"My father didn't tell me how to live; he just lived, and let me watch."
You, dad and the whole family can get out of the house and into the great out-of-doors this Sunday, Father's Day, at the fourth annual Summer Fest that will held at the R. B. Winter State Park. Summerfest begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. There will be demonstrations, crafts, games and basic instruction in lots of outdoor activities.
There will be plenty to do for both children and adults. The activities include Kayaking and canoeing (Brad Bubb Rentals), fly fishing basics (Trout Unlimited), fly-tying (Trout Unlimited), back packing basics and hiking/ Leave No Trace (State Park staff), stream search for aquatic critters (Union County Conservation District), building for the birds (Union County Conservation District), mountain biking guided rides (Campus Cycle Shop), wild edible plants and teas (State Park staff), open hearth cooking (Thankful Sage Farm School) and staying found in the woods (S.T.R.I.K.E).
In addition, there will be presentations on GPS basics and geocaching and on the lifecycle of trees, nature walks and nature crafts for kids. Displays will be set up from the Seven Mountains Audubon, Merrill Linn Land and Water Conservancy, Buffalo Creek Watershed Association, Union County Conservation District, Chris Varney Redworms and Composting and from EarthBird. Most of the activities will be centered at the Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center.
It's pronounced "duh-RAY-choh." If you're an amateur weather-watcher, and what outdoorsmen isn't, you've already learned all about the El Nino and El Nina impacts on our weather but Derecho is the latest term for our vocabulary. A Derecho storm system is a long line of severe weather disturbances that can produce widespread and strong tree-snapping winds, while laying down damaging hail and causing intense and dangerous lightening. According to the National Weather Service we may find out first-hand the impact of Derecho today. Derecho storms are not a new phenomenon and they are sometimes confused with tornados. No matter what you call it, we may be in for some stormy weather. At least the weekend forecast looks pretty good.