Offline in Tuscaloosa, AL

I have been not able to update since last Monday (8/8/2011) because I was on a church mission trip at Tuscaloosa. During the day we worked on two Habitat for Humanity homes in the Holt section of Tuscaloosa. At night we stayed at Camp Coker in Coker, AL about 15 miles northwest of Tuscaloosa. Unfortunately the camp had marginal cell phone service and no internet so I was not able to keep up with much of anything other than what my cell phone downloaded while I was working. I am back online now and over the next couple of days I will try to catch up.

The pictures below show the area and where we stayed.

Camp Coker - Where we stayed at night


The building we stayed in at Camp Coker. Note the metal siding. No cell phone signal.


Habitat for Humanity worksite and some damaged homes in the background.


Habitat home we worked on. There was a small and large one. This is the small one. They hope to move in by 9/1/2011.


Habitat home number two. No date set that I know of.
We passed this home each day on the way to the worksites.

Rick Ankrum

In 1999 I had a burning desire to create a web site focused on Texas bicycling. Over the years this web site has existed many people have visited. As I think of information I need to bicycle I add them to the web site.

6 thoughts to “Offline in Tuscaloosa, AL”

  1. Great job going and helping those stricken families in Alabama. I am glad to see your retirement is agreeing with you and you are staying busy which is what all retirees should do. It is wonderful to help others and try to serve and improve their lives. You and your church represent Christ and Christians well and we know where your rewards are being laid for y’all. God Bless and keep on pedaling and serving our Lord in the process!!

  2. Hello and thanks for putting in another piece of the Tuscaloosa rebuild puzzle. I am the site coordinator for Disciples Volunteering and a team of Disciples of Christ from Richlands NC were working at those Habitat houses also last week, mopstly at the larger Rowe home. This is part of the joy of serving in this disaster relief ministry, to find others with the same hearts working at the same sites.
    Your site came up when I googled Camp Coker to find the location so I can check out the facility for possible future use by our teams if we overflow our 2 housing facilities. I still have not found the Camp Coker address in any info but am sure I can find one of the few lg facilities still standing in the area.
    Keep up the good work. Pattie Williams, Disciples Volunteering, Christian Church (DOC)

  3. You are doing the right thing so don’t worry about the Internet. It’ll still be here when you get back.

  4. I now need to recover but it was very good to be helping others. It looks like our team leader wants us to put next October down for returning to Tuscaloosa. I think I would do it again. October should be cooler than August.

  5. This was the first time I have been so offline for many years. It hard getting used to. My smartphone helped fill in the gaps as far as receiving some news.

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