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Sunday Swim, With Optional Hikes: Lake Cheaha

The Basics:
Event Type:Multi-Sport
Event Location: Cheaha State Park, Talladega National Forest, Alabama   Multi-Sport: Sunday Swim, With Optional Hikes: Lake Cheaha  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 21 2011  10:00 am >> Sun, Aug 21 2011 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 8 2011 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 20 2011 9:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:2.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:$2.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

The 17 acre Lake Cheaha is a popular swimming spot in Alabama, at the foot of Talladega Mountain.
We will meet at Cheaha State Park's Country Store at 10 am Eastern Time (Alabama is on Central Time), and drive 3 miles to the lake. Those of us that are willing, will hike the Rock Garden Trail up to the restaurant in Cheaha, where we will all gather at 12:30 pm (Eastern Time) to have Sunday brunch (cost: around $12). The trail is about 1 mile long, with an elevation change of almost 1000 ft. If you do not want to hike the trail, you can just drive to the Country Store, which is very close (about 200 yds) to the resaturant. After lunch we will either go back to the lake, or hike on some of the trails in the area.

Required Items to Bring:
If you plan on hiking the trail, bring plenty of water and good waliking shoes
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
If you plan on hiking, one or two walking sticks would be useful.
Bring insect repellent, sunblock, a hat, and a towel.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Drive East on I 20 to Alabama exit 191. Turn left (south) on US 431 for about 3.7 miles. Take a right onto County Road 131 towards AL 281, where it dead ends after about ½ mile. Turn left on AL 281 and continue around 12.3 miles. The Cheaha resort and park offices will be on your right, about 1/3 mile after a sharp curve to the right.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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Member Cost:$2.00/Person
Cost Includes:Entrance fee to the lake area is $2.00 per person. Share gas cost with driver.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.