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“The Blackbelt Bamboo Project”

Marcy Koontz, College of Human Environmental Sciences, UA

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014, 7:00 PM

St. Francis Parish, Mulvoy Building, 811 Fifth Avenue, Tuscaloosa

Sat. 10/11. Outing to Peggie Griffin’s home and environs in Gallant, AL. We have a friend in the Coosa Valley Group who is inviting us to enjoy her property and some possible sites nearby. This outing can be a daytrip only or it can be turned into an overnighter. If you are planning to stay overnight on Satrday, please call Peggie at (256) 538-9444, no later than Wednesday, Oct. 8. We will meet at 8:00 am in the old Books-a-Million parking lot on Saturday. Call Dexter Duren at (205)393-0927 for more information.

Peggie Griffin writes: Greetings from Gallant, AL! I am very pleased that your Oct. 11-12 outing will be to my neck of the woods! I have been in this area 12 years now, but I still miss my Tuscaloosa friends -- and am looking forward to seeing you all. I am looking forward to sharing my home and woods with you, as well as some of the other beautiful places here. Below are the tentative activities for the weekend that Dexter and I have talked about. Talk about the activities on the way up, and we can alter them to fit the mood of the group. Everyone doesn't have to do the same thing. Sat., 10:00 am -- Arrival Suggested hike to Inspiration Point at Camp Sumatanga (bring your own lunch for the trail). This hike follows a switch-back trail to the top of Sumatanga Mountain, where there is a beautiful view of the valley and an open-air chapel. The hike up is somewhat strenuous. Sat. afternoon -- Ballgame time -- for those who want to watch the ballgame/s. There's also hiking in my woods (plus seeing some special plants), going to the James Martin Wildlife Trail in Gadsden, going to see a movie -- or just hanging out. Sat. evening -- Cookout on my deck. I'll be providing hamburgers (grass-fed and locally grown) and fixings. Please bring something to go with the burgers. (I have a second refrigerator, as well as ice chests on hand.) Sun. morn -- breakfast at my house (provided by me & Coosa Valley Sierra Club members) Choice of hikes at Noccalula Falls -- a somewhat strenuous hike to the bottom of the falls or A more gentle hike following the creek. Sun. lunch -- lunch at Kati's Thai Restaurant -- just across the road from Noccalula Falls Park. What to Bring (in addition to your personal items for spending the night): hiking shoes, backpack (with lunch, trail snacks, and water), hiking stick, something to go with hamburgers for the Sat. evening meal, tent and bedding if you plan to sleep in a tent, towels if you prefer to use your own. I have plenty of linens for those who sleep in the house. Please call me asap to let me know if you are coming -- no later than Wed., Oct. 8. I'll work with Dexter and Ann to figure out sleeping arrangements. There will be room for many of you to sleep in my house -- or the "tree house". We will need to figure out how many tents we need (if any) -- and we'll let you know if you need to bring a tent. Peggie 256-538-9444 home 256-390-8538 cell

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