Spring Picnics

Impulsive and spontaneous. Know anyone like that? Those personality traits are subject to bad raps by those with structured, organized lives. Impulsivity describes more emotional responses whereas spontaneity describes creative approaches. I’m not saying creatives can’t  be organized. Neither am I saying  organized souls cannot also be impulsive and spontaneous; they just don’t seem driven by traits deemed impractical and/or illogical. (This said from the perspective of one who is never considered logical or structured). 

Fate has a strange sense of humor to pair two hearts on either end of that range of human traits. Both develop flexible attitudes to accommodate the individuality of the other. Amidst the sharing, teaching and learning, adventures multiply as boredom shrinks. Even in Ripley County!

The perfect activity that melds two varying approaches to outdoor fun is picnicking. When I was frolicking solo, I had tons of spur-of -the moment picnics – running by a local business to grab food on the go and then heading to a favorite spot or following my nose to discover new ones. I am part of a frolicking duo now. I’ve gained intriguing company without forfeiting impromptu jaunts in our scenic Mark Twain National Forest. Lo and behold, sometimes at HIS suggestion! It’s do-able because he suggested we keep a basket of outdoor dining essentials in the back of my car – like plasticware, paper towels, the ever-present Lysol wipes, two glasses and a corkscrew. (What’s a picnic for two without wine)? Whether we grab-n-go from our fridges or whiz by a grocery, we can be on our way with no fuss. He taught me the practicality of keeping camping chairs with the basket. Some ‘perfect’ picnic settings in Current River country are more primitive but beautiful none-the-less.

Whatever your approach to adventure, try these spots close to home for scenic spring picnicking: Fourche Lake, Ripley County Lake, Buffalo Creek, Float Camp, Deer Leap, Sand Pond and Fourche Creek Conservation Areas, Grand Gulf, The Narrows, Pinewoods Lake, Miller Lake, Big Spring. That’s a short list for starters!

Written for Close to Home in the 4/14/2021 issue of the Prospect-News.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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