Saturday’s warmth and sun made for a perfect afternoon for many by a pond.
But at Wilson Brothers’ pond in Silverstreet, a number of disabled adults and wounded warriors gathered for outdoor recreation.
Disabled adults were at the pond for a Wheelin’ Sportman’s event sponsored by the U.S. Forestry Service and National Wild Turkey Federation.
Eddie Wilson said he built the 15-acre pond so that those with disabilities could have easy access to the water and so the pond could be driven around.
But seeing the excitement on the faces of those fishing Wilson pondered if a handicapped accessible dock would be added.
Robbie and Henry Hopkins say they travel over 100 miles to come to the event each year and added that they had a bucket of fish to take home.
In addition to U.S. Fostery workers untangling fishing lines, Boy Scout Troop 222 of Newberry were lending their hands.
As for the wounded warriors, the fishing trip rounded out a weekend of outdoor activities.
The group fished on Friday and Saturday and awoke early Saturday to a turkey hunting trip. Also at the Wilson pond the warriors did some skeet shooting against the Army men and the Marines.
“I bet we caught 50 catfish,” said Dallas Caviness, of Alabama. “This is real special they made me feel right at home.”
Caviness was awarded two purple hearts in battle and was injured on Dec. 9 when he kicked down a door in Afghanistan that was booby trapped.
“This has been a real boost to my morale,” he added.
Michael Carlson of Augusta, Ga. said he had been preparing for a month for the hunting and fishing trip to Newberry County. He added he purchased turkey gear for the trip and built himself a suit to wear.
The warriors added that had plenty of good food to eat during their hunting adventure.