Huntsville, AL, US of A
>From: Roselawn Museum <roselawn_at_mindspring.com>
>Subject: Re: NANFA-- TN Valley Gang trip in GA
>Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 10:48:07 -0400
>Ah, Great One, allow us to bask in your aura! I suppose it was just a
>matter of time.
>Glad you're still on for this weekend. The waters should be a little calmer
>than your New York excursion. I'll try to get more detailed directions
>posted today or tomorrow. Both of these sites are easy to find. We're
>getting just a sprinkling of rain this morning, but nothing heavy is
>predicted the last time I checked.
>So, who else is in? I realize recent events have taken the wind out of our
>sails. As an aging Viet Nam vet, I have experienced emotions this week that
>I haven't felt in 30 years, but I refuse to let a handful of cowards change
>the way I live. Come on out and share the country we all love. Just in case
>y'all missed the trip posting in all the confusion, here's a quick paste
>job from the earlier message:
>OK who's up for another collecting (sampling) trip? This one's here in
>beautiful GA, and it's a doubleheader on Saturday, September 22nd. I know
>that for our Northern brethren that's the beginning of winter, but the
>water should still be warm enough down here for good snorkeling/collecting.
>Site #1. Sallicoa Creek - This location is just NE of Cartersville, GA off
>Highway 411. It's near the headwaters of this stream. If there is no rain
>that week, the water clarity is wonderful. The bottom is a combination of
>rocks and sand. It's the only place I've ever been where I hauled in three
>different species of suckers in the same pull. For those interested in
>snorkeling, we'll meet at 9:30AM with the other collectors meeting at 11AM.
>This will preserve the clarity for snorkeling until the main event begins.
>Site #2. Raccoon Creek - Later, if we're successful in hauling Casper out
>of the water, we'll travel just SW of Cartersville off Highway 61. This
>location is very diffent from the first one. Raccoon Creek is a series of
>deep pools broken by riffles and a few beaver dams. The bottom alternates
>between gravel and mud. The pools (barring significant rainfall) are
>normally clear enough to snorkel. This is an unusual creek that winds
>around like a drunk on a unicycle. During the worst months of our recent
>drought, it still sustained life in incredibly warm water.
>Steven A. Ellis
>God Bless America
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