From Xplor for Kids
December 2010 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Dec 01, 2010

Snowflakes fluttered down as the Krumm family launched their canoes into the Current River.

Ice skimmed the river’s edges, and icebergs of snow swirled in eddies. Despite the chilly weather, the Krumms were toasty. Under their life jackets, they wore layers of fleece, heavy coats and coveralls. They liked canoeing in winter. It was pretty, and they had the river all to themselves. They saw mink and beavers. A bald eagle soared overhead.

The next day, Amber and her dad swamped their canoe. Amber’s life jacket kept her afloat, but the icy water took her breath away. Both she and her dad scrambled quickly to shore to change into dry clothes. It didn’t take long until they were warm again.

That evening, the Krumms camped on a gravel bar. The kids gathered lots of wood and helped build a warm, roaring fire. They made lasagna in a Dutch oven and toasted marshmallows for s’mores. Even with sleeping pads, the ground under their tents was bumpy and uncomfortable. But, worn out from a fun day of paddling, the kids slept like rocks.

Despite the dunking, the kids agreed it had been a spectacular adventure. Taking a winter float trip has been a fun family tradition for the Krumms ever since.

For winter camping tips, paddle over to www.xplormo.org/node/10545.

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Frozen Moments

It takes an extreme photographer to capture extreme wildlife. Fortunately, Nop Paothong has the eye of an eagle and the stubbornness of a Missouri mule. Follow Nop’s advice to take great eagle photos.

You Discover

Get out to discover nature coming and going. Here are a few ideas to keep you outside in December and January.

Let's Go Rabbit Hunting!

Earlier that morning, Kelsey and her sister, Lindsey Jo, pull on their rabbit-hunting clothes. Rabbits love briars and brambles. To avoid getting chewed up, the girls tug on thick jeans and boots.

The 8 "Ates"

How do animals tolerate the winter weather that refrigerates the Show-Me State? Humans can relocate to cozy homes and wait for temperat ures to moderate. Wild critters aren’t so fortunate. It’s their fate to operate in winter’s freezing climate. But, wait. Animals have eight great traits to help them compensate.

Outdoor Christmas

Check out these holiday goodies to get you outside.

Xplor More: It's Time to Make Snow Ice Cream

Need a good way to refuel after a long day of playing in the snow? Make some snow cream. Just follow the recipe below to make this easy, yummy treat.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole Leclair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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