We just got back from a week at Coleman Lake Campground in the Talladega National Forest in the Alabama hills.
The sites are spaced pretty far apart in a heavily wooded setting, so we felt like we had our own little hideaway in the woods. A short trail led to the lake’s fishing, swimming, and trail areas.
The plant diversity is astounding. I took
hundreds of photos of plants suited to many different environments… from low, almost primeval looking fern swamps to steep, hilly hardwood and pine forests.
A small swimming beach was usually host to children and young people early in the day. Later, when the people left, Canada geese brought their families out for leisurely paddling around the lake.
A few people rowed out on the lake to fish while we were there. And one couple went
frog gigging and came back with seventeen bullfrogs. Ron chatted with them as they were skinning and cleaning the frog legs.
Can’t say that’s my cup of tea, but it is nice that there is an area where those who enjoy such things can pursue their interests.
Past the swimming beach on the lakeside trail, we took a side trail and stumbled upon a beautiful little hidden grotto complete with small waterfall. Screened by rock walls and a profusion of tall flowering shrubs and trees, we felt as though we had stumbled upon a secret hideaway.
For the first time ever, we had camping equipment stolen this trip. Saturday night (with the campground full of weekend campers) our Weber Baby Q gas grill disappeared. We went into town Sunday to replace it, but couldn’t afford another Baby Q, and I didn’t like the cheap, flimsy model that Walmart had available. So we returned to the campground without one.
Then Sunday evening the camp host stopped by our site carrying our grill!
“Bet you’re glad to see this!” they announced.
They had found it abandoned against a tree in the overflow parking area. Another camper told them ours had been stolen, so they knew who it belonged to.
I had been pretty sick the first few days we were out, and the frequent rain was starting to wear on my nerves. But I bounced back and felt a lot better so I could enjoy hiking.
And…. we found a huge amount of chanterelles! And they wouldn’t have sprouted without all that rain.
I’ll save the chanterelle pictures for the next post.