Thursday, August 28, 2008

8/28...Has the rain brought the lake up?

The rains from the past couple days have sustained the lake levels for a little while longer. It was interesting walking along the lakebed and seeing all the new plantlife that is emerging. It's a truly amazing process...

Check out the way the lake has formed a mirror-like image!
A foggy view of the lake bed
Becca and Chris walking through the cracked mud flats
Chris and Becca observing the lake from the porch of the Newport House

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Next day, even less water...

What a difference one day makes - Marsha took this picture this morning.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Found: Lifeboats from the Titanic!

The lake continues to drop - latest estimate is 70+ feet below. There are some fish splashing around in there - rather sizable largemouth bass. Two ancient rowboats have been left high and well... muddy. They look like boats in some of our old pictures from circa 1930. No sign of the ladies with the floppy hats though - see our Recreation page (

Enjoy our images from today's visit...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fall Into the New - National River Cleanup Day

Saturday I took my wife Ann and our two kids out for a day supporting our county's effort to clean up the New River. We loaded up the canoe and splashed on the sunscreen before heading out.

Read all about it here...

Some of the things we found and hauled off...
- old nasty carpet
- over 100 old tires
- golf balls!?
- a marble
- a baby doll
- piece of toilet
- plenty of beer bottles and cans
- fishing pole (lower half)
- Virginia Lottery sign

I was really impressed with the group that Emma Betz brought out from Blacksburg High School. They worked really hard all day and hauled in a fantastic amount of debris. Giles County did a terrific job of putting this well run event together. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

57' below full... and dropping

Today I ventured out to take some pictures and observe what I could about the lake. I was surprised to see many small bass at the western side of the lake and one nice 8 pounder in the shallow water. There was plenty of activity - whenever the swallows would swoop down after bugs near the surface the fish would hit the surface going after whatever they dropped.

In the meadow and amongst the blooming flowers all around the lake I could hear the buzz of bees doing their job. Enjoy the pix!