This surgeon has created a life of adventure he now shares with family and friends. A swimmer, paddle boarder, kayaker Chris Lechner’s enjoys all aspects of water and finds deep meaning in each adventure. He has shared a few of his adventures previously with Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine. Now, he has completed a SUP first…

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June 28, 2018, day 6,7/7 The river slowly changes from wild and scenic to something akin to a back-street alley. First a giant party barn with crazy graffiti and strange colorful objects dangling from the rafters. Then a long section of stilted homes with interconnected decks reminiscent of a Bangkok fishing village. The final shock…

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Click here to read Day 4 June 27, 2018, day 5/7 John resumed where he left off and quickly caught up in his expedition kayak– around noon. I sent him a text message to portage the Low-Head Dam in Cullowhee to avoid the dangerous river-wide hydraulic at the base. This dam is almost a century…

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Click here to read Day 3 Part 2: The Tailwaters A Cherokee Legend: Uktena was a serpent as large around as a tree trunk, with antlers on its head, a blazing crest on its forehead and scales glowing like fire living in the river. Whoever is seen by Uktena is so dazed by the bright light he…

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Click here to read Day 2 June 25, 2018, day 3/7 The three of us rose early in the morning to finish paddling the 4 miles of Bear Lake. Jimbo helped shuttle us around the dam to begin Cedar Cliff Lake under cloudy skies. These man made lakes are beautiful and serene but there is…

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Click here to read Day 1 June 24, 2018: Day 2/7 The four of us were sore and exhausted from yesterday but renewed with anticipation to hike straight down the Bonas Defeat section of the Tuckasegee riverbed. Leaving our boats at camp we traded paddling gear for hiking gear. With  stout hiking sandals, backpacks, water…

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June 23, 2018: Day1/7   The day started full of sunshine and strutting.  Sitting in the soft green moss at the confluence of Panthertown and Greenland creeks we dangled our feet in the freezing water  and arranged our gear under a tight canopy of rhododendron. I used my Iphone to take a short video of…

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