2011...Arrivedby Sherry Swanson on 01/06/11
Imagine...2011 arrived at Pheasant Acres with four cute little Bluebirds flitting about...and with high expectations for Opening Day of Trout season at Maramec Spring Park on March 1st, which is on a Tuesday this year. Since this will be our first opening day at the campground, we're curious as to how many campers we will have. You know, those 'gotta get the first trout of the season' kind of people, or the 'hope I get a lunker this year' angler, or the 'this is my 24th Opening Day' fish-o-phile. I thought I would test my culinary skills, a la Martha, and offer homemade and hot, hot, hot vegetable soup and sandwiches from noon on to any who wish to partake with the stipulation they must share a good fish story.
During my college years in Kentucky, I spent three years in biology studying the flora and fauna, even though I was an art major. Try to picture this: sitting with my field biology class in a small rather cold log cabin on Kentucky Lake, while our professor, Dr. Hunter Hancock, played on the high tech equipment of the times, a record player, the calls of birds while we over-zealous undergrads matched them to birds we had seen that day. Oh, tweet! Or the times we banded geese on the Mississippi Flyway. Yeah, the good old days before Gortex and polypropolene. Brrrr.
And the reason I am confessing to my nerdiness? I just sent in my paperwork to become a Missouri Master Naturalist through the Missouri Conservation Department. It's time to dust off my binoculars, boots and manuals, and delve back into the flora and fauna. You may already know I have quite a love affair with lichen (if you check out my Facebook photos), so my anticipation of exploring the woods this spring with my camera is already making my palms sweaty. But, really...what better thing for a campground owner to do than to become one with the surroundings!