Soon it will be time for me to return to teaching high school English and my summer will be over. I really cannot complain about my summer, because it has been wonderful. There have been many highlights. Earlier this week, my son Mark and I floated the James, as he too is about to return to teaching school.
In June, guide Britt Stoudenmire of the New River Outdoor Company and I fished the New River at night for a magazine article and had a stupendous fishing trip - certainly my favorite one of the summer and also the one where I learned the most. I also made trips to the Greenbrier River and Second Creek in West Virginia for stories.
Elaine and I picked 10 gallons of wild wineberries and blackberries and she made jam from both (see below) as well as we froze a number of quart bags for wintertime pies and cobblers.
All in all, life is good.