Somewhere a river is moving swiftly as it nudges closer to a waterfall, a campground is alive with the sound of campers as they tug at tent poles and prepare campsites, wild creatures are moving about in the remote areas of the wooded terrain, and hiking trails are covered with leaves and footprints of those who have passed by. Somewhere in the natural state a place known as Blanchard Springs is filled with the sounds of nature as campers sleep and creatures stir.
On February 25-27, 2005 a group of curious and very excited campers from the South Central Service Cooperative made the journey to “somewhere.” Blanchard Springs became the adventure land for these travelers as they experienced the sites and sounds of the area. Cooking out, checking out the scenery, hiking the trails, and visiting the caverns took several days, with a side trip to Mammoth Springs State Park taking a part of Saturday.
Those who love photography were treated to a nonstop array of beautiful scenery. Looking for wildlife? Deer and raccoons were visitors to the campsites, while the sound of coyotes could be heard during the night. Interested in a little dose of history? The story of the founding of Blanchard Caverns was of interest to everyone. Want to check out the underground? A tour of the caverns was a perfect way to see the other part of Blanchard Springs…the underground world of creatures and beautiful formations that boggled the mind.
Did we have a great time? Yes, we did. Did we learn new information to share with our students? Definitely!