Today was another day in the woods. We started on a section of the Uwharrie River I have wanted to paddle for a while. It needs spring rains to be deep enough to paddle.
After the thunderstorms in the middle of the week, it looked promising, featuring over 12 class I rapids (easiest) and good flow. I don’t have pictures, but we started almost immediately when Sam flipped her boat when she hit a strainer (tree)
A great couple of hours on the water!
Then hike #15 of #52hikechallenge – Birkhead Tract of the Uwharrie Game Land.
What is Clay photographing this week?
An Eastern Fence Lizard.
Does this look like how to dress for kayaking? It is when the start temperature is 26 degrees!
Our finds along the Rappahannock River – several shark teeth fossils and a opossum
It was a great day to take our kayaks for a walk….
Sadly the water in Bear Creek was deep in spots, so we had to paddle…
and duck under fallen trees.
and played in the water coming over the dam.
My partner in crime, Clay sent me these pictures.
Hold my beer and watch this moment… I tried to slide off the dock, didn’t work! I did save it with only a wet arm and leg.
Me more upright
Sam is in a good mood
Luckily we finally got back to hiking!
Came home and went mountain biking in Greensboro.
The family came and enjoyed a walk in woods and the dog park for Kodak.
Today was the first day of events at the American Adventurists’ Appalachian Rendezvous.
And the first event was a paddle of the Falls Reservoir.
Water seems deep enough
and a tight squeeze in…
old diversion tunnels makes great caves
then I wanted to touch the damn…
The water was weird feeling, not turbulent, not spinning or moving… it just had a life to it.
Day on the water, we put in under the Kerr Lake dam and headed down river (Lake Gaston) to US 1
The sign says “Quality Pier Builders” – not sure this is their top of the line model!
Deb emerges from the tree while playing in the rapids. Just over 6 miles on the Deep River.
Snakes, flowers and birds are fine and all, but I want a wild Alligator!
Today we found it.
Sam paddles in for a better look…
James “ruins” may composition…. : )
This is my third year visited this state park, the northern most point that wild alligators go… I guaranteed we would see one today while paddling. (I did tape a picture on the kayaks)
The swamp is a magical place to paddle, looking at wildlife, plants and Jim…
We spent a long time waiting for this Pileated Woodpecker to return to it’s nest, and then I wanted it launching into flight…
Even found a Red_bellied Watersnake (it’s real name)