Dr. Brian & Friends Run with the Bears and
Find Lost Boat!
want to give thanks to everyone who has made these canoe trails
possible. Four of us made the trip in May from Jamesville to Bear Run
platform and out at the lighthouse in Plymouth on the Roanoke River.
With one substitution, we paddled this first weekend in November from
Windsor to Lost Boat platform and out at Sans Souci (without worry) on
the Cashie River. Both were most enjoyable and the different seasons
made for different experiences.
cypress swamp that lines the Roanoke reminds me of a mangrove swamp,
almost (see photo at left). We spotted several species of duck and
listened to the Barred Owls call to one another across the river. It was
a hot day, and drifting at lunch we found that the Coronas never tasted
better. The camp platform had plenty of room (see photo above). After
camp was set up, we paddled across the Roanoke to the channel and had a
swim to cool off.
The Cashie was different in that it was narrower and most of the leaves
had fallen. This gave a good view of the birds as they took roost and
observed us observe them. We saw the largest Great Blue Heron that any
of us could recall, numerous ducks and cormorants and about a dozen wild
turkeys around the bend from Lost Boat platform. There was still enough
autumn color to reflect off of the still water to create a pretty
landscape. A few times in the distance we could hear the hunting dogs
and the pop of shotguns, but never close to the river. And after dark,
unfortunately way too early this time of year, we lay on our backs and
observed the Milky Way, shooting stars and even spotted a couple of
satellites moving across the sky (and I don't mean the ones with the
flashing red and green lights!).
Thanks for the work that goes into making these platforms and walkways
open for everyone to enjoy. It really opens up an area that was lost to
those who like to turn off the TV and radio and enjoy some quiet.
Brian M. (Ph.D)
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