Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - by Ruth Thompson
News and Events December 11, 2012
Armadillo's in Tennessee? Not quite, but they are close. See "News." 
Looking Toward 2013
It's that time again. Please send us your 2013 events, programs and activities. We'd love to get them in our newsletter. 

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Street Smarts Cycling Seminar Dec. 12

Learn how to drive your bicycle on the road at our free Street Smarts class, happening this Wed., Dec. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. We'll cover the rules of the road, TN and Chattanooga traffic laws and offer a few helpful tips for driving your bicycle confidently in traffic. No bicycle is necessary. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888. 

Winter Workshops Begin January 12

New for 2013, Outdoor Chattanooga will host our popular Winter Workshop series on the 2nd and 4th Sat. of each month, beginning Jan. 12 and going through Mar. 23. This year's series will offer full workshops on skills like fly fishing, beginning climbing, trail running, mountain biking and other outdoor skills. Look for details next week.

Save the Dates: Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps, 2013

High adventure will be our focus at two youth camps in the summer of 2013: the Appalachian Whitewater Adventure, June 22-26 and our TN River "Huck Finn" Adventure July 24-28. More information coming soon!


Sign up NOW - Canoe Trip on Florida's Suwannee River Jan. 2-6

We have just a few spots left on our New Year's canoe trip on N. Florida's 
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, Wed., Jan. 2 through Sun., Jan. 6, 2013. The Suwannee is a slow moving, black water river that flows through miles of quiet, Florida backcountry. The trip will offer three days canoeing and two nights' primitive camping in the trail's special riverside campgrounds, which feature screened, shelters, rest rooms and hot showers. To learn more or register, email or call recreation specialist Trevor Childress at (423) 643-6888. 
Community Events . . .
Audubon Acres Christmas Bird Count Dec. 15
Join the staff of the Chattanooga Audubon Society for a day of birding at Audubon Acres on Sat., Dec. 15. Bring your binoculars and come in the morning, the afternoon, or all day to collect bird counts for worldwide scientific research. Please email Kyle Simpson to RSVP. No admission charge to Audubon Acres for bird count participants and first time visitors. 

Cumberland Trail Hike with the Chattanooga Trekkers Dec. 15
The Chattanooga Trekkers family hiking group will host a 4-6 mile hike on the Indian Rock House segment of the Cumberland Trail this Sat., Dec. 15, 12 noon, beginning at the Snooper's Rock parking lot on Prentice Cooper State Forest. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu
Wauhatchie Trail Run Dec. 15
Experienced trail runners will love the annual Wauhatchie Trail Run, with its rocky, technical 10K course on the side slopes of Lookout Mtn. Online registration closes Dec. 12  
Operation Secret Santa Amazing Race and Fun Run Dec. 15
In Chattanooga's Amazing Race, this Sat., Dec. 15, teams of two or more will navigate downtown Chattanooga, solving clues and overcoming challenges to raise money for Operation Secret Santa. Events, for serious competitors and the family, begin from Coolidge Park. 
TN Wild Family Outing to Russell Cave National Monument Dec. 16
Tennessee Wild will host a family outing to Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport, AL this Sun., Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. A tour and presentation by National Park rangers about the cave will be followed by a short 1.5 mile hike. Pre registration is required. To learn more, email or call trip leader Jeffrey Hunter at (423) 322-7866.
More Upcoming Community Events . . .
Armadillo Sighting at Russell Cave
Armadillo's in Tennessee? Almost. The Nickajack Naturalist reports an armadillo sighting at Alabama's Russell Cave National Monument.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Bikeyface is the creation of Boston, MA artist and bike commuter Bekka Wright. Check out her video of a Montreal cycle track. Dear Santa . . . 

Last Week's Web Hit
Ira David Levy wants to bring Pedal America to Chattanooga, and watch a team of divers free a whale shark from a binding rope. 
January, 2013
February, 2013
5            Cupids Chase 5K
March, 2013
9/10         Booker T. Duathlon
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

April, 2013
6           Out Run the Police
20         Outdoor Chattanooga Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap
27         Chattanooga's Amazing Race

May, 2013
4           Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga

30          Stars, Stripes and Wishes Run

July, 2013

22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race
11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Residents Concerned Over 7-Story Building On The Southside

Downtown Chattanooga residents expressed their concerns with the proposed seven-story apartment building on Cowart Street on the Southside at Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting. The apartment building, originally zoned at four stories before Belle Investment petitioned for seven, has not been adequately publicized, residents claimed.   Architect and Planning Professional ... (click for more)

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night; 2 Shot On Holtzclaw Avenue

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. Then several hours later, two people were shot on Holtzclaw Avenue. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)