Chapter 2: Horseshoe Bend
Sweet Gum Home Alabama
We packed up the truck and trailer, and it was down south for us. We were ramblin’ on down to sweet Alabama except this time there was no banjo on our knee, just a pair of loppers, a Zubat, pruners, a chainsaw, and some Garlon 3A. We were a force to be reckoned with after our recent experience with bamboo and we were ready to tackle anything that Horseshoe Bend should happen to throw our way. We began by treating native sweet gum because it threatened the viability of the longleaf pine, the honorary state tree of Alabama. Next we encountered more privet in the crosshairs, treating them with backpack sprayers and the like down by the Tallapoosa River, where Andrew Jackson led his men against the Red Stick Creek Indians and won a decisive victory for America leading to the acquisition of much land within the confines of Georgia and Alabama. As luck may have it, Horseshoe Bend was celebrating the 197th anniversary of this very battle during our stay, so we participated in a variety of cultural festivities including a traditional Creek Indian social dance. Great times were had by all!