Photos from the Trip

On this page are a few selected images from our trip on the Alabama Scenic River Trail (selected photos in the order they were taken)…

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Launch Day, May 1, 2012, 200 yards inside Georgia on the Coosa River.

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Put-in below Weiss Overflow Dam, after a half-day portage around the dam

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Our camp on the “Dead River” section of the Coosa, where the river completely dried up

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Dealing with low water in the “Dead River” above Terrapin Creek

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Camp at Greensport on Lake Neely Henry

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Mural on boathouse on Lake Neely Henry

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Put-in below Neely Henry Dam camp in Wedowee

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Camp at Riverside on Lake Logan Martin

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Island on Lake Logan Martin

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Camp on Goat Island, Lay Lake

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Rainy morning at camp near Wilsonville

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Roscoe dealing with the rain on Lay Lake

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Bart Jones with Roscoe and Bailey below Lay Dam

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Island camp on Lake Mitchell

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At camp with the Carbonola, Kermit Chair and a cold barley pop

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Camp at Grace Marina, Lake Mitchell

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Morning on Lake Jordan

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Waterfall on Lake Jordan

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A pair of 30-pound yellow catfish below Jordan Dam

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Our run of Moccasin Gap Rapid

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Canoe broached downstream of Moccasin Gap

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Canoe extracted, ready to continue to Wetumpka

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Damage to canoe deck from broaching incident

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Fixed with a few screws from the local hardware store in Wetumpka

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Leaving Wetumpka, approaching the Bibb Graves Bridge

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Approaching the Montgomery Marina, first camp on the Alabama River

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Campsite at Montgomery… not that great

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Campsite at Mikey’s Island, Alabama River

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Sunset at Mikey’s Island

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An early start on the Alabama River

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Roscoe and Bailey relaxing at Prairie Creek Campground

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Approaching our first lock at Jones Bluff, Robert F. Henry Lock and Dam

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Our campsite between Prairie Creek and Selma

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Approaching Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge

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Campsite on Woody Till’s property

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Sunset on the Alabama River

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Now in gator country, I loaded “The Judge” with .45-caliber rounds

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Alabama River bluffs

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Our camp at Elm Bluff

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Dogs take unexpected swim upstream of Camden

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Camp at Roland Cooper State Park

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Ferry at Gee’s Bend

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James “Big Daddy” Lawler poses with state record 14’2″ gator in Camden

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Bailey inside lock at Millers Ferry

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Approaching Hwy 10 among rafts of water hyacinth

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11-foot gator near Peach Tree

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Dogs romping at Davis Ferry

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Lorena and Royce Frederick with Lucy at Isaac Creek Campground

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Entering the Claiborne Lock

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Spoonbill catfish jumping inside Claiborne Lock

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Fishing on a Sunday afternoon on the Alabama River

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Camp at Marshall Creek

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Grilled Conecuh Sausage lunch beneath the Cottonwoods near Choctaw Bluff

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Uninvited guest at camp

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Deer browsing near Dixie Landing

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Roscoe and Bailey playing at a sandbar campsite

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Another beautiful Alabama River sunset

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Bald Eagle on Mobile River sandbar

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Our camp at Two Rivers Point in Tensaw Delta

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Cypress stand in the Tensaw Delta

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Roscoe give me the stink eye during a heavy rain

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Lucy “Pie” Hollings at Cloverleaf Landing

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Osprey nest near Blakeley State Park

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Excursion boat at Blakeley State Park

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Large gator lurking beneath the I-10 Bridge

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Waiting out weather at Meaher State Park

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Taking shelter from wind, waves on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay

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Pelicans on pilings on Mobile Bay

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Campsite at Fairhope American Legion Post

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Our last campsite, Bon Secour Refuge between Weeks and Bon Secour bays

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One last charge from the solar charging unit

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Final gator sighting… about three miles from Fort Morgan on Mobile Bay

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Approaching Fort Morgan and Mobile Bay Ferry Landing, our take-out

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Roscoe, Bailey and me at trip’s end

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Joe Copeland, Lorena and Royce Frederick at Fort Morgan as we prepared to head north

5 comments on “Photos from the Trip

  1. Gina Yapit on said:

    Beautiful pictures! What a marvelous time you must’ve had with Roscoe and Bailey. You have inspired me to start paddling!!!

  2. Buddy on said:

    From the point of view of one standing on the bank, looking on at this adventure, I can only say it was inspiring in its scope and execution. From the point of view of one who is a solo paddler, I understand the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the journey to a certain degree as I have never paddled trip of that length to completion. I appreciate your generosity in sharing the photo essay, especially since I know two whose names you mentioned in the Selma, Camden areas of the trip. Congratulations on this project (!!!).

  3. Jay Myers on said:

    I agree. Nice pictures. Thanks for taking the time to post them. I hope you took the opportunity to examine the Bottle Creek Indian burial mounds on Mound Island (where the Two Rivers Point camp site is). Nice sunrise & sunset pictures. Keep it up!

  4. Chuck Davidson on said:

    Man, That is so awesome. That trip has to be priceless especially with your two companions. They are beautiful dogs. Thanks for sharing

  5. Anthony Watson on said:

    What an adventure that must’ve been!! Awesome pictures! I would love to have an expedition like that myself!

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