I see the good folks over at the Paddlemobile bulletin board are planning various paddles for the Labor Day Weekend. Click here to check it out and join the fun.
Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2001
Location: Fairhope Yacht Club
Terri and Randy Hurd, from Gulf Coast Wilderness Adventures, will present the program.
Paddle Report: Bay Minette Basin, August 16
Sorry for the late report, still waiting for Jack. Obviously, I don't know Jack. Those that came to the Bay Minette Basin Paddle will understand.
We had seven paddlers show up for my first Basin paddle. A few moments were spent before departure trying to decide which direction the thunderstorm to the northwest was moving. Luck was on our side, the storm went elsewhere and we had a nice relaxing paddle. The water level was high enough that we had a mostly weed free paddle. Fortunately, Bob was on the trip and provided guidance and support for the paddle "leader." Thanks again, Bob.
We had a few alligators to keep us company, and the teal are starting to show up in the delta on their annual migration.
There were other birds and those wild looking black locusts too. The mosquitoes were not in short supply. Plenty of bug spray was used.
At the turnaround point, Bob broke out the olives and cheese. We rafted up for a while and let the current carry us back towards the takeout. The Three Tampicos gave Rob an opportunity for a photo shot. One day all five of us will gang up on the rest of you!
Melanie took Harriet's Santee XL out on this paddle, leaving her tandem home alone. Hope she's not in too much trouble.
Jeff (Jack), was along for his first Basin paddle. Thanks for the paddling tips Jeff. An old dog can learn new tricks after all.
As is customary, dinner was on the schedule after the paddle.
Ed's Shed got the vote, and we were off. The food was good, but for me the best part is always the company I am in during and after the paddle. I am fortunate to be a part of this group.
Thanks to Harriet, Julie, Melanie, Bob, Rob, and Jeff for joining me on this paddle. I look forward to seeing the rest of you soon.