Friday, October 24, 2014

Yakers' Close Encounters in Durham!

Mike, the Durhamblogger, flanked by Mark and Anne of  Penobscotpaddles fame.

Well, you just never know who you may run into? Anne and Mark, who write about their Maine paddling adventures on their kayak blog Penobscotpaddles, recently passed through my neck of the woods in Durham. They were kind enough to stop, have a bite to eat and visit with Rachel and myself. Guess what we talked about?  ;-)  

We had a pleasant visit... and now Rachel and I have an open invite to paddle the Penobscot River next time we are in Maine - which would be a first for us!

Safe travels home Anne and Mark... and always remember to take life one stroke at a time.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Return to the Five Fingers Area on the Eno River!

Location: Five Fingers Area on Eno River, Durham, NC Temperature: 72F Wind: Light Conditions: Mostly Sunny 

Friday was too nice a day to be stuck inside working, so Rachel and I decided to explore the Five Fingers area on the Eno River - so named because the pond and marsh area bodies of water resembles a person's hand. Rachel had never been to this area before and I was excited to show it to her! We put in at the Eno River boat ramp a little after 10 AM. Click on the photos to enlarge. 

 Rachel, in her customary front seat of our tandem Mainstream Escapade.

Beautiful morning with a slight breeze and very flat water conditions. Ideal paddling!

One of several bird houses we encountered during our paddle. The metal dome below the house keeps unwanted snakes and other critters out.

A loaded Persimmon tree with ripening fruit.

A natural archway, formed by tree branches, marks the entrance to another "finger" in the Five Fingers area of the Eno River.

A muddy bubble, held together by water tension, looks like a feature of some weird, alien landscape.

Close up of a pod seed.

Power line towers, that carry electricity for the Durham region, march off into the distance.

A "flaming" bush, sporting its brilliant Fall colors.

We encountered several Blue Herons during our paddle.

We also manged to snap a few photos of turtles.

We were very excited to have captured several elusive Great Egret in our camera's len!

A large tree sporting its Fall colors.

It was a relaxing and enjoyable paddle this early Fall day on the Eno River. The Five Fingers Area is always worth the paddle as it stays largely undisturbed by fishing boats, and is home to much wildlife. Today's paddle did not disappoint!

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