2007-02-24 Wallace Creek, Camp Lejeune, NC

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgfq35sf_547fjbt8jHere is our own five year plan for everyone to help

Stewards of the White Oak River Basin.

All of you, everyone, the general public, all you have to do is to stop littering.

Can’t you please do this simple little thing?

The rewards for all of us will be above and beyond

your imagination. Let’s just do it! Please! Thank you. Elmer

2007-02-24 Wallace Creek on Camp Lejeune

We are e-mailing this trip report again today, June 22, 2007 as we are pleased and proud to report
the picture captioned, “We were not alone on the river.”, was taken with a telescopic lens by our
own Ed Gruca.

This picture appears on the cover of the new five year White Oak River Basinwide Water Quality Plan
dated May 2007 which just arrived. It is published by the North Carolina Department of Environment
and Natural Resources and developed by the Division of Water Quality, Planning Section, Basin Wide
Planning Unit.

By the time we got up to where these paddlers were they had disappeared so we never had the
opportunity to talk with them.

Ed Gruca has corrected me. I remember the others we saw were two kayakers. These three canoes
are all our own Dale Weston. This is panoramic photo! So Dale, you appear three times on the cover
of our State’s Five Year Plan!

We quote from the Executive Summary, North Carolina’s Basinwide Approach to Quality Management
on page #1:

“White Oak River Basin Overview”

“The White Oak River basin lies entirely within the outer coastal plain (Figure i). The name of the basin
is a bit of a misnomer in that it includes four separate river systems: the New River and its tributaries
in the southwestern section; the White Oak River and its tributaries; the Newport River and its
tributaries; and the North River in the eastern section. The basin also includes Bogue, Back and Core
Sounds as well as significant portions of the Intracoastal Waterway.”

It also includes creeks like Bear Creek, Queens Creek, Broad Creek, Gates Creek, and many more
smaller creeks emptying  into the Intracoastal Waterway or our Sounds.

On page 258, section 15.1.3, Stewards of The White Oak River Basin, our own goals and accomplishments
are listed.

We feel this is a good time to make our own Five Year Plan for the entire White Oak River Basin.
(You  may even find us  on any  river in Eastern North Carolina! We began by picking up trash as we paddled.
We became Stewards of the White Oak River. We moved up and on and became Stewards of the White Oak
River Basin. Maybe in the next five years we will become Stewards of the Waterways of Eastern North Carolina.)

#1.  Our ultimate goal is to encourage every citizen to stop littering. Our motto is: “If no one litters
there will be no litter”. Our beautiful land and waters nature has endowed us with deserve to be litter free!

#2.  We will continue to paddle once or twice a week year round on good weather days until we have
visited ever foot of shoreline in the entire White Oak River Basin and left it clean. Please don’t let it be
your trash and litter we will be picking up.
Our leaders in our state, counties,cities and towns can make our efforts successful by encouraging our

citizens to stop littering. Enforcing our litter laws vigorously would help where needed. When we have

to go back again and again to the same place, it is very discouraging. Our leaders can and must stop

these repeat offenders. There should be a sign on every bridge facing both ways, “Do not throw anything

in this water. You will be prosecuted and fined!”.
#3.  We all deserve to live in a litter free society. You can help us attain this goal.  Elmer

Back to Wallace Creek and the “cover” picture which was on a lovely paddle on a nice winter day:

We had a delightful paddle here today. Our own Dale Weston owns a sail boat here at

Gottschalk Marina where we launched.

A typical shoreline on the lower reaches. Hurricanes have blown down these cedars and

exposed their roots. Time and the elements have denuded their foliage. The end result is

these grotesque and picturesque formations.

You tell us what it is!

We interrupted this belted kingfisher’s fishing and he protested loudly as he flew off.

He came to rest again several times more as we paddled along the shore line upstream. Ed

caught him good this time before he took off.

Here is a bigger fellow he caught on the other side of the river. This is a vulture. He was

feeding on something near the shore in the woods. He was there again on our return trip

with his buddies flying over head.

An osprey eyes Dale!

Dale tests his luck under a pelican.

We were not alone on the river.  Ed caught them in his telescopic lens. Wrong! This is a panoramic. That is

Dale Weston in his canoe each time.

That’s me in the front seat of the canoe going through one of the culverts under Piney

Green Road.

Aren’t I a pretty boy!

Here I am again with my sweetheart.

We decided to take off and get away from these intruders.

Dale’s sail boat is the second sail boat in from the right end. Ed treated us to a Yoengling

and we sat on board telling stories.

This ended a most enjoyable trip on a lovely winter’s day. We had to turn around about a

1/2 mile above Piney Green Road. We had cut through a couple of small trees but they

became larger and more frequent. Like all streams in Onslow County this stream could be

made navigable much farther upstream as the water is still deep and would be navigable

if the blown-down trees obstructing navigation were removed.
It would be wonderful if we could find an access up further so we could paddle

downstream from there to Gottschalk Marina. Maybe the Marines would help us with this. Or

maybe, Michael Hart with his Eagle Scout Troop.

We picked up about 1/2 a bag of trash so the river is clean upstream for all paddlers to

The participants today were Dale Weston of Jacksonville, Ed Gruca of Emerald Isle and

myself. We will paddle again Wednesday the 28th. Don’t know where yet. Join us if you can.

More later. Any ideas welcome.
Everyone is invited to join us on our paddles anytime. If you wish to receive advance notices

please let us know.  Elmer

Elmer Eddy


2007-02-07 Weetock Trail, Croatan National Forest

2007-02-07 Weetock Trail
The beginning or ending of this 11 mile loop trail is
opposite Davis Chapel Church on Rte 58.

We left a shuttle vehicle at the Davis Chapel Church parking lot and proceeded down to the end of Hill Field Road which goes west of Rte 58 just north of the church. There is a locked gate there.

We walked around the gate and entered two large fields. We could see the Weetock aluminum trail markers across the field on the trees in the woods. To save time we walked south through the fields and at the end of the second field turned right to the large sawdust pile.

We climbed to the top of this monstrous mound for a beautiful view of Hunters Creek below.

We left the sawdust pile and had difficulty picking up the trail markers east to route 58 in the woods. Apparently most people opt to walk to the south east corner of the large field and enter the woods there to pick up the trail.

It is a gorgeous hiking trail through lovely open woods with many steep ups and downs. It is well marked and easy to follow.

Unfortunately about 70 percent of the way to Rte 58 RVs have made this lovely trail a two lane road! What is worse is that when we get close to Rte 58 where the trail turns north toward the church they have created large bodies of water completely covering the open area and forcing us into heavy dense brush and trees to get by them. An auto junk yard also parallels the trail part way here. A sad ending to a lovely walk in our National Forest.

A new power line is being installed along Rte 58. This has made access and egress to and from the trail difficult too. But this is temporary and we are sure they will leave a dry access across their easement.

I lost half of my pictures. Here is what we have. The participants are LR Julia Miner from Araphoe, Dale Weston from Jacksonville, Jim Morris from Morehead City and Bill Murray
from Pine Knoll Shores.

This is the church where we met to hike the Weetock Trail off Rte 58. It is the very first white church on the right after you cross Hunters Creek north of Kuhns.

This is a better view of Hunters Creek from the top of the sawdust pile. It is a long way down to the water. Barges took the cut lumber down to Swansboro. It is a lovely paddle up Hunters Creek to here and beyond.

The creek could be opened many more miles up into Croatan Forest if the
blown down trees blocking navigation were removed

This is our group on top of the huge old sawdust pile.This pile is the
remains of our beautiful pine and hardwood forests which existed 100 or
more years ago along the White Oak River.

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”


2007-01-31 Weetock Trail Croatan Forest

2007-01-31 Weetock Trail, Croatan Forest

This trail is in our Croatan Natiional Forest. It makes an 11 mile circle from the junction of

Route 58 in western Carteret County and Forest Road, #120 which is Long Point Road back

to Rte 58 opposite a little white church just south of Hill Field Road, #603.

It was created by Carteret County Wildlife Club. We thank them no end for making this

lovely trail for all to enjoy. See: http://www.clis.com/canoe2/weetock.html

It was so cold and windy we chose to hike instead of paddle. That was an excellent

decision as you can see from these pictures by Dale Weston and incoporated here by Ed


That is a magnificent large old pine tree on your right. This was near Haywood Landing.

The trail actually bypasses Haywood Landing. To get on the trail at Haywood Landing go

south in back of the toilet building and take your left at the trail junction to go back to 58

by crossing Haywood Landing Road or go straight to Long Point.

This is a stretch of clear open woods we passed through.

The flat Coastal Plains is a misnomer here. At times we thought we were in Uwharrie

National Forest with all the ups and downs.

It must have been Paul Bunyan who cut off the top of this tree. That is Cathy Weston on

left, LR, Elmer Eddy, Ed Gruca and Jim Morris.

That is the uprooted root mass of two large trees on your right. They grew up side my side.

Our guess is it was Hurricane Ophelia who blew them down. She aimed them perfectly so

one fell on either side of the adjacent hardwood tree and the two large pines. It was an

impressive sight.

Cathy and Dale Weston of Jacksonville.

The other hikers were Ed Gruca of Emerald Isle, Jim Morris of Morehead City and Elmer

Eddy of Swansboro. Yes, we picked up a large bag of trash and a dicarded Venetian Blind.

This wasn’t along the trail. Most of it was at the junction of Rte 58 and Long Point Road.

Route 58 is a disgrace. It is constantly lined with a ribbon of trash on each side. Our

elected and appointed leaders must find a way to stop this wholesale litteriing. It is a

disgusting turn-off for tourists.

Judging from the long range weather report we anticipate we will be hiking again next week

Wednesday. We will meet at 1:00 PM in the parking lot of the little white church on Rte.

58 just south of Hill Field Road. Click on the map below. Elmer

Map of the Weetok Trail

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”