As a group, we know the drill when it comes to setting up camp, tents, and making dinner. We have a rhyme going as well whenever we come up against a dam. The portage of the Wateree Dam, we pull up on Duke Power Plant property an take a look around scouting for our route to the other side. This is the 7th dam we have crossed out of 8. Twice we have found designated trails to walk on, twice we have gotten a ride around them. Todays route is unique like all the rest, the new challenge was the rain that soaked us as we brought the canoes up the hill to the road. Between aerial pics and Kellie asking a man about where to go we got a break- he let us cut through their grounds, opening one of their many electric high voltage gates. We decided the cart would not survive the walk through the woods that was our shortcut, in stead we broke into groups some of us carried our gear in the large bill’s bags, others took canoes two at a time on the cart over the road. On the second trip we carried two canoes above our heads to save on time of going back with the cart for a third trip to save on time since it was getting late. As we re-packed the canoes the cooling rain let up, we made camp maybe a mile down the shore, still with in sight of the dam.
Tristan Rodenhauser from Kill Devil Hills, NC a rising senior studying Criminal Justice. Would love to use her degree in an outdoors setting.