Ideas for Warm Weather Outdoor Recreation

We at FLOYD VIRGINIA recognize the right of all Floydians to recreate.  May we suggest a few ways to find happiness outdoors—

Watch Eastern Bluebirds

The next time you head outdoors, take along a pair of binoculars. See if you can spot the birds of blue which are native to our area.  They’re building their nests and laying eggs in territory which male bluebirds select just before springtime.  Their first broods will come during mid-April to mid-May and a second or third brood may arrive in June and July according to a brochure by The Virginia Bluebird Society (www.virginiabluebirds.org). Locally, Christine Boran is VBS County Coordinator (Patrick & Floyd), and she heads up an effort to preserve these beautiful feathered friends that live in our area.  You may establish and monitor bluebird nestboxes – it’s not difficult to learn proper installation and maintenance – and you will derive much enjoyment from doing so. For more information and assistance, contact Christine through her website:
http://woolwinehousebluebirdtrail.com
or call (276) 930-9963.

Walk in the Woods

Natural sights and sounds await in the woodlands of Floyd County. Discover various plant and animal species, listen to water that moves so you can hear; pay attention to what gathers on or underneath the rocks and fallen logs.  Gather up a few things without disturbing life or habitat, and learn more about them when you return home. Collect a bug or two in a jar with a poked-hole lid containing some food and observe them for a short period before releasing.

Wind Down a Riding Trail or Fish for Fun

Kevin Walker tells FLOYD VIRGINIA about new opportunities for trail riding with Poplar Run Riding Trails, managed by Michael & Carole Walker (www.poplarrunridingtrails.com –see ad on pg.17).  Journey through forests and open spaces which cover many miles of trails open to riding groups and individuals.  Loop roads are for ease in access/departure for trailers – they may pull through.  A 14-space campground and overnight boarding can accommodate a planned retreat.  The Walkers raise trout on the farm.  You may fish for fun or catch and eat – call for information
(540) 745-6815.

Wade in or Row on Some Water

Take a quick, cool dip or a paddle a ways down Floyd County’s Little River.  Either choice will certainly refresh you!  Don’t forget to snap some shots with a waterproof camera – there is lots of nature and memories made that you’ll want to capture.  There are access points for easy put-in and pick-up.  You might be all day enjoying the river, so pack a picnic and include a supply of drinks for hydration.

The 2nd Annual Little River Run is June 4th, with registration at 11am near the intersection of Thunderstruck & Slusher Store Roads – check calendar of events on pgs. 28 & 29 for more info).  Floaters will travel approximately two miles down river after a briefing about safe water passage.  Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Entry fee is $10 per canoe – if you don’t own a canoe/kayak, Contact Daniel at (540) 267-5565 (see pg. 17, lower left – On the Water in Floyd).  You may fish the river with a valid Virginia license.

Luis A Garcia
Proprietor / Graphic Designer
FLOYD VIRGINIA publication
(540) 320 1045 – luis@floydmagazine.com

This story was published in Floyd Magazine Spring/Summer 2011 ~Senior Editor Dee Wallace

About Luis A Garcia

Graphic & Web Designer – Blue Ridge Mountains. Owner of the FLOYD VIRGINIA publication (Magazine). I work from home designing and sending out greeting cards. I enjoy taking pictures & creating video. I'm a Christian Missionary to Malawi Africa. fmc119!(@)