Halloween 2010

2010-11-06T18:56:55.72-07:00

So I meant to put this up on Monday, but its been such a crazy week that it just didn't happen. Anyway... everybody celebrates Halloween a little differently. I tend to shy away from the slutty drinky end of the spectrum and go towards the spooky and enjoying nature end. I usually travel down to Indian Caves State park, where there are lots of Halloween events and trick-or-treaters that visit the campsites. This year was especially fun since I brought my puppy along with me!
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First thing is first.. Jack-O-Lanterns must be carved and placed to prevent wicked spirits from invading the campsite.

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Guard dog is optional but recommended if you have one.

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Not very many people in the other sites this year. Probably because Halloween fell on a Sunday, the year it was on Friday the camps were stuffed.

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The campsites at Indian Caves are nicely nestled in the woodlands, the actual area is a kind of gulley or dingle you drive down into.

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This is the area behind the tent. At night you could hear deer and other animals (mostly squirrels) running around and scavenging. The last night a young buck was scrapping its antlers on the trees which was a bit unnerving.

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Campsite at night. I just got the mesh pavilion kind of tent recently and now I can't imagine how I camped without it. Keeps all the kitchen gear and the like out of the direct open and makes a nice little sitting area.

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I am pretty happy with how my pumpkin turned out this year. It looks a lot like the one I did last year.. with reason, the classic design is my favorite. It's all in the grin. 


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Had to go visit the "Indian Cave".I think most people don't even go visit it when they come and camp, and to be honest I can see why seeing as I have only visited it twice out of the many times I have camped there.

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The stairs and railing are to prevent people from running all over it and carving their initials in the stone and the like.

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You can see how effective the preventive measures are; Of course I think they have only been in place for the last decade or two, and there is a ton of carvings from before then.

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The reason it is called "Indian Caves" is that it used to be used as a kind of stopping point along the Missouri for Native Americans traveling along the river to rest, eat, etc. There are some actual petroglyphs in the stone, they are just very hard to find because of all the defacing people have done. There is a little diagram on the railing that shows which ones are real and that you should try and find.

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Here is the actual "cave" structure. It is more of a dent in a hillside, but damn in Nebraskans don't have much for natural wonders so we are calling this a cave.

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At one end of the cave is a naturally formed chimney that the Native Americans and the settlers that came after them used to cook and dry meat.

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You see this at a lot of American natural wonders made of soft stone. I remember visiting cave sites in Nevada and Utah and they had similar problems...

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After visiting the cave it was time for a little nature hike. This hill is a lot steeper than this picture shows...

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Toshiro had a blast.

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There was a pretty decent view at the top of the trail. I don't know what that road is used for.. I know that their used to be a town that was re-located when the Missouri was diverted by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, but I don't know if this road was to it or not.

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One of the reasons I really love this park is all of the great tree's.

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It also attracts some pretty interesting groups. This was a VW Van group that meets here every year.

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On Sunday, the actual day of Halloween the park cleared out.. which was a bit disheartening. I had hoped that people would book the extra night, but there was only my campsite and two others that stayed in the whole area.

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Hello?

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And then there were these mysterious mounds of dirt that kept popping up overnight... there were new ones every day that I was there. Gophers? Maybe..

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Toshiro got in touch with his wild side a bit. He was digging and chewing on things all weekend.

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In the morning before leaving I like to take a drive through the park and take pictures. They have a nice little loop that goes through some of the most interesting areas.

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 In all it was a really fun weekend. I spent most of my time relaxing, coming up with story ideas, and reading "The Sea of Trolls" by Nancy Farmer which had been recommended to me (good book btw). The week before was pretty crazy so it was really good to spend some time outside in the calm of nature. There were a few spooky events. A raccoon came really close to the tent and riled Toshiro up, as well as the deer thing... I tried taking some star pictures because the sky was amazing. None of them turned out though. Normally I would have taken the time to get it figured out... however, as I walked out into the field in the dark I managed to step in a fresh pile of horse shit. The smell.. god the smell.. I could hardly concentrate enough to put up the camera much less fiddle with the settings till I got a good shot. Oh well.. I will bundle up this winter and try with some of the bright winter skies.

Hope you had a safe Halloween!



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