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  1. Hamhed

    Beating the heat on the Catawba River

    Not much time in a kayak to compose! Just a lucky capture but thanks for the compliment. Steve
  2. Hamhed

    Beating the heat on the Catawba River

    We've never taken our kayaks on the French Broad River though we have rafted and canoed several sections of the river. The sea kayaks, being so long and slow to turn, would likely only work on the slowest, least obstructed sections. Mills River and Etowah area are fairly flat and offer the...
  3. Hamhed

    Beating the heat on the Catawba River

    Thanks, Mike. This year has been a tough one for many reasons and we find this paddling trip is one of our favorite ways to de-stress. We usually go just once a year; maybe that is what has us looking forward to it so much. This year, though, we may go a second time! Or third.... Steve
  4. Hamhed

    Beating the heat on the Catawba River

    Years ago, we paddled down the Yadkin, camping for a couple of nights but I can't tell you exactly where we traveled. Lake Tillery comes to mind but whether that was at the beginning or end, I couldn't say. That was before I did much in the way of photo documentation. We've done the Congaree...
  5. Hamhed

    Beating the heat on the Catawba River

    We’ve already picked out our lunch spot and with the current now helping us along, we soon stop our boats on a shady and sandy beach. Tufted Titmice fuss overhead. A Yellow-throated Warbler is also singing; so is a Northern Parula. One of many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers we seen flits about, it’s...
  6. Hamhed

    Beating the heat on the Catawba River

    The water remains flat as we work our way upriver. Evidence of a slight current can be seen as ripples around a stationary log or stick. We are paddling our 20 year old, Prion sea kayaks, an ideal craft for this trip as they can make short work of mileage and are extremely stable, made for...
  7. Hamhed

    Beating the heat on the Catawba River

    Though we never know what month we will have the chance to go, my wife, Liz, and I like to do a once a year kayak trip up the Catawba River at the west end of Lake James in McDowell County, North Carolina. There’s good birding there and our best chance to see a Prothonotary Warbler without...
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