these branches with its sticky tendrils.

Hickory tree leaves turning red announce that Fall is rapidly approaching. Where has the summer gone?

Another sign of the changing seasons.... a flock of migrating geese in a "v" formation. 

Rachel, unloading our kayak, as I retrieve my truck from the parking lot.

It was a good paddle during a quiet part of the morning on Kerr Lake. We like to get out early on the lake before the crowds and heat arrive. Kerr Lake never disappoints, and we look forward to returning soon for some extended paddling adventures!

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