August and September Activities










Most of you are already familiar with the stay-at-home
order issued by the Governor of Alabama and effective 
beginning April 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


The proclamation states , “Effective Saturday, 
April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., every person is ordered 
to stay at his or her place of residence except as 
necessary to perform any of the following “essential 
activities”:


One of those notable essential activities 
relevant to Southeastern Outings events is:


To engage in outdoor activity.  A person may leave his or her place of residence to participate in outdoor activity that involves fewer than 10 people so long as the person maintains a consistent six-foot distance from other persons.


Notice of Southeastern Outings Precautionary Measures Concerning Covid 19 Virus


Southeastern Outings assures all our outings participants that we strongly desire to protect your health during this critical time.  You may make your own decisions about what to do to protect yourselves, but the following measures are what we strongly suggest.  We recommend taking the following measures.


We ask our participants to maintain a reasonable social distance, usually 6 or more feet, between yourself and other people.  We recognize that this may not always be possible, but we encourage you to keep some distance from others as much as possible.


We encourage all our people coming on outings with us to drive from the meeting place to the outing start point in the same vehicle in which they arrived at the meeting place.  Naturally if more than one person arrives at the meeting place in a given vehicle, then all the people in that vehicle may ride together in that same vehicle driving from the meeting place to the outing start point.


One or two persons will be designated to sign everyone in so that clipboards and pens are not shared by everyone on the outing.


We will have outing announcements, but we ask you to try insofar as possible to maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and others while the announcements are given.  Dan will try to project his voice effectively in such instances, and please, please do not converse with others while announcements are being made.


In instances when we have more than ten participants coming on an outing, we will split the group up into two parties of ten or less people with two different leaders.  Everyone will go to the same places during the outing, but we will want to reduce the number of people hiking together in the same group to less than ten. 


Optional restaurant dinners will be cancelled until further notice.


In any case, of course,  if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, aches or pains in the joints and respiratory system problems) please stay at home and do not come on outings with us!  This is just common sense. 


We want to point out that walking in the woods where there are not many other people present is considerably safer at this time than walking in crowds of people or in heavily populated public places.  Participating in our events will give you opportunities to be in the outdoors, get some beneficial exercise, and do something you enjoy with other people while still allowing you to easily and conveniently maintain safe social distancing.

CANCELED

AUGUST 8, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Waterfall Walk, Stream Wade and Long Swims

Where: South Caney Creek in the Bankhead National Forest 


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Details: Join us for short, moderately easy hikes to two beautiful waterfalls on South Caney Creek.  We’ll swim at both of the falls.  These falls are very lovely.  We’ll walk through the woods to one waterfall, stop and swim there and get underneath the waterfall if you wish.  Then we’ll wade for about a mile IN the creek to a second, larger waterfall where we’ll swim and stand under the waterfall again if you like.  Then we’ll walk from that second waterfall through the woods back to the cars.

 

        If you think that you may want to come home before the group outing is completed, please don’t come on this outing.  In order to prevent traffic congestion at the usual public trail head our vehicles will be parked at a remote location during the entire outing.  Outing participants will probably not be able to walk unguided to their cars before the outing is completed. The walk portion is completely off trail.

 

Wear old shorts or a swim suit and sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  Bare feet, flip-flops, loose slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!  Also bring a towel along with your picnic lunch and water.

       

After the outing we are planning to go to a restaurant for an optional dinner.  If you would like to have dinner with us at the restaurant, please bring a towel and change of clothes for dinner.  

 

Well-behaved, properly-supervised children age 7 and over welcome.  Please meet 8:45 a.m. at the Floor D├ęcor Store on Green Springs Highway in Homewood.  We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m. or you may meet the group at 10:30 a.m. at Jacks in Double Springs.

 

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

 

AUGUST 15, SATURDAY, Meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Kayak and Canoe Trip, Locust Fork River


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Details: A fun Southeastern Outings kayak and canoe trip on Section 1 of the Locust Fork River in Blount County.  This stretch, which several of us have canoed previously, is fairly easy and without classified rapids.  Along the river we’ll see lots of wildflowers and stop to investigate islands and beaches.

 

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

 

Please note that for this trip you may rent one person sit-upon plastic kayaks and paddles for $30 each at the put-in from River Beach Outfitters.  Rental fees include shuttle service.  Also the outfitter will charge a $15 fee for all private boats be they canoes or kayaks used on this outing.  If you wish to rent a kayak from the outfitter, please notify Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE August 15 to reserve your boat.  Dan will then inform the outfitter how many rental kayaks he will need to provide to SEO people for this trip.  Please note that the outfitter has only 70 one-person kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their solo kayaks are reserved for June 6, there will be no more kayaks available to rent!

 

This outfitter does not have canoes to rent.  However, Dan Frederick’s daughter, Aree, has a few canoes which she may offer to rent to people who want to canoe on this trip and who do not have their own canoes.  Again, please notify Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE August 15 to request a canoe to rent if that is what you want.  We will do our best to fulfill your request.  

 

Please do NOT just show up at the meeting place on August 15 without making an advance reservation with Dan Frederick!! 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!!

       

Life jackets are required and must be worn.  You are responsible for finding your own boat.  Bring your own, borrow one, paddle with a friend, or rent from the outfitter listed.

       

Please bring in the boat your picnic lunch and something to drink.  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 rope attached to your own canoe.  If you have further questions, please call the trip leader.

 

For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips at the end of this calendar.

 

Please meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Cleveland Chevron Service Station.  We plan to depart from there at 10:00 a.m.

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

 

        If you want to come on the August 15 SEO kayak and canoe trip AND you are renting a boat from the outfitter at the site of the trip, in this instance you are required to call or contact ONLY the trip leader and notify him that you are coming!  Dan will inform the outfitter how many rental kayaks he will need to provide to SEO people for this trip.  

 

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

 

AUGUST 22, 2020, Meet 9:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Tube Float

Tallapoosa River at Heflin


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Details:  This will be the second tube float we have offered to our people this summer.  Southeastern Outings is very pleased to once again offer the opportunity to go tube floating.  It is one of our most popular outings.

 

We just identified two summers ago a new tube floating outfitter on the Tallapoosa River at Heflin.  Tallapoosa River Outfitters has rented kayaks and canoes 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 outfitter’s.  The outfitter will put us on the river upriver from his place, and you will float down river for about two to three hours and take out at the outfitter’s place.  Then you can play in the river at the end of the tube float if you wish, and/or just lie out and relax or get in your car and go home 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.  For the tube float itself 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 exceptionsPlease do NOT bring your own tube on this outing!

       

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.  

       

Possible optional dinner at a Thai restaurant in Anniston after the tube float.

 

Here are some special points to note regarding this outing. 

 

1.   If you are unwilling to carpool with others in a van between the take out and the put in because of concerns you have about the Covid-19 virus, please do not make a reservation to come on this outing!

2.   Please bring a mask with you.  You are asked to wear it only when you are in a van transporting you from the take out to the put in, but you may wear it at other times if you wish.

3.   There is no limit on the number of people permitted to come on this outing.  We require reservations so that we can advise the outfitter how many people and how many tubes he will need to hold and transport for our group.

 

Please meet at the Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot no later than 9:45 a.m.   We plan to depart promptly from there at 10:00 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.  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.

Reservations Required: You must email seoutings@bellsouth.net or call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 to make your reservation by Thursday, August 20 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”.  We are requiring reservations for this outing because we need to know in advance whether we are eligible for the group discount tube rental charge.  We will tentatively reserve some tubes in advance for Southeastern Outings for August 22.

 

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 (like at the outfitter’s) other than the meeting place specified in this announcement, please notify Dan in advance and directly of this fact.

 

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

 

AUGUST 29, SATURDAY

Kayak and Canoe Trip

Location and details to be announced

We are hopeful of arranging to boat on August 29 in a totally new place for Southeastern Outings. 

 

Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips 

The kayak and canoe outing listed in the announcements above are 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 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, thick-soled 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 cord 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 from the outfitter, want to rent a canoe from the outfitter or Aree Frederick or bringing your own boat (kayak or canoe)

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.   If you have made a reservation to participate and then decide to cancel, please be absolutely sure to call and notify the trip leader 1 ½ hours or more before the event departure time.  Don’t just tell your friend if you intend to cancel!!

10.                      If you have made a reservation for a friend whom you have invited to come on this trip and your friend is not coming, you must notify the leader of this cancellation 1 ½ hours or more before the event departure time!  No-shows cause considerable logistical complications for the leader and for the outfitter!



SEPTEMBER 5, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Long Swim

Where: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Pinson, Jefferson County, Alabama

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Details: You are invited to participate in an easy, fun Southeastern Outings long swim and optional slide down a small, natural waterslide in the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve near Pinson, Alabama.  We will swim and wade in a large creek with a long, sloping waterfall in the middle of the preserve.  Please bring your picnic lunch, drinking water, swimsuit, towel and river shoes (old sneakers are fine) because we plan to swim there for some time.  You are welcome to bring various flotation devices. 

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over able to swim are welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children.  Note there are now four enclosed changing cubicles at the preserve’s swimming area.  Therefore you now have a choice whether to wear a swimsuit under your clothes or change into your swimwear in one of the changing cubicles at the swimming area

        The pool at the bottom of the waterfall is large, safe and suitable for swimming, and you may sit in the creek at various spots and let the cooling water flow around you. Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!  There are shards of glass here and there at the bottom of the swimming area.  SEO people are NOT permitted to jump from the rocks into the pool as it is unsafely shallow.

        Meet 10:00 a.m. at the Pinson Shell Service Station.  We pan to depart from there at 10:15 a.m.

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

 

SEPTEMBER 12, SATURDAY, 8:00 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Kayak and Canoe Trip on Richland Creek near Prospect, Tennessee

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These pictures of the Elk River near this outings.

Details: The section we will paddle is easy with few obstructions.  This is a scenic stream located in a very rural area.  This will be our first trip for Southeastern Outings on this creek.  We used this outfitter on our July 11 Elk River kayak and canoe trip and found the quality of their service to be outstanding!

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

If you want to rent a kayak or canoe, please call Elk River Adventures

931-468-2444 to reserve your rental boat.  When you call to reserve your boat, please be sure to identify yourself as coming with Southeastern Outings on September 12.  Please note that the outfitter has 27 canoes, 20 one-person sit-upon kayaks, 18 one-person sit-in kayaks and 5 tandem sit-upon kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their boats of a particular type are reserved for September 12 by Southeastern Outings people or anyone else, there will be no more boats in that category available to rent from that outfitter that day!

Boat rental charges are:

Solo kayaks             $30

Tandem kayaks        $45

Canoes          $50

If you rent a boat from this outfitter, the outfitter will take you and your rented boat to the put in and meet you at the take out, so you will never need to transport your rented boat at all.  Shuttle fee, paddles, and life jacket are included in boat rental 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. 

Shuttle charges are:

Owned kayak        $15 per boat

Owned canoe        $20 per boat

Children able to swim and age 10 and over welcome.

After the kayak/canoe trip we plan to go for dinner at an excellent restaurant in Athens, Alabama.  If you would like to have dinner with us at the restaurant after the kayak and canoe trip, please bring a change of clothes and your things with which to clean up.

Please meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride.  We plan to depart from there at 8:15 a.m.

For more essential information about this trip, please contact Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680 or email seoutings@bellsouth.net and ask for the Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips.

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

        If you want to come on this SEO kayak and canoe trip AND you are renting a boat from the outfitter at the site of the trip, you are required to call BOTH the outfitter to reserve your boat AND ALSO contact the trip leader, too, and notify him that you are coming!

If you are planning to meet the group initially at the outfitter’s instead of at the designated meeting place near Birmingham, please tell Dan Frederick in advance that you are planning to meet the group at the outfitter’s.

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

 

SEPTEMBER 19, SATURDAY, 12:00 noon

Southeastern Outings Picnic Lunch followed by Afternoon Kayak or Canoe Paddle or Afternoon Dayhike



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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 usually 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 in the vicinity of the Beaver Pavilion which in turn is in the general neighborhood of the Flip Side Water Sports office, (FS and formerly the Fishing Center), for a group picnic.  Please bring your own picnic lunch and beverage.  We will not have a potluck lunch at this event this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Please bring also $5/person ($2 seniors and children) park admission fee.

        Please bring folding lawn chairs.  We are required to observe social distancing during this outing, so almost all of us will be seated for lunch in our respective lawn chairs.  We will not be seated in or eating in the pavilion.   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. 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 near 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 near the Beaver Pavilion which is almost straight downhill from the back gatehouse entrance to the park. 

For more essential information about this trip, please contact Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680 or email seoutings@bellsouth.net and ask for the Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips.

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

 

 

SEPTEMBER 26, SATURDAY, Meet 8:45 a.m.

Southeastern Outings Canoe and Kayak Trip with Dinner After

Where: Terrapin Creek near Piedmont, Alabama

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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 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 26 at 256/447-6666 to reserve your boat.  Please be sure you tell the Center you are boating with Southeastern Outings.

This outfitter no longer has canoes to rent.  However, Dan Frederick’s daughter, Aree, has a few canoes which she may offer to rent to people who want to canoe on this trip and who do not have their own canoes.  Again, please notify Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205-631-4680 BEFORE September 26 to request a canoe to rent if that is what you want.  We will do our best to fulfill your request. 

After the canoe and kayak trip we are planning to go to an excellent restaurant in Jacksonville, Alabama 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 26 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 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.

Meet 8:45 a.m. at Leeds Highway 78 gravel parking lot.   We plan to depart from there at 9:00 a.m.  For more essential information about this trip, please contact Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680 or email seoutings@bellsouth.net and ask for the Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips.

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