The temperatures at the fair this past weekend were in the 90s and it has been so dry for so long, I can’t remember the last time it rained. The rivers are dry. We have been under water use restrictions for some time now.
In the photo above, my younger son and I are playing at our favorite spot on the Appomattox River. Picnic Rapid has a large water-worn rock mid river that creates a wonderful hole with a strong standing wave behind it.
The photo above was taken about this time last year. Contrast that with this photo, taken this year.
This is the same spot, although shot from a different angle, as the photo above. The large rock just left of center in this picture is the cause of our favorite play hole and wave above. It is completely exposed, surrounded by not much more than a trickle.
For the past few years the river has not been as full in October. Each year there has been a little less water to drink, wash our clothes, irrigate crops, and to paddle.