For sale: by Joe and Lisa Samuel of Linville Land Harbor, Newland, NC, a used canoe. Located at Bob Laney's house in Lynnwoode subdivision, North Wilkesboro, NC.  Call Bob at 336-984-6860 or email at rlaney@robertlaneylawfirm.com for more information or to make an offer.   Description:  Perception brand canoe, black hull, silver gunnels and thwarts, two black seats, includes two fiberglass and carbon paddles.  Paddles high quality and like new.  Hull made of Royalex ABS, the toughest and lightest canoe material available.  Gunnels and thwarts made of aluminum. Length 15 feet 6 inches.  Width 35 inches. Can be paddled tandem (two persons) or…
The late summer and early fall 2020 saw excessive amounts of rain in north west NC.  I had three river canoe trips cancelled by outfitters Zaloo's Canoes and New River Outfitters due to high water levels making being on the water dangerous.  On the Sunday of September 20 Michael Brown, MIchael Cooper and I tried again.  We carpooled to New River Outfitters on the South Fork of the New River where it crosses US 221 in south east Ashe County.  The river was way high but NRO agreed it was runnable.  On this trip we parked at the NRO lower…
The weather was clear, sunny and warm on July 26, 2020, when I paddled my canoe on the New River in Ashe County.  I hired the New River Outfitters in south east Ashe County to shuttle me up stream about 7 miles for their "intermediate" trip.  I was paddling solo in my medium size Dagger Reflection 15.  The river was medium high from recent rains so the current was moving well.  With moderatle paddling mixed with coasting along to enjoy the scenery I made the trip in about 2.5  hours.  Even with this fairly short mileage and time on the…
On the sunny, hot day of July 12, 2020, I took a nice wooded hike on the Boone Fork Trail in Price Park, Watauga County, NC.    The most notable event was that due to recent rains and abnormally muddy trail, at one steep location I slipped and skinned my shin, knee and forearm.  On a more positive note I was using a new water bladder and drinking hose system that worked well.   The trip was good fun, good exercise and I saw many other hikers enjoying the outdoors with me. 
Roan Mountain, TN, and the grassy balds for several miles to the north contain the biggest collection of native growing wildflowers of which I am aware in the Appalachian Mountains.  Each year in mid June is the peak season of the blossoms of rhododendron, flame azalea, mountain laurel, bluets and other flowers. The Roan Mountain State Park on the west side of the mountain hosts the annual Rhodendron Festival at this time, on the weekend calculated to be closest to the peak. When I have attended the festival I was put off by the jammed crowds and absence of parking. …