I didn't see any sign of those guys from last year, but I ended up putting the rod away and turning the trip into a nice little hike, so all was not lost.
I also got a chance to try out my MSR water purifier, which I plan to review once I'm pretty sure I'm not going to die. (If this is my last post and it's a week later, DO NOT BUY THE MSR FILTER!!! I might have been hit by a bus in the meantime, but better play it safe)
While walking one of the access roads, I came across a fairly fresh deer trail. Planning to make a mental note of where the deer entered the thicket, I followed it along for a few dozen yards. Then without a sound a whitetail leaped across the road and through the woodland on the other side. No sooner was I done getting over that little surprise than another one did the exact same thing.
And yes, the location is noted.
I eventually came to private property and turned back. While their were no fish to hand, or even a rod in my hand most of the time, it was great to just get out and wander.