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!