Friday, December 30, 2011

Places to go in January


Boat Tailed Grackle

Just in case you missed it.... Monica Pearson (aka Monica Kaufman) and I did a piece on foraging for WSB tv here in Atlanta a few weeks ago.  It aired just after Christmas so as to inspire all of us to get outdoors and walk around.  Here's the clip if you are so inclined to watch it.  http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/some-people-are-foraging-to-combat-food-prices/vFcpf/

In the meantime, things are happening all over the place.  Let's start with First Day Hikes.  There are three that I know of.  All of them are on January 1st.   Tallulah Gorge State Park has one.  It's a moderate hike of 3.5 miles.  If you want information try calling 706-754-7981.  There's also one at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel on Jan 1.  229-896-3551.  And, last but not least Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross is also having a First Day hike along Big Creek Nature Trail.  912-790-8800.  More than likely these will also be listed at http://www.gastateparks.org/.

The Atlanta Boat Show is coming up on Jan 12 -15 for those of you who are into floating on the water.  More information is at http://www.atlantaboatshow.com/.

The Great Southern Fishing Show is Jan. 21-22 at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross for thoe of you who love all things fishing.  Theres more information about that at 770-279-9899.

Calloway Gardens is sponsoring the Sothern Gardening Symposium Jan 27-30.  As you might expect it will be devoted to gardening in the south.  http://www.callawaygardens.com/.

If you happen to be in Augusta Jan 21-29 the 33rd Futurity Cutting Horse Event will be going on.  Check it out at http://www.augustafuturity.com/

Not to be missed is "Garden Geology" at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens.  It goes on Jan 11, 18, 25 and Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.  All of this so you can learn about the rocks of Georgia's Eastern Blue Ridge and Inner Piedmont Provinces.  Check it out at http://www.botgarden.uga.edu/

In case you didn't know it, Georgia is comprised of 6 geographic regions:
  • The Appalachian Plateau
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Blue Ridge
  • Piedmont
  • Upper Coastal Plain
  • Lower Coastal Plain
One of these days, we will talk about the differences in these regions because all of them have different flora and fauna for you to enjoy.

For example, the farther south you go the more snakes you find.  For the adventuresome, there's the Rattlesnake Roundup in Whigham, GA on Jan 28th.  This area of Georgia not only has all the dangerous snakes but it also has alligators.  During the roundup there are three presentations on poisonous snakes and for those who like arts, crafts and food... at least one vendor sells alligator bites.  I was hoping to hear that there was some rattlesnake stew going on down there but... not this year.  If someone out there like to cook rattlesnake however.... here's a business opportunity for one day a year. For more information on this activity, you can call the Chamber of Commerce at 229-377-3663.
 
Boat Tailed Grackle
Seems like this year will start off warmly.  Not too hot and not too cold just inbetween.  That means the weeds are thriving in advance of spring.  If you look around now you will find dandelions, garlic mustard, garlic onions, hairy bittercress, curly dock... just to name a few edibles.  In fact, I believe I spotted some dead nettles and some henbit as well while I was walking the woods the other day.  So....get out and walk around, breath the air and be glad we have the trees to produce the oxygen we need.

I wish each of you have a happy and healthy new year with many new adventures planned.  Ciao!

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