Zely & Ritz is hosting the new Eno chef Marco Shaw this week. He will be cooking Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday while Chef Sarig Agasi takes a vacation. So this is your chance to get a preview of the farm-focused Eno restaurant, which is months away from opening in Durham.
Three options for the first weekend of April.
Buckquarter Creek Trail improvement will provide safer surface and reduce erosion.
One wet Sunday afternoon on the Eno.
I took my first wafting trip on the Eno River in 1995, the year I began writing regularly about the outdoors for The News & Observer. My goal since has been to get back on the Eno with Riverdave at least once a year. Life being what it is, I've probably made it back once every other year.
My last trip was last June. For those of you who didn't have a chance to experience this unique paddle trip, you can read an account of that trip here.
Riverdave Owen announced this afternoon on his Web site that he is ending his popular Wafting the Eno program he began in 1990. From April into October, nearly every day of the week and twice a day on some days, Riverdave led two-hour "wafting" trips on the millpond at West Point on the Eno city park in Durham. On the paddle up, Riverdave would provide a nature lesson about the river he knows better than anyone. On the trip back, wafters were on their own, allowed to kick back in the rubberized two-seater kayaks and let the barely perceptible current carrying them downstream. It was a highlight of summer for the Triangle, an amazing escape in the heart of Durham.
Riverdave said he was forced to end the program because of proposed changes in his contract with the city of Durham. You can read about them here.
I'll be report back in the next few days with more on this loss.
Frozen river is a sight to see.
So you don't think that I'm completely crazy, note that the headline says "along" the Eno, not "on" the Eno.
Alan and I are scouting a trip for the backpack book today: a 12.5-mile-or-so stretch along the Eno River, from Fews Ford downstream to West Point on the Eno city park in Durham. True, not all of this stretch is on public land — yet. At the rate the Eno River Association is going of late — buying 65 acres along the river in Orange County in December and another 36 acres Thursday, it won't belong before the river is entirely protected along this stretch.
OK, deep breath, time to leave and walk out into the cold. Fortunately, it's already warmed up to 13.
Elusive trailhead turns out to be in someone's backyard.