While traveling for business, I was able to take a couple hours to explore Belews Lake in Forsyth County. The lake , which has clear water and a few small islands to explore, was a nice day paddle that I hope to have the opportunity to do again.
A few weeks ago, I was able to break away and spend two days playing at Emerald Isle. Our group, which compromised around 6 other sea kayakers, mostly played in Bouge Inlet, as well as a little by Bear Island. Conditions were not huge, but we were able to find some fun surf both days.
Through a stroke of weird luck with my cell phone provider, I got a GoPro Session 4 for pretty cheap a few weeks ago. I finally got a chance to play with it a bit at the pool and took some videos of me rolling while at the Friday night Pool Practice at Optimist Pool … Continue reading Roll Practice and the New Camera
Edit 12/27/2017: After posting this, I spoke with someone else who had the same idea and had gone down the rapids before me. They went without the benefit of rain though and got stuck, so while not the first, I was likely the first at a slightly elevated rate… Edit 01/29/2018: I’ve had a chance … Continue reading Bragging Rights: First Fourth Kayak Decent of Milburnie Dam in Over 100 Years
A few weeks ago while paddling with a friend at Falls Lake, he noticed what appeared to be tree goo stuck to the branches of many of the partially submerged trees that line the lake. Having never noticed this before, we guessed that maybe it was some sort of fish eggs or possibly sap running … Continue reading Pectinatella Magnifica at Falls Lake…Or What is This Tree Goo?
Last weekend, I decided to make a short trip out to Robertson Millpond Preserve in Wendell to checkout the bald cypress trees. If you haven’t been, it is pretty neat experience. There is a short paddle trail, marked by buoys, which you can follow and wind your way through the park. The brochure indicates that … Continue reading Cruising Around Robertson Millpond Preserve
I’ve been paddling for while now, close to 4 or 5 years, but I didn’t really start skilling up relatively recently. I was already a very competent paddler at that time, but had become comfortable in my local river runs and didn’t push myself too much past that. During my progression from casual to addicted … Continue reading Summersville WV Paddling Trip(or Picking Up the New Boat)
I’ve had my Dagger Alchemy 14S for about a month now and have used it quite a bit now, so this isn’t quite a first impression, but pretty close. I’ll do a proper review later, but gotta say this is a pretty awesome boat! The Alchemy handles rough and flat water really well, edges easily, … Continue reading First(ish) Impressions of the Dagger Alchemy 14S
This is the first year I have made it to the pool and I really wish I had started going earlier. It is great fun and you meet some cool like minded yakkers, while growing your skills in a safe environment. In the triangle area, we have pool sessions in Raleigh at Optimist Pool, as … Continue reading Pool Sessions: Fun and Training