The Haw River Paddler


“If you will cling to Nature, to the simple in Nature, to the little things that hardly anyone sees, and that can so unexpectedly become big and beyond measuring; if you have this love of inconsiderable things and seek quite simply, as one who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier, more coherent and somehow more conciliatory for you, not in your intellect, perhaps, which lags marveling behind, but in your inmost consciousness, waking and cognizance.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


SB 515 – Would Do Away With the Jordan Lake Rules

We at The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. along with 40 other businesses throughout the region recently sent a letter to the North Carolina Legislature urging that legislators not reverse all of the good work that has being done to improve the water quality of the Haw River, New Hope Creek and Jordan Lake.  Other businesses that signed on to the letter included breweries, realtors, builders, hotels, coffee shops, solar companies, restaurants, etc.  The letter follows:

June 11, 2013

The Honorable Thom Tillis

NC House of Representatives

Legislative Building, Room 2304

Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Dear Representative Tillis:

We write as businesses that depend on and value clean water in Jordan Lake, the Triangle reservoir that provides drinking water to more than 300,000 citizens and draws more than 1 million visitors every year.  Our employees are North Carolinians who fish, swim, recreate, and drink from Jordan Lake.

We ask that you actively oppose Senate Bill 515.  This bill repeals the entire set of Jordan Lake water quality protections that were carefully created through many years of stakeholder meetings and legislative input, and nearly unanimously enacted into law in 2009.  Senate Bill 515 will disrupt the regulatory process before it has had a chance to begin and will create an uncertain business climate, discouraging investment and growth.  It would take this drastic action despite the fact those regulations were the product of widespread study, discussion, compromise, and consensus.  Further, the Senate does not propose a viable alternative to restoring and protecting the clean water resources in the Jordan Lake watershed.  It proposes only further study, turning back the clock and eliminating the compromises reached over a period of more than ten years.

We write to urge you to stop delaying the process and to support the investments that communities and companies have already made to begin restoring this critical regional resource.

Sincerely yours,

Businesses Who Believe That What is Good for Conservation is Good Business

Have You Seen Bertha?

Before you can answer whether or not you have seen Bertha, you need to know who Bertha is or should I say what Bertha is.  Well, Bertha is the name of our school bus which we have assigned to the Bynum Outpost.  Bertha recently had a make-over by Katie Nunn.  If you have been to our office this year, you have seen the beautiful mural Katie helped to design and paint.  For anyone who has negative memories of going to school in a big yellow school bus, perhaps you need to visit Bertha to wash all of those bad memories away.

Besides Bertha being just plain fun, we are excited about being more energy conscious.  Bertha will burn bio-diesel.  Eventually, we will convert all of our vehicles to bio-diesel.  When you are trying to tread lightly on the earth, every little bit helps.

By the way, we will soon have a picture of Bertha on our Facebook page, so you don’t have to go to Bynum unless you want to paddle that is.

Saturdays in Saxapahaw

In case you may have forgotten, Saturdays in Saxapahaw runs from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in August.  It all starts with a Farmers’ Market at 5:00 p.m. followed by live music from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Last year, three hundred bands applied for 17 Saturdays, so you can expect to hear wonderful music.  There are food and craft vendors along with supervised activities for young children.  If you like the music, a ceramic swan is passed around that can be fed with whatever denomination you feel appropriate.  So, come to Saxapahaw for a paddle and stay for some music.  Just bring your blanket and picnic basket and you are set for a fun day in the outdoors.Joe Overlooking Cook Inlet at Clam Gulch