2008-02-26 Trent River from Quaker Neck Country Club to Quaker Knoll

Here are the pictures we promised you thanks to Jim Dunn who took them

and Ed Gruca who prepared them for us to put on the web.

In the first three we are getting ready to launch our boats at the ramp on
the golf course at Quaker Neck Country Club. The public can use this ramp
for a fee. Just see Carl at the Pro Shop in the Club House.

Here is the group: L/R John Klecker and Cal Hansen from New Bern, Tom
Fineco from River Bend, Jim Niedermeyer from Hubert, Ronnie Dail, Jones,
County Water Dept. who does so much for us, Thanks, Ronnie, Bill Murray
from Pine Knoll Shores, Jim Stevens from New Bern, Elmer Eddy from
Swansboro, Dale Weston from Jacksonville, Scott Brown from Morehead City
Julia Miner from Arapahoe, Hugh Passingham from Maple Hill, Joanne
Somerday from River Bend and Cleo Smith from Raleigh.

Here is Cleo Smith from Raleigh. Cleo and that canoe have been down the
Grand Canyon!

Embarking is under way.

Some lovely palmettos along the way.

Dale Weston. He and Jim Dunn found a plastic barrel which Dale took
home for a friend he knew wanted it. It’s removal sure made the river look
better. Would it have been there for evermore. Will it become a rain barrel?

Jim Niedermeyer and Elmer in the loaded trash barge. The kayaks have to
unload on us.
The take out at Quaker Knoll where Tommy Moore of Moore’s OldeTyme
Barbeque has his Lodge.

Here is the Lodge. The view up and down the Trent is beautiful from the porch.

There is Dale’s barrel and the rest of the trash. We must stop this dumping.
How much more sank? Do we want a river full of trash and broken glass?
Only the public can stop this. If no one litters, there will be no litter. For those
who ignore our anti-litter laws and continue to deliberately dump for their own
convenience, our enforcement personnel must apprehend them and see they
receive punishment according to our laws. The laws have no effect on those
dumping like this unless they are vigorously enforced.

In line at the counter for the feast of barbecued pork, baked chicken,
beans and cole slaw. The frog legs were out on the porch and they were
excellent too. Never had any since my son an I used to get our own.

Looks good doesn’t it? It was too. That is Tommy on the right.
Larry Meadows and retired County Manager and Franky Howard, new County
Manager. I can’t remember the other gentleman’s name. Got to write them
down. Please forgive me.

Jim Stevens in the foreground enjoying his lunch.

Commissioner Sandra Riggs.

Julia and Joanne.

The group munching out.

Some more have joined Sandra. Elmer, Mike Banks on his left, Jimmy Franck,
Commissioner Sandra Riggs, Dale Weston and Hugh Passingham.

Unnamed gentleman, left Frank Howard, Jones County Manager center and
Jeff Bruton from North Carolina Department of Natural Resources right. Jeff
coordinated it all to make it possible for Jones County to get the Grant. We
thank you and NCDNR Jeff. It is great to be able to paddle this fantastic
river mother nature has provided for us all to enjoy again.

Cleo Smith on the steps, Mike Banks on the left and Jimmy Franck at end
of the table and Commissioner Sandra Riggs right.

Tommy Moore and Elmer Eddy. We are inside the huge central room.
Behind us is the deck and a beautiful view of the Trent River.

Never before have we had such luxury and excellent dining on our paddle
trips. We sincerely thank all who made it possible.

Now that I think of it, because we just had a “wish I could be with you” note
from Pam Bader. We did eat our lunch at The Gourmet Restaurant in
Swansboro for Pam and Bob’s going away party.

We will put in here to continue our cleansing of the lovely Trent River on
Monday at 9:30. We will take out at Tar Landing in River Bend. We expect
to be off the river by 3:00.

Just remember to bring your own lunch this time. Please join us if you can.
Everyone is invited.

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:
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”