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April, and May Activities













APRIL 21, SATURDAY, 8:00 a.m.
Kayak and Canoe Trip, Sipsey Fork River
Details: Scenic Southeastern Outings kayak and canoe trip in the Bankhead National Forest just outside the lovely Sipsey Wilderness in Winston County, Alabama.  The river we will paddle is relatively easy with one class II rapid.  The river winds through high rock cliffs lined with overhanging hemlock trees.  This is one of the most scenic stretches of river your leader has ever canoed!  The scenery is inspiring.

After the canoe and kayak trip we are planning to go to a restaurant for an optional dinner.  For $2 you can shower and change clothes at a campground.  If you would like to shower and/or have dinner with us at the restaurant, please bring a change of clothes for dinner, your shower things and $2 exact change.

Depart promptly at 8:00 a.m. from the Floor and D├ęcor Store on Green Springs Highway in Homewood or 9:30 a.m. from Jacks in Double Springs.  For more essential information about this trip, please see Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips at the end of these announcements.

Reservations Required: You are required to contact Dan Frederick, email 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 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. 

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


APRIL 22, SUNDAY, 12:00 NOON
Wildflower Walk on Hillside Glades and Bibb County Glades
Details: "A Botanical Wonder," the preserve in Bibb County is home to 61 rare plant species. The Little Cahaba River, which flows through the preserve, harbors dozens of rare aquatic creatures. The site also includes Brighthope Furnace, the earliest ironworks built in the State of Alabama. This breathtaking site is truly a "lost world" of species.  The site is currently the most biologically diverse piece of land known in the state of Alabama.

Improved opportunities for compatible recreational and educational uses include improved access, parking, many trails and other facilities

We will first walk on Hillside Glades which is directly across the road from the Bibb County Glades.  This property is a lovely, open forested area with streams, ravines and cliffs.

Walk rated moderate.  There are lots of hills.

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 11 and older welcome.   There are many steep drop offs and high cliffs with no guard rails at the Bibb County Glades.

Depart 12:00 noon from McDonald’s Galleria

Info: Joe Myers, 205/988-0741 for the Hillside Glades walk; David Shepherd, 205/240-4681 for the Bibb County Glades walk


APRIL 28, SATURDAY
Dayhike and Beautiful Creek Wade
Where: Quillan Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Bankhead National Forest

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Details: This outing will be exciting, scenic and lots of fun!  Those who participated in this outing in years past found it to be one of the most beautiful natural areas we have ever seen anywhere!  There are numerous (about twelve) beautiful, small falls in Quillan and various side creeks.  We can actually walk up and right through an extensive, gently sloping cascade easily.  Quillan Creek is located in a heavily-forested area with hemlock trees and high banks alongside.

Participants on this hike must: be able and willing to walk at least 4 ½ miles off trail over rugged terrain including wading 1½ miles in a creek which is sometimes knee deep, wear hiking boots and long pants to hike to and from the creek, and bring and wear shorts or swim suits and wading shoes for the creek wade.  Sturdy foot protection is required.  Old sneakers work fine, but please no bare feet, flimsy beach shoes, flip flops or loose slip-ons!  Please don’t come if you are unwilling to get wet!  Also please do bring a large plastic bag with twist tie or large Ziploc bag in which to put your wet shoes and also bring a hand towel to dry your feet before putting your socks and hiking boots back on for the walk out.  Hiking poles are strongly recommended!

Please bring picnic lunch, drink, and daypack.  A change of clothes (dry underwear also advised) to be left in the car is also advisable.  Rated moderately strenuous due to the entire hike being off trail, some elevation gain, and the need to walk in the creek a good portion of the time.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 10 and over welcome.  Optional dinner after.  Showers available for $2.00 per person before dinner.

Please come with us April 28 and help count waterfalls. 

Reservations Required: If you wish to participate in this outing, you are required to call Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or email seoutings@bellsouth.net by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.  Please do not try to reserve a place on this outing after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.  When you contact Dan, please be sure you leave your phone number and email address.  This outing is limited to 10 people in order to comply with U.S. Forest Service regulations.  We hope the limitation will not prove to be a problem.  At a later date leader will advise meeting time and place only to those who are confirmed for this trip. 

Please observe the following policies and procedures regarding this outing:

1. Anyone who wants to come on this outing MUST make a reservation with the leader by Thursday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m.

2. You are welcome to invite friends or family, but you are required to request and receive approval from the leader to bring any guests with you BEFORE you tell those you invite that they definitely may come.  Please make this policy clear to those you invite when you invite them.  Please do NOT just show up with additional people not cleared in advance.  They will be sent home.  If you want to bring people other than yourself on this outing, please give Dan Frederick the NAMES of those other people.

3. If you or anyone you want to bring with you is placed on the wait list, you are required to give the leader a telephone number where they can be reached in the event that they are transferred from the wait list to the list of approved participants as a result of cancellations.  On a previous outing five people who were so transferred did not check their email notices that they were approved for transfer and thus did not show up.  As a consequence they deprived others on the wait list from coming on the outing.

4. Please note that if you or anyone you invite who is approved cancels, please do not substitute, try to substitute or think you can substitute a family member or friend in place of a previously registered participant who has cancelled.  When you register, you are not reserving a place for anyone but yourself or those people coming with you who are initially registered.  All substitutions will be made BY THE OUTING LEADER from the wait list in the order in which they are received.  It is unfair to those on the wait list for you to fill a vacancy with a friend when others asked the leader to participate before you informed the leader of your cancellation.

5. If you decide to cancel, if you do not inform me of your cancellation, and if you are just a no-show, you will not be permitted to participate in any future Southeastern Outings events where the number of participants is limited.

6. lease do not register yourself or any guests unless you are absolutely certain that they are free on April 28 and they definitely want to come on the outing.  In the past we have had as many as 22 people cancel participating in a single outing after they signed up for an outing where the number of participants was limited.  We don’t want “possibilities,” “undecideds,” or “might comes” to register for ANY Southeastern Outings event for which the number of participants is limited!

7. If you make a reservation with Dan to come on this trip and then for any reason decide later to not come on this outing, please telephone Dan, 205/631-4680 right away.  If we have 10 people signed up on the day of the hike and say, we have two people on the waiting list and then two people who signed up don’t show up for the hike, those two no-show people have in effect deprived the two on the wait list from participating.  Please don’t be a no-show.  If you aren’t coming after making a reservation, please call Dan.

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

Note for Kayak and Canoe Trips—The kayak and canoe outings listed in the announcements above are suitable for beginner/novice canoeists and kayakers, but each beginner canoeist must paddle with an experienced canoeist.

When you make your reservation with Dan, 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.

Please do NOT just show up at the meeting place on April 7 or April 21 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 outfitter listed.  Note that for the April 21 trip at this time there is no outfitter at the site renting either canoes or kayaks.  For the April 7 trip there IS an outfitter who rents kayaks only, but no canoes at the site. 

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.



MAY 5, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.

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.  Hike rated moderately easy as there are some ups and downs.  Total hiking distance is approximately 4 miles.  We plan to walk all around the lake.  Well-behaved, carefully-supervised children age 10 and over able to walk 4 miles without complaining are welcome.  Please bring your drink and wear sturdy footwear. 



Reservations not required for this outing.



Depart promptly, at 9:00 a.m. from McDonald’s Galleria.

Info: Acyenith Alexander, 205/529-2253


MAY 6, SUNDAY, 12:30 p.m.
Dayhike
Where: Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River, Shelby-Bibb County line near Boothton and Marvel
Details: Living River, a nonprofit affiliated with the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, has developed a camp and environmental center on the Cahaba River.  On May 6 Southeastern Outings people will hike on the trails on the property for the seventh time.  Thirty-six people participated in one of our previous hikes to this area.

The hike will be led by a staff member of the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River.  The approximately 3-mile hike is rated moderate.

Living River, a tree-covered point nestled in a deep bend in the Cahaba River, preserves a mix of hardwoods and older trees that were once typical of Alabama’s river bottoms but elsewhere have been logged and replaced with faster-growing pines. The site is 440 acres in size, and because of its unique location, it fronts four miles of the river.

The Cahaba River itself – the longest free-flowing river in Alabama – preserves a remarkable and fragile biodiversity, including an incredible variety of freshwater mussels, turtles, snails, and crayfish, as well as more fish species per mile than any other river in North America. The globally significant biodiversity of the Cahaba has been widely recognized by conservation groups and scientists.

In this significant and beautiful place, the Presbyterian Church organization has built Living River, a retreat where young people will continue to discover the awakening power of an outdoor camping experience and where adults, families, and children can also step away from the demands of their everyday lives.

During this hike, we will explore the variety of ecosystems on the Living River property. We will hike on out on the ‘thumb,’ the deep horseshoe bend of the Cahaba River.  We will have the opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Please bring $2.00 per person EXACT CHANGE Living River fee to participate in this hike.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and older able to walk about 3 miles without complaining are welcome on this hike.

Depart at 12:30 p.m. from McDonald’s Galleria.

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


MAY 9, WEDNESDAY, 10:00 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’ fourth 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.

Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Veterans Park parking lot right beside the building with restrooms in it at the park. 

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

Admission to Park: Free

Information: Randall Adkins, 205/317-6969 cell


MAY 12, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Cahaba Lily Walk, Hargrove Shoals along the Cahaba River in Bibb County
Details: Please come with us to see the largest display of blooming Cahaba lilies in the world, acres and acres of them spread out over the water in the river.  These lilies are a sight to behold!  In places, it often looks like it has snowed on the river in May.

Over seven miles of the Cahaba River lie within the Refuge boundary. The rolling uplands surrounding the river are forested with mountain longleaf and loblolly pines. Mixed upland hardwood species line ravines and the river's edge.

The largest known stand of the imperiled shoals lily (known locally as the Cahaba lily) also occurs within the Refuge. During May and June, this beautiful plant blooms, and people come from across the region to view this magnificent display of nature. There is even an annual Cahaba lily festival that draws thousands of visitors to the area the last Saturday in May. 

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over welcome. 

Optional dinner after.

The hike is about five miles round trip.  Rated easy.  Wear sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  You’ll want to put on your river shoes so you can walk out into the shallow parts of the river to stroll through and touch the lilies which grow only in the water.  Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!! You may wear your sturdy river shoes for the entire trip if you like.  Please bring picnic lunch and your drink.  Hiking poles are strongly recommended to provide additional stability when wading in the river.

Depart 10:00 a.m. from the McDonald’s Galleria.

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


MAY 19, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Kayak and Canoe Trip
Where: On the Lower Cahaba River from the Boothton Ford to the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River, Shelby-Bibb County line near Boothton and Marvel
Details: A fun Southeastern Outings kayak and canoe trip on a section of the Lower Cahaba River in Shelby and Bibb Counties.  This stretch, which Southeastern Outings is canoeing and kayaking for the first time, is rated moderately easy and without classified rapids.  Along the river we may see lots of wildflowers, perhaps some Cahaba lilies, and we’ll probably stop to investigate islands and beaches.

Living River, a nonprofit affiliated with the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, has developed a camp and environmental center on the Cahaba River.  On May 19 Southeastern Outings people will kayak and canoe starting from the Boothton Ford which is a few miles upriver from Living River.  We’ll paddle for about 6.5 miles downriver to the Williams Takeout on the Living River property.

Living River, a tree-covered point nestled in a deep bend in the Cahaba River, preserves a mix of hardwoods and older trees that were once typical of Alabama’s river bottoms but elsewhere have been logged and replaced with faster-growing pines. The site is 440 acres in size, and because of its unique location, it fronts four miles of the river.

The Cahaba River itself – the longest free-flowing river in Alabama – preserves a remarkable and fragile biodiversity, including an incredible variety of freshwater mussels, turtles, snails, and crayfish, as well as more fish species per mile than any other river in North America. The globally significant biodiversity of the Cahaba has been widely recognized by conservation groups and scientists.

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 two person canoes for $15 each (cash or check only, no credit cards accepted) at the put-in from Living River.  Rental fees include paddles, life vests and transportation of your rented boat.  If you wish to rent a canoe from Living River, please notify Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680 BEFORE 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 to reserve your boat.  Dan will then inform Living River how many rental canoes the camp will need to bring to the put-in for SEO people for this trip.  Please note that the outfitter has only 17 canoes to rent and NO kayaks for rent, so be sure you call to reserve early.  Once all their canoes are reserved for May 19, there will be no more canoes available to rent!

You may bring your personally-owned canoe or kayak and participate in this outing if you wish.  Southeastern Outings will run our own shuttle for those who bring personally-owned boats.

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

Depart 9:00 a.m. from the McDonald’s Galleria parking lot. 

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 or wish to rent a canoe from the camp and, if canoeing, whether you need a paddling partner.  You may leave a message on Dan’s answering machine if you wish.

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

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 are required and must be worn.  Bring your own boat, borrow one, paddle with a friend, or rent a canoe (but not a kayak) from Living River.

Please bring in the boat your picnic lunch, something to drink, a towel and a complete change of clothes including underwear. If you get wet during the day, just slip off back into the woods and change into your dry clothes.  You’ll be very grateful that you brought them with you.  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 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!!


MAY 26, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Dayhike, Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook. Alabama 
Details: The former Lanark Estate in Millbrook, Alabama, was conveyed to provide for long-term stewardship of the property and development of an outdoor education facility that is now known as the Alabama Nature Center.  The Center is a planned use facility offering hands on, outdoor-based educational programs and activities for students, educators, church and civic groups, and the general public.   

The Center contains 350 acres of striking forests, fields, streams, wetlands and parks that are traversed by five miles of boardwalks and trails in three regions.    Please bring $5.00 per person Nature Center admission fee with you.  Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and over able to walk two miles without complaining are welcome on this outing.   

Depart for this outing at 10:00 a.m. from the McDonald’s Galleria.  Optional dinner after the hike. 

Info: Dexter Duren, 205/393-0927