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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Being Flexible


Grab a cup of coffee, or tea, sit back, relax...what do you mean your out of coffee? Grab a soda then and just be flexible.

Man was this day looking to be a really good day. We were heading off to the Susquehanna Forest Landowners Association picnic, which was being held at Salt Springs State Park. This nice state park is nestled just outside of Montrose, Pa. in Susquehanna County, and boasts 405 acres of land. From the old growth hemlock trees (over 300 years old), 

to the actual salt spring, to the gorge with three waterfalls, it is really a site to see. And, on the south side border is another 300 acres owned by the Friends of Salt Springs State Park, which is a volunteer support group, and it is open to the public. Folks if you haven't done the math that is 705 acres of land to play on with over 12 miles of trails.

My plan was to get there, eat, listen to the special speaker, take a small guided hike, and then hit some caches.  So we set out for the picnic as a family. I was also going to be the grill master for this event since the original guy was going to be out of town. If you don't know me by now I'll tell you that I love to cook, and I especially love to  use a grill.

We left church between our Sunday School Class and the main church service and went home and loaded everything up in my truck and my wife's car. Things took a little longer than expected so we got a later start than what I wanted. We were taking the highway and I forgot to factor in the fact that my truck only has second gear and that slowed us down a bit too. Okay so I am getting a little disturbed with myself on being late.

When we got closer to where I wanted to turn off of the main road my cataract began to give me trouble and I missed the turn off. By the time I noticed it we were too far from it to turn around so I continued on to the next turn off. Well what I did not know was that was going to slow us down even more. I tried calling one of our directors to let them know I was running late, but there is not the greatest cell service in that area. Bummer; keep driving.

We finally arrived at the park and found the pavilion where we were supposed to be. Boy was everyone glad to see that grill show up. For a while they thought they were going to be eating everything raw. We unloaded the grill and all of our stuff and then had to drive way across the park to park our vehicles. The one closest to the pavilion was already full and they do not allow parking along the roadway. We then walked all the way back to the pavilion and I fired up the grill. I then threw on the burgers, hot dogs, and the famous hot and sweet Italian sausages. Mmmm, Mmmm, good.

Everything was smelling great and looking fabulous.
Everyone started eating while I continued to cook. The food and fellowship was great and I did eventually get to eat too. 

After eating we listened to David Trently speak on dragonflies and damselflies. This was a great talk with a powerpoint presentation.

He even had his daughter helping him out. I never knew there were so many types of dragonflies and damselflies. Okay I actually had not even heard of damselflies until I heard him speak.

When he was done he lead us on a short hike to catch some of the bugs he had just talked about.

He would take his net and tap on the tall weeds and then move it in a figure eight motion to catch the bugs. He caught a small blue dragonfly, which was very beautiful. We then continued the walk and to our surprise, and his, we did not catch another bug. We went all along the creek and through many weeds, but did not catch a single thing.

That was when we looked at the time and realized we only had enough time to get home and get my daughter to work. That meant no caching. WHAT? NO CACHING! Yikes! Now my day was ruined. Not really. I'm a pretty flexible guy and I knew that we could go out another day and hit some caches. We then packed up all of our stuff and headed home. Well, wouldn't you know it, I turned the wrong way out of the park drive and headed in the wrong direction. I realized it and turned around and headed the correct direction. Remember that my wife is following me in her car with the other kids. Well once we got onto route 81 my wife took right off in her little car leaving us behind.

My son and I arrived safely home and my daughter arrived safely at work. As I look back on this event I realize how important it is to be flexible at all times. We had lots of fun, even though we did not go caching, and learned many new facts about dragonflies and damselflies that none of us knew beforehand. Plus, we get to go back now and try to find those caches.

So remember, the next time you head out for some caching, if your plans change, just be flexible and enjoy the time with your family.


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

It looked like a fun day and you're right - we need to learn to be more flexible.

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