folks,Virginia, Curry, Thomas, Kendra, Ryan, Jeff, Hank, the absolutely
adorable Tobe (age 6) Tom and Karen headed up on Sat July 12 to paddle with the
Lumber River Canoe Club. The put in was in Fair Bluff right beside a really
beautiful riverfront boardwalk that seemed to go on and on through the woods.
It was a real hidden gem and a lovely place to take a stroll. (If you�re
looking for the restrooms, as Kendra and I found out after walking quite a ways
looking for some sort of enclosed facility, you�re supposed to
just follow the steps down to the woods�.)
Most of the Lumber River
group planned to put in at Fair Bluff, travel about ten miles, camp, and then
paddle the remaining six on Sunday and take out at Rice�s Creek.
Eight of us from Wilmington
and probably about another 6 or 7 from the Lumber CC chose the daytrip option.
We put in around 11:30 and took out around 5:30, moving at a pretty leisurely
�We put in a bit
further down the road at Griffin�s
Landing and ran a shuttle to Rice�s Creek. Once we got rid of the cars, a bit of an endeaver--it might have been better to just pack more food and water and do the whole 16 miles in one day-- the
paddle was lovely. Mitch Lloyd and Marshall Thompson guided us along their
river for five hours of gentle paddling and lots of swimbreaks. Lots of cypress
and river birch and numerous sandbars. We saw a doe and fawn swimming, hawk,
white heron, snowy egret, anhinga, two turkeys. Also a gar, mossback turtles,
and lots of little water striders. Most of the trip was very quiet, no
mechanical sounds at all until we passed a very nifty railroad trestle that
used to swing open. I don�t know if it is still used at all. After that we came
upon some other people hanging out in the water, a cement overpass with
swimmers cooling off, and lots of little houses before taking out at Rice�s
A few of us grabbed supper at Fair Bluff�s House of Pizza,
which has a huge menu for a little� hole
in the wall�everything from fried okra to souvlaki to pizza�and then tried to
make it home before pitch dark.
Thanks to the Lumber CC folks for their kindness and
generosity in inviting us along to see their river. We daytrippers had a great trip. Tom and Karen/Don Meece will have to weigh in on the camping.
A few trip pics here. A number of which really show the color
of the water. And check out Hank�s nifty Folbot, which seats three quite nicely
and can disassemble to fit in the trunk of his Honda!
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