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May and June Activities










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 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 at the put-in from Living River (cash or check only, no credit cards accepted).  Checks should be made out to Living River.  Rental fees include paddles, personal flotation devices 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 on Saturday 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!!

CANCELLED
MAY 26, SATURDAY, 10:00 a.m.
Dayhike, Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook. Alabama 


MAY 26, 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


JUNE 2, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
Kayak and Canoe Trip, Locust Fork River

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 June 2 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 2, there will be no more kayaks available to rent!

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 Cleveland Chevron Service Station. 

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.

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

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.  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 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!!


JUNE 3, SUNDAY, 12:00 noon
Wildflower Walk on the Hillside Glade and at the Bibb County Glades
Details: Note-this outing replaces this event previously scheduled for April 23 and postponed because of rain.  "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 the Hillside Glade which is directly across the road from the Bibb County Glades.  The Hillside Glade is a lovely, open forested area with streams and ravines and cliffs.  It is owned by SEO members Joe and Sue Ann Myers.

Walk rated moderate.  There are 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 Glade walk; David Shepherd, 205/240-4681 for the Bibb County Glades walk


JUNE 9, SATURDAY, 8:00 p.m.
FREE Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concert
Where: Railroad Park situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets South in downtown Birmingham


Details: Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, the ASO is excited to play a free series of concerts in Birmingham's Railroad Park! Enjoy music under the stars with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.  The musical compositions to be played on this Saturday evening program will be announced at a later date.

Please join us for this special concert which promises to yield a great evening of fun.  Relax on the lawn with your blanket or lawn chair.  If you’d like to eat with us, please bring your picnic (no glass or alcohol allowed) to enjoy at 7:30 p.m.

To find the group, please look for the Southeastern Outings people near the walkway on the railroad side (far side of park away from 1st Avenue South) of the park.  You are welcome to bring as many friends and family members as you wish.   Admission: FREE

More Info: Please call the ASO office, 205/251-6929 or Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680.


JUNE 16, SATURDAY, 9:00 a.m.
River Float, Picnic, Swim on the Locust Fork River from Taylor’s Ford through Cornelius Falls in Blount County near Royal, AL
Details: Easy river float on the Locust Fork River.  Float in the river from Taylor’s Ford through Cornelius Falls and below.  We’ll float downstream to the widest waterfall on the Locust Fork River.  Enjoy eating your picnic lunch sitting on the rocks overlooking the waterfall.  This is one of the prettiest lunch spots we have ever seen in Alabama.  As we float we’ll also view sheer cliffs that rise high above the river.  So enjoy a flowing river, high rock bluffs and a gorgeous waterfall—all along a nearly uninhabited stretch of this river.  Bring a picnic lunch, drink, sunscreen and something to float on such as an inflatable vinyl float or air mattress.  See Float Note below for additional information.

Please bring a towel, your picnic lunch and drinking water.  Pack your lunch, sunscreen, towel and drink in 2 plastic garbage bags with twist ties, one bag over the other.  Then put the bags in your daypack and strap the pack to your back.  This keeps your things dry and prevents them from floating away.   Wear swimsuit and sturdy footwear you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!  You must be able to swim to participate in this outing!

Have fun swimming in the pools in the river and just sitting in Cornelius Falls.  Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children.

Spring floats, passenger car and pick up truck tire tubes and inflatable boats are not permitted on SEO river floats!  A spring float is a flotation device consisting of an inflatable outer oval with a small, few inch diameter cross section and a large mesh interior.  Those spring floats are meant for floating in swimming pools and on lakes in still water, not for floating the Locust Fork.  They are difficult to steer and therefore unsafe for use on Southeastern Outings river floats.

Bring a friend or several if you wish.  Depart 9:00 a.m. from the Cleveland Chevron.

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

Float Note
Substantial, fabric-covered, inflatable, vinyl, rectangular floats like you use to ride the waves at the Gulf work best.  Trip leader Dan Frederick has children’s floats (60 inches long) for $12 each for sale 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.

Here is an alternative to carrying your lunches, water, towel and sunscreen in a pack on your back.  You can bring with you four 6-7 foot lengths of sturdy cord.  Place your pack with your things in it in the middle of the foot of your float.  Lash the pack to your float with two of the cords, one passing around the float and through the top of the straps and the other passing around the float and through the bottom of the straps of your pack.  Pass the other two cords over the top of your pack and under the float and tie them down tightly.  Then lie on your float with the pack sort of between your knees with your feet splayed out at the bottom corners of your float.  Using this method eliminates your having to float down the river for several hours on your belly with a pack on your back, and it also gives you the option of turning over and lying on your back in the slower-moving sections of the river in order to change your body position and float more comfortably.  If you are an adult, this method of fastening your pack to your float works only if you are using a 72-in long rectangular float.  Either method of transporting your pack is satisfactory and acceptable.  But I learned that people like it when you give them choices.  In any case, your lunches, etc. should be double bagged (or placed in a waterproof canoe bag) inside your pack.

Inflatable boats are not permitted on SEO river floats!


JUNE 23, SATURDAY, 7:00 p.m.
Evening Walk
Where: Hillsboro Trail, Helena, Shelby County, Alabama
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.  Depart for the walk at 7:00 p.m. from the front parking lot at the Helena Middle School.

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


JUNE 24, SUNDAY, 1:30 p.m.
Dayhike on Montevallo Parks Trail
Details: Enjoy an easy 4-mile hike on a trail in Montevallo.  The main trail is two miles one way and goes through parks, by two picturesque, flowing streams, and around a beautiful University-owned lake in a wooded park.  Total hiking distance is about four miles. 

This walk will be Southeastern Outings’ eighth or so hike on the Montevallo Parks trail.  Come with us for a guided tour of an easily walkable trail.  Please bring plenty of water and wear good walking shoes or boots. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Depart 1:30 p.m. from the McDonald’s Galleria or meet the group at 2:00 p.m. at the parking lot beside the larger bridge over Shoal Creek which is the wide creek that flows through Orr Park between the ball fields and the open recreational area in the park in Montevallo.  The bridge is right beside the parking lot along the creek at the back of the ball fields.  Please email Dan Frederick at the email address below if you would like driving directions from Hoover to Orr Park sent to you before the hike.

Well-behaved, carefully supervised children age 7 and over able to complete the hike welcome.

Optional dinner after the hike.

Admission to Trail: Free

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