The Haw River Paddler – August 2012 edition

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“Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide.” 

John Muir

Table of Contents

 * Hot Summer Days and Paddling

* What is That Large White Flower on the River Banks?

* Schedule of Courses & Trips – August & September 2012

* We are Sad to Say

* Anyone Interested in Whitewater Kayak Instruction?

 

Hot Summer Days and Paddling

It always amazes us that most of our business takes place during the summer months when it is hot and humid.  Spring and fall are so much more pleasant, but who is to argue with what people want.

The key to enjoying a summer paddle trip is to keep hydrated, wear a hat and use sunscreen if your complexion is fair.  Of course, a dip in the river doesn’t hurt, either.  Avoid paddling in the heat of the day.  Morning and late afternoon or evening paddle trips are cooler.

 

What is That Large White Flower on the River Banks?

Most of you have seen the cultivated variety of the plant that is common along the banks of the Haw River at this time of the year.  Hibiscus has a beautiful white flower, often with red or maroon coloration at the interior base of the petals.  Like the garden variety, hibiscus flowers close up in the shade or at night.  What is striking about it along the Haw River banks is how large it is compared to what is often found in urban flower beds.  Perhaps it is the extra nutrients found in the river and the constant water supply that makes them grow so large.  Whatever it is, they sure are beautiful; worth going paddling just to see them.

 

Schedule of Courses & Trips – August & September 2012

If you are interested in a paddle course or a guided trip, you can find a schedule of activities on calendar.  A brief listing of activities for August & September 2012 follows:

August

4             Family Paddle – Carrboro Recreation & Parks

11            Pedal & Paddle

12            Sunrise Paddle

17            Stargazing Float – Haw River Assembly

18            Canoe & Kayak Classes

                          Quick Start for Kayak – 3 hrs.

                          Introduction to River Kayaking – 8 hrs.

                          Quick Start for Canoe – 3 hrs.

                          Introduction to River Canoeing – 8 hrs.

19            Paddle Brunch – Saxapahaw General Store

19            Wine-Maker’s Dinner – Benjamin Vineyards & Winery/The Eddy

25            Sunset Paddle

26            Picnic & Paddle

31            Full Moon Paddle

September

2             Women’s Evening Paddle – Benjamin Vineyards & Winery

8             Sunrise Paddle

9             Paddle Brunch – Saxapahaw General Store

15            Canoe & Kayak Classes

                          Quick Start for Kayak – 3 hrs.

                          Introduction to River Kayaking – 8 hrs.

                          Quick Start for Canoe – 3 hrs.

                          Introduction to River Canoeing – 8 hrs.

15            Stargazing Float

16            Sunset Paddle

22            River Cleanup

23            Paddle Dinner/Brewery Style – The Eddy

29            Full Moon Paddle

30            Picnic & Paddle

 

We are Sad to Say

We are sad to say that our two newest members of The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. family will be leaving us this month.  Tati Brezina has accepted a job in Boston and Annie Huth is off to India.  Both will be helping others find their potential and we are confident they will be successful.

Although part of The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. for such a short time (we really knew they would be moving on) they have made a tremendous difference and brought a lot of joy to what we do.  If they are but a small example of the younger generation, the world has a bright future.

 

Anyone Interested in Whitewater Kayak Instruction?

As you may know, we offer three kayak courses: Quick Start for Kayak, Introduction to River Kayaking and Kayak Rolling.  We are going to offer this fall and next year a Whitewater Kayaking course.  We think we have a plan to take students from knowing nothing about whitewater kayaking to an ability to paddle in Class III whitewater.

The course will be taught by Jacob (Jake) Matheny.  If you have any doubts about Jake’s whitewater paddling ability, take a look at his photo.  You will find it under “About Us” on the homepage.  Just click on “The Core Staff”.  We could not find a better instructor than Jake who has the skill, patience and desire to make everyone he meets a whitewater paddler.