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Friday, June 28, 2013

This is one of the benefits of living on a lake.

That’s me and our granddaughter. She’s 11, the youngest of 6, and the only girl. We’re off to explore way back into our cove. The lake is the highest I’ve ever seen it in June so we thought that this was a good time to explore the creeks that feed the lake.

The lake was created in the 60s when a power dam was built on the Roanoke River. It’s 40 miles long with 500 miles of shoreline, way too much to explore by muscle power, but individual coves are deep and full of wildlife.

We saw blue heron fishing along with assorted other birds who yelled at us for disturbing their domain even if we were in “quiet” boats. The beaver dam had been washed out by a recent storm, but they’ll rebuild. They always do. We could see one swimming just below the surface of the water. Some deer were on the shore getting a drink.

I wish I brought my camera along on our trek since recent storms made our little creek look like we were heading into a jungle. Eventually we were turned back by a fallen tree.

We have power watercraft too, but I prefer this method of transportation. Kayaks can go where the others can’t and burn calories (not gasoline) along the way.
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