Hitchcock Creek gets a little TLC

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Mike Curtis, of the Creek Runners Club, paddies under the Steele Street bridge en route to a 5.65-mile clean-up effort along Hitchcock Creek.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Mike Curtis, of the Creek Runners Club, paddles under the Steele Street bridge en route to a 5.65-mile clean-up effort along Hitchcock Creek.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

* Read: Hitchcock Creek a ‘trail of discovery’

ROCKINGHAM — Linda Conner has never been in a kayak or canoe on Hitchcock Creek.

The Hamlet resident figures she’s not that adventurous — at least, not yet. But that doesn’t mean the 59-year-old can’t appreciate what the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail means to the community, right down to someone just like herself.

“I’m not an outdoor person,” she said Tuesday afternoon as she found a comfortable spot on a bench under a shade tree along the creek at the Steele Street trailhead, “but I really like it here.”

On Tuesday, Mari Bennett, Chris Stovall and Mike Curtis worked to ensure the creek’s peaceful — and clean — atmosphere was maintained. The three Rockingham residents took to their individual kayaks and along with water and Gatorade, added trash bags, gloves and other tools needed to cut away fallen limbs and pick up trash along the way.

Bennett makes her living on the creek and other local waterways through LMO Paradise Rentals, a Rockingham-based outfitter that caters to tourists and locals without equipment who want to experience what nature has to offer. Stovall and Curtis both are from Creek Runners Club, an informal group of paddle enthusiasts who join up for group trips or lessons learned.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Mari Bennett, owner of LMO Paradise Rentals, checks her gear before launching her kayak into Hitchcock Creek for a clean-up trip from Steele Street to Cordova.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Mari Bennett, owner of LMO Paradise Rentals, checks her gear before launching her kayak into Hitchcock Creek for a clean-up trip from Steele Street to Cordova.

The goal Tuesday was to beat the forecasted thunderstorm and paddle from the Steele Street access point, mile 3.67, to the Cordova access point at mile 9.32. The 5.65-mile trip was, to be sure, a slow mission — as the low water level required a bit of pushing and prodding at times to get the water crafts to make forward progress, coupled with the primary goal of creek clean-up.

“We want to clean up and cut away any limbs that we can get our hands on,” Bennett said.

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  • Jeffrey Stewart

    Really great to see this is taking place especially since recreation had been so limited for the longest time locally.

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