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Down the Wild Cape FearA River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina$
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Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469602073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608129_Gerard

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Down the Wild Cape Fear
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Philip Gerard

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469602073.003.0004

This chapter describes the expedition's stop—a long one—at Lanier Falls, just above Raven Rock. They pull in above the falls, run the chute over and over, and surf the hydraulic in Ethan's unloaded canoe. Lanier is formed by a ledge that crosses the whole channel, with white-water chutes on either side. Ethan is an expert, and the author runs the left-hand chute with him, then body-surfs it with only a life vest on, feet up to avoid getting them trapped in underwater crevices between or under rocks. The author then spends a good long time relaxing in the cold whirlpool bath formed in the eddy of the chute against the downstream rocks. The sensation is refreshing and quite wonderful, the cool water boiling around him, leaving him semi-weightless, nudged into the slick curve of rock at his back, his ears full of the music of fast-running water.

Keywords:   expedition, Lanier Falls, Raven Rock, unloaded canoe, whirlpool bath

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