Your Weekend Outdoor Planner

Springs and Things

Sometimes coming up with a “Catchy” title to entice your readership is the hardest part of this blog thing. You see, I always have inspiration for what to write about, but getting you to bite on my thesis can be a tough task. So on the last Friday evening of the most notoriously wet month of them all (go figure, April is only the 4th wettest month of the year), I am thinking about how the weather will affect your outdoor plans this weekend. Here’s how things will play out this spring weekend ahead!

In Charleston, the Power is on the road, but big doings are going on at Laidley as the Gazette Relays have set up shop for a cool 2 day stay. Evening track and field events are testing the athletes endurance thanks to a stiff breeze. Running into a cool spring wind can knock a few seconds off the pace of even the best conditioned young athlete. Fans who opted to go without a light jacket/sweater tonight no doubt felt cold.

As for the Saturday Relay finale, dress for a day in the 60s which will be perfect for spectators and fans alike. As the sun plays a game of hide and go seek behind passing clouds, shirt sleeved fans will alternate between feeling comfy (sun out) to chilly (clouds).

For my 6 o’clock show, award winning photojournalist Earl Ward brought me back a shot of the Grayson Lake marina. There, amidst a beautiful sky crowded with cumulus clouds, the armada of pleasure boats stayed tied up in port. But come first light on Saturday, skippers will set sail for the some 1500 acres of open lake waters managed by our good friends at the Army Corp.

With the lake at summer pool, the official draw up to full navigation levels is complete. Tail waters have been freshly stocked with 2500 rainbow trout. Legend has it the Shawnee Indians camped here way back in the 1600s (though, being a flood control lake/dam in the 21st century, not nearly the lake waters would have been around back in the days of Jenny Wiley).

Now there is one hitch on the way to a seafarers dream weekend ahead though and that is the approach of a fast moving cold front Saturday morning. This front is showering in Missouri this Friday eve, and assuming the front maintains its integrity, I see an hour or 2 of showers crossing the region between 8 and noon on Saturday.

Fisherman, take notice! The passage of this front will set the bass to feeding. So get set to fill your creel in the morning as the pressure falls. I saw that fish going bonkers phenom while wading on the Susquehanna back in the 1980s. Caught 10 smallmouth bass in an hour that day!

Meanwhile, Saturday morning charity walks are planned across the region with our own Tim Irr hosting the Walk for Autism at Ritter Park in Huntington. At the beautiful Kanawha State Forest, the “Ray of Hope” Bunny Walk for Young Women who deal with Alcohol and Drug abuse is also slated for the morning. Timing the showers will be Justin’s job first thing in the morning, but that 8 til noon span for an hour or so is a nice summation.

After the front passes, gusty westerly winds will quickly dry things out. With partial afternoon sun breaking thru the clouds, highs temperatures should be 65-70.

By Saturday evening, Lake William at the Barboursville Community Park will be the scene for the 3rd annual Memorial Walk for Cancer from 6 til 8. With a brisk west wind blowing up to 20 miles per hour and the setting sun, temperatures near 60 will demand a jacket or sweater for those doing the walk around the lake.

At the same time, it's prom night at some local high schools. The grand march for the Spring Valley High prom will take place with a cool evening sunshine. Ladies throw an extra shot of hairspray on your doo as the winds will be gusty. And guys, be gallant and open the door for your main squeeze. She will adore you for it! Right MB?

Sunday is the pick day of the weekend as golden sunshine sweetly caresses the landscape in a sapphire setting (thanks Elliot Abrams for that inspiration) and highs crest in the mid 70s for the conclusion of the Dogwood Arts and Crafts Fair at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

There you have it, plenty of "spring things" mentioned in this weekend’s blog!

Fore (I am teeing it up on Sunday at the Squire!)


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