Family Nature Summits in the Ozarks – Wrap-up


My laptop died while I was at Family Nature Summits in the Ozarks. It was frustrating not to be able to blog or to download my pictures. Now I’m back and I’ll do a summary of the highlights of the Summit.

Who would have thought I would go to the Ozarks in Missouri for a week in August? Family Nature Summits are just as much about the people and their interaction with nature as it is about the actual place. Even so, without FNS I would not have discovered the rocks and caves or Missouri.

FNS2011-devilstollgateI joined a trip to Elephant Rocks State Park, which are as awesome as they sound – see above.

The weather was very stormy but I managed to get a picture of these weird rocks.

More rocks at Devils Toll Gate, a sight on the Ozark Trail. It’s Missouri’s state trail, which will eventually wind from St. Louis to Arkansas. I hiked a small section on a rocky trail. Our section started at the highest point in Missouri at 1,772 feet.

FNS-target practiceOne afternoon, I wandered through the YMCA site and found myself at the riflery range. The last time I touched a rifle was at a fair when I was ten years old. That was a long time ago. I was given instructions, seven bulllets and I managed to hit the paper twice. Not bad.

FNS2011-JessicaonropesJessica, a long-time summitteer, went on the ropes course and I tool pictures. That was heart-pounding enough – thank you.

FNS2011-chickadee skit





And of course, skits on the last night. It is camp after all. Here is Hannah’s group, the Chickadees, singing and flying away.




At the end of last year’s summit, my granddaughter, Hannah, asked if we could come again. This year, she just assumed we were going back to Family Summits. It will be at the YMCA of the Rockies, just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park – July 7 to 13, 2012. Come and join us.






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