Paddling For Polio

Recent rains triggered a warning that flow from the Philpott Dam had been increased and the flow of the Smith River would be 800 CFS, up from 350 CFS. The water would likely be a bit muddy. Paddling was not advised for anyone without experience. So, just hours before the scheduled event, the question was “are you experienced”?

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Martinsville’s Uptown Farmers Market Appears to be Thriving

We just had three inches of rain from Hurricane Sally and the temperature couldn’t have gotten very far into the seventies today but, despite a chilly breeze, the Martinsville Uptown Farmers Market was bustling this morning. I got there just before 10 and the parking lot was practically full.

They’ve recently added an online shopping system for the market, so I was worried that they would be open for pick-up only but that wasn’t the case.

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Getting Out on the Smith River in Martinsville

I have finally gotten on the Smith River.  It’s been on my list for years.  After all, it’s right here.  It’s a beautiful river and I’ve always wanted to get on it but I never could find anyone who knew the river to tell me anything about it.  Like… are there rapids?  Are there falls?  What skill level do you need? Et cetera. (This is not entirely true because there is an outfitter. Read this as I couldn’t get my husband interested in the Smith. He was fixated on the Dan.) Continue reading Getting Out on the Smith River in Martinsville