Friday, June 17, 2011

My Love Affair with the New River

She is my mistress , cruel and unforgiving at her best , yet seductive and sensual as the sounds from her shoals whisper gently into my ear of fish and fond memories. I will always love her , this river. She rocked me gently as I learned to set trot lines on a small boat with my dad as a child. She welcomed me with a lover's embrace as I nervously learned to wade in her shallows as a teen. She did not reject me when we held bachelor parties on her banks in our twenties , giddy with excitement and drinking to excess to numb the pains of growing older. And still , she calls out to me in her sultry voice , begging me to continue our tryst. It is time for me to return to my lost love , to surrender to her affections and lose myself in the sound of her silken voice as it trails off to points unknown. I am going home.
Sandstone Falls near Hinton , WV

If all goes as planned I'll be taking a short break from blogging and heading to some of my favorite water next week. I need to fish , to sleep in a tent and cook on a camp fire. In the fast paced world we live in , it's nice to know that some things never change. The New River is one of those things and I hope I'll be able to get some decent photos and video to share here on the blog. Maybe a few pics of the THIRTY inch Walleyes I heard about last night during the conversation that started this adventure too.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Neat story, you're right, it is one great river, many fond memories for lots of folks...

  2. Looking forward to your posts and pictures from your trip.

  3. Toss your technology out the window on your way there and tell us about it when you get back. We can wait. Nice sirens song.

  4. Lee and Mel , as always thanks for stopping by I hope I'll have some video to share when I return.

    Ken G. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to follow and leave a comment. I am throwing most of my technology out the window for this trip , but I do want to film at least a little so I can share a beautiful stretch of the river with some of my blogging friends. Thanks for the kind words too , I was trying to write a siren's song of sorts - without actually putting that phrase in there.

  5. Something tells me you either attended WVU or Va Tech.....I spent 5 years in Blacksburg and another 1.5 in Boone. Now my parents own property on a trib of the New, right on the VA/NC border.

    It's a special river.


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