Over the last year, I've been working with Menasha Ridge Press to author my first book, Five-Star Trails Birmingham, a guide to the best hiking trails in
the city and surrounding region. I'm excited to say I just got
word from the publisher that the guidebook has shipped from the
printer and is on its way to bookshops and outfitters.
The hikes described in Five-Star Trails: Birminghamcover
the major hiking venues in the central city and suburbs as well as
exploring diverse offerings from Appalachian mountain climbs to
strolls on the banks of the Cahaba River as it broadens to snake
through the Coastal Plain. You can visit old growth forest in the
Sipsey Wilderness or hike down into the “Grand Canyon of the East” at
Little River Canyon. And that's only the start. Across this
landscape, you’ll find a level of diversity of plant and animal
species, some rare and endangered, that rivals anywhere in the North
Thanks to those of you who came out to the Ruffner Mountain Wine and Cheese Sunset Hike this past Friday. We were a tad late for the sunset, but it was beautiful to watch the afterglow fade into night perched there above the city. For the record, it was not my fault that we did not have cups to drink the wine.
But it was another lesson in the importance of bringing your own water bottle every time you hike. Thanks to the Ruffner staff for hosting us.
Planning a family-friendly Sunday afternoon hike on Oct. 18. Be thinking about it. More details coming soon. Ruffner is a great spot.
A famous Rick Bragg story from his early years at The Birmingham News
This is a truncated version.
A story was composed on a Friday afternoon for a Sunday edition that had no promising stories. It was written in a matter of hours. No sources were consulted. It became a touchstone for great writing that goes over the top ...
Night comes to Birmingham
(July 20, 1986)
</by>Rick BraggNews staff writer</1cr>¥¥Night comes to Birmingham like a thin, torn lampshade over a bright, hot bulb, unable to snuff the light out completely but enough to cast pockets of shadow here and there.
Five Points South, as usual, glimmers on through the night. Women wearing the latest Birmingham’s department stores have to offer sip aqua drinks and laugh. Men in light summer suits and paisley ties — work clothes on the Southside — talk assets and IRAs and laugh.
It is a constant, genteel laughter, the kind generated when people get together to eat, drink and have a good time at a place li…