Day 11 of our 30 day journey brought with it a busy day at the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC) just outside of Charlotte, NC. After breakfast, we set off armed with black trash bags to clean up the shoreline of the Catawba River that runs by the USNWC. The competitive side of our group arose yet again in finding the most interesting piece of trash that we could. The winner was a plastic mold of the life stages of a frog! Perfect to make Jell-O tadpoles with! It was really amazing to see how much of our trash finds its way to our waterways. A definite reminder for us to take more care in what we dispose and how we go about disposing it.
As we neared the finish of our clean-up, we met a small group on the canopy tour the USNWC offers and we were able to talk to them about our trip and how we're already 1/3rd of the way complete! After returning to camp and grabbing some lunch, the rest of the day was spent taking advantage of all the activities the USNWC had to offer! We did everything from rock climbing, zip lining, rafting, whitewater kayaking, and just plain old enjoying our stay here. It's funny how when a group that has come together to paddle from the mountains to the ocean is given an afternoon to relax and take it easy, we end up finding a way to remain active. But, naturally, we're pretty beat, and are headed to bed to wake-up to another day down the river.