Kayaking on the Eno

Ian enjoying the fall weather!

Durham, NC – My friend Ian and I set out on an afternoon paddle last week before the cold front moved in.  It was a wonderfully peaceful paddle on a section of the Eno River that heads down to Falls lake.  We put in at the Red Mill Road boat ramp.  Today, we paddled downstream.  Shortly after leaving the ramp, it sound like large rain drops were hitting the water.  It turned out that some small school of fish was breaking the surface of the water.  We were greeted by a dozen or so fishermen on the banks of the shore or on boats.

Apparently, the humans were not the only ones fishing today.  We saw 8 different blue herons on our paddle, as we snaked through the short-cut on one bend of the Eno before heading down to the railroad trestle.  This was our turn around point as we had not set up a shuttle.  We paddled back our same path and saw many of the same herons on the way home.  Great day to spend a November afternoon in Durham!

One of the many blue herons on this paddle

Line Dempsey

Line Dempsey has been guiding adventure tours for many years. Having been born and reared in NC, Line got his start in leading tours in the 1980's with unsupported bicycle tours of the state of NC, SC and Virginia. Line worked in the tourism industry for 10 years prior to leaving for graduate school. Line began leading motorcycle trips in NC, VA, SC, as well as a trip to the lower east corner of the US ( Key West ). For the last 14 years, Line's work has allowed him to travel throughout the state of NC at least once a week and he's seen most of the overlooked side roads of our beautiful state. Line has explored NC via bicycle, kayak, motorcycle, rock climbing, hiking and by sailboat.

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