Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

OUABACHE’S FALL FESTIVAL

(NOTE: Ouabache is pronounced Wa-Bash)

Volunteers age 16 and older are needed to assist with Ouabache State Park’s Fall Festival Weekend, October 29-30.

Ouabache’s Fall Festival is an opportunity for families to enjoy the fall weather and participate in a variety of events in a safe environment. Individuals are needed to assist with making the potluck soup, decorating Campview Shelter and playing games during the Fall Festival Fair. Other volunteer opportunities also...

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WHAT IS A BOY?

Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood we find a delightful creature called a boy. Boys come in assorted sizes, weights, and colors, but all boys have the same creed: to enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day and to protest with noise (their only weapon) when their last minute is finished and the adults pack them off to bed at night.

Boys are found everywhere – on top of, underneath of, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running...

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Monster Fish Caught

Is this a 3 for 1 deal or what? Sam Whiteleather caught this 4-foot, 65-pound Flat Head catfish on a 22-inch Channel Catfish that had swallowed a green sunfish that had been caught on a limb line.

It was caught June 9, 2010 on the East Fork of the White River.

Sam is the son of Rex and Laura Whiteleather. Laura is an Interpretive Naturalist at Salamonie Reservoir.

I should direct this to all parents and not just the parents of Boy Scouts. I mention Boy Scouts because this is where I first noticed the problem of boys not eating properly; it was at summer camp. I’m not talking about the menu; I’m talking about the proper way to eat (holding a fork, a spoon, and trying to cut meat with a knife) and I’ll tell you a short story on this.

It was at summer camp and we had just checked in with the Camp Master, had our swim test, and got dressed in our uniforms...

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While researching for “facts” on the topic of Hardy Mums, I was caught by surprise to see that every article recommends planting these perennials in the spring. What’s so odd about this is that Hardy Mums are usually only available during the late summer and early fall. But then I figured out what they were talking about…spring is the time when you are supposed to divide your mums that wintered over from last year. It is also the time when we, in the business get and plant the cuttings to grow...

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Up north here you see lots of ‘possums and raccoons killed on the highway. Down south you’ll probably see more armadillos than ‘possums or raccoons. People will drive by and say, “What a waste; that could have fed a family.” Believe it or not there are many recipes out there for ‘fixin’ armadillo. Here’s one that sounds interesting. I say sounds interesting because as of yet I have not experienced the pleasure of eating an armadillo. In case you beat me to going south, try this recipe and let...

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