Someone asked me about the name of this column. I started out calling it THE GREAT OUTDOORS but somehow that didn't sound personal enough for Waynedale. This column should be a place to read about what is happening just in the Waynedale area and nowhere else. We do have a vast area called Waynedale and here you can find places to hunt, fish, picnic, camp, canoe, hike, and discover what nature has provided for us to enjoy.
Right now we have farmers in the area who might be willing to let squirrel hunters, mushroom hunters, and deer hunters use their property if they take care of the area like it's their own. We have Fox Island, the St. Mary's River, the St. Joe River, the Maumee River, the Wabash River, and Huntington Reservoir, all within easy reach of us Waynedalers. Anyone wanting to hike, canoe, fish, camp, or hunt can easily do so if they just look around. Still in doubt about where to go? Call me.
I will pass on to you all the outdoor activity information that crosses my desk – all that's within easy reach of Waynedale that is. I got the name 'Woods and Waters' from a column that I read when I was growing up back in West Virginia. It was written by a man named Skip Johnson. Skip retired from THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE and is living, hunting, and fishing on the banks of the Birch River in West Virginia. I just added WAYNEDALE to it and now you know, ". . . the rest of the story."
CAVE EXPLORATION ADVENTURE
Who: Allen County Parks (Fox Island)
What: Go Caving With Us!
When: Saturday, November 9, 2002
Info: Go underground with Allen County Parks. Caving instructor and naturalist Bob Dispenza will be leading a trip to the Garrison Chapel Karst area near Bloomington, Indiana. We'll be exploring a wild cave in the area and going off the beaten path. This activity is somewhat strenuous, but suitable for beginners. Call 449-3180 to make reservations.
MANDATORY PRECAVING CLASS FOR CAVE EXPLORATION ADVENTURE
When: Saturday, November 2, 2002
Where: Fox Island, 7324 Yohne Road
Cost: Class fee of $20 (covers maps and caving instruction).
What: Learn about geology, cave life, needed equipment and cave information.
SAFETY HARDHATS FOR SALE
A limited number of used Safety Hardhats, suitable for cave exploration, are now available from Boy Scout Troop 44. Contact Jack Shepard at 436-2422.
LOCAL FESTIVALS & ACTIVITIES - DATES TO REMEMBER:
(Rated - B (Best) G (Good) F (Fair) P (Poor) D (Don't know)
September 28 & 29 (Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, Huntington)(G)
September 28 & 29 (Back To The Days of Kosciuszko, Warsaw)(D)
September 28 & 29 (Fallfest, Angola)(D)
September 27 & 28 (End of Summer Bluegrass Festival, Plymouth)(D)
October 4,5,6, (Boy Scout Fall Camporee – Huntington Reservoir)(G)
October 5 & 6 (Apple Festival of Kendallville)(G)
October 4 & 5 (150th Anniversary Celebration, Wakarusa)(D)
October 5 & 6 (Feast of the Hunters' Moon, Lafayette)(B)
October 10,11,12(Spencerville Covered Bridge Festival(D)
SPENCERVILLE COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL
We've been told that the Spencerville Covered Bridge Festival will take place October 10-12 in Spencerville, Indiana, home of the only covered bridge in DeKalb County, and one of the last remaining covered bridges in northern Indiana.