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Valentine’s Day Specials
Several parks will be having Valentine’s Day lodging and dining specials. Plan to spend this special day at an Alabama State Park. Here’s some of what’s happening.
 
It’s “Sweetheart Weekend” at Cheaha – Weekend packages available. Sweetheart Buffet on Saturday night. All hotel rooms will receive a bottle of sparkling cider with toasting glasses in their room. Toast your sweetheart and enjoy our view from the highest point in Alabama! February 14, Tuesday night - $97 (plus tax) includes hotel room for two people, rib eye dinner for two, includes sparkling cider and red velvet cake. Continental breakfast available in the hotel office. Call 256-488-5115 or email Cheaha.StateParkLodge@dcnr.alabama.gov.
 
Joe Wheeler Valentine’s Packages – Saturday, Feb. 11: Standard Room: $125; Junior Suite: $140; King or Queen Suites: $160; Packages include room for two, seafood buffet for two and breakfast for two. Call 256-247-5461 for reservations. Restaurant will be open on Valentine’s Day from 5 - 7:30 p.m. featuring prime rib, catfish (blackened or fried) and grilled chicken breast. JoeWheeler.Lodge@dcnr.alabama.gov.
 
Snuggle Away at Lake Guntersville – Stay two nights, February 10 and 11, 2012. $250 includes two night’s lodging with a fruit, flowers and cheese basket, Saturday morning breakfast and Sunday brunch for two. http://alapark.com/events/details.cfm?id=2244

Tips from the Pro
By Harry Dwyer, Gulf State Park Pro Shop
 
Lesson # 10 – BUNKER SHOT
 
I was playing the other day in my usual game and my fellow competitor hit his second shot in the green side bunker. When he got to his ball he had a hard time seeing it because it was buried so deep. He started hacking away and after the third stoke he gave up.
 
A buried shot in the bunker is not an easy shot, but don’t give up. Approach it like you would any other bunker shot but move the ball back in your stance a bit. Toe the club in and swing the club at a steep angle. Explode hard into the ball with the toe of the club leading the way, with no follow through. Yes, I said no follow through. The ball will come out hard and hot with no spin like a knuckle ball, so be prepared for it to roll out.
 
There you go…See you at the course!
— Harry
 
Harry Dwyer is a 28-year veteran of the Professional Golfers’ Association and an alumnus of the University of Alabama.

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
2/11/2012
Fun day of hiking throughout the park to see Lost Falls, Laurel Falls and more! Moderate terrain. Meet at the Nature Center at 10 a.m. Bring day pack with water/snacks and wear comfortable shoes/clothes. Not recommended for children under 10. Free to public; registration appreciated but not required. 256-997-5025
 
Weekends through 2/12/2012
The bald eagle is a regular visitor and attraction to Lake Guntersville and the Tennessee Valley. They arrive in November and spend the winter months in and around the park soaring the skies, fishing the reservoir and roosting in the tall pines along the mountain tops. Attend an Eagle Awareness Weekend to learn more about these birds. Visit  www.alapark.com/LakeGuntersville/EagleAwareness or email Patti.Donnellan@dcnr.alabama.gov
 
Ongoing Through 3/23/2012
Join us for fitness classes each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Gulf State Park Activities Building located in the campground. Early Bird class at 8 a.m.; Prime Time class at 9 a.m., and Aerobics at 9:45 a.m. Free to park guests.

Purchase
License Online
Going fishing at an Alabama State Park? Make sure you have a current fishing license. All licenses are valid through August 31, 2012. Purchase your license online.

Outdoor Alabama—Something for Everyone
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, bass fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, or just reading about our state’s natural resources, you’ll find it in Outdoor Alabama magazine. Each subscription also includes the beautiful calendar issue in December and the photo contest issue in February.

Give Us
Your Feedback
To make sure we are providing the best possible visitor experience, we’re asking for feedback on your park visit.
 
Online surveys are available for day-use visits, dining and overnight stays.
 
Whether you camped or stayed in one of the cabins or hotels, please tell us about your stay. Click here to fill out a survey.

January 2012 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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