The Haw River Paddler


“We are umbilical to Earth; it is our home, our source of life.  In touch and tune with nature, we experience joy, beauty, inspiration and healing.  Our wellness depends greatly on how we relate to Planet Earth.  If we respect and work with our planet, it will work for us.  If we abuse it, we abuse ourselves.  Thus, ecology is a matter of theology and of psychology.  We are called to be good stewards of the earth, appreciative of the purposes and power of creation.  If we can see nature as another expression of the divine, we shall find new sources of healing as we look not only upon nature, but beyond to its source.”  L. Richard Batzler


Why do People Paddle?

So, why do you paddle?  Numerous studies have come up with four basic reasons why people paddle canoes and kayaks.  It is our experience that most of the folks who come to The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. are trying to get rid of the stresses of a “civilized’ life.  Going paddling is like going back home; getting reconnected with the rhythms of the earth.  Some of our guests are just trying to reconnect socially; paddling with friends and family.  Others are trying to “get away” and enjoy the independence that paddling alone offers.  Finally, many people simply love nature and use paddling as a way to get up close to birds, wildflowers and wildlife.

Whatever your reason for paddling, you will probably agree it is addictive. 


What is the One Thing People Forget to Bring on a River Trip?

The answer is water.  With all that water around you, it is very easy to get dehydrated especially in summer, but actually any time of the year.  I know you have heard that you should drink at least eight 12-ounce glasses of water each day.  When I drink that much, it seems that I spend a lot of the day headed for the restroom.  I do my best to be aware of how much I have been drinking.  As you get older, the part of your brain which tells you that you are thirsty doesn’t function as well as it did when you were younger, so it is important to be mindful you need water even when you are not thirsty.

 One way you can tell if you have not been drinking enough water on a river trip is if you feel fatigued or get a headache.  Unfortunately, for many people, you are a little too late when you start experiencing those symptoms, so use it as a learning experience.  Next time you are out on the river, bring a lot of fresh water with you and do your best to drink at least one 12-ounce water bottle per hour.  You will feel better you did.


What are Those Lines and Poles Hanging in the Raceway Outside of Our Office?

 Two of our guides/instructors, Jake Matheny and Corey Edwards, are avid whitewater kayakers.  They have been helping the Carolina Canoe Club install a course in the raceway just outside of our office.  The poles hanging down from the lines that cross the raceway serve as gates through which a kayaker or canoer negotiates a path.


Have a Question About Paddling or the Haw River?

 If you have a question about paddling or the Haw River, please let us help answer it.  We are always happy to do so.  Just give us a call at 336/260-6465 or send us an e-mail message to Overlooking Cook Inlet at Clam Gulch