summer paddling

Take a paddle break from the returning heat

That fall reprieve we just had sure was nice. One day it didn’t get out of the 70s. One morning I stepped out and it was 52. In three days I did six hikes.
Then, this morning I woke up and it was not 52 degrees and the humidity was not 20 percent. I still took my morning half-hour hike, but I found my thoughts had strayed …
To paddling.
We haven’t talked about paddling lately. Truth be told, I’ve gotten out of practice. I had both my kayaks out over Father’s Day, but for the benefit of others. I haven’t personally dipped a paddle since … well, it’s been too long.
To get back in the spirit, I’ve pulled some videos of paddle trips past. Don’t worry: there’s no rambling dialogue, no waxing, not much audio at all. Each is mercifully short, just 90 seconds of paddling from 10 different spots. And while some of the footage looks like it was shot in the 1940s on a Bell+Howell Super 8, it’s all within the last six years. Stick around to the bottom of the column and find information about paddling the spots you’ve seen.
Who knows, maybe the next time we see you it’ll be on a blue trail.

Goose Creek
Washington (N.C.)

Milltail Creek
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Falls Lake

Lake Wheeler

Haw River
Swepsonville to Saxapahaw

Green River Narrows

Jordan Lake
Bear Island

Contentnea Creek

Three Rivers (Eno, Little and Flat)
Durham, and  …
Lake Raleigh

Happy (blue) trails,


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