Re: NANFA-L-- Sipsey, Alabama, trip

Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Sipsey, Alabama, trip
From: Bruce Stallsmith (
Date: Tue Jul 27 2004 - 20:55:48 CDT

Hey Michael, did you guys notice what species of turtle you saw? In
particular, I'm curious if it was a small, flattened turtle, like the
flattened musk turtle, Stenotherus depressus. It's a Threatened species
whose population status in the Sipsey is under study. We've seen it before
on trips to that canoe launch site. I think we in NANFA may have more recent
sightings of that turtle in the Sipsey than some of the researchers...

And I stupidly missed the various mushroom meals. I know that Casper is the
man for that kinda cooking, as well as finding 'shrooms in the first place.

Did Dave shock up any redhorses for you? It's usually the only way to make
them stay in one place for long.

--Bruce Stallsmith
my drainage is still diagnosable as Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A
"in Wildness is the preservation of the world"

>From: "Michael Wolfe" <>
>Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Sipsey, Alabama, trip
>Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 21:22:00 -0400
>I'm sure that Casper will put something out on the list soon that will do a
>much better job of describing the snorkeling that we did-in-the Sipsey, but
>let me just say that it was incredible. Yes we did snorkel right there at
>Borden creek and yes, I did get rather surprised by the only foot long fish
>going by me-in-warp speed. We also snorkeled on the main Sipsey which was
>not as rich a habitat (at lest not over the bedrock stream bed portion that
>we were at... but we did see turtles and shell crackers and Coosa Bass and
>Log perch and.. well you get the idea that we did see a lot of great fish.
>On Sunday, we snorkeled another location that turned out to be the best.
>Not only did we see an even greater density of fish and an even greater
>variety, but by that time we had Dave Neely along and he electro shocked up
>a few examples of things we thought we had seen, but were not really sure
>until he was able to capture them for us and we got an up close look.
>Other highlights of the trip included picking up my copy of the new Fishes
>of Alabama... thanks Casper for doing a group buy and saving some of us the
>extra shipping and handling.
>But the biggest highlight had to be the food. Now you may be thinking...
>how can the food have been that great when they were out primitive
>camping... well let me tell you... if you ever have the opportunity to have
>Fellow Snorkelmeister cook for you... DO NOT pass it up!!! Stott collected
>wild mushrooms of a couple of varieties and Casper cooked them up with
>onions, another time as a side dish, another time with a pound of bacon in
>the camp omelette that will the stuff of legend for generations to come.
>Michael Wolfe
>North Georgia
>Drainage... oh it's nothing, I'm sure it's just allergies!

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