Month: August 2016

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A Standoff


I was hiking along the bank of the Neuse River in Raleigh and came across a family of 3 deer. Rather than running away like every other deer I’ve ever come across these deer stood their ground. We ended up at a standoff. He wouldn’t back down and I couldn’t continue down the path with

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A sign of the times?


I came across a bunch of signs taped to trees as I was walking along the banks of the Neuse River near the back of the Bedford Community in Raleigh. It was in an area that was wedged between the river and the Neuse River Greenway and appeared to get a lot of traffic from

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Racers, start your engines


This is a throwback to the starting line at last year’s Jug-Oar-Knot canoe race. It is a fundraiser for Sound Rivers, which is a group that helps protect local rivers, including the Neuse River here in Raleigh. The race is held during the Falls Lake Festival which is coming up in September. Check out more

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Look Up


One thing I’ve learned as I’ve paddled down the Neuse River is to always look up. As you quietly slip down the river you can often sneak below lots of things. Even when you look up, you might have to look close to see it, whatever it is.

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Be more flexible


Looking for a new challenge. Why not try paddleboard yoga? All of the SUP’s that we rent have large, flat decks, perfect for yoga. They also have a place where you can tie an anchor to keep you in place. We recommend a place with flat, calm water. The Beaverdam area of Falls Lake is

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Tiny


A kayak or canoe trip down the Neuse River will generally be accompanied by dozens of turtle sightings and this last paddle was no different. However, this time, I saw the tiniest turtle I’ve ever seen. This turtle’s shell was probably not any bigger than a Quarter. Hanging out by himself, it was a miracle

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Oooh, Shiny!


The Neuse River is running pretty low right now, which is not uncommon for late in the Summer. A few weeks without significant rain coupled with high heat (equals lots of evaporation) has Falls Lake right about where they want it. That means they turn off the river. Hard to believe they can just turn

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Slurping


I caught this heron getting a drink near Falls Dam on the Neuse River. The warm sunrise lit up his body against a dark river. Early morning paddles get you close to scenes like these.  

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Fireworks


These flowers reminded me of fireworks just after they’ve burst. These little bursts of color line parts of the Neuse River Greenway Trail in Raleigh.

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Speedy


What’s the story here? How did this snail shell end up in the middle of this big flat slab in the middle of the Neuse River? Was it the last release of the dam? Did a raccoon carry it? Maybe a heron picked it up. Who knows? Sometimes a paddle down the Neuse River leaves

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