October 2018 Activities

OCTOBER 6, SATURDAY, Meet 6:45 p.m.
Evening Walk
Where: Hillsboro Trail, Helena, Shelby County, Alabama

Note: This 4-mile evening walk replaces the event originally scheduled on this date.  This event is different from what was listed in your September newsletter.





Details: Join friendly folks on an easy four-mile evening walk on the Hillsboro Trail in Helena, Alabama.  This smooth trail is wide, paved and with only a few short hills.   On this particular walk you will be walking on a scenic trail which goes through mostly wooded terrain. 

No motorized vehicles are allowed on your trail!  All road crossings are through three tunnels under the roads.  Note this is a relatively easy outing, one which should be lots of fun for everyone.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age seven and up able to walk four miles without complaining are welcome on this walk. 

After the walk we’ll enjoy going for frozen yogurt at Yogurt Mountain in Hoover.  Meet at 6:45 p.m. in the front parking lot at the Helena Middle School and depart from that location at 7:00 p.m. to begin the walk.

Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680


OCTOBER 10, WEDNESDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
Weekday Dayhike
Where:  Veterans Park, 4800 Valleydale Road, Hoover, AL 35242

Details: Come with us on our weekday hike.  Enjoy an easy 3 mile hike on trails in North Shelby County just off Valleydale Road.  Veterans Park is an 82-acre park with numerous walking trails, a four-acre lake and a one-acre pond. 

If you are retired or not working on this particular Wednesday, you are urged to participate in the Southeastern Outings group hike on the trails and get a feel for the location and scale of the land. 

This walk will be Southeastern Outings’ fifth hike in Veterans Park.  Come with us for a guided tour of easily walkable trails.  Please bring water and wear good walking shoes or boots. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Please meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Veterans Park parking lot right beside the building with restrooms in it at the park.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

Optional lunch nearby after the hike at Mikey’s Grill.

Admission to Park: Free

Information: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969 cell


OCTOBER 13, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Dayhike and Picnic
Where: Clear Creek National Recreation Area
Manchester, Alabama, about 15 minutes out of Jasper


Details: Enjoy easy hiking and picnic at this beautiful location not far from Birmingham.  We plan to dayhike together and enjoy our picnic lunch in the woods.  Please bring your hiking boots and picnic lunch. Day use park admission charge is $6 per vehicle containing up to 6 people.

Optional dinner after the outing.  Hot showers available at no charge.  If you would like to shower and/or clean up and have dinner with us at the restaurant, please bring a change of clothes for dinner and your shower things.  This outing is suitable for well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and older, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children.  Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Floor and D├ęcor Store on Green Springs Highway in Homewood.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.

Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680


OCTOBER 14, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.
Second Sunday Dayhike in Oak Mountain State Park


Details: Enjoy a moderate 4-mile walk in the woodlands near Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon.  This is an excellent outing for introducing your friends to Southeastern Outings and for making new friends who enjoy the outdoors.  Parts of this hike may be off the color-coded trails.  There will be some ups and downs.

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age eight and up able to walk the distance of about 4 miles and complete the hike are welcome.  Share an adventure!  Bring a friend.  Optional dinner after the hike. 

Please meet at 1:45 p.m. in the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.

Please bring $5/person ($2.00 seniors) park admission fee plus your drink.

Info: Doris Hatch, 205/901-8367


OCTOBER 20, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.
Picnic Lunch and Easy Dayhike
Where: Paul Grist State Park near Selma, Alabama


Details: Paul Grist State Park is one of the state’s most uncrowded, yet scenic state parks containing hills, forests, fields and a large, beautiful, tree-lined lake. 

Prior to the dayhike we will get together at the smaller pavilion right near the Park Office to eat our picnic lunches.  Please bring your picnic lunch and also $2 per person ($1 for children age 6-12 and seniors age 62 and older) park admission and a beverage for yourself. 

Dayhike Details: Hike rated easy as there are only a few ups and downs.  Total hiking distance is approximately 3 miles.  We plan to walk all the way around the lake.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age nine and over able to walk 3 miles without complaining are welcome.  Please bring your drink and wear sturdy footwear. 

Optional group restaurant dinner after the hike.  Reservations not required for this outing.

Please meet 9:45 a.m. at the McDonald’s Galleria. We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969

CANCELLED
OCTOBER 21, SUNDAY, Meet 1:45 p.m.
Moderate Dayhike Along Buck Creek in Helena, AL


Details: Come explore the wilder side of Helena.  Hike with SEO on a lovely creekside trail in Helena in Shelby County.  Total hiking distance is less than four miles.  Hike rated moderately easy.  We will be walking briefly off trail and walking up some hills when the trail routes us away from the creek.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age eight and up welcome. 

Meet at 1:45 p.m. in the parking lot for the Helena City Park on AL Highway 261 in Helena.  We plan to depart from there at 2:00 p.m.

Directions to Meeting Place: Take I-65 to Exit #247, the Shelby County Route 17, Valleydale Road exit.  Go to end of ramp and turn right regardless of whether you come from the south or the north.  Take Co. 17, which changes from Co. Route 17 to AL 261, all the way into Helena.  You will cross one railroad and then drive over a bridge with a dam and waterfall on the left.  Immediately past the bridge, turn sharply back to the right just before you cross a second railroad and then drive into the parking lot for a city park right on the shore of the creek.  Distances on Valleydale Road, (Shelby County Route 17) and then Alabama Route 261 from I-65 exit number 247 to driveway into Helena Park parking lot are 5.5 miles from bottom end of southbound ramp and 5.9 miles from bottom end of northbound ramp.

Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680


OCTOBER 27, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.
Dayhike
Where: Chief Ladiga Trail, Piedmont, Alabama

Details: Join friendly folks on an easy seven-mile dayhike and picnic on the Chief Ladiga Trail east of Piedmont, Alabama.  Walk on Alabama’s first extended rails-to-trails conversion route on an old railroad right of way.  This smooth trail is wide and level.  Absolutely no hills—guaranteed!  On this particular hike you will be walking on the most scenic section of the trail which goes through mostly wooded terrain.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on your trail!  Note this is a relatively easy outing, one which should be lots of fun for everyone.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age eight and up able to walk seven miles without complaining are welcome on this walk.

Please bring a picnic lunch and drink.  From the trail you can see Dugger Mountain, one of the newest national wilderness areas in Alabama.

There will be an optional restaurant dinner after the hike.  You will have an opportunity to shower and/or wash up and change clothes in the Piedmont Civic Center after the hike.  If you’d like to shower and/or change clothes, please bring your shower things and/or change of clothes with you.  Showers are free!

Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Applebee’s Trussville. We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.  You may also have the option to meet the group at 10:30 a.m. at the Piedmont Civic Center.

Trip Leader and Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680

September 2018 Activities

SEPTEMBER 1, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.

Kayak and Canoe trip

Where: Tallapoosa River near Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Details: Please note that the correct time for departure from the Publix parking lot is 10:00 a.m.   It is NOT 9:00 a.m. 

This will be Southeastern Outings’ first canoe and kayak trip on this river stretch.  This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area.  This stretch is fairly easy with a multitude of riffles in it and sometimes class I or class II rapids.  Along the river we’ll stop from time to time to swim and soak in the river.

One Southeastern Outings member has two kayaks.  He is willing to make his second kayak available to another Southeastern Outings kayaker who wants to participate in this outing and who does not own a kayak.  Our generous member is willing to bring his spare kayak with him on this trip.  The spare kayak is a fairly new 8 ½ foot long sit-in (not sit-on-top) kayak.  If you would like to borrow a kayak for this trip, please contact Bill Ennis, 205/405-4636 cell.  First come, first served. 

Novice canoeists are welcome and may come on this trip, but each novice canoeist must be partnered with an experienced canoeist in their canoe. 

Please note that for this trip you may rent canoes or one person sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles from Off the Beaten Path Canoe and Kayak Outfitters.  Rental fees include life jackets and shuttle service.  Also the outfitter will shuttle for a fee all drivers bringing private boats on this outing.  If you wish to rent a boat from the outfitter, please call Dan Frederick BEFORE September 1 at 205/631-4680 or email seoutings@bellsouth.net to reserve your boat. 

Please note that the outfitter has only 3 canoes and 24 one-person sit-upon kayaks and 1 tandem (2-person) sit-upon kayak for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their boats of one type or the other are reserved for September 1, there will be no more boats of that type available to rent!  Outfitter charges are $30 for solo kayaks, $50 for canoes and tandem kayaks and $10 per non boat-renting person requesting outfitter’s transportation from takeout back to put in.

You may bring your own canoe or kayak on this trip, but you must pay the outfitter to shuttle you from the take out back to the put in if you park your car at the take out before the boats are launched.   

When we arrive at the put in, you will sign a waiver and pay your shuttle or boat rental fee.  Drivers of all our cars will then drive their cars to the take out point and the outfitter will bring all of them back to the put in where boat passengers and boat renters are eagerly waiting to begin paddling.  We will then paddle down the river to the take out, stopping as often as we want to.

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 10 and over welcome.

After the kayak and canoe trip we are planning to go to a restaurant in Alexander City for dinner.  If you would like to have dinner with us at the restaurant after the canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes.  You can change clothes in the large restrooms near the put in at the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. 

Reservations Required: You must contact Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this kayak and canoe trip.  You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish.

Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Publix in The Village at Lee Branch in Greystone.  For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Canoe Trips at the end of this calendar section.

Info: If you have further questions, please call or email Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680.


SEPTEMBER 8, SATURDAY, 9:30 a.m.
Kayak/Canoe Trip, Tallapoosa River at Heflin, Alabama


Details: The section we will paddle is relatively easy with no classified rapids.  This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area.  Forty-four SEO people participated in this very popular outing in August, 2011.

Please note that for this trip you may rent one or two-person sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles at the take out from Tallapoosa River Outfitters.  Rental fees include life jackets and shuttle service to the put-in.  Also the outfitter will shuttle for a fee all private boats used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a kayak from Tallapoosa River Outfitters, please call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680.  Dan will relay your reservation on to the outfitter.  Please note that the outfitter has only 19 one-person sit-upon kayaks and 5 tandem (2-person) kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their boats of one type or the other are reserved for September 8, there will be no more boats of that type available to rent! 

Please note that this outfitter no longer has any canoes for rent.  If you want to paddle a canoe for this outing, we suggest that you buy one or borrow one from a friend.

Please see note for canoe trips below for more general information. 

After the canoe and kayak trip we are planning to go to a restaurant on the way back for dinner.  Hot showers are available for $5.00 at a truck stop by Interstate 20.  If you would like to shower, wash up and/or have dinner with us at the restaurant after the canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes and your shower things.

Depart 9:30 a.m. from the Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot. 

Reservations Required: You must contact trip leader Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this canoe/kayak trip.  Please advise your name, telephone number, skill level, whether you want to kayak or canoe and whether you are bringing or wish to rent a kayak and whether you need a paddling partner.  You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish. 

Info: If you have further questions, please contact Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or seoutings@bellsouth.net.


SEPTEMBER 15, SATURDAY, 11:00 a.m.
Dayhike, Limestone Rail Trail, Elkmont, Alabama

Details: This trail is located in extreme North Alabama just to the west of I-65 and a few miles south of the Tennessee-Alabama border.  The hike is rated easy.  We will hike a total of 5.3 miles.  There is much lovely scenery along the path that was once a part of the Tennessee and Alabama Central Railroad. 
           
The trail winds through wetlands with wildlife and a great variety of birds.  On the trail you will pass the site of the Civil War Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle.             

Please bring your picnic lunch and drink with you.
           
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 8 and over able to walk 6 miles without complaining are welcome.  Absolutely delicious optional dinner afterwards at Terranova’s Restaurant in Athens, Alabama.            
 Depart 11:00 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride

Info: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969


SEPTEMBER 22, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Canoe and Kayak Trip with Dinner After
Where: Terrapin Creek near Piedmont, Alabama


Details:  Please plan to come on a relaxing kayak and canoe trip on Terrapin Creek in Calhoun County near Piedmont, Alabama.  The section we will paddle is relatively easy with no classified rapids.  This is a scenic stretch of creek located in a very rural area.  Thirty-three Southeastern Outings people participated in this popular outing in June of 2017.

Please note that for this trip you may rent canoes for $50 each or one person sit-upon plastic kayaks for $30 each from Terrapin Outdoor Center.  Rental fees include shuttle service, paddles and life jackets.  Also the outfitter will shuttle for a $10 fee per boat all private boats used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a boat from Terrapin Outdoor Center, please call the Center BEFORE September 22 at 256/447-6666 to reserve your boat.  Please be sure you tell the Center you are boating with Southeastern Outings.

After the canoe and kayak trip we are planning to go to a restaurant in Gadsden for an optional dinner.  If you would like to wash up and/or have dinner with us at the restaurant after the canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes and a towel.  Outfitter has four changing rooms.  Two are changing rooms only with no toilets or washbowls and two are restrooms with washbowls, toilets and running water, but no showers. 

Reservations Required: You must email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this outing.  Please advise your name, telephone number, skill level, whether you are bringing or wish to rent a canoe or kayak and whether you need a paddling partner.  You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish.                    

If you want to come on the September 22 kayak and canoe trip AND you are renting a boat from the outfitter at the site of the trip, you are required to call the BOTH the outfitter to reserve your boat AND ALSO contact Dan Frederick, also, to notify him that you are coming!  Please do not just show up for this outing at the meeting place without making advance reservations!  And if you decide to meet us at some place other than the meeting place specified in this announcement, please notify Dan in advance and directly of this fact.

Depart at 9:00 a.m. from Applebee’s Restaurant Trussville.   For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips at the end of this calendar.

Info: If you have further questions, please call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680

Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips
The kayak and canoe outings listed in each boating trip announcement above are suitable for beginner/novice canoeists and kayakers, but each beginner canoeist must paddle with an experienced canoeist.  Life jackets are required and must be worn.  You are responsible for finding your own boat.  Bring your own boat, borrow one, paddle with a friend, or rent from the outfitter listed.

Please bring in the boat your picnic lunch, something to drink and a towel. Put your belongings in a waterproof dry bag in the boat.  Wear old shoes you don’t mind getting wet (old sneakers work well).  Also bring at least 6 feet of sturdy cord to tie up your canoe if you don’t already have it attached to your own canoe or especially if you are renting a canoe.  If you have further questions, please call the trip leader.

When you make your reservation with the trip leader, please be absolutely certain to provide ALL of the following information:

1.     Whether you want to kayak or canoe
2.   Whether you are renting a boat from the outfitter or bringing your own boat
3.     Your name
4.     Your telephone number or email address
5.     If you are also making a reservation for someone else coming with you, please give the NAME of that person.  Don’t just say, “My daughter, my friend, my wife”.
6.     If you are canoeing, please give your skill level. 
7.  If you have already selected a canoe partner and you are making a reservation for your partner, too, please give the name and skill level of your partner.
8.  Please do NOT just show up at the meeting place without making an advance reservation!!
9.  And if you have made a reservation to participate and then decide to cancel, please be absolutely sure to call and notify the trip leader.  Don’t just tell your friend if you intend to cancel!!


SEPTEMBER 23, SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m.
Dayhike in a Forest Preserve in Homewood


Details: The City of Homewood owns two forest preserves on Shades Mountain adjacent to the Homewood High School.  Come and spend a relaxing two hours walking with us in the lower preserve.  Rated moderately easy.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 6 and older welcome.  Meet 2:00 p.m. in the Homewood High School east (nearest Brookwood Village Shopping Center) parking lot, just off Lakeshore Drive in Homewood.

Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680


SEPTEMBER 29, SATURDAY, 11:30 a.m.

Potluck Picnic Lunch followed by Afternoon Kayak or Canoe Paddle or Afternoon Dayhike

Where: Lower Fishing Lake (now called Beaver Lake), Oak Mountain State Park, located at the back entrance to the park.  Please note that the meeting place pavilion for this outing is different from where Southeastern Outings has gathered in the past for this outing!



Details: Prior to the canoeing and kayaking and hiking, boaters, hikers and other Southeastern Outings people and guests will get together at the Beaver Pavilion near the Flip Side Water Sports office, (FS and formerly the Fishing Center), for a group potluck picnic.  Please bring a dish of food to share with the group.  Please bring all food items to this potluck in dishes with a cover on them (think “like Tupperware”.)  Please do not bring your food in fast food, cardboard or open containers.  There are obvious issues with bees, flies and yellow jackets, etc. when setting up food exposed outdoors to nuisance insects. 

You may bring a bag of potato chips, but if you do, you should bring some more substantial food to share in addition.  Please bring also $5/person ($2 seniors and children) park admission fee, a beverage for yourself and folding lawn chairs if you have them.  Southeastern Outings will furnish plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons, napkins, and ice.  Picnic preparations will begin at 11:30 a.m. We will begin eating lunch at 12:00 noon regardless of whether you are there or not!

After lunch you can enjoy boating on the lower fishing lake.  You may bring your own boat (no charge) or you may rent a canoe from the park by paying for your rental canoe at the back gate to the park.  The park says they have 5 tandem canoes for rent.  Two of the canoes each used to have one broken seat in them.  Rental rate for canoes is $14 per hour. Cash only.  No credit cards accepted.  First come, first served.

FS has available for rent 5 solo kayaks and 8 paddleboards.  Rental rate for either is $20 per hour.  Cash or credit cards accepted by FS. 

No shuttle involved in any of these boating activities.  Share an adventure!  Bring a friend. 

We’ll launch our boats about 1:30 p.m. or so at the lake shore.

Or you can enjoy a moderately easy afternoon hike along the shore of the upper fishing lake (now called Lunker Lake) in the park.  Hike departs from the Beaver Pavilion about 1:30 p.m. 

You are welcome to participate in the boating or hiking and skip the group picnic; you are welcome to skip the boating or hiking and come just for the picnic; or, as most people did the previous five times we have sponsored this outing, you are encouraged to enjoy the outdoor exercise activities AND the picnic.

Meet at the Beaver Pavilion which is almost straight downhill from the back gatehouse entrance to the park. 

Info: (picnic) Acyenith Alexander 205/529-2253; (boating) Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680; (hiking) Kerry Cooper, kkcooper22@gmail.com or 205/541-5233


SEPTEMBER 30, SUNDAY, 2:00 p.m.
Moderately easy four-mile dayhike on the Black Creek Trail in Fultondale, just north of Birmingham

Details: Walk on a rails-to-trails conversion route on an old railroad right of way.  This smooth trail is wide and level.  No hills!  This finely-crushed rock surface trail goes through mostly wooded terrain.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail!  This outing should be lots of fun for everyone.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age seven and up able to walk four miles without complaining are welcome on this walk.  This outing has consistently been one of our most popular events since it is easy, brief, and close to Birmingham.

Depart 2:00 p.m. from Black Creek Park in Fultondale, Alabama.

Trip Leader: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680


August 2018 Activities

REVISED TRIP

AUGUST 11, 2018, 10:30 A.M.

Tube Float Tallapoosa River at Heflin

Details:  Southeastern Outings is very pleased to once again offer the opportunity to go tube floating.  The water level in the Locust Fork River is too shallow to float any section of that river this Saturday, so our previous plans to river float on that river are hereby cancelled.
We have just identified today a new tube floating outfitter on the Tallapoosa River at Heflin.  Tallapoosa River Outfitters has rented kayaks to SEO for many years, and now they also rent tubes.
Join friendly folks on a relaxing, lazy summer day tube float.  Everyone is cordially invited on this real fun event.  The float will be on the Tallapoosa River near Heflin, Alabama.
We will eat our picnic lunches by the river when we arrive at the outfitters.  Then we will float on the river for about two to three hours.  The outfitter will put us on the river upriver from his place, and you will float down river and take out at the outfitter’s place.  Then you can play in the river at the end of the float if you wish, and/or just lie out and relax or get in your car and leave after finishing the tube float.  
Please bring picnic lunch, drink, sunscreen, towel and dry clothes in the car to change into for the ride back home.  Wear old shorts or a swim suit and substantial, snug fitting footwear you don't mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers usually work well.  Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!
The usual charge for tube rentals is $15 per tube.  However, if we bring ten or more people in our group, the outfitter will charge us only $10 per tube, so please bring your family and friends with you.  Please come on this outing yourself and bring others with you to help us have over ten people in our group so that we are eligible for the discount.  Tube rental charge covers tube rental, transportation upriver to put-in point, use of a life jacket and use of picnic area and swimming area in river after lunch.  All participants are required to rent tubes from the outfitter for the tube float itself, no exceptions.  Please do NOT bring your own tube!
Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and older able to handle themselves in a tube for two to three hours on moving water are welcome and encouraged to come.  Parents are advised of risks of wading and swimming in sometimes deep water, and parents are responsible for all risks to their children. 
Please be at the Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot no later than 10:15 a.m. ready to depart promptly at 10:30 a.m.  Arriving 15 minutes before departure time will allow time to use the restrooms at the service station, hear announcements concerning the day’s event, and form carpools from the parking lot.  Depart promptly at 10:30 a.m. from the Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot.  If you are not at the meeting place at the designated departure time, you will be on your own at the tube float.  Please be on time ready to go at the meeting place! 
Please eat breakfast before you arrive at the meeting place, and come with a full tank of gas if you intend to drive.
After the tube float and depending on the time we finish, we may go to a restaurant in Oxford for an optional dinner.  If you would like to wash up and/or have dinner with us at the restaurant after the tube float, please bring a change of clothes and a towel.  Outfitter has a Porta Potty where you can change.  Better than that hot showers are available for $5.00 at a truck stop by Interstate 20.  If you would like to shower, wash up and/or have dinner with us at the restaurant after the canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes and your shower things.
Reservations Required: You must email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this outing.  Please advise your name and telephone number.  You may leave a message on Dan’s answering machine or voice mail if you wish.  If you are also making a reservation for someone else coming with you, please give the NAME of that person.  Don’t just say, “My daughter, my friend, my wife”.
If you have made a reservation to participate and then decide to cancel, please be absolutely sure to call and notify the trip leader.  Don’t just tell your friend if you intend to cancel!!  
Please do not just show up for this outing at the meeting place without making advance reservations!  And if you decide to meet us at some place other than the meeting place specified in this announcement, please notify Dan in advance and directly of this fact.
Info: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or seoutings@bellsouth.net


REPLACED WITH TUBE FLOAT ABOVE
AUGUST 11, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
River Float, Picnic, Swim on the Locust Fork River in Blount County near County Line and Trafford
Details: Easy river float on the Locust Fork River.  Have fun swimming and just sitting in the pools in the river. We will be floating from Vaughn’s Bridge (also called Blaylok Bridge) to the location of the previous Dean’s Ferry Bridge.  Please bring a picnic lunch, drink, towel, sunscreen and something to float on such as an inflatable vinyl float or air mattress.  Please see river float note below for information about floats.  You must be able to swim to participate in this outing!
Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children.  Bring a friend or several if you wish.
Because parking at the take out is available for only 3 or so vehicles, we want people to carpool as much as possible from the meeting place in the morning.
Depart 9:00 a.m. from the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride.
Info: Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call 205/631-4680
Float Note-Trip leader Dan Frederick has 60-inch long floats for sale at $12 each ONLY at the start of outings Dan attends.  We regret that at this time we have been unable to find a source where we can buy more of the 72-inch canvas-covered floats.  Please pay either with exact change or a check made out to SEO.  First come, first served.



AUGUST 18, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
River Beach Party, Swim and Picnic at Barton’s Beach in Perry County, Alabama
Details: Enjoy a beach party on a beautiful, fine-grained sand beach in Alabama without having to endure the long drive to and from the Gulf of Mexico.  The area is an extensive sand beach on the Lower Cahaba River in Perry County next to the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Laboratory (formerly the Marion Fish Hatchery) and Perry Lakes Park near Marion, Alabama.  The scenery is spectacular.  The floodplain broadens and creates areas of bottomland hardwood forests, oxbow lakes and extensive sand and gravel bars.
Please bring swimsuit, towel, picnic lunch and drink with you.  Wading shoes with substantial soles are recommended.  See float note above for information about acquiring floats.  Dan will bring float air pump.  Restrooms are available at Perry Lakes County Park where we’ll park our cars.  The hike to Barton’s Beach is easy since the terrain is level and the walk is all on trails.
We will also offer an optional opportunity to climb on stairs to the top of the Perry Lakes Park viewing tower, a rebuilt fire tower with gorgeous views high above the tallest treetops in the area.      
Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to swim are welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children.  All participants must be able to swim to come on this outing!
Optional dinner following our day of sunning and swimming. 
Depart 9:00 a.m. from McDonald’s Galleria.
Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680
AUGUST 25, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Canoe and Kayak Outing, Big Wills Creek near Gadsden, Alabama. 
Details: This will be Southeastern Outings’ sixth canoe and kayak trip on Big Wills Creek.  This is a scenic stretch of river located in a very rural area.  This stretch is fairly easy and without classified rapids.  Along the river we’ll see wildflowers and stop to investigate islands and beaches.  Forty-six SEO people participated in this very popular outing in 2015.
Novice canoeists are welcome and may come on this trip, but each novice canoeist must be partnered with an experienced canoeist in their canoe. 
Please note that for this trip you may rent canoes or one person sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles from Big Wills Outfitters.  Rental fees include life jackets and shuttle service.  Also the outfitter will shuttle for a fee all private boats used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a boat from Big Wills Outfitters, please call the outfitter BEFORE August 25 at 256/438-7172 to reserve your boat.  Tell the outfitter you are boating with Southeastern Outings.  Please note that the outfitter has only 7 canoes and 43 one-person sit-upon kayaks and 3 tandem (2-person) kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their boats of one type or the other are reserved for August 25, there will be no more boats of that type available to rent! 
If you rent a boat from this outfitter, the outfitter will take you and your rented boat to the put in, and you will take out at the outfitter’s property so you will never need to transport your rented boat at all.  Life jackets, paddles and shuttle fee are included in the rental boat fee for those who rent boats from the outfitter.  You may bring your own canoe or kayak on this trip, but you must pay the outfitter to shuttle your privately-owned boat.  For more information about the outfitter and photos of the creek, please visit their website www.facebook.com/bigwillsoutfitters
When we arrive at the outfitter’s, you will sign a waiver, pay your shuttle or boat rental fee, use the restroom, and then eat lunch in the picnic pavilion at the outfitter’s.  After you finish lunch the outfitter will transport ALL the boaters and their boats, both rented and owned, to the put in.  We will then paddle down the creek to the take out, stopping as often as we want to.
Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 10 and over welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children. 
After the canoe and kayak trip we are planning to go to a restaurant in Gadsden for dinner.  If you would like to have dinner with us at the restaurant after the canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes.  A changing room and a restroom are each available at the outfitter’s.
Reservations Required: You must contact Dan Frederick, email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call 205/631-4680 if you plan to come on this kayak and canoe trip.  You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish. 
Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Applebee’s in Trussville.  For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Canoe Trips below.
Info: If you have further questions, please call or email Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or 205/631-4680.  You may leave a message on Dan’s voice mail if you wish.
Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips
The kayak and canoe outing listed in the announcement above is suitable for beginner/novice canoeists and kayakers, but each beginner canoeist must paddle with an experienced canoeist.  Life jackets or personal flotation devices are required and must be worn.  Bring your own boat, borrow one, paddle with a friend, or rent a kayak or canoe from Big Wills Outfitters.
If you want to come on this SEO kayak and canoe trip AND you are renting a boat from the outfitter, you are required to call the BOTH the outfitter to reserve your boat AND ALSO contact the trip leader, too, and notify him that you are coming! 
Please bring in the boat your picnic lunch, something to drink, and a towel. Put your belongings in a waterproof dry bag in the boat.  Wear old shoes you don’t mind getting wet (old sneakers work well).  Also bring at least 6 feet of sturdy cord to tie up your boat if you don’t already have it attached to your own boat.  If you have further questions, please call the trip leader.
When you make your reservation with the trip leader, please be absolutely certain to provide ALL of the following information:
1.     Whether you want to kayak or canoe
2. Whether you are renting a kayak or canoe from the outfitter or bringing your own boat
3.     Your name
4.     Your telephone number or email address
5.  If you are also making a reservation for someone else coming with you, please give the NAME of that person.  Don’t just say, “My daughter, my friend, my wife”.
6.     If you are canoeing, please give your skill level. 
7.     If you have already selected a canoe partner and you are making a reservation for your partner, too, please give the name and skill level of your partner.
8.  Please do NOT just show up at the meeting place without making an advance reservation!!

9.  And if you have made a reservation to participate and then decide to cancel, please be absolutely sure to call and notify the trip leader.  Don’t just tell your friend if you intend to cancel!!