Valuable Lessons: Boy Scouts brave cold to help ducks

The Outdoor Journal

IMGP1159 Chris Franks, a scout from Troop 602, screws on the nest box lid while Scout Joshua Hickey holds the ladder with the help of another scout from Troop 111. Photo: Susan Hickey

By Howard Meyerson

ROSCOMMON, MI — When the members of Clio Boy Scout Troop 602 met last fall to build duck nesting boxes, installing them on trees around a frozen swamp was just a distant idea. No one knew that snows would pile up and become deep; that the Michigan winter ahead would be the coldest in decades.

But February’s deep freeze didn’t slow the intrepid scouts. Excited about doing something different – a conservation project to help wood ducks – they gathered at the Backus Creek State Game Area near Roscommon and loaded up a sled with boxes and tools. Then they put on snowshoes, or planned to sink in the snow and spent a snowy, cold…

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Visit Port Aransas for Its Attractions

There is a saying that everything is bigger in Texas, and that is certainly true for fishing in Texas. The gulf coast is home to some of the best fishing in the state, and no where is the fishing better than in Port Aransas. Whether you are fishing for tuna or flounder, or are wanting to pit your strength against a marlin or a shark, Port Aransas attractions and it’s fishing trips have just the right charter for you. Speaking of that, the right charter for me and my personal favorite is this site here:  http://dolphindocks.com/.

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Port Aransas Charters

Fishing charters in Port Aransas have something for every fisherman. Whether you prefer to stay on dry land and cast from the pier, or have an adventure at sea there is a perfect fishing trip for everyone. Some of the popular charters are the 4 and 12 hour excursions out into the waters of the bay. Here you can cast for everything from red snappers to black drum and trout. Head out to sea and battle for marlin, and even shark. To help make the trip even more enjoyable, many charters also include private cabins and stocked mini fridges. Longer charters include 24 to 80 hour charters, though advanced reservations are required for the longer excursions.

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Port Aransas Fishing Trips

Some of the most popular fishing trips on the island include night fishing off the beautifully lit Fisherman’s Pier, and day trips to the nearby island, St. Jo Island. On this tiny and pristine island, not only can you fish, but you can also enjoy a day of shell collecting and even surfing. Or try at nighttime fishing trip, and see what you can catch at night.

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Port Aransas Attractions

Port Aransas is not only for dedicated fishermen, they are plenty of other things to see and do along the gulf like bath in the warm Texas sun. Port Aransas is also known for its beautiful white sand beaches, and there are plenty of pristine spots to lie down and soak up the sun. Only a short distance from the bustling city of Corpus Christie, many island vacationers take advantage of the city’s bustling nightlife. Also located in Corpus is the Texas State Aquarium and the Lexington Air Craft Carrier Museum, both attractions not to be missed.

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Other attractions on the beautiful island of Port Aransas include sampling some of the delicious and fresh seafood at one of the many local restaurants, and browsing the quaint shops located along the main streets. With all that there is to see and do, it is no wonder this small island paradise is popular with more than just fishermen.

One attraction that should not be missed is the sunset dolphin watch, which runs from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. The chance to watch the dolphins at play should not be missed.

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Fishing in Texas

It seems that only in Texas can you surf, sun bath, and watch the dolphins at play, and in Port Aransas it is possible. Not only does the gulf coast boast all of these fun activities, but it also has some of the best fishing around. Here you can fish for red snapper, and ling, or go further out and hunt for a blue marlin. Follow the seasons and fish for them all, you can in Port Aransas.

 

The Very Spiritual Path of Not Eating Animals

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By Titanium22

I got sober from drugs and alcohol in 2000. In the process of recovering I realized that from then on spirituality was going to be an important focus of my life—that it had to be, since the connection to a Higher Power was necessary to keep me sober and alive.

I didn’t realize that recovery would connect me to myself as well, to what was really inside me.

During the early part of my recovery I realized that spirituality could be an open field to play on. I grew up around Catholicism and I didn’t feel like it was that way at all when I was young. I realized that my Higher Power could be one of my own understanding—that I had a lot of room to explore.

So I started exploring. One day I was reading a passage written by a Buddhist monk…

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