April 09, 2016
DIRK MORGAN'S featured article in Friends of the Little Miami State Park Newsletter, April 2016
Last fall Dirk Morgan, an FLMSP volunteer and bee keeper, began a project to help endangered monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinators by creating three Monarch Way Stations on his property along the trail.
With the help of Randy Evans of Three River Nature Conservancy and The Monarch Watch Foundation, Dirk established these small oases for our winged friends by planting milkweed and several other native perennial species of plants and flowers.
His goal is to use the trail and river valley as a natural corridor in which to establish these Way Stations like stepping stones. He would like to bring willing private landowners along the trail together with individuals, companies and organizations and provide them with the means to create and "adopt" a Way Station.
To learn more or help with the Way Station program, contact Dirk Morgan: firstname.lastname@example.org
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April 04, 2013
Sorry families for not posting as much as we would have liked! Being literally "off the grid" has made it challenging to connect. On the other hand, the kids have connected with nature like never before! We have a great group of students that will have many adventures and stories to share with you when they get back to Cincinnati!
Today was the Finca Kobo organic farm tour....we learned about some of the heritage crops they are growing including white pineapple, square bananas and star fruit. All truly delicious! We also learned about the culture and history of the "nectar of the gods"...otherwise known as CHOCOLATE. At the end of the tour we sat down at a long table filled with the organic fruit sliced up with bowls of chocolate to dip it in. Oh, yeah, and the flourless chocolate cake. MMMMMMMMMMM!!!! Words cannot describe!
Other adventures included zipping through the rainforest canopy, horseback riding high atop a ridge in the primary rain forest, hiking through a clear creek to a pristine waterfall,snorkeling in the Golfo Dulce, and having delicious meals every day! We miss you all and thank you for sending us on this grand adventure,parents!
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February 08, 2013
Then Morgan's has one Tuff Mother’s Day of a Trail Run for you!
Where Mother Nature provides the Challenge, you supply the guts!
Prepare yourself now and join your friends for the 1st ever Morgan's Xtreme Trail Run, presented by Century Link, on Mothers Day, Sunday May 12th!
Race proceeds to benefit the June Morgan River Sanctuary.
This beautiful and demanding 4+mile run will take you through the wild and rugged hills of the Ft. Ancient Gorge and along the scenic banks of the Little Miami River. Be the first to take on the newest, toughest trail Warren County has to offer. Steep 200 foot climbs and screaming crazy descents will test the limits of your strength, endurance, and insanity! This course will challenge even the most veteran of trail runners!
WARNING! THIS IS NOT YOUR
MOTHER'S TRAIL RUN!!
(But she will be proud of you, and the free Rose you get for her for finishing it)
Register soon as entries may be limited!
!!! Bonus: Xtreme Race Xtras!!!
* Free after party with bonfire, music, and free refreshments for competitors immediately following race!
* Age Group Awards
* Free Red Rose to give to Mom on Mothers Day!
* Free 6-mile canoe trip! (Restrictions apply)
* Half price camping at Morgan's Riverside Campgrounds the night before the race. Wake up at the starting line! Optional Hike the course with Dirk & Lori Morgan, the night before!
* Additional swag and prizes to be announced soon!
* Like our Facebook page and receive Xtreme Race updates!
MORGAN'S XTREME TRAIL RUN IS PRESENTED BY:
AND SPONSORED BY:
Brought to you by Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures, home of the 34th Annual Little Miami Triathlon!
Appreciation and Thanks to Steve Rumsey and his Boy Scout Troop 53 for their assistance and development of Morgan’s Xtreme Trail
Registration: Early Registration deadline April 30th. $25.00 per entry, $10.00 per T shirt, s,m,l,xl. $12.00 xxl. Late registration: up to 1-hour prior race start, $30.00 (shirts not guaranteed for late entry's) !!Click here to register!!
Location: Morgan’s Riverside Campground 6262 Gilmour rd. Morrow, Oh. 45152
Start Time: First Wave 9:00 am
Time: 7:30am Check-in and Late registration
Awards: Top Male and Females and Division Awards.
Race description: Start your Mothers Day off with a fun, challenging run on a new loop-course, over 4 miles in length. Clearly marked trails wind through densely wooded forest, cross shallow creeks, and steep 200+ foot inclines, the toughest hills in the Ft. Ancient Valley. Water stop will be located at the June Morgan River Sanctuary, the halfway point. Course then follows along the banks of the Beautiful Little Miami River and then up "Son of Killer Hill" and back to campground.
For More Information Call: 513-899-2166
April 15, 2012
We made it safe and sound to Costa Rica! We had no problems going through customs, as a matter of fact they moved our very large, and very PINK group through quickly. The kids seem to be getting along wonderfully. There was constant chatter and singing on the Morgan's new and air-conditioned bus. As I write this, all sixteen students are in the "cool tub" the size of XXL bathtub.We stopped to look at the crocodiles in a river on the way down and had great views of the Pacific as we enjoyed Costa Rican juice boxes and other goodies. The weather is very, very warm. We are about to eat delicious pasta while listening to a local saxophone player. Keep reading the blog and making comments. We would love to hear from everyone!
Pura Vida! Suzanne "Mama Suz" Doyle
April 05, 2012
St. Mary's 8th Graders of Hyde Park in Cincinnati
The excitement is building as some of the 8th grade students from St Mary's school soon depart for the "ultimate field trip"...to the rain forest of Costa Rica! They received a special prayer and blessing from Fr. Ken today.
After months of studying the rain forest's animals and habitat, the students are ready and excited for some experiential learning and fun on the Osa Peninsula!
March 30, 2012
Friday March 30- Our last but very satisfying day: Community Service
The WHHS Students spent the morning at the public school in the Bamu community, 1 km north of Puerto Jimenez - the "Escuela Bambu", to accomplish two projects: Paint the Lunchroom and prep the area behind the lunchroom for a vegetable garden. This community service project was supervised by Kristin the energetic Peace Corp Volunteer living here in Puerto Jimenez. Kristin Lucas, from Virginia has been in CR for 1.5 years and her term continues through December 2012. She is fluent in Spanish and then graced our Lodge final dinner with her effervescent presence. A shining example of all that the Peace Corps represents.
After the hard work in the sweltering heat, the Cafeteria, now with a fresh coat of baby blue paint and the garden hoed and weeded to create three furrows, we were treated to an authentic CR lunch of spiced hearts of palm, CR Coleslaw, rice and beans and homemade burgers. Upon return to the Lodge, a siesta in hammocks under the shaded canopy lulled by the shrieks of the pair of macaws that live on the property and the howler monkeys, followed by a hot "cuppa tea" - Mrs. Ashdown's special (with ginger and lemon grass from the Cocoa Plantation) rejuvenated the sunburned children, who are now packing and preparing their acts for tonite's talent show.
March 29, 2012
John: Today we visited a cocoa plantation, where a dazzling Latin American man-guide (who had a striking resemblance to Alan Rickman) told us of the names and uses of a variety of plants, including lemon grass, ginger, star fruit, cinnamon, bananas, cashews, and cocoa beans. He proceeded to explain the process of fermenting the cocoa beans and then roasting them for production. We were then treated with a lunch of fresh fruit and plantation-made chocolate sauce. Our next activity of the day was by far the most breathtaking. Soaring above the trees on zip lines hundreds of meters long, we got a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy. This was one of the few times where we had rain fall, but I feel that in that moment we were able to experience the true rainforest.
Peter: During the rest period back at the lodge, Helen taught that sexy beast Peter how to make wire bracelets, while Mr. Gray obliterated any foolish enough to challenge him to a game of ping-pong. He ruthlessly slashed the air with his paddle; his eyes alight with the fire that can only be inspired when deep in the throes of the glorious battle that is the game of ping pong. The tension in the air could have been cut with a knife, so intense were those matches, I personally found myself breaking out into a cold sweat while simply watching them twirl about the field of battle.
March 27, 2012
In the Corcovardo Forest with a primeval Ceiba Tree.
This is just a short post until we recharge the battery. March 26 was another incredible day: the students experienced the complex ecosytem and challenges faced bu the Costa Ricans seeking to balance economic dvelopment and conservation: In the horseback ride through the rain forest we saw signs of illegal lumberinb and faced the conundrum of needing gravel paths for the jeeps to get us - eco-tourists- closer to the forest, with the realization that doiing so itself, upsets the delicate balances. The glorous thunderstorm that drenched us and cooled off our hardy yet trusted steeds, gave meaning to the term "rain forest". The other half of he group- all the WHHS boys went creeking with Mr. Schnure, where besides the POISON DART FROGS, they also enounteres group of tourists with no guide tramping down he creek, Again a clash of economis vs. conservation.
Next blog wil describe the actual experiences from their journals.
March 27, 2012
Today the rest of the WHHS students did their horseback riding in the Rain forest. Accompanied by Mr. Gray and resident equestrian Helen Ashdown, the WHHS Students did a different trail from the prior day's group because yesterday's heavy rain had caused many more trees to impede the trail. Adonnis, the certified Indian guide accompanied both the groups on each of their rides, when we saw squirrel monkeys, vultures, "cara-cara", pink spoonbills, Kingfisher, iguanas, wild pigs and as always a plethora of spiders of various sizes and patterns. Helen, did such a great job assisting the horse guides with tacking and un-tacking the feisty mountain horses, that they offered her a job!
The other group of Mr. Schnurre, Angele and Mrs. A and the Hobbs family under the expert tutelage of Gary Morgan went creeking on the Rio Carbonara and saw several poisonous dart frogs, varieties of skinks and were pelted , albeit unwittingly. by a pack of squirrel monkeys discarding their wild fig-like fruit. The best part was jumping into the 15 ft or more deep waterfall pool of crystal clear water. Mr. Morgan was most satisfied that all of our students followed his instructions and there were no "narrow escapes" on the slippery rocks or steep mountain trails, including no sightings of any serpents, much to Mrs. A's chagrin.
March 25, 2012
The Walnut Hills students at Domilocos in Dominical, Costa Rica.
The Walnut Hills High School group arrived in Costa Rica on Friday Mar 23 and all are ready for an adventure of a lifetime! After touch down in San Jose, they boarded the "autobus" for Dominical. The students enjoyed stroll through town and to the beach, and back to the hotel where they enjoyed a great meal at Domilocos Hotel and Restaurant. Saturday....back on the bus to the Osa Peninsula and Morgan's Jungle Lodge!
Love the rivers
Our heritage is based on a profound love of our rivers. The founders had it in their blood and it is here where we like to cast light on the great outdoor experience.
P R E V I O U S P O S T S
- FLMSP Trail News, April 2016: Monarch & Bee Lifeline
- Walnut Hills Students feeling the Pura Vida
- Have you fooled with Mother Nature Lately?
- St Mary's Group arrives safely in Costa Rica!
- The St. Mary's School's 8th graders Prepare for their Big Adventure!
- Friday March 30- Our last day: Community Service
- March 28 update from John and Peter
- Day 3 - Creeking and riding in the Rainforest
- Day 4
- Walnut Hills High School Arrive in Costa Rica
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