Learning To Enjoy the Oklahoma Outdoors
The weekend Dianne, Dylan and I ventured up to OKC to attend the 2005 Wildlife Expo put on by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
The OKC Outdoor Network (blog) got their members to loan out their kayaks and canoes, plus sent out volunteers to help newbies get a taste of paddle sport. The kids seemed to love it!
The expo is put on to introduce Oklahoman's, especially young folks, to the great fun to had in the great outdoors of Oklahoma. With the help of an army of volunteers, they gave demonstrations, lectures and hands-on training in fly fishing, archery, kayaking, tracking, trapping, rock climbing, Bow Hunting, mountain biking, paintball, novel camping supplies and loads more stuff. I got a fun lesson on making fire the old fashioned way...with friction.
Since the event was free, the lines were long...real long, but we waited patiently. Dylan got some bait casting tips and a great intro to archery. There is a movement afoot to start teaching archery in our public schools and I for one hope it is successful.
On the downside, I didn't manage to get that fly fishing lesson I was hoping for and they canceled the Atlatl throwing for safetly reasons. I was looking forward to the atlatl demonstration, so it was interesting to hear about them and see the models they brought. However, I would much rather chunk one than get a lecture.
Next year, I think I'm going to study the schedule a little closer and try to make it to more of the coolest demonstrations.