Monday Mosaics

This weekend we were able to go to Nebraska's Gem, Ponca State Park for the Missouri River Outdoor Expo.  We had a really nice day.

You can't do or see everything in one day at such an event.  One of the shows we did get to see was the Jonathon Wood's Raptor Project

It was a treat to get to see these magnificent birds up close!!

All of the birds he shows are rescued birds and have some physical impairment which restricts them from being let out into the wild again. 

For anyone local: Jonathan will be at Scheel's in Omaha with his birds in October.
The other show we were able to see was Matt Stutzman, the armless bow-shooter. (the bottom center photo) Here's a link to a video of him breaking a world record in Nebraska.  He was on the USA archery team in the 2012 London Olympics which won the silver medal! He let the audience hold and take pictures with his silver medal.  That's my youngest girls with his medal in the top left photo.  I'm pretty sure they have no clue what that medal meant to the gentleman who won it or to all of those that he has inspired. 

Wow.  Not much more you can say. 

Top middle photo: me throwing a hatchet, on target! 
There was "fish catching" and spear throwing with an atlatl.  You can't imagine how bad I was at that!
And, there were bees.  Lots of bees, but only one sting among us!

I hope you had a nice weekend.


  1. Sounds like a full day, with lots of fun and inspiration, too. I can't imagine an armless archer - what a tenacious spirit he must have.

  2. Looks like fun ... And inspiring too ... The gentleman archer is amazing ... It's not an easy sport for even the average person. I'm sure he has quite a story to tell.


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