2011...Arrived : This Is Retirement?
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2011...Arrived

by 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! 

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Miniscule red lichen on gravel road.     (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Teeny tiny toadstools        (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
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So beautiful and delicate, the Southern Catalpa blossom.    (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
What?  Snail scat.     
(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Reindeer moss with some Pixie Cups in the mix.   (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Christmas snow...and those deer just won't move away from the house!    (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Christmas Eve 2010 gave us a peaceful snowy day for trout fishing.     (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Winter camping during a snowstorm.     (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
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Opening Day sunrise at Maramec Spring Park.    Copyright Sherry Swanson 2011
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In the early morning, Don waiting for Opening Day whistle to blow.
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Misty silence on the river.     (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Fishermen and Ladies...cast your rods!     
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Just before the Opening Day whistle blows by the bridge at Maramec Spring Park.
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Jack Frost visited.      (C) Sherry Swanson 2011
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EXIT 195 on I-44 at Saint James, MO 65559 
Go 5.5 miles EAST on Highway 8 to park entrance on left
Watch for our flags!
Call for more information and reservations.  
573-265-5149
Email:  pheasantacresrv@yahoo.com

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Sherry Swanson
Owner/Host/RV'er/Naturalist
Outdoor Enthusiast/Photographer
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Early April violet in oak undercover
(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Delicate Dutchman Breeches in April
(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Rock still life at Meremec River Access.
(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Missouri Conservation agent shocking fish for collection/identification
(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Feeder streamlet to Meramec River
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Another feeder stream
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    WHO We Are    WHAT We Offer    WHERE We Are   WHEN You're Here   HOW Much We Are   WHY We Have...     MAP of Us   SHERRY Says
Caterpillar form of the Giant Leopard Moth. 

(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Columbine growing from a rock ledge.  
(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Can you see how it got the name Dog-tooth Violet?  

(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Hummingbird nest made of spider webs and lichen.  

(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Mr. Jack-in-the-Pulpit.  

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Water from the spillway.  

(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
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Cicada nymph hatching from it's 13 year slumber.
(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
Cicada nymph using the Hosta leaf to emerge.
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Nymph has completely hatched and is waiting to mature.
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Cicada 'maternity ward' on the Hosta leaves.
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Cicada almost ready to fly.
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Our little fisher girl, Piper, snoozing by the campfire.
(C) Sherry Swanson 2011
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A new spin on S'Mores

Place a broken up chocolate bar or pour chocolate syrup into an aluminum foil cup that you can create yourself, and set the cup near your fire to melt the chocolate.

Crush graham crackers and place them on a plate or fill up a plastic bag.

Toast your marshmallows as you usually would.

Dip the toasted marshmallow in the melted chocolate or chocolate syrup and then roll it in the crushed graham crackers.

This recipe is sure to be a hit with the kids, and it will only take about five minutes to prepare.
Gramps attacked by tattoo stamping kidlets.
Wisconsin cyclists on a week long 3,000 mile trip through midwest tented with us for the night.
We've tried every human way to remove the shifty little dirt-pushing mole.  Don had reached his limit and went on the attack.
Visiting while his son graduated from Rolla S & T, this camper 'hauled' his 'toy' in his toy hauler.
Quote from motorcyclist
Piper and Beck 'patroling' the campground.
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Enter . . . 
Memorial
Day
Critter
Sitings
The
Campground
Was
Alive . . .
Blue Birds, Violets 
and
Missouri
Naturalist
Opening
Day of
Trout
Season
2011
Yes, Virginia There Is Fishing in the Winter
Lots of Pictures Here