PHOTO GALLERY: Warm temperatures draw Columbians outdoors

Saturday, January 7, 2012 | 7:17 p.m. CST
Ben Falby, left, Heidi Coughlin, Kelsey Day and Jack Falby watch the sun set over the Missouri River while drinking beer Friday afternoon at Cooper's Landing. Temperatures ranged from the mid- to high-50s.

COLUMBIA — Unseasonably warm temperatures in the first few days of January lured Columbians outdoors to city parks and recreation areas.

David Elsberry, left, and Christopher Felber start a fire while Diana Dexter lights a cigarette on Friday afternoon, at Cooper's Landing. Patty Farrar, who was also enjoying an unseasonably warm January night, said the "politically correct thing to say" about the weather "would be global warming at its finest."
Colby Eaton, 15, right, catches the ball that his friend Conner McDonald, 15, threw Saturday afternoon in south Columbia. Eaton and McDonald, who attend Jefferson Junior High School, said the weather was perfect.
Anthony Zukoff, left, smells a bee balm, while he and his wife, Sarah Zukoff, hike Saturday afternoon at Grindstone Nature Area. The two moved to Columbia from south Georgia two years ago so Sarah Zukoff could get her doctoral degree in entomology. With unseasonably warm temperatures through the weekend, Anthony Zukoff said, "So far, this has been my favorite winter."
Sarah Zukoff picks a thistle seed for her craft projects Saturday afternoon at Grindstone Nature Area. She and her husband Anthony Zukoff were looking for oyster mushrooms, which that are normally not easy to find in winter. But the temperatures has been higher than usual, Zukoff collected about a pound of mushrooms the week before at the same trail.
Cane Simpson, 12, holds his skateboard up for his friend as they skateboard at the Cosmopolitan Park skatepark on Saturday. Unseasonably warm weather brought people outdoors over the weekend.

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Derrick Fogle January 8, 2012 | 4:51 p.m.

And the Hack Man, starting 2012 right!

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