March 1, 2011...Opening Day of Trout Season at Maramec Spring Park : This Is Retirement?
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March 1, 2011...Opening Day of Trout Season at Maramec Spring Park

by Sherry Swanson on 03/03/11

"Gotta get there!  Come on!  We'll be late! "

Don and I were up at the crack of dawn, 4:15 AM, with the cats, Long and Short Hair and Ms. Buffyn looking at us as if we had lost our minds. Down at the park by 5:30 AM, parked, with fishing equipment in hand and walking to our favorite jetty out into the stream by 5:41AM.  A surreal picture was unfolding as the sun began to rise from the horizon, revealing a mist where the warm water met the cold air - 18 degrees.  Eerie yet beautiful.  And of course I had my camera.

I heard that 990 fishing tags were sold on opening day.  To my amazement I could not believe that men, fishing men, could be such chatterboxes.  Yes, there were fishing gals there, too...but way outnumbered.  All up and down the edge of the stream, waiting for the 6:30 AM whistle to sound, you could hear the excited voices of young and old, new and experienced and indeed hopeful 'fisherpeople' (if that is a term) with their rods and reels at the ready.  How many lunkers would be landed remained to be seen.

Once the whistle blew...amazingly...silence floated down over the stream. Yes, you could actually hear the hum of lines casting with a plink of the bait landing on the water's surface teasing the naive trout to come and take a nibble.  "I got one, I got one!"  And so the season has begun.

Welcome to 2011!

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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.     
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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
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Delicate Dutchman Breeches in April
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Rock still life at Meremec River Access.
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Missouri Conservation agent shocking fish for collection/identification
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Feeder streamlet to Meramec River
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Another feeder stream
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Caterpillar form of the Giant Leopard Moth. 

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Columbine growing from a rock ledge.  
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Can you see how it got the name Dog-tooth Violet?  

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Hummingbird nest made of spider webs and lichen.  

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Mr. Jack-in-the-Pulpit.  

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Water from the spillway.  

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Cicada nymph hatching from it's 13 year slumber.
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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.
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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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