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Thursday, August 16, 2001

Updated Calendar of Events

Bay Minette Basin
Meet at 6:00 PM at Buzbee's Launch on Hwy 225 Thursday, August 16.
$3.00 launch fee. Probably dinner afterwards
Contact Fritz Ingraham
H 990-5987
C 680-8928

Paddle at the Naval Air Station
Due to complications with access to the Naval Air Station launch site (can't guarantee that your cars won't be towed or that you won't be hauled off to the pokey)we have postponed the paddle scheduled for Saturday (18th) for a few weeks to work out details with the Naval Base. We would still like to go for a moonlight paddle into the delta or somewhere else this Saturday evening. We will be out of town until late Friday night. Email us your phone number and your preference for a paddle and we will call back Saturday morning.

We can still go to Perdido Key, launching from Johnson Beach. It's $6 per vehicle and if we fill out a camping slip they will give us access for after dark. The launch is about 5 miles from the pass (and Fort McRee), but there is still 5 miles of deserted beach to paddle if someone doesn't want to go that far. Hope to see you all Saturday night.

Email address
Phone: 251 - 471 - 2050
Cell: 251 - 689 - 3935

Thanks, Carl & Lisa Haywood

Dauphin Island to Sand Island Paddle
Date: Sunday, August 19th, 2001
Time: 7:00 a.m. (If you come an hour early, you can watch the sunrise with me)
Launch Site: Dauphin Island - east END of Bienville Blvd.
(around the corner of Ft. Gaines).
Paddle Distance: Approx. 7 miles
Paddle Time: Approx. 3 hours or more depending on stopped time
and optional activities.
Pace: Leisurely (2 - 2.5 mph)
Planned Route:
Leave from the beach just south of Ft. Gaines and paddle for about an hour southwest across 2.5 miles of open water to reach Sand Island. It is in these open waters of Pelican Bay that we are likely to see a few good sized dolphin. We'll then paddle our way along the edge of Sand Island in a northwest direction for about 2 miles ending up just south of the Dauphin Island pier. Along Sand Island, we can stop as often as the group wants to look at the birds, pelicans, terns, etc. Be sure to bring your binoculars!

From near the Pier, the paddle will continue about 2 miles along the beach of Dauphin Island in a eastwardly direction back to the launch site.

1. Somewhere along this trip, paddlers might want to take the opportunity to practice rolling their kayaks. This will be an option for the group. No one should practice rolling their kayak alone.
2. For those wanting to do more paddling after getting back to Ft. Gaines, there will be an option to paddle around to the North side of Dauphin Island, past the Ferry, into Dauphin Bay, and then back (another 7 miles or so).
3. For those wanting to do more paddling after getting back to Ft. Gaines, if the weather cooperates, meaning calm seas and no thunderstorms, another option will be to paddle across Mobile Bay to Fort Morgan and back. It is only a 7 mile round trip.
4. After the morning paddle, eat lunch at one of the island's restaurants.

Paddler Reality Check:
It is not necessary to know how to roll, but anyone paddling across open waters should have successfully re-entered their kayak after tipping over. Depending on the wave conditions, a spray skirt may be necessary. Anyone paddling in open waters should know that conditions can change with little or no warning. If you are not comfortable paddling in 2-3 foot waves, this trip may not be for you. It can get hot by 10:00 am and there will be NO shade on this trip, so be sure to bring your hat, water and sunscreen, plus any snacks you need to fuel the kayak's engine.

For more information on this paddle, contact: Rob Nykvist
Home Telephone: (251) 653-9064
Work Telephone: (251) 666-2766 (Ask for Rob)
Paddle Mobile Web Site:

Sunrise Paddle
Date: Sunday, August 26, 2001
Meet 6:00 a.m. at the boat ramp on the east side of Meaher Park on the Causeway. Breakfast afterward. Coordinate with Paul Morgan: 471-2104; W 432-1212

Bob's Surprise Paddle
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2001
Meet around 6:00 p.m. for a moonlight paddle. Location yet to be determined. Call Bob after 8-27 for details. H = 344-8664; W = 344-8118; C = 367-4144

Party for the Platforms!
Sept. 16
Aven & Gary Warner's Dog River Home
$10 per person
473-1819 RSVP & directions
Join us for a cookout on Dog River to raise money for the Mobile-Tensaw Delta Canoe Trail. Food, cold beverages and a launch for canoe or kayak. Come for food, fellowship and update on the canoe trail project. Partygoers are urged to bring their best side dishes and any additonal beverages they wish to drink. Raindate same time on Sunday. This is an Sierra Club and Mobile Bay Area Canoe Club Outing. This is also listed under Mobile Bay Sierra Club Outings. Have not got confirmation from Grillmeister Hal Tippins yet. Any ideas? The Sierra Club just threw the baby in my lap so of course it will be relaxed. This is the first fundraiser for the platforms so we are in learning curve mode. Aven


FYI - Charmein passed this along: " the City Museum of Mobile is moving its 14th century dugout canoe from the old museum to the new tomorrow at 10:00. "