Sunday, November 22, 2009
Nature Walk with Rudy Mancke
Today we participated in the annual Harry Hampton Memorial Walk in Congaree National Park. The walk was led by naturalist, Rudy Mancke, of NatureScene fame. I remember watching NatureScene on ETV with my grandparents and being amazed at how Rudy seemed to be able to find incredible natural tresures with every step. Not only that, but he was a expert on every posible one, knowing it's full scientific name any everything. We, of course, assumed this was highly edited, but hoped it wasn't. Today I realized that he actually IS that smart. Our 2 hour walk was filled with amazing scientific details and fun-filled stories at every step. Nobody could stump Mr. Mancke and even the rain couldn't dampen his enthusiasm. If you get a chance to do this walk next year, or a similar one with Mr. Mancke, you won't regret it.