Saturday, April 30, 2016

Falls Lake, NC. - Our First Paddling Adventure in 2016!

Location: Highway 50 Boat Ramp, Falls Lake, NC. Temperature: 63F Wind: E5 Conditions: Overcast

 The long awaited event finally took place today - our first paddle of 2016! Rachel and I had planned to put in at Beaver Dam Lake, but an unanticipated bike rally caused us to detour about a mile and a half down the road from Beaver Dam. We ended up at the Highway 50 boat ramp - a NC park recreational area that boasts six boat ramps.  

Put in at the Highway 50 boat ramp. My sorely missed truck found its way back home and was available for kayak hauling duty.

Looking out from a quiet cove on Falls Lake. It remained overcast and cool for the entire paddle.

A beaver den, but no beaver sighting. The den was most likely occupied - evidenced by several freshly cut tree branches.

 We spotted a brown-headed Nuthatch. These birds are typically 4-5" and smaller than a sparrow. They are quite agile and restless, flitting from one branch to another.

The Nuthatch's nest is located at the lower end of this dead tree cavity. I could not see any eggs.

Very large rock formations that jutted out into Falls Lake. I estimated the rock height to be over 15 feet.

Both Rachel and I were excited to have our first paddling adventure of 2016! It had been nearly five years since we had put in at the Highway 50 boat ramp. This year I hope to return to many of these "long ago, but not forgotten" put in areas as well as exploring other rivers, creeks and lakes in both North Carolina and Virginia. Thanks for reading and always remember to take life one stroke at a time!

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  1. I wonder how your truck "found its way home"? Glad to see you out and about kayaking again!

  2. Nice to see that you are out on the water! We've done very little paddling this year, but hopefully I will get a few pictures published. On the plus side, it was a good year for taxes...

    1. Thanks! For me, being able to unplug from my busy life and get out on water helps me both relax and reconnect with nature. I just wish that work and other life stuff did not interfere so much with my paddling! ;-)


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