MAD DOGS AND OUTDOOR WRITERS IN THE NOON DAY SUN   Leave a comment

This morning I made my annual trek to the Free Fishing Day Kids Fishing Derby at the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge near Carterville, IL.  With no children, people often ask why I go out in the noon day sun.  After all “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun.”

Part of the reason is it is a good source of a lot of photos to illustrate articles.  But mostly it is such a hoot to see the little rug rats catch their first fish.

The free event sponsors are a group of local organizations and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Volunteers staff the event.  The kids get a goodies bag with a free T-shirt when they register.  At noon they eat hotdogs, hamburgers, etc. and awards are presented in the various age classes.  The awards and door prizes go to almost every kid.  They all go home happy.

Some of the participants are portrayed in the album on my Facebook page in the photo album entitled Free Fishing Day.  The Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/#1/DonGasawayWriter.

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