People all over Richmond County enjoyed outside activities with temperatures climbing into the high 70s for the first day of March.
“This is typical North Carolina,” said Ira Baker, who spent all day outside working on the dam expansion at Hinson Lake. “It’s about spring time. It’s very nice.”
Several folks gathered at Hinson Lake to enjoy the warm afternoon hours fishing and soaking up the sun. Elco Terry cast his line into the water with ease and smiled at his friends.
“Oh, something was biting,” he said, as he tugged on the line, but his potential catch was already gone. Terry said he had been fishing for a few hours and had caught one fish that he put back.
“You can catch them and keep them, though,” said Terry.
Terry’s friend Vivian Giles sat beside him on the pier and pointed out when something was biting and pulling on the hook. She said she fishes frequently all over Richmond County.
“It’s beautiful out here,” said Giles, who wore sunglasses and a baseball cap, with a light jacket. “For it to be the first of March, it’s about 70 degrees. I love fishing. I could stay on the river all day.”
“Today is hot,” said Terry. “It’s the first day I can wear short sleeves. My only worry is possible storms and tornadoes. That concerns me.”
Baker, Giles and Terry discussed the beginning of tornado season, and Giles expressed her concern for the victims of tornadoes out west. They mused about the warming weather and steadied their gaze over the calm waters of Hinson Lake, enjoying insect-free air while small fish nibbled on the lines.
“Last week a man killed a snake down by the creek, not here though,” shared Giles, another indication that spring is on the doorstep. “It was a water moccasin.”
The sunshine and balmy breeze had people sitting outside on porches, taking walks with friends, and dogs and children were seen playing in creeks around Rockingham. Convertible car owners dropped their tops to let the sunlight and warm breeze in, and motorcycles rumbled about town.
“It needs to be about 80 degrees and higher,” said Baker, craving the summer.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.