Easy one hour hike leaving The Little Green Store at 1:00pm. A rare opportunity to visit Ella's Rock and the Hotel Monte Sano's old chimney, both on private property. A display of artifacts from the hotel will be in The Little Green Store. Spring has finally sprung on the mountain, so come and join us.
Hike 3 of the Monte Sano Challenge to Abbey Rocks and the Natural Well is still on for this Saturday, March 14, 1:00--4:00pm. Meet at the Burritt on the Mountain Parking Lot at 1:00pm. Check with me (256-489-5294) or Burritt (256-536-2882) after 10:00am on Saturday if it is raining.
This Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00--8:30pm, in the Second Floor Meeting Room of the Main Branch of the Huntsville--Madison County Public Library, I'll be discussing and signing my new book, The Hotel Monte Sano. I'll be projecting photographs and maps from the book and the Library's Archives to illustrate some of the local mountain's history and colorful lore.
Looks like the weather is going to cooperate this week, so Hike 2 of the Monte Sano Challenge is on for this Saturday, March 7, 1:00--3:00pm, leaving from the Monte Sano State Park Office at 1pm. It's an easy, flat 2-hour walk over slightly muddy trails. Hope to see you there!
The third annual Monte Sano Writers Conference is scheduled for this Saturday, February 28, 8:30am--4:30pm, at the Monte Sano Methodist Church. I'll be participating with a panel of other area authors, including Homer Hickam and Robert Benson. If you want to be a writer, this is a good one. Hope to see you there.
Due to icy conditions on Monte Sano on February 21, the first hike of the Monte Sano Challenge (see below) has been postponed to Saturday, March 21, 1:00pm--2:00pm. Again, meet at The Little Green Store. Hopefully, Spring will have sprung by then.
I just got back from Indian Pass and the beautiful surrounding area. We had a lot of visitors at the new location of the San Blas Lighthouse in downtown Port St. Joe on Sunday. I signed books and met a lot of good readers.
We also had a lot of fun at the Indian Pass Raw Bar, a primary setting in all the books of the Secrets series.
We also saw some old friends at local bookstores and book outlets, and, of course, enjoyed the ocean and swimming.
I had a good time at the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival on August 15 and 16 in hot Jackson, Mississippi. There was a great lineup with Ziggy Marley headlining on Friday night, sounding as good as ever. Denise LaSalle and Marc Broussard were also in good form.
Charles Farley is an author who lives and writes in Huntsville, Alabama.