Tag Archives: Paddling

Autumn paddle on Melton Hill Lake

I took advantage of a shimmering autumn afternoon yesterday to paddle Melton Hill Lake. I put in at the dam and headed upstream, pausing to paddle up Hope Creek. Fall colors still were clinging to a few trees along the … Continue reading

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Nuns with paddles

It’s so dark I don’t see the nun buoy until I’m a few feet away. How odd. The red, nun-shaped marker on Parks Bend conjures an instant flashback to angry Sister Mary Library chasing me and Doug Hamilton around book … Continue reading

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Wake-up call

As I paddle past groggy, grumpy herons, I see an osprey take flight at the entry to Duck Cove. I hope  this means they’re nesting somewhere in the trees up on Saltpeter Bluff. It’s a perfect morning. Sunrise is shooing … Continue reading

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Return to Silver Springs

I heard them long before I spotted them. After scanning the shoreline for a few moments, I saw furtive movements. About 20 rhesus monkeys were along the shoreline. Their shrieking stopped when they saw me, but after they realized I … Continue reading

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Paddling Calderwood Lake in a fog …

I normally paddle solo, but when Jim, who recently was ordained Bishop of Bivalves at the Oyster Sunday celebration, said he was up for a kayaking trip, I jumped at the chance for some company. We intended to paddle Fontana … Continue reading

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