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!

Bluebirds, Violets . . . and Missouri Master Naturalist

by Sherry Swanson on 04/15/11

The month of April opened with beautiful Bluebirds in abundance.  I am hoping that some have chosen to use our bluebird houses as their maternity wards.  And the violet children have blossom all over the campground making it a little difficult to mow around them, but I did.  As I look out from the back deck I can see many beautiful violet fields dotting the landscape.

Am I getting 'smarter' as I delve deeper into the Missouri Master Naturalist program?  The Ozark Plateau which includes Saint James is a beautiful area.  Within the plateau there are numerous sinkholes, caves, fens, glades, plant and animal species, domomite, karst and more. Our last field trip took us to Meramec River to collect fish and tiny invertebrae critters.  I was lucky to snap a photo of Dutchman's Breeches - that's flora, not fauna.  We also visited a wonderful campground in the area for disadvantaged people, Camp Brim Shire, right here in Saint James.  It was exciting to learn of the opportunities the disadvanged can explore at Brim Shire such as fishing, camping, studying native animals, and the joy of learning about the out-of-doors in a beautiful setting.

A new 'man toy' presented itself this week.  Neighbor Bob brought over his Stihl tree trimmer, as he and Don decided there was a need for dead branch removal.  Wouldn't want a pop-up camper to experience a fallen tree branch close up, now would we? 

And I finished painting the Women's restroom and shower area;  Yes, nothing says we're ready for campers than fresh paint!

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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. Click on thumbnail to enlarge...ENJOY!

The Campground Was Alive . . .

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Opening Day of Trout Season 2011

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Blue Birds, Violets  and Missouri Naturalist

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