Just barely a mile from my childhood home lies140 acres of wonderful wooded wilderness, Kokiwanee Nature Preserve, otherwise known to my family and many others as "Camp Kokiwanee." Camp Kokiwanee was formerly a Girl Scout Camp, originally purchased in 1943 by the Kokomo Kiwanis, hence the name "Kokiwanee." (How the Girl Scouts were tied into the Kiwanis, I'm not really sure.) When Kokiwanee was purchased in 1943, the land was $64.18 an acre, for a grand total of $16,000! What a steal!
|Kokiwanee is adjacent to Salamonie State Forest. After we climbed almost straight up this bluff, I had to sit for a (long) while. Luckily the view was a welcome distracion during my sweaty, huffing, heart-palpitating, near death break.|
|A beautiful reflection on the lake. I can remember many-a-time spent on, in, and around this lake.|
|Several of the waterfalls have names, and there are signs directing you to the paths that will take you there. However, I don't remember which waterfall this is.|
|Hank and Evelynn relaxing on a bed of moss. They recovered from our nearly vertical climb up the bluff much more quickly than I did!|
|Brand new moss sprouts. Did you know moss can make its own soil from particles found in the air?|
|Don't you just love this enchanted looking mossy path? I felt like a fairy tale character as we took this route.|
|Until we meet again!|