Here are some detailed directions for tomorrow's venture.
Site #1 Sallicoa Creek - Using I-75 in Cartersville, GA as a reference,
begin at exit #293 and go north on Highway 411. The distance to the
turn-off is approx. 14 miles. Just after you cross over from Bartow Co.
into Gordon Co., you'll cross Sallicoa Creek. Immediately past the creek,
turn right onto Irwin Mill Road. On your right will be a rural lumber yard.
Owner Steve Brannon has graciously agreed to allow us to park on his
property and to access the creek from there. All those interested in
snorkeling should meet me there at 9:30AM EST. I'll be driving a white Ford
If you do not wish to snorkel, please plan on meeting us in the same
location at 11AM for the serious collecting. After we have enjoyed this
site thoroughly, we'll head south to the 2nd site. If for some reason you
only want to go to the 2nd site, we should be there by early afternoon. If
you arrive before we do. Please place a piece of paper with a large letter
N on your dash so we'll know you're around.
Site #2 Raccoon Creek - If you don't go down with us, begin at I-75 in
Cartersville, GA at exit 288. Go south on Highway 113 approx. 7 1/2 miles
and turn left onto Highway 61 south. Continue south for approx. 9 miles and
turn right onto Braswell Mountain Road. Two miles down this road you will
find a small bridge marked only by shiny aluminum guard rails. It sits
directly beneath massive electical towers. On the left there are dirt roads
on either side of the bridge. Take the one on the far side of the bridge as
you approach, and be prepared to drive slowly. There is ample parking, but
you must beware of potholes.
Where we will be putting in, there is a fork in the stream. The best
snorkeling is to the right fork. I checked both streams less than two hours
ago. Water temperature and clarity were very good. I do need to offer one
possible disclaimer on the 2nd site. All summer long, Raccoon Creek is a
favorite with the locals for swimming and driving ATVs. Let's just hope
they are not around tomorrow. If there are any, we can still move upstream
from them with any luck at all.
Prez, your mileage may vary.
Casper, stop drooling!
Sharon, if you want to caravan on the way up, call me tonight after 10:30PM
Dave, are you coming?
Steven A. Ellis
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