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Hot Fun in Summer Sun July – Cookouts, Swimming, Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks! I love all of these things and I especially love a good fireworks show. My Family and I will attend every show in the area that we can find and this year there are three that will take place on separate days. The first one in this area is actually on June 30. Now I know that this is a July magazine but it should be out a couple of days before the end of June and hopefully you’ll read this in time. Cumberland City’s “Lighting Up the Cumberland” will kick off at 10 a.m. with festivities throughout the day ending with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. On July 3 you can visit the City of Clarksville’s Independence Day Celebration, featuring music and fireworks on the banks of the Cumberland River at McGregor Park. Festivities start at 5 p.m. with fireworks at dark. On July 4th you can start your day at the USAA Independence Day Carnival on Fort Campbell. The carnival will open at 1 p.m. At 5 p.m. the 101st Rock Band will start the festivities with a concert leading into the Division ceremony portion followed by the 101st Rock Band again. There will be an incredible Fireworks show at dark. For the rest of the month, we offer you information on trips to nearby zoos, farmer’s markets and Music City getaways. You can “Beat the Heat” with Outdoor Recreation Adventure Programs and then at the end of the month – start getting ready to send the kids back to school. Whatever you decide to do this month – make sure to stay hydrated and use plenty of sunscreen. Enjoy July!

Editor CynDe Clack

CynDe Clack, Editor mwrlifeeditor@fortcampbellmwr.com

Contributors

Eden Barnett William D. Corlew III Mignon Deason Charlene Frasher Tara Goodson Lynn Laws Jessica Ryan Gary Swalve Lisa Taylor William Vallee, III

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Plan to celebrate Independence Day at the USAA and MWR Carnival and Fireworks show.

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Animal Adventures in Kentucky and Tennessee

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Water, Water, Water

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2012 4th of July Celebration

12 Does Learning Stop?

Regardless of age, learning never ceases but continually progresses.

14 Lady Riders

More women are catching the fever to ride.

18 Healthy Habits by Char

A harvest of information about the "farmer" at the farmers market.

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18 Farmers Markets in Middle TN and KY

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20 Cooking Tips from Chef Jon Ashton

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Disclaimers: Fort Campbell’s MWR Life Magazine is a monthly magazine produced by the Fort Campbell MWR Marketing Department under the authority of AR 215-1. Facilities and activities publicized are open to authorized patrons.The mention or appearance of commercial advertisers, commercial sponsors and/or their logos does not constitute endorsement by the Federal Government. The information in this issue is current at the time of publication; activities and events are subject to change. MWR Marketing is located at 5663 Screaming Eagle Blvd, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. For more information, call 270-798-7535 or log on to www.fortcampbellmwr.com. 24 hr. event line - 270-798-3172 www.facebook.com/fortcampbellmwr

Here are some farmers market locations for you to visit.

This month, we're sharing some cooking tips to help make cooking easy and enjoyable.

21 Meeting Challenges Head On

Read how the Edmund Family has thrived as a military Family.

22 Shopping for the School Year

Are you ready for the kids to go back to school?

24 Getting the Best Bang...I Mean Shot - for Your Buck

If you are thinking about purchasing a new digital camera, consider these current cameras on the market.

25 Hometown Hero

SPC Lance Christie competes in the IMCOM Best Warrior competition.

29 Beat the Heat

It's time to dust off the paddles, prepare the boats, and take the summer plunge.

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2012 4th of July Celebration

Spotlight on MWR

by Eden Barnett The time for the yearly Carnival during the week of the 4th of July is once again upon us. An always popular event, it is a great place to bring your friends, Family, and children out to the Division Parade Field for some great midway food, rides, and of course the 4th of July fireworks display. Belle City Amusements is bringing all the fun starting from Tuesday July 3rd and ending Saturday July 7th. Tuesday July 3rd has been designated this year as Dollar Day, where it only costs you a dollar to ride each ride. Each ticket for rides is only one dollar and

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each ride, no matter what it is, only costs you one ticket. There will be no wrist bands or discounted ticket sheets available that day. According to Catherine Walker, Special Events Manager, this is the best day to bring your kids out to ride all of the fair rides. Walker explains, “Very rarely is it crowded this day, so it’s a great afternoon or evening to come out and bring the little kids to ride the small rides when they’re just a dollar a piece.” Wednesday July 4th is of course the big day for the carnival with lots of things happening. The carnival opens for the day at 1 p.m. to provide lots of time for people to enjoy the afternoon with rides and food. All day arm bands for rides cost $25 and discount ticket sheets are available for $20 for 25 tickets. If you’re going to be attending the fireworks display it is also a good idea to get there a little earlier in the evening to take advantage of witnessing the welcoming ceremony, the parachute demonstration team, the posting of the colors and the national anthem, as well as a band concert provided by the 101st Band beginning at 5p.m. All of this ends in a fireworks display as it gets dark, usually around

9p.m. Walker also suggests coming early for inclement weather purposes. She suggests, “If there is any information I can get out to folks it is to come out a little early, because weather permitting, or weather contingent, we have had to shoot the fireworks off early before because of incoming weather.” The outstanding fireworks display held every year is not something that you want to miss, so plan to come out and enjoy yourself. The Carnival is also open Thursday July 5th through Saturday July 7th to provide entertainment for the whole weekend. During these days an all-day arm band for rides is $20 or you could still get discount ticket sheets for $20 for 25 tickets. No matter what day you choose

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to ride the rides, planning ahead and thinking about the needs of your Family before deciding

on how many tickets to buy is a good idea. If you’re going to be there all day, the arm band is the best deal. Walker explains, “All minors need to be accompanied by an adult, and one of the things I’d like to get out there, especially parents of young children, is to go walking through the carnival before they buy anything and see how many rides that they can physically ride. Belle City Amusements will be bringing ten children’s rides, however, there are safety standards for the height. You don’t want to go buy a wrist band and find out that your child can only ride two rides because of their size. The restrictions are safety restrictions and need to be adhered to, so it is very beneficial to go walk around and see, one, what your kids can ride, and, two, what they “want” to ride, because they might not want to ride certain things. Then make the best choice for your Family at that point.” All ride ticket purchases are non refundable. If an adult is riding with their child, then the adult will also need to have

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tickets for their own seat. Planning your day out is the key for a safe and enjoyable time. Belle City Amusements has been providing the entertainment for this carnival for the past several years, and they plan to bring 15 major adult rides, 10 children’s rides, 6 food concession stands, and 20 skill games. If you would like to take a look at their individual rides or history you can find their information at www.bellecityamusements.com. There will also be an ATM that they provide in case you forget to bring cash. The location of the carnival, the Division Parade Field, is on the corner of Desert Storm Ave and 47th Street. You can also get to it by traveling down A Shau Valley Road until it dead ends into 47th Street. The Division Parade Field is also #71 on the map of Fort Campbell located in this magazine. Parking will be available in various parking lots surrounding the area. No glass bottles, cans, pets, outside food and beverages or personal weapons will be permitted. Walker also wanted to remind people to stay safe, hydrated, and wear sunblock, especially on the 4th of July. She states, “Bring a blanket, sit on the field, have a great time, brought to you by MWR. Thank you to our Title Sponsor USAA; our Premier Sponsors University of Phoenix and Fort Campbell Credit Union; our Preferred Beverage of Choice Sponsor Ideal Distributing, Budweiser of Clarksville; and sponsors Mathews Nissan/Garland Nissan and Griller's Choice.

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Friday, July 6th

4 p.m. to midnight

Skill Games

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Off the Beaten Path

Animal Adventures in Kentucky and Tennessee by Jessica Ryan You do not have to travel far away to explore the jungle, see the Australian outback or go on a wildlife safari adventure. Kentucky and Tennessee offer several opportunities for Family friendly zoo trips. Whether you would like to stay in the local area or take a day trip to a nearby town, be sure to check out these fun destinations. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Address: 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until October 13) Cost: Adults and teens, $11; children 2 to 12, $8; children under 2, free; seniors 65+, $10 Top Attractions: Many animals including cougars, giraffes, elephants, zebras, flamingos and snowy owls. Notable exhibits include the Jungle Gym, the largest community-built playground in the country, and the Grassmere Historic Home. www.nashvillezoo.org Tennessee Safari Park Address: 637 Conley Road, Alamo, TN Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: Adults and teens, $12; children 2 to 12, $8; children under 1, free Top Attractions: Drive-thru safari tour with over 400 animals representing 80 different species in sight. www.tennesseesafaripark.com Memphis Zoo Address: 2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until October 27) Cost: Adults and teens, $13; children 2 to 12, $8.50; children under 2, free; seniors 60+, $12 Top Attractions: Home to 3,500 animals including the famous giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le. Notable exhibits include the African Veldt, Once Upon a Farm, Teton’s Trek, Cat Country, Primate Canyon and the Northwest Passage. Touted as one of the top 5 zoos in the nation. The Memphis Aquarium, with over 156 species of marine and freshwater organisms, is also located here. www.memphiszoo.org

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Kentucky Down Under Address: 3700 L & N Turnpike Road, Horse Cave, KY Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until August 9); 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (August 10 to October 31) Cost: Adults and teens 15 to 61, $14; children 5 to 14, $8; children 4 and under, free; Active Duty Soldiers with ID, free Top Attractions: The Outback Walkabout tour, the Kentucky Caverns tour, Land of Lories, Camp Corroboree, Bird Garden and Woolshed Sheep Station. www.kdu.com Louisville Zoo Address: 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until Labor Day); June and July evening hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: General admission for adults 12 to 59, $13.95; children 3 to 11, $10.50; children 2 and under, free; seniors 60+, $10.50. Adventure Ticket Package (includes (1) 4-D Theater ticket, unlimited carousel rides, (1) ticket to Dinosaurs! and ZooTram Shuttle) for adults, $25.95; children and seniors, $22.95. Military Discount: Free admission for Active Duty Soldiers with military ID and 10% discount for military dependents Top Attractions: Over 1,300 animals including gorillas, lions, tigers, penguins, and pygmy hippos.

Notable exhibits include Islands, Glacier Run, Gorilla Forest, Lorikeet Landing and Tiger Tundra. www.louisvillezoo.org Knoxville Zoo Address: 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Adults and teens 13 to 64, $19.95; children 2 to 12, $15.95; children 2 and under, free; seniors 65+, 15.95. Military Discount: Anyone currently on active duty will receive free admission and their immediate Family will receive 50% off admission when they show their Military ID at the ticket window. Top Attractions: Home to about 800 animals including Khaleesi, the 19-month old Komodo dragon who recently relocated from Zoo Atlanta. Other notable exhibits include the Red Panda Village, Stokely African Elephant Preserve, Bloomin’ Butterfly Gardens, Clayton Family Kids Cove and Wee Play Zoo, an interactive exhibit where children can dress up and pretend to work at the zoo. www.knoxville-zoo.org Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park Address: 301 North Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Adults and teens 13 to 64, $8.95; children 3 to 12, $5.95; children ages 2 and under, free; seniors 65 to 74, $6.95; seniors 75+, free (for 2012 only) Military Discount: Half-priced admission for Active Duty Soldiers with Military ID Top Attractions: The Himalayan Passage, home to the zoo’s red pandas, Gombe Forest, Corcovado Jungle, Walkin’ the Tracks and Warner Park Ranch. www.chattzoo.org Note:Discounted tickets for the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Memphis Zoo and Kentucky Down Under can be purchased through Leisure Travel Services. For more information, please call (270) 798-7436 or visit their office in The Exchange mall.

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Families in Motion

Water, Water, Water by CynDe Clack Woo-hoo, it’s July! By now, you should be seeing your flowers bloom and depending on what you planted, you may be harvesting your vegetables. I hope you found a swimsuit in that bottom drawer because you’ll need it this month. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a swim suit – just wear some shorts and a t-shirt. This is supposed to be for fun; not fashion. All you have to do is walk through the toy section of a local department store to see that there are dozens of water toys available. If you want to go buy some of these toys, you can - but you don’t have to. There’s plenty of fun to be had with what you already have at home. I found this idea on the TLC website and it sounds like a lot of fun! You’ll need an old garden hose (the leakier the better), a hammer, a nail, a roll of duct tape, and a stopwatch (if you want to time the game). Help your child use the hammer and nail to make holes every few inches down the length of the water hose. Put the hammer and nail away when you’re finished so nothing else gets

punctured (like bare feet). Attach the hose to an ordinary outdoor water spigot and turn the water on. Now comes the hard part. It’s your child’s assignment to try and repair the hose with duct tape while water is gushing out the holes. It’s nearly impossible to duct-tape the holes shut but it is great fun to try! Use a stopwatch or set a timer for another element of excitement. So that you don’t feel guilty about the water you’re using – throw in a car wash (or bicycle/tricycle wash) once in a while. Just a bucket of warm soapy water and some clean rags are all you need. Be sure to rinse all suds off of the car completely and if you accidently drop the sponge or cloth on the ground, don’t pick it back up and use on the car unless you rinse it well first. (Small bits of debris can stick to the wet sponge or cloth and you’ll scratch up your paint.) All ages of kids can help with the car wash as long as Mom, Dad or an older sibling is watching them. Keep up the good work in your flower beds and gardens. They’re looking beautiful!

A Music City Getaway

Adventure Time

by Charlene Frasher and Mignon Deason

Nashville, Tennessee has long been known as the home of Country Music and fondly referred to as Music City. With so many options for entertainment, it can be hard to decide where to start. Gaylord Entertainment is a leading hospitality and entertainment company in the industry offering well known lodging such as the Opryland Hotel, but let us tell you what else they offer that you may not know.

We begin with their most popular location, The Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This magnificent resort is Nashville’s must-see hotel. The hotel boasts flawless service, luxurious rooms, critically heralded entertainment and some of the most fabulous botanical gardens, right in the hotel. There is an abundance of things to do and see. You can take a flatboat river ride through the gardens, dine at ten different restaurants, shop, or just relax with a beverage at the nine bars or lounges. If you want to pamper yourself, the Relache Spa is a full service salon and spa. There is also the fitness center and pools to enjoy during your stay. The hotel is located next door to the fabulous Opry Mills Mall complex with an abundance of shopping and dining. Also located next to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is the Grand Ole Opry. This is a legendary Nashville show that has been around for nearly 100 years. The Grand Ole Opry started as a radio show featuring bluegrass, country and gospel music each week. It came into the modern era with a premiere on television in the 1950’s. The original show was held at was the historic Ryman Auditorium, which was previously a church, located in downtown Nashville. The seating was all church pews and the setup remains the same to this day. The Grand OIe

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Opry show is now at its home in a more modern venue next door to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel offering more seating and a larger stage. Shows are typically two to three hours long with a variety of performers from bluegrass, country and gospel as well as the Opry Square Dancers and Band. Shows are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. It is one of Country Music’s highest honors for a performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and even being invited to perform on the show is held in high regard to the artists. Recent artists to perform on the stage are Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker and Martina McBride. Show line-ups are produced on a week to week basis; contact Leisure Travel Services for more information regarding shows and to book reservations. Gaylord Entertainment also offers the General Jackson Showboat as a great leisure choice. The General Jackson is one of the largest showboats in the country offering midday and evening cruises with scrumptious meals and outstanding shows aboard the Music City Queen while you cruise on the Cumberland River in Nashville. The midday cruise offers a southern style buffet meal with the show featuring Steve Hall and Shotgun Red sure to have you laughing all day. The evening cruise features a more elegant served meal of succulent braised short ribs with mouth watering sides, salad and dessert. The show for 2012 – Heart of Tennessee, A Musical Journey - features a trip across the great state of Tennessee with music and dance numbers from Country, Gospel, Bluegrass and Soul representing all three regions of the state. This is a fabulous show that is sure to please everyone in your party. The Music City Queen is also available every football season for a

tailgate cruise to Tennessee Titans home games. Park at the Gaylord Opryland dock for free, and they will give you a ride down to LP Field where they will drop you off. Of course they will feed you along the way with their delicious brunch and dessert buffets. Did you know that another property

of Gaylord Entertainment is the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville? The Wildhorse Saloon opened its doors in 1994. The history of the World Famous Wildhorse Saloon began with country superstar Reba McEntire herding a stampede of live cattle through the streets of Music City. The cattle were herded down Second Avenue and past the front doors of the newly opened club. Since then, the Wildhorse has continued to capture the interest of visitors with its award-winning menu, unique attractions and one-of-a-kind capabilities. A wide variety of performances have graced the stage, recent artists include Rick Springfield, Jake Owen, Sister Hazel, the B-52’s, Hanson, Jo Dee Messina, 38 Special and Cinderella. A complete schedule for future performances can be found on their website. The saloon has won various awards from the Best Place to Dance to Nightclub of the Year. Gaylord Opryland hotel even offers a shuttle exclusive to their hotel guests to and from the Saloon. With all that Gaylord Entertainment has to offer, MWR Leisure Travel Services can easily put together a package with discounts to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Grand Ole Opry Show, General Jackson Showboat and Ryman Auditorium Museum tours. For more information, stop by MWR Leisure Travel Services located in the Exchange Mall or call us at (270) 798-7436/0509 – we are here to help you plan your Music City getaway!

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Higher Education:

Train your Brain

Does Learning Stop? by William D. Corlew, III

The great French playwright and actor, Jean Baptiste Poquelin, Moliere, wrote, “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” These life challenges and accomplishments mark our ability to become respectable individuals within society, add depth to our character, and either give us shared bonds or make us more competitive for success. As infants, we generally learn to first crawl and then walk. Then there is Sweet-Sixteen and for most of us, the age that we are able to receive our driver’s license – our first legal picture ID; and at age eighteen, we are able to vote and typically we graduate from high school. Nevertheless, there is no great achievement without encountering an equally impressive obstacle. In order to progress from crawl to walk, a toddler must have adequate motor skills, parents must have patience, and provide encouragement; and both parent and child experience one fall after another, lots of crying, and numerous missed camera-moments. Finally, after thirteen years of school (if you count kindergarten), after every test, dealing with every teacher, guidance counselor, principal, and Bruno the bully, you accomplish high school graduation. The single word linking all these achievements and obstacles together is: learning. In order to move through one period of time to the next phase of life, one must be able to learn continually in order to reach success. The question to bear is, “Does learning stop?” In the military, you face daily obstacles that involve learning as well as considerable time for preparation. Rarely can a new recruit score 300-points on their physical fitness test (PT). In many cases it may take years of training and conditioning to accomplish such - or birthdays that progress your raw score into a different category. In order to become the Soldier of the Month and compete for Soldier of the Year, it takes countless hours studying, preparing, training, and perhaps a little luck. You never know the exact question that board members may ask and you never really know just how well your competitors prepared. However, you can’t trust your future and current success

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on just your age or just luck. You must continually learn and prepare adequately to become effectively competitive regardless of your age or current career status. Therefore, the career that was hot yesterday may only be lukewarm today. This is why higher education means so much more to our generations today than it did for our parents and grandparents. If you noticed, I did not mention earlier that higher education can only equal a college degree. In fact, especially for service members, higher education may involve additional certifications or programs that are Civilian equivalent or Civilian transferable; additionally, many colleges and universities accept military courses and give credit toward

completion of various degree programs. For example, according to, Jeff Rose, author of, “Is College Overrated? The Top 18 Highest Paying Jobs with no College Degree,” most notable careers without a college degree are: air traffic controller (does require rigorous testing and background investigation, but no college degree although the field is very competitive); real estate broker, carpenter, photographer, personal trainer, truck driver, salesperson, and emergency medical technician. I’m not suggesting that these are the only fields suitable for service members; nonetheless, these careers easily segue from a military occupational specialty (MOS) and additional duties into transferable Civilian skills. Have you ever lead PT? Do you have a current ‘348 or been given the task of Repairs and Utilities (R&U)? If you find that the college is the path for you, here are a few points to consider. First, devise a list of career features that interest you versus those that are unacceptable and research your areas of interest: look at salary, potential for economic growth, career opportunity, etc. Second, meet with an education or career counselor and together brainstorm on degree possibilities; consider time of completion, online learning versus traditional classroom learning, and overall education costs. The process of earning a degree is expensive; investigate both in and out-of-state tuition rates, living expenses or moving costs, college text books and associated media. Third, select a program of study that is flexible with the one, single most important condition of consideration: your interest. Do not go to school to become a medical doctor, if the sight of blood or Ms. Sally’s knees makes you queasy. And lastly, earn your college degree or certification only because it is what you desire; and similar to preparing and completing basic training or earning Air Assault wings, “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it, Moliere.” Remember, learning regardless of age, never ceases but continually progresses.

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Lady Riders

Break Time by Lynn Laws

Do you like the outdoors, the wind and the sun in your face? If the answer is yes, one way to experience this is to ride a motorcycle. I am a lady rider, and have been one for most of my life. Over the years, I have seen more women become riders. When I started riding my own motorcycle; I would see the look on people’s faces and I knew what they were thinking. “Is that a woman driving that motorcycle, I can’t believe it!” It was the feeling of

independence that I felt, and still feel when I ride, that hooked me. Besides the enjoyment I get from riding, I save money riding my bike because gas prices are high these days. Motorcycling is not everyone’s cup of tea; however, it makes me happy to see more women catching the fever. It always surprises me that there is still a mistaken impression that if you ride a motorcycle, then you are in a gang. There are those that do belong to motorcycle clubs - not gangs. Bikers Who Care (BWC), Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and many more clubs participate in helping people, as do riders that do not belong to a club. They ride in toy runs, and various benefit rides like poker runs, to raise money for some cause or another. I ride with the Patriot Guard from time to time, when I can make the rides. It is very satisfying and makes me feel like I am taking part in something Photo courtesy of Appleton Harley-Davidson important, as the PGR Ride for

Veterans that Stood for Us. If anyone decides that they would like to take up riding as a hobby, I would recommend that they take the motorcycle safety course. It is a required course for anyone riding on military installations. I took the course and even though I have been riding a long time, I learned a few things that I did not know. I hope that everyone who operates a motor vehicle keeps safety in mind while they drive. If you ride or plan on joining the ever growing motorcycle enthusiasts please ride safely! Motorcycle Safety Courses Fort Campbell POV & Motorcycle Safety Training Office Bldg 6074 Screaming Eagle Blvd. 270-461-0067 Appleton Harley-Davidson, Rider’s Edge Course, 931.648.1607 Honda-Suzuki-Kawasaki of Hopkinsville, Kentucky Motorcycle Program, 270.885.6108 (All of these courses are Motorcycle Safety Foundation Courses.)

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Engraving Etc. Specialty Store (270) 798-0171 Equipment Rental (Gear-to-Go) (270) 798-6806 Library (R.F. Sink) (270) 798-5729 Veterinary Services (270) 798-3614 Travel & Lodging IHG Hotel (931) 431-4496 IHG Hotel (Satellite Location) (270) 439-2229 Leisure Travel Services Office (270) 798-7436 Miscellaneous Services 101st Airborne Division Headquarters (270) 798-9793 Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (270) 798-8055 Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (270) 798-7161 Commissary (270) 798-3663 Division Parade Field Fisher House (270) 798-8330 Gate 4 Visitor Center & Vehicle Registration (270) 798-5047 Gate 7 Visitor Center & Vehicle Registration (270) 956-4495 In/Out Processing & MWR Public Relations (270) 798-7535 MWR Director (270) 798-9953 MWR Unit Funds & MWR Collections (270) 798-6818 Museum (Don F. Pratt) (270) 798-3215/4986 Wilson Theater (931) 431-3636 The Exchange Airfield Mini Mall/Burger King Green Beans Coffee (270) 640-4614 Community Town Center Class Six (270) 431-3622 Military Clothing Store (270) 798-4212 Pizza Hut Delivery (270) 439-1113 Exchange/Food Court/Mall (270) 439-1841 Exchange Administration Office (270) 439-1846 Firestone (270) 439-1865 Gardner Hills Mini Mal1 (Burger King/Subway) (270) 697-1020 Kentucky Shoppette (24hr gas) (270) 439-1914 KFC & Taco Bell (270) 439-6353 Troop Mini Mall (gas) (270) 431-2410 Tennessee Shoppette (gas) (270) 431-4944

Healthy Habits by Char by Charlene Frasher

Getting to the Root of the Farmers Market

Last month I brought you an article regarding farmers markets. I wrote about local farmers markets and basics on what to look for and what to expect. This month I will bring you a new harvest of information that gets a little bit deeper into the root of the actual “farmer” at the market. If you have gone to a farmers market then you know that some of the stands appear to be set up as mini “supermarkets” complete with the SKU stickers adhered to the produce. I personally bypass these stands and seek out the well seasoned farmer. Perhaps because I grew up

in the country and worked farms as a kid, I am naturally drawn to the rough hands, sun aged skin, well worn wrinkles and country charm. Either way the stands are attached to a source whether it is a farm or another source for inventory. A good way to find out which one suits your needs prior to visiting the market is to research a bit online. While researching last month for local farms I found that I was able to delve a little deeper into where the inventory at the farmers markets were coming from. This is not available at all locations and if you are unable to research online you can always speak with the farmers and/or salesperson directly on location. The website www.picktnproducts.org has an abundance of information regarding farmers markets, seasonal fruits and veggies, as well as tips. Here you can search the specific markets and find links directly to the farms web sites. For example: head to the website above and click on “Farmers Markets” then find the County you are searching for. In this case “Davidson County”, click on “East Nashville Farmers Market” then click the website link. From here you can link up with “Our Farmers”, where you will find a list and links to information regarding Farmers for Produce, Meats and Dairy, Specialties, and even Artisan Crafts and Food. Delvin Farms

is one of the top listed about which you can read more. The link will take you directly to their page where you can learn about the history of the farm, which farmers markets they sell at or even follow their blog and Facebook page. What is great about this particular farm is that they are part of the CSA program “Community Supported Agriculture”. This is a program that offers those without a green thumb or the land to seed a chance to become part of the “Family” by investing into the land and harvest, and in turn, reaping what is sewn. By offering assistance in funding the farm you will receive an overfilled half bushel box of seasonal produce either weekly or every other week, depending on the share you choose. This is a great way to offer you and your Family nutritional support and to give back to the farmers that have tended our great land for generations. The money you spend at local supermarkets for produce may not be as nutritionally sound or as fun as linking up with your local farmer. Spend a day with your Family and check out your local market, sample the harvest and enjoy the social aspect of the event. You won’t be sorry.

Middle Tennessee and Kentucky Farmers Markets Cheatham County Ashland City Farmers Market, 162 County Services Drive, Suite 110, Ashland City, TN Davidson County 12 South Farmers Market, 3000 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN East Nashville Farmers Market, The Turnip Truck Parking Lot, Nashville, TN Forest Hills Farmers Market, The Forest Hills United Methodist Church, Brentwood, TN Nashville F.A.R.M. (5 Locations), Nashville, TN Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN West Nashville Farmers Market, Richland Park, Nashville, TN Woodbine Farmers Market, 384 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN Dickson County Dickson County Farmers Market, 284 Cowan Dr., Dickson, TN White Bluff Farmers and Artisan Market, 52 Graham street, White Bluff, TN Montgomery County Clarksville's Downtown Market, Public Square through June then moving to RiverWalk at McGregor Park, Clarksville, TN Montgomery County Farmers Market, 10th & Commerce St.(behind the L&N Train station), Clarksville, TN Sumner County Gallatin Farmers Market, 132 W. Main Street, Gallatin, TN Hendersonville Farmers Market, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville, TN Warren County Warren County Farmers' Market, City Parking Lot behind Main St., McMinnville, TN Christian County Bradford Square Farmers' Market, 4000 Fort Campbell Blvd, Hopkinsville, KY Hopkinsville-Christian County Downtown Farmers' Market, 9th and Main Streets, Hopkinsville, KY

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Cooking Tips from Chef Jon Ashton We all had such a wonderful time at the Military Spouse Appreciation Week Cooking Show with Chef Jon Ashton that we wanted to share his valuable guidance with everyone else! Last month we shared a few of his recipes. This month, I’d like to share some of his cooking tips. • Haven’t got a toothpick to test your cake’s doneness? No worries! Use a piece of dried spaghetti. You can also use that piece of spaghetti to replace long match sticks to light your candles. • Make sure when you start cooking that your pan is nice and hot. This ensures precise cooking and allows the food to be evenly cooked through. • Burnt food clinging to the bottom of your pan? Add hot water and a dryer sheet to the pan. Let it soak and the burnt crust will lift right off. If that still doesn’t work, add a few cups of water and two tablespoons of baking powder then bring the pan to a boil.

• Preparation is where all the cooking magic begins. Sunday is the perfect day to buy all your vegetables,

This and That by CynDe Clack pre-chop and store in air tight containers. This makes preparing mid-week dinners that much easier. Veggies are the perfect ingredients to throw into stir-fry or to snack on at work. • When chopping herbs, toss a little salt onto the cutting board; it will keep the herbs from flying around. • Washing and drying fresh herbs can be a tedious task. To expedite the process, place herbs in your salad spinner basket. Submerge herbs in water the way you would wash salad greens. Once you have washed them, simply lift the basket out of the dirty water. Fit basket back into base and spin dry. • Don't throw away your stale bread. Brush it with lots of water and place in a hot oven for 10 minutes. It will come out fresh. All of these and more can be found on his website, www.jonashton.com.

“Cooking should be fun. All you need is simple ingredients prepared with love. It’s that easy.” ~ Chef Jon Ashton

Keeping it Together

Meeting Challenges Head-On by Tara Goodson Kelly Edmund is well versed in using the resources available at Fort Campbell. She recently finished an internship at Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program (FAP). When I spoke to Kelly about why she chose to pursue an education in social services, her short answer was she simply wants to help people. The long story is a bit more detailed and speaks to many Families in our community. Five years ago, the Edmund’s welcomed a new member into their Family. But he wasn’t a baby. Xayvier is Kelly’s stepson, just seven months younger than her son, Lawrence Jr. Xayvier is Lawrence Sr.’s son and they have been a part of his life since they found out about him. He lived the first five years of his life with his mother in Louisiana and it was rough, according to Kelly. They saw him several times a year when they went home to visit, but a continuous relationship was hard to build due to the dynamic of the household he was living in. Kelly and Lawrence thought they would be able to provide Xayvier with a stable home environment and on his fifth birthday, he moved into their home. Junior was quick to adapt to having a new brother, but Xayvier had a few reservations. He wasn’t used to going to school regularly, expectations, rules and a regular schedule. To say the first few years were challenging is an understatement. An immediate deployment, being enrolled in college full time and caring for two boys that are exact opposites of each other could bring any Spouse

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down. But Kelly remained positive throughout the journey. Since that day, the Edmunds Family has been through two deployments, start of business school for Lawrence and transitioning to cadre at a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU), undergrad degree completion and enrollment in a master’s degree program. Kelly learned early in her life as a military Spouse to seek out the resources that are available to her Family on Fort Campbell. Junior was already enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) due to a speech delay, so that was one of the first places she went to after Xayvier moved in. The staff at EFMP connected her with Dr. Humberd, a doctor at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH). Dr. Humberd is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and has been a huge proponent for alternate therapies and techniques to assist Xayvier. The progress Xayvier has made while seeing Dr. Humberd and the assistance provided from EFMP has turned his success rate from low to outstanding in almost everything he attempts. He is now reaching his benchmarks in schoolwork and is willing and able to interact with other children in an appropriate manner. Both were issues when he first moved into Kelly’s home. He manages his emotions, and no longer has temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his way; he participates in sports via Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) Youth Sports and sees himself as Junior’s protector (even though he is the younger of the two). While Xayvier plays sports, Kelly said his favorite is the snack that comes after the game is done! The boys, though close in age, have vastly different interests, activities and friends. Junior has been an integral part of welcoming Xayvier into their Family, and Kelly is quick to point out; “Xayvier became my son the

moment he stepped into our house. He follows the same rules and gets the same encouragement. I want my boys to succeed and will do everything I am able to help them along the way.” Kelly was originally pursuing a degree in Nursing at Austin Peay. She opted to change her major two years into it when their Family grew to four members. This was due to the realization that the system failed Xayvier and how heartbroken and frustrated she was trying to help him. Kelly credits her persistence, EFMP, the Family Advocacy Program and the school system here at Fort Campbell along with her positive attitude in making her Family successful. She feels safe as a military Spouse and hopes she can encourage everyone to seek the resources that are available. Kelly thinks word of mouth is the best way to get people involved and active and said “her mouth will be talking” about everything Families can do at Fort Campbell to be successful. Xayvier recently told Kelly that “she is the best step-mom in the whole world” and that tells me the Edmunds are a successful Family.

Family Finances

There we were. We had great seats behind home plate. Our team was up by one run and our closer was coming in to finish ‘em off. It would be the cherry on the top of a perfect day. Then my oldest son turned to me and said “Gee, Dad, summer is almost over. I don’t want to go back to school.” That is when it hit me. The question that will cause every father to lose sleep at the close of the summer: Are we ready for the kids to go back

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to school? No, really, it’s true. So I did what had to be done - I pulled out my cell phone and called my wife. “Honey, are we ready for the kids to go back to school?” She replied (like every loving wife would say), “Are you crazy, you couldn’t wait until I got back down to my seat to ask me that? Don’t worry, I have it all under control” she added. “Ah, an excellent wife! She is far more precious than jewels “, I said with a sigh. The next day we sat down together to go over her plan. “The first thing I do is take an inventory of the supplies I have left over from last year. I then look at how much I spent last year because I always keep the receipts from year to year along with the list that the kids got from their teachers.” “Um” I replied. ” That is a really great idea.” “I always do this with the kids so I can teach them about money” she continued. “I motivate them by telling them the more we can save on school supplies and clothes the better our summer vacation will be.” She showed me how she divided the supplies into separate boxes for each child and set them aside until she gets the new lists from the teachers. She continued. “Next we go through the clothes. You know that the schools on post have a dress code so that really limits our clothes shopping. The Backdoor Boutique helped us out last year but now that you got promoted to SSG we don’t qualify for help anymore” she explained. “I always separate out the clothes that don’t fit anymore, and then we donate them to the Backdoor Boutique” she said with a smile. “So then we go to the store and get the

stuff we need, right?” I asked. “Not quite yet” she replied. “Now I check local stores for sales coming up, and wait for the tax free weekend” she continued. “Tax free weekend, what is that?” I asked. “Most states will have a tax free weekend for school shopping” she explained. It is usually limited to certain items like school supplies, school clothes up to a certain dollar value and computers up to a certain dollar value,” she continued. Then she added, “The tax free weekend should be the first weekend in August and the school lists will come out before that, I hope. I will take advantage of the tax free weekend to make up for the shortfalls in supplies and clothes we need based on the new school lists.” “Is there anything I can do?” I asked. “I want you to make sure the boys have all of the stuff they need for the sports they plan to participate in this year” she replied. “Will do” I said with a gleam in my eye. To make sure I understood her plan I decided to summarize it my own words. “So, you first check for available supplies and clothes at home, you cross level them, then based on open requisitions you go to the stores and fill the open requisitions, taking advantage of the tax free weekend of course.” “Uh, I… guess you could put it that way” she replied with a bewildered look. “Wow, you sure do have this under control” I said. “I think I am going to put you in for an Impact Award! How does dinner and a movie sound?” I asked eagerly. “I already have it scheduled” she said with a smile. “We will be going to Edwards downtown, and then on to a musical at The Roxy.” “Well” I replied a little perplexed. “If that is what you want, let’s do it, you deserve it!”

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Getting the Best Bang... I Mean Shot - for your Buck

Tech World by Jessica Ryan

The camera also has a 4x (28-112 mm focal length) optical zoom and a 3” LCD screen. Its shooting features include Smart AUTO mode, high-speed burst mode, and 26 creative scene shooting modes. The Canon Powershot ELPH 100 HS is also equipped with 1080 pixel high definition (HD) capabilities.

As a novice photographer, I understand the value of a good digital camera. Luckily, as digital technology continues to advance, I learned that you do not need an expensive digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera to capture high quality images. In fact, most compact digital cameras, or simply known as point-and-shoot cameras, can produce images comparable to high-priced DSLR cameras. If you are thinking about purchasing a new digital camera, consider these current cameras on the market: Canon Powershot ELPH 100 HS The Exchange Price: $179 The 12.1 megapixel Canon Powershot ELPH 100 HS is Canon’s first compact camera with a CMOS sensor, a light sensor which allows cameras to capture clearer images in low-lighting situations. Combined with Canon’s HS System and DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the camera captures images in low-lit settings without using flash and lowers background noise, or grain, in dark pictures.

Price (the exchaNge) megaPixelS zoom focal leNgth lcd ScreeN Size touch ScreeN Video PixelS Photo ShootiNg modeS Number of SceNe modeS iN-camera editiNg Weight Size (iNcheS)

Nikon Coolpix S6100 The Exchange Price: $199 The 16 megapixel Nikon Coolpix S6100 boasts a 7x (28-196 mm focal length) wide-angle, optical zoom and 3” LCD touch screen. Its easy-to-use touch screen and user-friendly interface allows users to edit, retouch and add creative filters to images without uploading them to a computer image editing program. For those who do not possess the “magic touch,” the camera also comes with a stylus tool for screen navigation. The Nikon Coolpix S6100 comes standard features like Auto Mode as well as 20 scene shooting modes. Additionally, it is equipped with 720 pixel HD capabilities and optical stabilization which will prevent users from taking blurry shots. The Coolpix S6100’s real advantage over its competitors is its touch screen, but the touch screen is not everyone’s preference. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 The Exchange Price: $149.99 The 16.1 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-H70 has some similarities to the Nikon Coolpix S6100, but at a considerably lower cost. Like the Coolpix S6100, the Cybershot DSC-H70 has a 3” LCD screen and video

capabilities up to 720 pixel HD. However, unlike the Nikon Coolpix S6100, this camera has a 10x (25-250 mm focal length) optical zoom and does not come with a touch screen. Its unique shooting features include Intelligent Auto and Program modes. In addition, it has 11 scene shooting modes such as the sweep panorama feature, and face detection mode which shows when subjects are blinking and smiling at the camera. Overall, for its price, the camera produces high quality images for automatic shooting. Samsung WB700 The Exchange Price: $179 The 14 megapixel Samsung ECWB700 beats its competitors by possessing an impressive 18x (24-432 mm focal length) optical zoom and a 1.3x Smart Zoom which extends the camera’s total zoom range to 24x. In other words, for a compact camera, it has a very powerful zoom. The Samsung WB700 also boasts a 3” LCD screen, 720 pixel HD video capabilities with zoom noise reduction, and optical image stabilization to prevent blurry images from low-lit situations or unsteady hand grips. Its shooting features include Smart Auto and 17 photo and 4 movie shooting modes. Unlike most compact cameras, the Samsung WB700 also has Manual, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, and Program shooting modes. This means that users have more control over their shooting settings. The camera also has a Smart Filter component where users can retouch and add creative, artistic filters to their pictures. Overall, the Samsung WB700 offers a lot of features for a compact camera. For more information and the latest prices, please check the electronics section in The Exchange.

Cannon Powershot ELPH 100 HS

Nikon Coolpix S6100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70

Samsung WB700

$179 12.1 4x 28-11mm 3 inches no 1080

$199 16 7x 28-196mm 3 inches yes 720

$149.00 16.1 10x 25-250mm 3 inches no 720

$179 14 18x 24-432mm 3 inches no 720

Smart auto, Program, aperture, Priority, Shutter Priority

automatic, Program

intelligent auto, Program

Smart auto, Program, manual aperture Priority, Shutter Priority

26 no 4.3 ounces 3.7 x 0.8 x 2.2

20 yes 6.2 ounces 3.9 x 1.1 x 2.3

11 yes(limited) 5.8 ounces 4 x 1.1 x 2.3

17(Photo) 4(Video) yes 5.6 ounces 4.1 x 1 x 2.3

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Hometown Hero

Fort Campbell Soldier Shines Bright at Best Warrior Competition by Lisa Taylor

Every year the top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from each of the four regions of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) come together to compete in the IMCOM Best Warrior competition. The IMCOM Best Warrior competition is designed to test a Soldier’s warrior skills in a realistic and challenging environment, and examines not only the physical aspect but the Soldier’s written and oral skills as well. Fort Campbell Soldier SPC Lance Christie, who is a 15R Apache maintainer and the current Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) President, had the honor of competing to represent the Atlantic Region in this year’s competition. MWR Life: How did you get selected to compete in the IMCOM Atlantic Region Best Warrior competition? SPC Christie: I was nominated by SGM Herndon to represent the Garrison. I competed against another Soldier to win the honor of

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representing Fort Campbell at this year’s competition. MWR Life: What did you experience during the competition? SPC Christie: I experienced a lot of things. The competition involved several challenges such as the six mile ruck march, combatives, a day and night land navigation, PT test, marksmanship, written exam, and the military board where we had to go in front of seven sergeants major who test your Army knowledge. It was a very intense environment. Right after completing the ruck march, we were called to complete the next challenge which was a mystery event called the Fit to Win Endurance course, a half mile obstacle course. MWR Life: How did you do in the competition? SPC Christie: I ended up finishing runner –up. I won the majority of the events but the board was worth the most points and I did not do the

best in that category. The Soldier I was competing against for the top spot did better than I did on the board. I did, however, place first in the ruck march competition, PT test, combatives, marksmanship and the Fit to Win Endurance course. MWR Life: How did you prepare for the Best Warrior competition? SPC Christie: I got to experience a lot of training. I got to do combatives with 5th Group which was awesome. I learned a lot of good stuff there. I was rucking every week. I really enjoyed training and preparing for the competition. MWR Life: What were some of the perks of being selected to represent Fort Campbell? SPC Christie: I was fortunate enough to go to the Super Bowl thanks to Bud Adams, the owner of the Tennessee Titans. He gave us 35 tickets and the seats were in the Titans box. The best part of going to the Super Bowl was getting to

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meet Steven Tyler, Danny DeVito, Adam Sandler, Jessica Simpson, John Elway, Joe Theisman, Jim Kelly and Joe Montana. MWR Life: Who was your favorite celebrity? SPC Christie: Steven Tyler, because that guy is crazy! He came in there so excited to see all of us Soldiers. It was off the charts! I was standing there talking to him when next thing you know Entertainment Tonight came in to interview him and he stood there with his arm across my shoulder while he did the interview. It was an awesome experience! MWR Life: If you could do the competition all over again, what is the one thing you would change? SPC Christie: One thing I would change would be to study more for the board. The board had such a bearing on how they chose the winner. If I had been better prepared for the board I definitely could have won. MWR Life: How do you feel the military has helped you become the person you are today? SPC Christie: I have been in or around the military my entire life. My mom was in the Navy and worked at the U.N. for a while and my dad was an Army guy. All my uncles were in the military as well and actually my dad’s brother was SGM Herndon’s sergeant major back when he was a private. My aunts and uncles have all served. It has been a way of life for me. It’s what I know and I love doing it. I think the Army Family as a whole is pretty awesome and it is a good way of life for me. MWR Life: What advice do you have for other single Soldiers? SPC Christie: Well, I know that when you are down there in the trenches you may sometimes

feel underappreciated and wonder how you can make a difference. I encourage all Soldiers to set your sights high and shoot for them. If you believe, you will succeed. Have the desire and motivation to see your goal through until the end. You may be today’s follower, but you can be tomorrow’s leader. Learn as much as you can and before you know it, you will be on the top of the chain. MWR Life: What are your future plans for your military career? SPC Christie: I plan on making the military my career. Right now I am in the process of getting my warrant officer packet together so I can become a pilot. I have always aspired to be a pilot, a big part of that is because of my uncle. I had some great experiences when I was a kid in Germany. My uncle took us up in a Huey with my dad and from then on I always wanted to learn how to fly.

SPC Christie: At this point and time I would have to say SGM Herndon. He is fair and impartial on pretty much everything. He doesn’t give you the answer you want to hear, he gives you the right answer, which is what I really admire about him and it is something that I think is important to give to Soldiers, especially if you are leading. SGM Herndon has taught me a lot as a leader, as a Soldier and even as an individual. He is almost like a father figure to me. I can contact him at any time. He is more than my senior military advisor, I consider him to be a good friend. SPC Christie meets and exceeds the standards set forth by the Army. In line with everything the Army represents, he is a great example of how hard work and dedication can help you achieve all your goals. Young Soldiers like SPC Christie exemplify the best our country has to offer and we are proud to share his accomplishments with you. Be sure to pick up the August issue to see who we will feature as next month’s Hometown Hero.

MWR Life: Who do you look up to as a mentor or who do you think inspires you the most?

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Beat the Heat by William Vallee, III Every winter, Outdoor Recreation (ODR) hangs up the boats, the paddles, and the flotation devices. We pour aloe on our goofy looking life-jacket and sunglass tans. We take one last look at the water and softly cry. During the long winter months, we gaze longingly at the cold lifeless water and just wait. We wait until the snow melts and the water runs warm and high.

be around some cool water. Outdoor recreation has been preparing for this moment for what has felt like a lifetime, and

The wait is finally over… Around this time of year, we emerge from our aquatic hibernation like bears from their caves. The planets align and the smell of outdoor recreation water activities fills the air. I can smell it when I wake up and as I fall asleep. It’s time to dust off the paddles, prepare the boats, and take the summer plunge. That’s right, its water season again; it’s hot and it feels pretty darn good to

we know you have too. We hope you are prepared for Family Floats - a program for Family and friends where we guide you down the mighty Cumberland River in kayaks and canoes and arrive at the beautiful takeout

downtown. We are counting on you to get fired up, bring all of your friends, strap on a helmet and white water raft the Class II – III+ Ocoee River with us. Most importantly, we want you to push your boundaries and try something new with us or relive a great experience from a past summer. Perhaps this year you will learn to kayak with one of our instructors in an on-post pool. Maybe you want to join Outdoor Recreation Adventure Programs on a trip to Land Between the Lakes for a weekend of canoeing, fishing, and kayaking. Whatever it is you want to do on or in the water; Outdoor Recreation has the means for you to accomplish it. So let’s do this! Dust off your water wings, get the cooler out and let’s take the plunge into some amazing water activities this summer!


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