SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS - Revised!!
Changes in this edition: (1) The Ingrams Bayou paddle has been moved from 9/15 to 9/17 (to avoid conflict with the Paddle for the Platforms). (2) Tom Fink has provided us with detailed directions to the Bayou Heron paddle. Everything else stays the same. Happy paddling!
Paddle: Bayou Heron to Bayou La Batre
When: Sunday, September 9, 2001, 7:30 a.m.
Where: Put-in Bayou Heron Wildlife Reserve. We will meet at the landing at the end of Bayou Heron Road at 7:30 AM on Sunday Sept. 9, 2001. Take I10 West and get off at the Franklin Creek Road Exit (just over the border in Mississippi). Make a left on Franklin Creek Road (South) and take it to Route 90 (stay in center lane of FCR), go over Rt. 90 and then you are on Bayou Heron Road (a small sign at the beg. of the road will point to Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge). Proceed on Bayou Heron Road and make the first left you come to and go over the Railroad tracks (watch for trains!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and bear right. Now just proceed on Bayou Heron Road (about 3-4 miles off the top of my head) to the landing. It will be the landing straight ahead, not the one nearby on the right. After we unpack boats we will shuttle cars to Bayou le Batre.
Comments: The kayak mileage is about 9.6-10 statute miles. Lots of Islands to get out on. Still good to bring a skirt. The trip will be all day, esp. considering there is a long shuttle.
Contact: Tom Fink, 457-0325, email@example.com
Paddle: Boiling Creek
When: Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Contact: Bob Andrews, W/H= (334) 344-8664, C = (334) 367-4144
Paddle: Roll Class
When: Thursday, September 13, 2001, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Tom Swearengen: H = 937-3960 farm, W = 334-937 FARM, C= 334-610-7410, Fax = 334-937-3276 (Notify First); & Bob Andrews: H/W = (334) 344-8664, C= (334) 367-4144
Paddle: Party for the Platforms
When: Saturday, September 15, 2001 (Rain Day: Sunday, September 16)
Where: Aven & Gary Warner's Dog River Home - contact for directions
Comments: Join us for a cookout on Dog River to raise money for the Mobile-Tensaw
Delta Canoe Trail. Cost = $10.00 per person
Contact: Aven & Gary Warner, 473-1819 RSVP & directions
Paddle: Little Bateau
When: Sunday, September 16, 2001, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at the public launch next to Texaco on the causeway (just east of Pier 4 restaurant).
Comments: A 12 mile paddle to Little Bateau in the heart of the lower delta. Moderate paced trip. Bring food, water, sunscreen, hat, and standard safety gear.
Contact: Matt Darring, 343-1196 (H), 341-1712 (W), firstname.lastname@example.org
Paddle: Ingram's Bayou
When: Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Put-in is at the south end of Baldwin County Highway 95 just below Pirate's Cove in Josephine.
Comments: This paddle tours some of the unspoiled land that will be developed if Orange Beach builds the bridge. We will paddle southwest along the shoreline and then northwest into Ingram's Bayou. At the upper end the bayou we will bear east and explore a cool, clear, spring-fed stream. After we return there are optional explorations of Stone Quarry Bayou and Robert's Bayou. Bring something to eat, but not too much that you won't enjoy a late lunch at Bob's favorite restaurant. I will probably be camping overnight if anyone wants to join me. Please call if you are planning to come so I will know who to call if we cancel because of hurricane season.
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Paddle: Fritz's Surprise
When: Thursday, September 20, 2001
Contact: Fritz Ingraham, 334-990-5987, email@example.com
Paddle: Upper Little River
When: Saturday, September 22, 2001, time to be announced
Where: Rendezvous: at Stagecoach Inn in Stockton (225 & 59), Put-in: Co. Rd.1 on Little River, Take-Out: Hwy 59
Level of paddle ability expected needed for trip: Beginning canoe or kayak
Expected Expenses: no launch fee
Comments: This is a scenic down river trip through shallow gravel and sandbars, lasting around 5 to 6 hours on the river. Bring lunch, drinks, and snacks.
Contact: Mark Vance 251 458-7574, firstname.lastname@example.org
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