Below are two photos and
Justin Mutrux's Bio
Justin writes, "The first of my
wife and me. The other is my
dramatic impersonation of John Wesley Powell. Mr. Powell, of course,
one-armed explorer who first floated the length of the Colorado
successfully back in 1870 or so. I floated the Colorado last month.
my first trip back to the Grand Canyon since I hiked in and out
Houston, Alan Cohn, and Austin Rust back in the summer of 1968."
Back in the 70's my wife and I found teaching jobs in the Ozarks
our family to a farm in Texas County not far from Montauk State
place is very rural, rocky and weedy, but with a beautiful creek,
woods, and of course deer and turkey. It wasn't long before we
had a few
horses, chickens, cows, and even a couple of goats. We loved living
country and it was a great place for us to raise our 7 kids.
I taught 8th grade in a self-contained classroom (teaching all
just like 4th grade) at Raymondville School, an old-fashion rural
teaching career was an interesting one. For years my students
and I had a
"stream team" and monitored water quality in the Current
River. Our team
became quite good at not only monitoring but presenting and publishing
findings, winning some awards in the process.
Teaching science was my claim to fame in a sense. I won a Presidential
for teaching elementary science in 1997. (A teacher has to blow
horn, you know!) I traveled to DC to get the award. Bill didn't
Hillary had the dignity to do a group photo with us.
On-line educational projects lead me to some great adventures
"cool" experiences. Once I visited Yellowknife, NWT,
in the winter, which
was cool. Even cooler, I traveled to Antarctica to conduct an
project. Then later, and literally the coolest, I got to drive
machine with the Serum Run group for 800 miles across the Alaskan
Sadly, my wife of 29 years died of cancer several years ago, but
smiled on me. I'm happily remarried and happily retired. As of
I have 15 grandchildren. I still live in the Ozarks, enjoy canoeing,
camping, hunting, fishing, biking, and of course traveling. I'm
amateur wine maker in my retirement and gladly invite any of you
and sample my finest.
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