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10 Years Ago – February 2006

Phinizy Swamp Tour

Date: Saturday, February 4th
Time: 9:15 AM
Place: Swamp (well, duh!)
Attending: Barbara Blatter, Brian & Donna Bogardus, Karen & Kurt Breitinger, Gail & Miller Butler, Carol & John Haff, John & Jackie Nicholls, Denny Smith, Lester & Janeth Welsh and Anita Wylds.
Guest Attending: Jim Brickey from the Foothills Miata Club in Greenville/Spartanburg

Anita Wylds is a charter member of the Master’s Miata Club, she has been a volunteer at the Phinizy Swamp since it’s beginnings and she has been trying to get the two together for nearly as long. The stars finally aligned on 02/04/06.

But it looked as if the weather wasn’t going to cooperate. The day dawned cloudy with a forecast for morning thunderstorms. In spite of the weather a nice turnout of cars gathered at the Welcome Center. Sure enough, the rain started as the group approached the swamp. The closer they got, the harder it rained, until as if preordained, the storm cleared as they pulled into the parking area.

After a brief stop in the Visitor’s Center, Anita led the group into the natural area itself. We were treated to a brief history of the swamp and its part in nature. Our tour included several sections of the natural area’s trails and saw many different plant and bird species. We also learned that a big part of the natural area is actually part of the city of Augusta’s wastewater treatment process. If you have never been, it is a place that is definitely worth the trip.

After our tour, most of the group piled into their cars and headed into downtown Augusta for lunch at the Boll Weevil.

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