Two students from the University of Alabama recently completed a 340-mile paddling trip from Tuscaloosa to Mobile, to raise awareness for river conservation efforts in Alabama. Chris Cochrane of Gadsden and Collin Williams of Nashville traveled down the Black Warrior River and the Tombigbee River for 15 days.

Cochrane, a recent graduate of environmental science, and Williams, a marine science student, wanted to highlight the importance of freshwater conservation to Alabama’s ecosystem, which contains 38 percent of North America’s fish species and more species of freshwater fish, crayfish, mussels, turtles, and snails than any other state in the U.S.

Summer is in full swing now here in T-Town, and also in full swing? Things to do. All the things! From Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week (benefiting the West Alabama Food Bank) to the Black Warrior River Fiddle Festival this weekend to the First Tee of Tuscaloosa’s Annual Benefit Scramble on Saturday, this week affords plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy our fair city. Have fun!

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Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week: June 6-12, various locations in Tuscaloosa and Northport. The West Alabama Food Bank has teamed up with sponsoring restaurants to offer “Hunger Bites!” pre-fixed menus and specials. Dine out while taking a bite out of hunger. For more information, visit tuscaloosarestaurantweek.com  

Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Crimson and White Wine Tasting: June 7, 6-8 p.m. Spirits Wine Cellar at The Shops of Lake Tuscaloosa. This event is free to members; non-members can join at the event. Proceeds go towards the Tuscaloosa County Chapter Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit alumni.ua.edu. 

Dr. Alexander Benitez was instantly drawn to The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park for many reasons, one of which was the connection between park staff and the many Native American communities who still regularly visit the area.

“Moundville is one of the most important Native American cultural heritage sites in the Southeastern U.S.,” said the park’s new director. “At its apex during the 13th century AD, it was one of the largest and most influential centers of Mississippian culture. In fact, it is estimated to be one of the largest settlements in North America during that time. Just as important to me was the fact that Moundville remains an important ancestral place for descendant Native American communities.”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Tuscaloosa – or it will soon. Tuscaloosa’s fourth annual Holidays on the River celebration kicks off in two weeks, but residents can buy their ice skating tickets now.

This year’s 60 ’X 100’ outdoor ice skating rink will be set up at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and the fun starts on Dec. 1. Tickets for skate sessions are now available on Ticketmaster, allowing everyone to skip the lines at the box office window.

By: Chloe Monte

 

This fall hike was had at Hurricane Creek Park Trail.  This area is known for its summer splashes in Hurricane Creek where families and friends alike gather in the peaceful flowing water to beat the heat.  The area is also known for its amazing trail system that loops through the cascading hills. 

 

The trails are open to both mountain bikers and hikers; however, the trail system tends to be peaceful and low in traffic.  It’s the perfect trail to hike when one wants to feel in touch with nature and to get away from the noise of town.

 

The trail has both North and South loops.  The North loop is 4.3 miles long and the South loop is an extra 1.1 miles.  This is the perfect length to feel like you’ve gotten away, yet it is short enough that it can be done without giving up your entire day. 

Hurricane Creek trail map 

 

During my hike this past weekend, I found myself enjoying the trickling sun that danced upon the colorful fall leaves and beautiful birds that cascaded between the branches.  It was truly a pleasure to experience.  

 

Hiking during the fall is one of the best times to hike in Alabama because the weather is often dry and temperate.   In other words, Alabama is not making it difficult to have an amazingly relaxing day.   Football season often competes with the call of the trail, but the die-hard outdoorsy people know that this often works to their advantage.   And no worries, though, if game day cannot be missed to enjoy the tranquility of the trails, simply go on another day.   It will be win-win!  (Pun intended.)

 

Happy trailblazing! 

 

Article sponsored by Tuscaloosa Tourism.

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By Tori Linville

 

Autumn calls for an explosion of colors. Copper, reds, browns, golds and more. Mother nature’s finest moments can be found in fall foliage. Trees change colors and the summer plants you placed in your beds in May can no longer stand the weather. Replace them with some of our fall plant suggestions we’ve gathered for you here.

 

‘October Glory’ Red Maple

 

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Producing some of fall’s most breathtaking colors for the South, these trees can be found at most garden centers. September is the best time to plant these beauties for best results. The trees grow upwards from 50 feet.

 

Confederate Rose

 

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This rose keeps a pop of color going through late summer into the fall. Most times, three colors appear on this shrub as different blooms turn from white to pink to a darker pink. These shrubs can be found online and cuttings do well in water.

 

Bluestars

 

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Straying just a little from the normal autumn colors, Bluestars are perfect for those who don’t have green thumbs. While schedules become even more busy during the fall, Bluestars are low-maintenance, so there’s no reason to be worried about wasting money on landscaping.

 

Spanish Bluebell

 

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These beauties grow up to 20 inches tall and come in white, pink and blue. Perfect for a fall flower bed, they’re sure to surprise as not many people seem to know about the quality of the Spanish Bluebell

 

Pitcher Plants

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These exotic-looking flowers can be just the pop of different you need to set your bed apart from the neighborhood. Not only are they unique in appearance, they’re unique for a reason. These special plants live on a diet of bugs – perfect for a gardener’s needs. Add some sun, acid and moist soil, you’ll be sure to stun with these plants.

 

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