Wednesday August 5, 2020
There is a fishing pond on the golf course, so Josh and I walked over to give it a try. It wasn’t long before Melissa came to join us. I was impressed by her interest, then by her patience and observation. However, we had no luck. The pond was a bit muddy from the rains.
Against many statements of not wanting to, we took the kids for a bike ride on the New River Trail. I should have checked everyone’s tires, but I didn’t, and that turned out to be our downfall. Josh was complaining about how hard it was right at the start. After four miles, I switched bikes with him and he did fine. With almost flat tires, his bike was really hard to pedal, so we went back.
Melissa and Martha had gone ahead, finally calling us to see where we were. Upon hearing the news, they turned around and came back. They had gone 6.5 miles anyway. To lighten the mood we succumbed to requests for lunch at Hardees.
Mark and Sue Ann Clemons are friends who live in Galax, and we wanted to visit with them. Sue Ann invited us to come fishing at their house on Chestnut Creek. The kids were excited to go fishing again. Sue Ann and their daughter, Sheridan, led us to the “beach”, bringing chairs. Josh and Melissa went right to fishing, working one pool for an hour. Josh caught a fish, which brought great delight.
Sheridan and I took them down to the next pool, but it didn’t have a beach, and they were reluctant to wade in the water. They were sure the other pool had all the fish, and quickly returned. I spent a lot of time fixing lures, lines and getting lures out of trees and grass. Melissa later repeated my plea, “There are no fish in the grass.”
Mark came down after getting off work. He has such a happy, calm demeanor, the kids took right to him. They took to the whole family right from the start. It was time to return to camp for dinner. Sue Ann invited us back tomorrow for fishing and then a spaghetti dinner. That brought big smiles to the kids’ faces.