I went running on Sunday and just about froze my tail off in the rainy, 38-degree weather. Yesterday I ran at lunch and sunburned my head.
You gotta love spring.
Tomorrow is a busy one with two pretty big events for anglers and hunters.
At 30 minutes before sunrise a bunch of dads (and a few moms) will be out there with their kids for the youth turkey day. It has potential to be an awesome day. Certainly better than the youth day a couple years ago when it snowed. And didn’t it rain like heck last year?
It’s also Trout Heritage Day, the quasi opening day that draws big crowds to the 17 Heritage waters that will be stocked today and early tomorrow.
I considered taking one of my girls out after turkeys, but decided against it. They are just not good comfortable enough (or accurate enough) with firearms to be put in a hunting situation. I don’t want to be one of those dads who holds the kid in his lap, aims the gun, and then says, “OK. Pull the trigger.” That’s me hunting. Not them hunting.
I’ve covered a few Heritage Days, and always get out there in the morning and write about the anticipation and the excitement when the clock hits 9 a.m. — let’s face it, 8:59 — and the lines hit the water. This year I think I may take a different approach, and get out there in the afternoon after things settle down.
A Heritage Day a few years ago provided one of my more vivid reporting experiences when I drove around a corner alongside Jennings Creek and saw an angler lying in the road getting CPR. (Despite the valiant efforts of bystanders and conservation police officers he didn’t make it.)
This great weather has me in the mood to fish. I might hit the stocked section of the Roanoke River in the city this afternoon and see what’s going on. I did some scouting this morning and the water is still rolling pretty well. But it’s fishable. It’s been a while since it got stocked but the water has been so high since that there are sure to be plenty of fish left and spread out pretty well.
I wish everybody a great Easter weekend, and spring break for those of you who plan to take some time off with the kids. Maybe I’ll see you out there.