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FLMSP Trail News, April 2016: Monarch & Bee Lifeline

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: dirk@morganscanoe.com

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Walnut Hills Students feeling the Pura Vida

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! 

Tags: costa rica , morgan's , osa , osa peninsula , rainforest study , student travel

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Have you fooled with Mother Nature Lately?

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:

           

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!!Click here to register!!

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

 

Race Details


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: extreme , ft. ancient , hiking , little miami , morgan's , mud run , river , trail run , trails

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Danny, Happy EASTER!!!
rigney 11:14AM 03/31/13
Hi Clay, We will have booth space available for vendors. Please email dirk@morganscanoe.com and he can provide you with more information! Morgan's Outdoor Adventures
Morgan's Outdoor Adventures 12:59PM 03/09/13
Any room for vendors? This sounds fun.
Clay Caldwell 1:26PM 02/08/13

St Mary's Group arrives safely in Costa Rica!

April 15, 2012

Hola Everyone!
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
 

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We just spent the weekend at the campground and had a wonderful time canoeing and riding the bike trail. I can recommend anyone to go camping there. It is a very scenic area and the camp sights are beautiful. I don't think you can go wrong picking any one of them. It was a great change of pace to be outdoors and one with nature. I am not one to go camping in a tent. I haven't done it in 14 years. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was and will definitely do it again soon. The staff is very helpful and kind and the campground is well kept up. Canoes are well maintained and the river very scenic and easy to navigate. Great for all ages!
Susan Logsdon 2:24PM 10/01/12
Costa Rica sounds really cool and being with the students sounds a lot of fun. I'm sure it's going to be a great trip for you all. I wish I could come down to Costa Rica too. Nice blog by the way. I find myself wishing that I could get to travel really soon.
Jamie Lee 2:38AM 08/22/12
We just recently visited Morgan's Little Miami Campground for our 3rd trip, first this year and had a wonderful time doing the 18 mile kayak adventure on a Hot, Hot, Hot day. Morgan's is wonderful and we stayed in the Cabins which were super clean, perfect conditions for a relaxing comfortable couple of days. We road our bikes on the Loveland Trail to Murrow for Ice Cream and I road my bike all the way back to Newtown for my pick up back home, 30 + miles, it was just beautiful. The folks at Morgans made our time there tons of fun, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable clean and fun time. We will continue to visit at least a couple of trips per year.
Denise Bradley 4:51PM 06/27/12
Well according to some of the photos, it looks like everyone is having a great time and dad is doing his job by embarrassing Carlye. Carlye girl hang in there! We miss you both but so far have managed to make it thru the weekend without you. You also seem to be managing just fine! All of Maincat's games on Saturday were cancelled except for one Lacrosse game, due to rain. Sunday's weather was gorgeous so we got all lawns cut and Ben had his lacrosse game..they won! We then went to the Murray's basketball party and everyone was talking about Costa Rica and how much fun you are going to have..even Nick said he wishes he was there again! We all love and miss you..talk to you soon! Mom
Karen 2:10AM 04/16/12

The St. Mary's School's 8th graders Prepare for their Big Adventure!

April 05, 2012

St. Mary's 8th Graders of Hyde Park in Cincinnati

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!

Tags: costa rica , osa peninsula , rainforest study , student travel

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I am sure everyone is excited about the upcoming departure -- may it be a great experience for everyone!
Tracy M 8:41AM 04/09/12
Wishing everyone a marvelous trip and experience!
Tracy M 8:40AM 04/09/12

Friday March 30- Our last day: Community Service

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Proud of our WHHS students. Can't wait to have you all home. Talent show? Good time, John, to exercise those yodeling skills! Worth lugging the lederhosen to CR, aye? Be sure to thank your chaperones for bringing you back in one piece and with no extra critters in your luggage. I mean it.
Hallinans 7:03PM 03/30/12

March 28 update from John and Peter

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.

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Lincoln! you are the light of my life.... You are SO BRAVE for doing all this... I LOVE YOU :)
Sooz McCafferty 12:20PM 03/30/12
Thanks for the color commentary! Clearly, you are seeing and doing some interesting things and having a lot of fun at the same time.
Stephanie Thomson 9:25AM 03/30/12

Day 3 - Creeking and riding in the Rainforest

March 27, 2012

In the Corcovardo Forest with a primeval Ceiba Tree.

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.

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were the lemons in the wash baskets or did Frannie just have some wishful thinking?! Lol!
Perkins Arnhurst 2:04AM 03/29/12
We love reading about your adventures, and you all look great! Have fun, and be safe. Love you, Lincoln!
Sharon Smith 11:40AM 03/27/12
Hey guys...sounds like you are having a blast. Glad Dantino was up for visitors this year again. How many poison dart frog legs does it take to make a meal? and did you all live? Sleep tight...don't let the scorpions bite!
Da' Browns 10:06AM 03/27/12

Day 4

March 27, 2012

Creeking.

Creeking.

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.

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We are glad you are really have a great time there and enjoy your time and we enjoying all the picture of your class I know you all have a blast
stanley sr 10:27AM 03/28/12
In the words of your fave band, can't wait to look at those photographs. I'm sure you have some great ones. You look like you are in your element. Hope you are keeping cool and swimming a lot. People often write about their one of a kind experiences in journals, hint hint. BTW, we ran into Alice and family down here, so we have tech support until you return.
Barbara Hallinan 9:58AM 03/28/12
So many adventures so little time....sorry you are having rain, but glad it's not stopping the fun. Austin, the tilapia missed you last night, but don't worry, they weren't exactly jumping into the boat. Say hello to Adonis and Marvin for me!
Da' Browns 9:29AM 03/28/12
Sounds very interesting! Can't wait to hear about the monkeys. I hope you are getting enough to eat. We miss your constant trips to the pantry and fridge!
Stephanie Thomson 9:26AM 03/28/12
Anjele, it is so amazing what you are experiencing right now. I'm so proud that you were given the opportunity to experience this adventure. I can't wait to see all your pictures and read your journal entries. Continue to have fun and enjoy!!!!!!! Mom
Melanie Larkin 7:16AM 03/28/12

Walnut Hills High School Arrive in Costa Rica

March 25, 2012

The Walnut Hills students at Domilocos in Dominical, Costa Rica.

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! 

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Anjele we are very glad your having a great time there by the looks of this picture that you and all of your student are enjoying this great adventure of a life time wishing you all the best fun there waiting on more pictures and a great story line to tell us all how you all like your trip so far.
Stanley Larkin SR 9:59PM 03/25/12
Looks like you all are having fun! Have a great time!
Stephanie Thomson 4:30PM 03/25/12
The smile on my grand-daughter's, Anjele, face shows that she is having the time of her life. I can't wait until she comes home to tell me all about her adventure.
Patricia Stewart 3:59PM 03/25/12
I hope everyone has a great time.
George Stewart 3:58PM 03/25/12
Have a wonderful time WHHS........Keep us posted!
Melanie Larkin 3:57PM 03/25/12
Pura Vida WHHS!! Wish I could be there with you. Have a great trip. Keep us posted on your adventures. Mark & Susan
Mark Celsor 1:12PM 03/25/12