2008-02-12 Trent River at River Bend, NC


That is Doug Toltzman with his camera mounted on a tripod to record a video

which is already on our web site. He is on Joanne Somerday’s boat which is

appropriately named “Summer Day”. Sorry, that picture disappeared and the one

below is: L/R Julia Minor form Araphoe, Jim Niedermeyer from Hubert, Hugh

Passingham from Jacksonville, Elmer Eddy from Swansboro, Brian Leavy from

Rochester, NY, John Clecker from New Bern, Dale Weston from Jacksonville and

Tom Fineco from River Bend. We are at Tar Landing on the Trent River in River

Bend. This is exactly where we met Tom in 2003 and he has been paddling with us

ever since.


Here is Doug with tripod and Capt, Joanne Somerday of River Bend at the helm.

Here is Tom Fineco snoozing waiting for us to get going.

This is Hugh Passingham ready to go.

Here is Julia Miner always in the lead

This is Dale Weston, leading Trashman of the New River. One time he came in with a safe!

That is Jim Niedermeyer. He had to get out of the canoe to get what ever piece of trash
it was.

Here we are coming out of Muddy Creek back to the Trent River.


This is as far as we could get up Muddy Creek due to the obstructions you see in the water.

Tom Fineco found some piece of trash over there. The reflection is the water is more
beautiful than the forest. Tom rippled the waters a little.

Our trash for the day. River Bend Water Department personnel picked it up for us. We thank
you very much. Julia took a wicker chair home with her. All we find is not trash. Especially
the footballs, tennis balls, soccer balls, basketballs, soft balls, baseballs, golf balls, volley
balls, beach balls, ping-pong balls and all kinds of floats for fishing, daubers, etc.

Ed Gruca found a wooden Cowboy fully dressed one time. We brought in a tire this time
which does not show in the picture.

Hugh packing up and checking out at the Marina.

Loading the boats at the Marina. We had to drive back to Tar landing to get our cars. We had
planned to paddle back but strong winds gusting to 35 to 40 miles per hour changed our minds.

Dale securing his canoe.

All of the above pictures were taken by Jim Dunn of Maple Hill. Thanks a million Jim. And
we have to thank Ed Gruca who is in Richmond for preparing them so I could get them on our
web site.

Because our trip was cut short by the wind we were invited to Joanne Somerday’s lovely home
at Pier Pointe in River Bend for lunch. Never before have we ever had such a luxourios setting
for our lunch stop. Thanks Joanne and pat Blacky for us all. When are his kittens due?

Thanks to Doug Toltzman for the video. He passed up paddling with us to do it . The video
is on our site. And thank you, Joanne, Capt. of “Summerday” for making it all possible.

Every trip is different. This one was very different and also most enjoyable and we left the
waters clean behind us.

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!”

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