Location: Eno River, Durham, NC Temperature: 74F Wind: Light Conditions: Mostly cloudy
On Sunday, September 7, I decided that an early morning paddle on the Eno River was in order! Rachel elected for more sleep, so it was just me and my Aquafusion Liberty 13. After a hasty breakfast, and quick gear pack, I drove to the Eno River boat ramp, off Red Mill Road, and put in a little after 7:00 AM. Click on the photos to enlarge.
I put in and paddled SW on the Eno River. It was cool, with temperatures in the low 70's F and overcast skies - excellent paddling conditions.
As the sun rose, it illuminated beautiful cloud formations.
I rounded a bend in the river, and spotted this Heron perched on a dead tree branch.
Woodland Sunflower in bloom on the banks of the Eno River.
American Bittern perched on a jumble of fallen tree limbs.
Huge power line towers, carrying electricity to Durham and surrounding areas, march off into the distance.
I encountered the same debris field that blocked my way during my paddle on the Eno River (May 31, 2014); however, on this morning, there was clear passage to the left of the fallen trees and debris, due to heavy rains the past week.
Once I navigated around the debris field, I was able to continue and explore areas of the Eno River I had never paddled. A large birch tree overhung the water.
This tree had fallen victim to rot and a possible lightening strike.
I discovered a sandy cove and took a much welcomed bio break and stretch.
The woods and surrounding underbrush were almost primeval in appearance...
... and with dense growth. I was amazed that this woodland scene was only minutes away from the urban "concrete jungle" of Durham!
Intricate root system exposed by air and water.