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Trip Map 2012 Ontario to OregoniaThe Olive Branch campground in Oregonia is just off Hwy 71 near Lebanon. The campground is in a lovely wooded area with lots of shade trees and well graveled sites. Our site was long enough to even park the truck behind the RV with plenty of room to spare. There is a small lake with a grassy, wooded area on one side of the park, that is a nice walking area. Close by the campground is Fort Ancient, in the Fort Ancient Memorial State Park

The main reason for stopping here was Lynn’s bucket list, as she had always wanted to try a zip line. Close by the campground is YMCA Camp Kern and also has a tree canopy zip line tour named Ozone Adventures’. We went on the River Tour, which consisted of 9 zip lines and a similar number of cable bridges climbing up into the canopy.

Zipline Stuart videographerI learned how difficult it was to steer and shoot video at the same time. It was quite the adventure. Some of the zip lines were quite long, especially the ones over the river. As we arrived on the far side of the river, the guide said, ‘Welcome to Fort Ancient’, as we were now on the bluffs that make up part of the state park and the Fort Ancient site. The guides were exceptionally well trained and the equipment was excellent. The entire time, except when your feet were on the ground, you had at least one tether connected to the safety cable. Depending on the length and slope of the zip line, you either sat in your harness for the ride, or for long runs where you needed lots of speed, a cannonball position with your feet in the air over your head, to cut down on wind resistance.

 

As we were walking the dogs in the evening, we came across a couple parking a camper across the road from us, that Robbie and Abby had to meet, obviously dog lovers.

IMG_1477Turns out they have an American Bulldog at home named Zoey. Also turns out that they were here to attend a Pow Wow at the Caesar Creek Pioneer Village in Waynesville as part of a drum circle. We went to the Pow Wow and sat with them under the big top with the drums. It was a small Pow Wow by most standards, the first one organized at the village. It was quite the experience, and in some respects good that it was a small event to start our introduction to pow wow, as we didn’t get overwhelmed by it all.

You can see a quick video of both events here while I do the post production work on the longer versions.

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