Well, we didn't lose the canoe, but we did get 2 gusts of wind that shifted it way more than was good for my cardiac system.
Once on the river, I thoroughly enjoyed observing the flora and fauna. I actually missed the swallows that were under the bridge, but the photographer from the Pee Dee Post got a few shots (images 1, 118-120). The very cool thing about being on the river is that you can slice quietly right through the habitat.
The sight that really enthused me was the prothonotary warbler. (We needed a zoom lens; my son shot a pic with his phone, but you can't really see any detail.) The prothonotary warbler is the bird that did in Alger Hiss or so I'm told. It's a fascinating story of national security, spies, and little details.
We also saw a reddish-brown colored bat. It must have been an eastern red bat. It is a nocturnal animal; I assume all the river runners disturbed it.
I've had to consider whether or not to post the next pictures. I don't want to prevent anyone from participating next year. I think the ones we saw were nonvenomous water snakes, though, so here goes. Just look at the water surface that is dappled with sunlight and tree shadows.
What a learning experience! It whets my appetite to go canoeing again.