Tue, Feb 28 2023 - Hidden Gems via the Trails of Mason Mill Park and its adjoining Emory Lullwater Preserve (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Charlie Cottingham
Participants:Charlie Cottingham, Kristin R, Jonny, Shirley W, Lee W, Ed, Lisbelle C, Claire, Fran, Vickie, Joyce T.

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Write Up:

  Thanks to the magic of our AOC website we were able to get together on very short notice and take advantage of Tuesday's lovely weather to enjoy these fascinating adjoining nature preserves just north of Decatur.  Our focus this time was to explore not only Mason Mill & Emory's forest canopy boardwalks and paved trails, but also several secluded single-track wooded pathways to "hidden gems" that most fans of these popular parks may not yet have discovered. A great big "Thank You" to Joyce Taaffe and Lee Wang for sharing their colorful photos and video clips that captured both the spirit and the specifics of the hike so well!
   Joyce's Facebook Album:  Click "Photo Album" in above right corner or this link:
   Lee's amazing "" 3-minute video (including a "birds-eye view" of our entire hike + lively music!):
  We're proud of the hundreds of such local outings our fine Club offers each year as fuel-efficient alternatives to more distant trips with their far greater carbon footprints.
  -  Submitted by Charlie, Wed Mar 1st
   p.s.  Joyce, we appreciate this thoughtful note from atop your above-linked Facebook album:
Gems of Mason Mill & Lullwater Preserve: Charlie knows these parks like no other. He grew up in the area and there are so many places most of us have never seen. It was quite an educational jaunt through Mason Mill and Lullwater. It was nice having a newbie on the hike - Kristin, on her first AOC event! And Vickie and Fran have fewer than 10 events, so they can also be considered relative newbies. (Welcome, ladies!) The day was warm but beautiful. We all got an education on this event thanks to Charlie's vast knowledge of the locale, the buildings, and the plant-life! Lee added some photos to the album. They're always great photos. ~ Joyce