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Here is a list of public boat launches closest to Birmingham.  Most are within an hour’s drive time.  We included Lake Martin because so many Birminghamians use Lake Martin regularly.  For a complete list of boat launches in Alabama, click here.

Most of these boat launches have one or two lanes. Almost none have public bathrooms, so make arrangements accordingly.

Don’t forget that you need a valid Alabama boater’s license. You can take an online course to get your license or go to the license office for a test.

If you just want to go fishing and aren’t launching a boat, don’t forget Lake Purdy down 280.  Note: The Lake Purdy phone line is broken and they can't run the credit card machine, so take cash this weekend.

 

BOAT RAMP

WATER BODY

Claiborne (Hwy. 84 Lndg.)

Alabama River

Sprott Landing

Cahaba River

B.B. Comer Bridge

Guntersville

Beech Creek

Guntersville

Brown's Creek (Warrenton)

Guntersville

Claysville

Guntersville

Crow Creek

Guntersville

Honeycomb Creek

Guntersville

Langston

Guntersville

Long Island

Guntersville

Mink Creek

Guntersville

Minky Creek

Guntersville

Mud Creek (G'ville)

Guntersville

North Sauty Creek

Guntersville

Scottsboro City Park

Guntersville

South Sauty Creek

Guntersville

Stevenson (Snodgrass Bridge)

Guntersville

Tom Jackson Park

Guntersville

Town Creek (G'ville)

Guntersville

Val Monte Rd. (Bucky Howe)

Guntersville

Waterfront

Guntersville

Beeswax Creek

Lay

Childersburg Access (Hollywood)

Lay

Flatlands (Pineview)

Lay

Glover's Ferry

Lay

Hidden Valley (Paint Creek)

Lay

Kelly Creek

Lay

The Narrows (Co. Rd. 400)

Lay

Kowaliga

Martin

Madwin Creek (Windy Point)

Martin

Pace's Point (Pleasure Point)

Martin

Smith Mountain Landing

Martin

Young's Landing (D.A.R.E. Park)

Martin

Higgins Ferry

Mitchell

Riverview Access

Oliver (Black Warrior)

Lion's Park (Lick Creek)

Smith

Smith Lake Dam

Smith

Smith Lake Park

Smith

Binion Creek

Tuscaloosa

Foster's Ferry

Warrior

Moundville Access

Warrior

It’s a summer holiday weekend and in Alabama and that means barbeque.  And by barbeque, we mean pulled pork.   We spice it up with ribs and maybe some chicken, but pulled pork is where it’s at.  

The great thing about pulled pork is that it is inexpensive, reheats beautifully, feeds a crowd and pretty much everyone loves it.  Oh, and it’s gluten free if you use a gluten free barbeque sauce (which many are) and paleo in its natural state.  So Brooke can eat it with her salad and stay on her diet.

Tedx Birmingham’s theme in 2016 was Pure Imagination.  But the best talks had more to do with the truths in life.  From living through tragedy to living through college, each of these talked about living life on life’s terms.

The great news is that the talks are all posted on the internet for to view and to share.  Here are some of our favorites from this year:

 

Why I Decided To Stop Saying “This Happened For A Reason”

Amy Bickers’ ex-husband killed himself in front of her in 2009.  She talks about the redemptive story arc of tragedy.   Her talk is here.    A good follow up would be to read Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”.  Share this talk with your friends that have slogged through tough things in life.  This is the talk that will stick with you for a long time.

 

Why Focusing Too Much on Goals Is Bad

Garrison Linn is a researcher in UAB’s Quantum Materials Lab.  He talks about why being goal driven is not necessarily the end all and be all to actually reaching your goals.  Watch him talk about setting goals here.

 

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Randi Pink is a writer and graduate student of creative writing at UAB who recently published a young adult novel about being black in a mostly white high school. Her novel is informed by her personal experience in a similar situation.

What makes Randi’s Ted talk so fun is her charming delivery.  Click here to see her speak about going from a basically all white community to an almost all black community while getting the audience to sing.

 

To see more of the speakers at Tedx Birmingham,  go to www.tedxbirmingham.com  The talks from 2016 and past years are available there.

It is finals week at UAB and finals for the high schools and Samford are just around the corner.

This means students hunched over their laptops, hogging the WiFi all over town.   And to those of you who are not in finals, don’t be surprised if you can’t find a place to plug in your laptop at any of these places near UAB or Samford this time of year.

Remember that many places of these places are businesses, so be courteous.  Purchase food and drink and don’t hog the tables during peak times.

Did you see Niche.com's recent list of K-12 school and district rankings for 2016 where Niche ranks more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents. View the full methodology here

There are some amazing pumpkin spiced recipes out there, but with so many options,  it is hard to find the best ones.  So we put together a list of the top 5 pumpkin spiced foods in Alabama.  Mmmm!  Enjoy!

We did it: We just booked our first-ever trip to Europe! 12 days of fun and frolicking in London and Paris. And of course, this means a lot of walking. As much as I heart my Antelope wedges, something tells me they won’t work so well on the cobblestone streets of the UK and France. No, I need new kicks that will give me enough support to walk much more than I normally do.

For those that haven't explored the many public museums and attractions in the State of Alabama, this list is a great place to get started.

One of the best summer treats comes in a truck, a cup, a cone and a range of other vehicles. It comes with sprinkles, fudge, whipped cream or any other topping that a tummy desires. Ice cream is a timeless treat that is enjoyed by every age from one to 99. It’s happiness in a scoop, which is why we’ve got the top ice cream sellers in your areas right here.

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. It’s what a body starts off with and what gives it energy. Some believe breakfast is in a league all its own, while others only save breakfast for the weekends. Which ever way you swing, we’ve listed the best breakfasts in the area to satisfy every stomach.

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