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Safety First with Campfires, and then Marshmallows, Hot Dogs

A camping trip is not complete without spending some time around a campfire in the evening. Swapping stories and roasting marshmallows to make s’mores is all part of it! There is no question that a campfire provides the backdrop for lots of outdoor fun and camaraderie. But, if folks are careless, those campfires can ignite a damaging wildfire or severely injury a person. So, what do you need to know about campfires? First, we have some ground to cover (no …

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Seven Reasons to Tackle Bluegill

Maybe it’s the kid in me, I don’t know. But, at 53 years of age (approaching 54), I still enjoy catching bluegill from the bank in summer, how about you? I know, I know, the lowly bluegill, a sunfish family member with more nicknames than a popular sports figure, is a prey species that doesn’t get very big. Why would I waste my time along the shoreline or on a pier catching and releasing THIS FISH? Let me tell you. In my view, bluegill …

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Six River Tuber Reminders

Leisurely floating in an inner tube on one of Nebraska’s many scenic river water trails is a cool, refreshing, fun way to kick back and pass a hot summer day with family and friends, isn’t it? I completely agree! But, some tubers on rivers get into trouble and actually end up spoiling the reputation of other law-abiding, ethical tubers! So, I wanted to do a quick blog post to remind those of you planning to float Nebraska rivers on inner tubes this …

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Float a Water Trail!

“They connect us. They run through us. Our bodies are roughly 60 percent water. Newborn babies are 78 percent. Is it any wonder we are drawn to rivers, is it any wonder we want to return to them again and again?” –  Amy Souers Kober.  Floating one of Nebraska’s various water trails in the summer is great for so many reasons! You can do it for the adventure of going somewhere you’ve never been. You can do it to make connections and …

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Go Off the Grid in the Sandhills

“There is delight in the hardy life of the open.” – Theodore Roosevelt. My, my we are all are so reliant on the ‘grid’ of modern technology. With computers, the Internet, Smart phones, IPads and even the computerized sensors and chips that make our motor vehicles run, every move we make it seems cannot be done without entering the technological sphere. Oh, and let’s not forget about the convenience of electricity either.  All of this high-tech gadgetry is a positive thing in our daily lives, right? But wouldn’t it be nice to disconnect and take …

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7 of Nebraska’s Best Beaches

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Beaches and Nebraska – two words you don’t tend to associate with one another. Think again, though: thanks to the Sandhills, we have several natural white-sand beaches to enjoy. Many more inviting beaches and lakes can be found throughout the state. If you’re ready to explore Nebraska’s beach scene, here are a few places you should make a beeline for. Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (west-central NE) With its pristine white sand and cool, clear waters, Lake McConaughy would fit …

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Roasting the Ultimate Marshmallow

(BLOGGER’S NOTE: Warning! If you were not hungry for something sweet, you soon will be!) Treasured memories are made around a fire ring. Part of those priceless outdoor moments around that warm fire involve an important food-oriented activity: roasting marshmallows! A popular camping and backyard tradition in spring and summer is the roasting (or toasting) of sugar-based confections known as marshmallows over a campfire or other open flame. A marshmallow is placed on the end of a stick or skewer and carefully held over …

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Nebraska Game and Parks Sharing User-Submitted Instagram Photos

LINCOLN – Have you snapped some photos while enjoying a Nebraska state park, historical park or recreation area lately? Your shots could be displayed on the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website. “We want to show people the fun things you can do and see at a Nebraska state park, and what better way to do that than through photos?” said Nebraska Game and Parks Marketing and Advertising Manager Jane Gustafson. “We encourage you to share your photos with us.” …

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Confessions of a Recreational Birdwatcher

I am a recreational birdwatcher, and proud of it! Even if I could get organized enough to keep a life list of birds I’ve seen, I simply enjoy just watching them and attempting to get some decent photos of them to share with you. Birders, or avid birders, as I call them, are easy to identify. They each keep a remarkable log of bird sightings to include the description of the species, numbers of them, date and time seen, as well as habitat and weather conditions along with any bird …

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Spring Wild Edibles: There’s More Than Morels!

“A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. The morel mushroom picking season is well underway in Nebraska. But, did you know there are other spring delicacies growing wild in the Cornhusker State’s outdoor scene? Oh yes, there sure are! Nebraska offers an abundance and diversity of edible wild plants that can be harvested in the simplest of locations, especially in the springtime. Many of these can be acquired while on a morel mushroom hunt! The spring season (April/May) truly …

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