Off the Beaten Path
by Don Schafer
It is great seeing everyone out enjoying nature this summer. Here at Camptown we have also been busy getting kids outdoors. So far this summer we have had 458 campers through our Natural Wonders Day Camps, led four week long backpacking trips, two other week long trips, a few overnight trips, and several CRUX and day hikes. I myself have not gotten out on as many of these trips as I used to but Zach, Trey, Bailey, and Ashleigh have done a great job making these programs
purposeful and impactful for our kids. During the week of July 4th we do not run programs and give our staff some much needed time off. I call this the seventh inning stretch.
During my time off I joined my friend Tom in Michigan for a little fly fishing. While the weather and water was a little warm for trout, the fishing and comradery were good. I realized while wading in the river one day, that this was my adult
version of creek stomping. As a kid I lived maybe half a mile from a creek. During the summer you would find me walking the creek looking for crayfish, skipping rocks, fishing, or just getting wet and enjoying nature. I did not realize it then, but those times in the creek have led to a life-long love for nature. Fly fishing is my adult way to get out and walk the river and enjoy the peace and flow of nature. But, sometimes that peace and flow can get interrupted. During our days on the river we had several canoes, kayaks, and rafts float by. Most were respectful and friendly.
However every now and then one would come down, radio or loud voices booming way ahead of them. The Saturday following my fishing trip, my wife Cynthia and I put in a canoe on the White River. It was a warm holiday weekend and there were several others out on the river. Again, most were friendly and respectful. We did run across what I called the “flotilla READ MORE>>>
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