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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hikes With The Kiddos ~ Memories Of Omaha

Fontenelle Forest, Omaha, NE
Photo: christinejwarner flickr.com


Have you ever had a word or a sound or smell take you back to a memory of your past?  That happened to me the other day.  I read the word "Fontenelle" somewhere and thought back forty some years ago when my kids were young.  We used to go hiking in Fontenelle Forest in Omaha.  It is on the banks of the Missouri River - a large diciduous forest full of all sorts of excitement for young and old alike.

 
Fontenelle Forest, Omaha, NE
Photo: christinejwarner flickr.com


Trails wind throughout the land set aside in 1910 by Dr. A.A. Tyler and Dr. Harold Gifford, Sr.  Back in the sixties and early seventies when we found adventure there, it was mainly used for hiking and picnicking.  Nowadays it has a nature center and organized activities. There were occasional nature hikes and our favorite (I think) was the night hike around Halloween time.  It was just the perfect amount of "scary" for young ones and we had a great time.  It gets pretty dark in a forest after dark, in case you weren't aware - BOO! 

Fontenelle Forest, Omaha, NE
Photo: christinejwarner flickr.com


Many times we hiked down to an old railroad bed and walked along the tracks.  Sometimes the kids posed along fallen tree trunks for photos as we marched along.  I am sure we found many interesting things along the way, but at this moment, I can't remember what they were.  I just remember fun times, laughter, and family time in the forest. 

Do you have a favorite memory from long ago?  One that brings a smile to your face every time?



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6 comments:

  1. Oh-what great memories. I think smells/scents are some of the most powerful memory stirrers we possess. xo Diana

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    1. Diana - I agree. The certain smell of smoke brings back memories of burning leaves in the street each fall. I love that smell!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. Pat, This is a beautiful forest and what wonderful memories you have.
    I remember road trips with the family. We would have so much fun in the car. Then the destinations were fun, Stone Mountain, Disney World, Grandmas. Fun times.
    Thanks for those good memories. Ginger:)

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    1. Ginger - Yes, it was and is a great place for family hikes. I am going to do a post on what it is now on my travel blog. They gave me permission to use whatever I want from their website. Fun!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  3. Grace/Pat, Just seeing the word "Omaha" brought back a flood of memories! I grew up there but don't recall going to Fontenelle. I do recall spending time at one of the parks in Omaha and feeding ducks while my mom, the photographer, took photos of trees, picnic benches -- whatever caught her eye. She's gone but her her photos surround me in my office. Thank you for jarring some special memories.

    Trish
    www.robertssister.com
    caregiving. family. advocacy.

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    1. Trish - You are welcome! I love memories like this that make me smile and bring back long ago times. Another favorite was the zoo, which has changed so much now that I'd love to go back and see all of the new things!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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