Philip Gerard

in Down the Wild Cape Fear

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9781469602073
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469608136

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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

Chapter.  2755 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Social Science)

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