From Xplor for Kids
June 2010 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Jun 01, 2010

Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! "The sun’s not up," Brooke groaned. Fishing at the trout park was fun. Getting up early was not. Brooke wolfed down breakfast, grabbed her tackle, and followed her dad to the stream.

After fishing for a while with no luck, Brooke decided to wade to a different spot. On the way, her waders snagged a branch. Water leaked in, and within seconds, Brooke was wet, cold and really unhappy! She rushed back to camp for dry clothes and new waders.

In no time, Brooke was back fishing. She felt a tiny tug on her line. “Wait … wait,” she told herself. Then she felt another tug— stronger this time—and jerked hard to set the hook.

Fishing line screamed off her reel as the huge trout sped away. Brooke gave just enough slack to avoid snapping her line. When the fish finally tired, Brooke reeled it in. Her dad was ready with a net, and together they landed the biggest trout Brooke had ever seen.

After catching her limit, Brooke put the lunker in a cooler to take home. They fried the rest of her catch for supper. Later that night, her dad awoke to a raccoon family feasting on their leftovers. Brooke didn’t wake up. She was beat from a long— but exciting— day of fishing.

Want to catch a lunker like Brooke did? For trout fishing tips and info, visit

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: King Rail

Nop Paothong likes a challenge even when it involves extreme heat and mud. He wanted to photograph the king rail, a bird rarely seen.

You Discover

There’s tons of fun in the sun for you to discover in June and July. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

River Runners

A whole universe of life exists in places we normally don't look. Roll over a fallen log for proof.

Missouri's Fastest

In nature, fast animals have an edge. Migrating birds that reach their destination fastest get the best food and nests. Speed helps some animals outrun danger and others catch food. Read on to learn why Missouri’s quickest creatures have a need for speed.

Xplor More: Make a Somersault Cobbler

What to do with the blackberries you’ve picked? Sprinkle them on top of a cobbler, and watch them somersault under the batter as it bakes. You’ll flip, too, when you taste how yummy it is.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Joan McKee
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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