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September is full of other outdoor opportunities, especially at our many outstanding state park and reservoir properties, where INShape DNR Days are scheduled for Sept. 6 and 7.
If you’re already really in shape, tackle the Mighty Mississinewa Triathlon, Sept. 13, at Mississinewa Reservoir.
That same day, you can test your skills during Wilderness Survival Day at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area.
A week later is the annual Tri-Kappa Candlelight Tour of the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park, as well as Fall Harvest Camping Weekend at Shades State Park and the Falls Fossil Festival at Falls of the Ohio State Park.
Several DNR fish-and-wildlife areas and reservoir properties will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 20 or 27. National Public Lands Day will be recognized Sept. 13, at Brown County State Park and on Sept. 27, at Potato Creek and Turkey Run state parks, and Raccoon Lake State Recreation Area.
Come October, we don’t slow down.
On Oct. 11, O’Bannon Woods State Park will have another Caver’s Extreme Day, an opportunity to crawl through three caves in one day.
The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival runs Oct. 10-19, and autumn camping weekend events are planned at Mississinewa, Salamonie, Patoka Lake, Spring Mill, Monroe Lake, Clifty Falls, McCormick’s Creek and elsewhere.
It reminds me of a line in that old Statler Brothers tune, “Flowers on the Wall” that goes “Now don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do.”
Robert E. Carter, Jr.