The Campground was ALIVE with the sound of happy kids .. .by Sherry Swanson on 05/15/11
The Maramec Spring Park Kid's Free Fishing Day was a super event this year. Yes, a tad cold with some sprinkles felt, but that didn't diminish the fun and laughter seen and heard down at the park. Pheasant Acres was completely full for the first time since taking ownership. Campers were still pulling in at 9:00 PM and the campground got quiet quickly as most were getting up at 5:00 AM to head down to the park to get tags, bags full of 'free kid stuff', enter names in the raffle cans and then head down to the stream to claim their favorite spot to fish.
Our little grandkidlet, the "Z"man, proudly sporting his Christmas waders found that a quick step into the stream was his downfall. Literally. Note: When waders fill with water - one gets very cold very quickly. Gramps Don, who unwisely chose not to wear his waders, showed no hesitation when he jumped into the stream to grab Zane's wader straps and hoist him from the water. We waved goodbye as they headed home to get out of their wet gear, leaving me to help the other two grandkidlets. Fish were practically jumping onto the hooks, and we are happy to report we had a great quick morning of trout fishing.
Later we witnessed a remarkable event...the Pheasant Acres Maternity Ward. Literally hundreds of cicada nymphs were molting from the egg casings and were clustered all over the oak tree and hostas at the base of the tree as their wings and body matured into an adult cicada. Follow this link to a video of the molting of a cicada nymph. Bet you didn't know this: Cicadas only live in one place in the WORLD...the eastern United States. And this is the first hatching since 2008.
The day ended with our first of the season monthly cookouts with Italian Beef sandwiches as the entree. Good Food. Good folks. Good desserts. Good campfire. As the pillows and blankets were whispering our names, everyone drifted off quickly for a good night's sleep.
Sunday morning, waking up to a cool drizzle, reservations were already coming in for 2012 Kid's Fishing Day at Maramec Spring Park, which is always the weekend after Mother's Day. I think that shows a measure of happiness from our campers.