A Fierce February

A Fierce February

It has been a bit since I updated the blog, but we sure have been busy! February started with a bang!

I spent the first weekend volunteering at Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Sarasota Florida assisting Larry Roberts in clearing land for the new education center. This is going to be a fantastic location to be able to have the opportunity to teach from. Larry from My Florida Wildlife and Jeanene (me) from Not a Clue Adventures will be teaching a wide variety of skills from Outdoor Photography and Identifying Wild Edibles to Primitive Camping and Outdoor Survival. We may even do a couple primitive Cooking Workshops!

Lunch around the campfire withthe girls

 Our all ladies hog hunt a Bear Hammock in Dunnellon, Florida sold out within a few days of posting.  Frigid temperatures greeted us that weekend. A hard frost greeted us each morning and a lot of time was spent close to the fire in the evening. This, however, did not dampen the spirit of our group of ladies. Our youngest participant was able to try her hand at trapping and we had 2 other gals that were new to the hunting experience join us. It was wonderful to be able to introduce these ladies to new experiences!

Cassie taking aim

Next on the calendar was our Beyond BOW Intro to Shotgun Workshop at Fishhawk Sporting Clays. Again we had another great group come together to sharpen their skills and learn more about shotguns and sporting clays. Roger Gascoigne is an amazing instructor! He was able to work one on one with each of the participants and everyone improved as the day progressed. The event was so well attended we were asked to host the same workshop in Jacksonville later this year. We are currently working on getting that event scheduled!

Going for the big one!

Later in the month came time for our first fishing trip of the year. Knowing the waters off Anclote were still cool we did not set our expectations high and concentrated on skill development and building new friendships. Sheryl  was celebrating her birthday and caught the most fish! Jeanine had never been fishing but loved the trip and can’t wait to go again. Our fantastic instructor Bob really took a lot of time with everyone and we all learned so much!

Yes, the horse did come in for the party....

Finally to bring in March I headed back down to Crowley Nature Center for their big fund raiser of the year, Starry Night.  Though our MC and local weatherman, Bob Harrigan made a slight miscalculation on when the rain would arrive a good time was to be had by all! Benjamin Dehart (The Cracker Tenor) performed wonderfully! The silent auction did well. Many of the guest followed Larry and I around for nature trails – some of us got quite damp! There was even a historical wagon ride around the center. The best part of the evening was the live auction. A lot of money was raised for this privately run treasure and the highlight of the evening for me was when the Bob Harrigan bid graciously on the donated camping and education package that Larry and I put together for the event! We can’t thank him enough for being a wonderful supporter of this event!

So, now we are into March and another busy month ahead. BOW Ocala is sold out for March 11-13 and I will be joining many other  “like minded” instructors will introduce 100 more women to outdoor activities. Then I am off to the Florida Keys for 5 days. If may take a while to post another update but while you are waiting check out the  links for information on all the above mentioned events!

For additional photos of this past months events visit:

Ladies Bear Hammock Hog Hunt  – http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=123289366981&aid=368583

Beyond BOW Intro to Shotgun Workshop – http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=123289366981&aid=370411

Spring Fishing Trip – http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=123289366981&aid=371258

Starry Night at Crowly Museum and Nature Center – http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=123289366981&aid=375306

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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