My son Christopher & Carsen
Little Hurricane Creek behind Christopher's cabin
A path we walked down before
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The marker was placed on the river bank by an organization called Voyage of Discovery, Inc. in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Dothan Landmarks Foundation.
It was dedicated on January 21, 2000.
Nobody in the world knows where the Alabama-Florida line lays on the ground so the position of the marker is arbitrary. Neither state wants to tackle a retracement survey.
There is a place on the west bank of the Chattahoochee River where you can put your foot on three states but nobody knows where that is and nobody wants to pay to find out.
The marker is accessible by land through Ansley Whatley's property. It's a really impressive environment. Right now the Atamasco lily is blooming.
There is a place on the west bank of the Chattahoochee River where you can put your foot on three states
Thanks for your prompt reply to my e-mail.
We're members of the "Highpointers Club" and one of it's spin-off activities is reaching the state tri-points. There are 62 of these but only 38 are "dry" - accessible on foot. Some are close to state high points and convenient to come by.
We recently drove to Key West planned to, en route, bag that AL/GA/FL corner. Apparently, we didn't do enough homework before setting out, resulting in an aborted attempt. While in the area we unfortunately got some bad info about accessing the site, but once back in PA we were able to make contact w/the so-called "dreaded land owner" - Mr. Whatley.
As it turned out, he was quite agreeable to helping visitors reach this spot, but asked that he be e-mailed ( email@example.com ) well in advance, and in the time-window that is not hunting season.
I run a no-brainer blog on highpointing, tri-pointing, etc., ICYI: THE TREK STOP. The post that mentions the tri-point will need updating per the above new info, and is the reason I wanted a picture of the marker.
Thanks very much for all the org references you provided. I Goggled and perused them for a while, but found nothing on that marker; however, there are a few contact nos. and addresses I plan to try.
Hoping I'll eventually find what I'm looking for, I'll send you the updated post. Perhaps you'd like to visit the spot yourself. As for us, I'm not sure when we'll be thataway anytime soon.
Thanks again, Robert....
The article is on the right hand side of the second page of the newsletter which is the link I sent you. It's entitled
FIRST SOUTHERN BOUNDARY SIGN DEDICATED
I've got a picture of the tricorner marker on the Chattahoochee somewhere in my stuff.
If I find it, I'll shoot it to ya.
A mile and a half north of the tripoint is the northern most point of land described by the Tallahassee Meridian which also controls all the legal descriptions of land in the Florida Keys & it's in Alabama. All the land in this narrow triangle between the Chattahoochee and the Conecuh was in Florida before 1856.
Kinda weird, huh?!!!
courtesy of http://trekstop.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Definitely drier than Key West....
This was a serendipity stop for us on our Southern Most U.S. 48 trip that turned out to be our South venture highlight. In Key West, we boarded the Yankee Freedom II ferry early Fri, Feb 20 for a bumpy "ocean-in-motion" 68 mile sail to DT. A cold front from the NW stirred the blue sea into 6 ft waves, but we arrived alive 2 1/2 hrs later at Fort Jefferson/DT - an absolutely fascinating historical brick enclave plunked onto a 14-acre dot of terra firma in big water named Garden Key.
The fort was the intended "Guardian to the Gulf." It's construction began in 1846 but forgone in 1875 resulting in a not-quite completed/armed fort. Still, there are a helluva lot of bricks here (16 million). In the Northern Hemisphere this masonry hulk of it's kind is second to the Great Wall of China.
If we go again, er...if you go: Think about sticking around a few days for camping, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, birding, exploring, and generally hanging out, cheap. It's .6 miles around the fort via the moat when you need to step out. Take tent, food, and water (beverages). Per the name Dry Tortugas, there's no fresh water available except to keep the NP staff hydrated.
The return trip was on calmer water. The Yankee Freedom II crew are pros who know the route and these waters intimately. See the borrowed YouTube video below for a nicely presented look at DT.
Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry: http://www.yankeefreedom.com/
NP info: http://www.nps.gov/drto/
Friday, February 27, 2009TRIPOINTER ALERT!!!
AL/GA/FL Corner Cautionary....
Hoping to reach the AL/GA/FL tripoint (#24) on route to Key West, once in the tricorner area, we were advised not to approach this site from Alabama or Florida. A tripointer might instinctively try going east from AL Rt95 through Chattahoochee State Park, but two private properties need to be crossed in order to access the Chattahoochee River and corner marker. As it is, the owners are in dispute and both are intolerant of trespassers. Those tripointers who have achieved their goal as above did so naively or with daring disregard for the owners rights and the danger of trespassing here.
For now, two alternatives have been suggested: Contact the owner of the Florida land and diplomatically inquire if he would drive tripointers to the post for a fee. Or, hire someone w/a boat who could leave from Neal's Landing, 2 miles below the post, and transport tripointers upstream, again, for a fee. Jack Parsell advises that the river's level and temperament must be considered and then a steep bank then must be climbed to reach the marker.
Note: Do not contact park personnel regarding this issue. They cannot assist except to strongly discourage trespassing and using the park as an approach to the river.
Any and all adds to this info will be appreciated. Meanwhile, be careful out there. Tripointing is NOT FOR WUSSES!!!
Please go back and read the earlier posts which were emails I received from Hiker Bill.
These cats got bad information when they were down there at the park.
They have talked to Ansley on the phone and he's got no problem with them visiting after hunting season's over.
Chalk it up to Yankee prejudice.
Thanks for reading my blog.
A copy of this reply is being sent to the blogger who posted the hillbilly cartoon and the stuff about "dreaded landowner".
I'm sure he'll clarify things in a new post.
This is kinda weird.
No one knows the origin of the expression, "The Good Lord willing & The Creeks don't rise", however, there are people on the Web who say it was coined by Indian agent Benjamin Hawkins.
No! Joe Walsh was not the lead singer for the James Gang; it was Wilbur Walton Jr. Check the directory of Wilbur Walton & The James Gang above. Now it’s very possible that there was another band called the James Gang with a lead singer by the name of Joe Walsh but I can guarantee you that it was not the same band that recorded the classic, “Georgia Pines.” (Please remember that that at the Hey Baby Days blog, we believe in levity)
As you can see, we need help with our band directories. In some cases these directories serve as a certain 60s band’s bands only legacy. If a band performed “My Girl”, “Midnight Hour”, or any of the greatest hits from The Hey Baby Days, we want to know about them, want them listed among the bands on the Bands page at the site. To the extent that we can get all of the names and instruments etc, we want that as well. (Look at the directory form for the type of information that we are seeking) By reviewing the directories included in this posting, you will notice varying degrees of completeness.
We will be updating and adding directories to the Bands page soon… we have been working on it for some time but we still have a ways to go. For instance, we’ll be adding Wilbur Walton’s latest effort, “Mr. Rosebud” to his listing of releases. We’ll be adding another band of Tempests and hopefully filling in blanks for the two Tempest bands listed above.
If you reading this and know someone who might help in filling in some blanks, please forward this posting along. We also revise, and correct existing directories.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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We are very gratified to hear almost daily from readers who are enjoying "The Heeey Baby Days of Beach Music." We started the blog because of the many and wonderful emails we were getting about the book. We were posting them on the "Comments From Readers" at the web site, www.heybabydays.com. Then our brilliant site webmaster said, "you should start a blog." And so we did ! The support continues to grow and if it continues, and the information flow continues, a Volume Two may become a reality. As to Volume One, a second printing is very possible. We'll keep you advised and when we get to a certain point in reservations, we'll send a note to China to start the presses.
I have just a few thoughts that I would like to share with you about the ball.
It will be being filmed for 150th civil war anniversary promotional purposes by the Alabama Department of Tourism and Travel. So I think we should put our best foot forward. I mean for this to be just the beginning of a discussion of how we might make Ball the best it can be. These points have occurred to me and I would like to share them with you.
>Guards at front door should not hesitate to remind men to remove head dress
>Every re-enactor onsite should be encouraged to attend the Ball
>Every one should be instructed when they encounter the camera to treat it as a person, curtsy, nod of the head, bow, etc.( do not back up, turn away, flee)
Perry is having a little difficulty obtaining the correct size flags needed for the back balcony (I would say 6x10 min)
>Who will speak from the Balcony? (Sumner, of course, but do we have a ringer?)
>Who will be in the Receiving line? (Military Command & wives traditional, alternating? Over 6 at a time is too many
The JDA will furnish a Ball Pass/ticket check point just inside the front gate
>The JDA will also receive the Pass/tickets from attendees at the front door and our announcer will announce them to the receiving line.
>Both Bands will play in the main Courtyard to reduce the size of the venue
Steps have been taken to insure that ticket holders under the age of 14 be accompanied by a chaperon in period dress
Steps have also been taken to encourage local young men ticket holders to dress more appropriately for a Ball(ie, Period Coats)
The Ball will be more festive. Besides the usual refreshments, $20(US) will get you a commemorative 144th BOS Glass and 4-4oz servings of wine(Yankees may substitute beer in larger quantities)
With 4 weeks to go. Please send me your thoughts.