Nov 5th 2005
Another glorious fall day in Hampton Roads, Temps in the mid to upper 70's with the wind out of the Southwest at 13 gusting to 20. While going through all the stuff I am doing to re-write this web site, I came to the realization that it had been 6 months since I had been out on Smiths Creek, and even longer since I have been the Northwest River. The fall colors were really evident today, most likely brought out by the cool weather, and cold nights of the last couple of weeks. I headed towards the west after making it to the Northwest River, as I really haven't gone that way much past the park or Indian Creek. There are a lot of various sized inlets and tributaries on that section of the river, which I plan on exploring more as the powerboat traffic on the river decreases with the temperatures, and I'll do it on a Sunday (no hunting in Virginia on Sunday) as it is apparently hunting season, and some of the shots I heard sounded to close to be running up the little inlets. Much of the life on the river is getting ready for winter, and most of the insects are gone, I saw probably the last dragonfly I'll see this season. It is evident that the water is cooling off, due to the quantity of turtles sunning themselves, but for some reason they were very wary of anything approaching them, they would return to the water at the slightest glimpse of anything approaching them when usually you can get to a boat length or so. The large number of people taking advantage of the weather by going fishing today were not having any real luck at all, I don't think I saw anyone with any fish.
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