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Tuesday, July 17, 2001

July 16, 2001 Perdido Pass Monday Slackers Paddle

Mike Predmore led this paddle which drew seven paddlers. We met at the east side of Perdido Pass under the bridge. We met at 9:30 a.m. and carried our boats from the parking lot to the water's edge. The put in is natural white sand. A photographer from the Mobile Register was on site to take our pictures for a potential story in the paper. By 10 a.m. we were on the water waiting for the photographer to take pictures looking down from the bridge.

We headed out the Pass which was at or near high water for the day. Jellyfish about 4 inches across drifted by in the Pass. These jellyfish had brown markings radiating from the top center of the bell almost to the edge of the bell where white dots decorated the edge of the bell. A few power boaters were out fishing in the pass, but we experienced little traffic until we were out in the Gulf.
At the entrance to the Pass, the sea state turned interesting with four foot swells and a steady east wind was building current and some small seas. We paddled east for about half a mile then turned south to head for the sea buoy for Perdido Pass. The buoy is a tall one with PP on the radar reflector. As this buoy rides the swell, air moves through a low pitched whistle that sounds something like blowing across
the top of a very large cola bottle. We arrived at the buoy and Mike and Larry Jr. made ready a geocache with a float and anchor. Larry Sr. made the anchor out of lead. A passing fishing yacht gave us some additional wave action to play in while we were there. Some delay with the tangles in the anchor line let us drift west about 3/4 of a mile in a short while. The current showed some strength here. This trip was advertised for medium skilled paddlers for good reason: the sea state and the coastal ocean current added to the difficulty of paddling the distance. Mike took a position fix on the geocache with his GPS receiver.

We paddled upcurrent to the sea buoy. The buoy looked like it was underway due to the current moving by it. We rounded the buoy and headed toward the beach east of the pass. Some of our paddlers wanted to go play in the waves at the shoreline. Three of us were offshore yet and decided not to go in the surf zone, but instead we went more directly toward the Perdido Pass channel markers inside the jetty. Waves were breaking on the east side of the jetty and where the water was deep enough, the waves continued over the jetty into the Pass. We took a break inside at a nice beach half way between the bridge an the end of the jetty. Here we swapped boats and paddled a bit. On the remainder of the trip in towards the bridge, we were in our own boats paddling against the current. Another fishing yacht with the name UNDERTAKER gave us her wake. Sea swell produced some surfable waves in the pass, which helped a little bit to make progress against the current.

At the take out, a Mobile Register reporter, Casandra Andrews, interviewed us about the geocache sport. We took turns talking to her while we racked boats. By 12:35 our boats were loaded and we were discussing lunch options.

Monday, July 16, 2001

May 14, 2001 Forrest Gump Tour

The trip drew eight paddlers with seven kayaks including Tom's enormous tandem Nootka. We met for breakfast at Dick Russell's Barbecue Restaurant in Tilman's Corner. From there we drove in a caravan down US Highway 90 to Padget Switch Road to the town of Bayou La Batre. The day was clear and surprise we had a north wind. In the middle of July we had a north wind! In Bayou La Batre we turned south on Irvington Highway, crossed the draw bridge over the Bayou in town and turned right onto Shell Belt Road.

On Shell Belt Road we stopped twice at vantage points along the way to view some shipbuilding activities from shore. The town has an impressive amount of construction capability. We saw repair yards and shipyards for new construction too. Some of you may have thought that the Bayou was just a fishing village. Well the town does have plenty of shrimp docks and shrimp boat traffic too.

We followed the road to the end at Lightning Park, a city park with picnic facilities and a small hard-surfaced boat ramp near the mouth of the bayou. We arrived about 9 am and put in directly. Parking is across the street from the ramp, but the walk is on the order of 300 feet. On one edge of the boat ramp we had some sand to use to save the boat bottoms from scratches. Launching was easy and we had plenty of room off the main channel to get ourselves adjusted in the boats. To the east (right) I noticed a ship about 300 feet long called SAND ISLAND. It looked to be an old military vessel converted to commercial service.

The channel is wide and heads roughly northward, into the wind on this day. We followed the right side of the channel and visited amongst ourselves and we waved to quite a few people on the boats. The east side of the channel had boat docks and industry. The west side has undeveloped shore line initially until further up the bayou in town. People on the shoreline and docks, especially folks on board the larger shrimp boats waved and called out to us "That looks like fun". We enjoyed some popularity on the bayou.

Paddling through this developed area had its own fascination. The variety of activities visible from the water are not seen from the road. Rather large vessels are under construction. The underside and propulsion of these vessels is clearly in view from the water. New shrimp boats are tied up along the docks and more are in the ways under construction. These new hulls are works of art with double curved lines and rakish bows; the superstructure holds high silvery exhaust pipes and towering net spreaders. Here the boats are clean and shining in the sun with bright fresh paint - white on the superstructure and blue hulls.

We found a side creek to the east of Shell Belt Road that we explored. The creek meandered into the salt marsh. Tom described the transition zones from marsh grasses to saltier sedges, and he pointed out the types of crabs and shell fish that live at the waterline. A sand bar here and there was useful to take a break and adjust foot pegs or just to stop paddling and talk. We explored a short branch of the creek that headed east north east into the pines. The mud shoreline had dozens of little fiddler crabs scurrying into holes in the
mudbank.

Returning back to the main channel, we noticed bird nests under the Shell Belt Road bridge. I think they were barn swallow nests. Paddling up the bayou we passed Steiner Shipyard. This place has LOTS of interesting stuff going on. Three Coast Guard cutters are getting overhauled and a couple of strange looking vessels are near the entrance including a Russian submarine. See Rob's photos at Paddle Mobile. Up past Steiner's, the bayou becomes less developed. Bulkheads and wooden docks line the shore, but the buildings become more residential.

We had a break on a sandy point across from a fine home with a sailing ketch with the name CARPE DIEM on the hull. Jane had snacks to share and Rob fed fish that were two to three inches long some bread crumbs at the water's edge. I sprinkled a few crumbs out of a granola bar wrapper and the fish ignored those. Rob observed, if the fish don't eat it, is it any good for people? Up channel a little further, a dock was home to four small trawlers. The bayou has a few S turns past here. Swamp lilies are blooming here and there and a
vine with a purple flower in the shape of a morning glory colored the greenery too. The bayou narrows a little bit, but it stays navigable until, in deep forest, a series of tree falls gives a paddler a challenge in proceeding up the bayou. Julie and I passed through the first four tree falls, but number five would have forced us to get out and get our feet muddy so we turned around and retraced our path. The rest of our group had stopped for a swim so we met them as they were coming up.

Though the wind was from the north, it was not that cool. The clear skies let us have plenty of sunshine. We returned to the take out and left about 3:15 p.m. We drove the scenic route out of town so Tom could show us a few more put in locations for paddling in the area from Bayou La Batre to Heron Bay.

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. We e-mail our monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it from Gene at boothecg@bellsouth.net. Gene also snail-mails our newsletter to those members who request it. Contact Gene if you would like to receive a newsletter in either format.

2. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and also enjoy sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether or not the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision as to whether or not to participate in each event. The coordinator of the paddle should be able to assist with information on the expected paddle conditions. However, always remember that the weather and other conditions can, and quite often do, change both quickly and dramatically.

3. It is always a good idea to contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. They can contact you with important information, such as trip cancellation, etc. Also, thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

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Gene writes us as follows:

Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club Report of Past Paddles

This is an attempt to pass along some information about the paddles/activities that members of our club have participated in. The object is to share some of our experiences with others who probably like knowing this kind of stuff. No one can go on all the paddles. Also, hopefully, others may gain enough knowledge to learn where to go and what to expect if they want to do the paddle on their own sometime.

Although we would like to provide a literary experience, realize that Bruce is out of the area at this time. Anyone is welcome to tell about the paddles they participate in. Don't worry about writing skill, we will be interested and hopefully others will become more familiar with the paddling opportunities in the area.

Fortunately for us, Sherilyn came forward and reported on two paddles the club recently scheduled. Incredibly, she wrote them the same night as the paddles. Thanks for the superb job! Unfortunately, but believably, she gave them to the club procrastination committee chairperson to send out the first thing the next day, or as soon as I had time to do it.

The plan was for Sherilyn to write about the 4th of July Fireworks paddle and I would write about the activities that preceded it. So, I will go first.

4th of July Activities at FYC

The Fairhope Yacht Club (FYC) graciously invited us to join them at their club for their 4th of July family day activities. We were particularly encouraged to join the paddle race they have been having the past several years, which has recently been renamed the "kayak" race. We appreciate the hospitality.

Granny Dees, the FYC chair coordinating the day's activities, also a MBCAKC member, scheduled the kayak race for 10:30 - anticipating that the weather conditions would be the most favorable for us at that time. She asked the procrastination chair to head this event.

Upon arriving at the beach at 10:28, I made decision to delay the start of the race until everyone had time to get ready. A slight drizzle was ending and others were just arriving too.

I believe that there were 9 paddle craft participating in the event. Most of the boats were touring kayaks.

Steve christened the nearly completed wood kayak he is building, with a vintage bottle of (as I recall) Miller Lite. This is the only time that I can remember not feeling it to be a shame to see beer spilled. It was a beauty. So was Steve's kayak - and fast too. He hopes to have the seat completed soon. I let him wear my mini-skirt during the race. He said that it helped him a lot and made him feel more comfortable during the race. Obviously, you know that a short spray skirt for a kayak is often referred to as a mini-skirt, don't you?

Tom Fink left his 23' tandem on top of his car for now and chose, instead, a rocket. Boy, was he fast! Mike was fast also. He took his young daughter along for a ride in his wood, single seat, touring kayak. She sat in the back hatch, facing backward where she could keep a better eye on me, and most of the rest of the fleet.

Dave rigged his sailboard for paddling and gave chase. Paul loaded, and I mean loaded, his war canoe with a bunch of young warriors. The sailboard and canoe were given a head start. The rest of us sat in our kayaks, at the water-line on the beach until the starting signal, then we were off.

It was a real contest for some of us, up until that time. Taking advantage of local knowledge, and the ability to decide upon the rules, I started on the end of the beach nearest the first mark. I was once so close to Tom that I bumped into him. Then I decided to take time to lower my rudder to help me steer better. That was the beginning of the end for me. I still had enough position to maneuver in front of some boats (was it Ron and Fritz? - it was such a blur of excitement) and slow them down temporarily. Reality began to sink in and hope of an honorable finish faded as we rounded the Government Mark. That is where Ron and Fritz used the sling-shot effect to shoot past me.

The length of the race course, from the beach - to the Government Mark - and back to the beach, doesn't seem like all that long of a distance until you think about sprinting it. Did I say that Tom was fast? He shifted into a higher gear on the second half of the course, with Mike in hot pursuit. The outcome of the race would have been much more closely contested had Mike paddled solo. For some reason, he did not want to heel over as much as he normally would have done to make a tight turn rounding the mark. He was also making constant boat righting adjustments as his sightseer turned first one was, then another in order to see better. Mike was 2nd on the beach, after Tom, and was awarded first place for tandem. I wasn't close enough to the pack by that time to tell whether Ron or Fritz came in next. Larry and I did beat the sailboard and boat load of children though, especially after the canoe had to return for a dropped paddle. That was a lot of people.

Sally Morgan was on the beach helping with finishes and awarding prizes. There was an American flag and balloon for every child, a first place prize for every category, as well as one for us "also participating." Guess why the trophy for the first female skipper was not awarded?

Back on the beach, we took advantage of the picnic tables, grills, shade trees, and good company to really enjoy the day. This was a lot of fun and we will hopefully be able to do it again next year.

Several of us took a short paddle to Rock Creek and then Red Bluff. Four boats departed the FYC beach early in the afternoon. There were enough waves to make it fun as we paddled north, about a mile downwind, to the sandbar jutting out a long way into the bay. It was fun not to race Tom, Ron and Fritz, but to enjoy their company as we took our time paddling. Janie, with a friend from Atlanta, accompanied us in a tandem Old Town kayak.

The mouth of Rock Creek is hidden behind a high, for this area, sand dune. You could pass right by it and never see it. We paddled through the breaking waves of the bar, for what looked like a beach landing north of the little peninsular. Right on the beach was the shallow channel of the creek, running south along the beach, behind head-high sand (from a kayak seat) dune. This channel changes often and the configuration of the opening into the creek may very well be a lot different by now. What we saw apparently resulted from the last heavy rain. We were able to paddle in without portaging. Be prepared to play "Guess-Where-You-Go" when you come. This would be a great place to just picnic on the beach sometime.

Rock Creek is a beautiful, quiet water paddle. There is a surprising large amount of aquatic vegetation on the banks, considering the number of homes lining, especially the south end, of the creek. It is best to come during high tide, as there are many shallows and some tree blow-down/stump obstruction. We were able to paddle for about a quarter of a mile east of the Hwy. 11 (Rock Cr.) bridge. The creek twisted and turned as it meandered through the woods and backyards, until finally narrowing too much by a small waterfall. The sandbar to the south of this spot rises up a densely wooded hill to Larry & Ann McDuff's home. A picnic table marks the spot. They have invited the club to paddle there sometime. This would make an even better picnic spot.

The water was cool, clean and refreshing and is a great place to take a dip. You may have to wade over, or under obstructions, at times to get there. However, lets put to rest the erroneous idea that you have to have a small kayak to get into such tight places. Tom and Ruth were in their 23 foot tandem kayak.

Janie had to paddle back early to get to another social event, before rejoining us on the fireworks paddle. From Rock Creek, we continued north on to Red Bluff. This is another very interesting place within a short distance of the FYC beach. The bluff was a prominent landmark on the early Spanish maps in the 1500s. When Tom and I paddled across the bay last year, the bluff was visible from the other side and we could use it as a navigational aide.

The bluff must rise somewhere around 100' above the beach There is a rustic house above, with a large attic window, somewhat reminiscent of a ship's steering wheel in design. There is another house, to the south, whose front end is almost not over the edge of the bluff. I understand that home insurance may be sky high in this area.

There is an interesting melody of colors and designs of the various stratum. This is a great place to explore. However, our stay was short, as the time was approaching for the main event of the day - the fireworks paddle. Gene

Fireworks Paddle

Hooray for the red, white and blue...and the other colors of kayaks out on the water on our auspicious Fourth of July. Gene counted 23 kayaks out at the Fairhope Pier sandbar celebrating the 4th! It was a beautiful sight.

It all began with a put-in at the Fairhope Yacht Club amidst a joyous crowd of people having a party with one another. I met old friends and new friends there! The sun was beginning to slide down the horizon. It was that dusky time of day when the world seems to put a cloak on itself and turn dark.

Everyone climbed into kayaks and paddled away from shore. Halfway to the 'big' pier a couple of kayakers turned over and one even took on water. Fortunately there were others around to assist. It was a reminder to me that yes, kayaks do turn over.

Tom Fink mentioned the importance of lifejackets and I was thinking how great it is that we all pull together and help one another. I have not tipped in a kayak before and I know I took notice and sat up a bit straighter after that. The waves were somewhat choppy and there was a slight breeze from the South.

Upon arrival at the Fairhope marina sandbar we heard the National Anthem being sung. Some of us stopped and listened. I noticed a sailboat adorned with a spinnaker designed like the American flag. I saw another sailboat with lights of red, white and blue. I don't normally feel patriotic, but I did at that moment. There is something special about hearing live music across the water. We listened to the Baldwin Pops play John Sousa's music as we waited for the magical moment.

Tom and his wife told us stories about their daughter in the Peace Corps in Africa and about canoeing down the Zambowie River near Victoria Falls. They saw crocodiles! He promised we would see alligators on the upcoming paddle at the end of the month!

At about 9:00PM the fireworks began. It was a beautiful sight overhead. Huge explosions of light careened upon us and faded into the night sky. We could hear each explosion twice as it kaboomed overhead and echoed from the nearby cliffs. Oh say, can you see...and the rockets red glare....Some kayakers stood in ankle deep water to view the sky. Several people floated nearby and others sat atop their kayaks on the sandbar.

Jane Agee (the hostess with the mostest) passed around cheese and crackers and some kind of yummy pate'. There were nuts (to eat and to hang out with!) Barbara Brown's grandson even caught a croaker near the sandbar.

I have been watching Fairhope's fireworks for many years now and I've never seen them like this! Gene came around and reminded everyone there wasn't just one show...Daphne's fireworks were going off and so were Mobile's! I heard Ooohs and Ahhhs... We were at an amazing vantage point.

When the grand finale ended, everyone turned on little red flashing lights and made it back to the Fairhope Yacht Club. We were sent off with a couple of extra firecrackers overhead that the firemen must have forgotten in the canister. It was a great trip. Thanks for planning it, Gene.

Okay, I wrote my part. Gene said he missed Bruce Zimmerman's synopses of the trips, so he and I decided to write this one. This one's for you to read, Bruce, until you can get back to write again. Gene is going to write about the kayak races at the F'hope Yacht Club that happened earlier in the day. Hope to see you all out there at the moonlight paddle tomorrow night! Sarah J, Robin D, Barbara and Liz you've got to start coming out on these paddles! They're fun! Sherilyn

July 5th - Full Moon Over the Apalachee

The water was virtually still when we put in at Eco Tours on the causeway near Blue Gill. I think there were eight or nine kayaks and one canoe. Right away, Harriet and Melanie spotted alligators! They were everywhere! All sizes! They looked really cool when people started shining their lights on them. Their eyes are an errie red in the light!

Bob picked a perfect night. We only saw a glimpse of the moon through the clouds -- but the sun going down was pretty in pink. Fritz pointed out beautiful Japanese Purple Hyacinths along the winding "S" curves as we headed toward the lake. Ron took photographs. Once inside the lake we sat and talked and Jane shared RIBS! You never know what is hidden in her kayak! They were delicious!

Little Gabriel was in the canoe with his Mom and dad and both Melanie and Fritz had animal crackers to offer him. He was thrilled. We paddled to a place I'll call Mosquito Island I think where the Tensaw and Appalacha Rivers meet the Blakely River (If I'm wrong about the names just remember I'm new at all this!) and rafted up for as long as we could stand. Fortunately we had cans of repellent and we used it.

Gene met us there and asked me to write again about the trip. How did I get this job? Some of us had an impromptu race across the river... Fritz couldn't be beat and Harriet kept eyeing my Tampico (back away from my new toy, Harriet!) I still couldn't beat her! Must be that new paddle she kept bragging about from Bob. I tried it out and it's extremely lightweight with huge paddles.

We all hightailed it back ashore and helped one another put up our kayaks. Everyone is always so kind and helpful! It was too late to go to Ed's Shed so we went to the Original Oyster House. We found a fake alligator in there and had fun posing -- putting our feet and legs in his mouth. Bob bought us pitchers of beer! Thanks Bob! We talked about whitewater rafting (go Melanie), fishing (hook 'em! Harriet) and saw Gene's photos of the firecrackers last night and of a past trip.

I'm going to California soon, but I'll be back and ready to paddle again. So somebody else is going to have to write stuff about the next trip. Come out with us sometime, Margaret D. You'd love this!
Sherilyn

Friday, July 06, 2001

REVISED CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Gene sends us the following, updated, new and improved, extensive, and highly informative calendar of events:

Saturday, July 14, 2001
Paddle: Forest Gump Tour
When: Saturday July 14, 2001
Directions: Meet at Dick Russell’s Restaurant at 7:45 AM to eat, 8:30 AM just to meet for paddling. To get there take Interstate 10 West to exit 17b. Take exit to Higgins Road, Tilman's corner (other exit is to Dauphin Island). You will pass on the left a super Walmart. Pass by Halls Mill Road and then make the left onto route 90 (south mostly here, but sign will say Route 90 West). Immediately get in the right lane and look on the right for the Dick Russells Restaurant. It has a very prominent sign.
Why you want to go on this trip: Beautiful, easy paddle up Bayou la Batre (the Bayou itself) to view the very scenic shrimp boats.
Options:
a. Up and back the bayou itself ~ 2 to 3 nautical miles each way (depending how far up the bayou we go -- it is 2 nautical miles from the mouth to Route 188), for a total of 4 to 6 nautical miles of quiet water paddling suitable for all canoes and kayaks.
b. Want more????????? One possibility is to add an Isle Aux Herbes trip to the above. 1.24 nautical miles from the mouth of Bayou La Batre to the north tip of the island.
c. Want another option??? Another possibility is to paddle to Bayou Coden (1.84 nautical miles from Bayou la Batre mouth to mouth of Bayou Coden). Approximately one half nautical mile up Bayou Coden to route 188. You can go up the Bayou Coden more if you like.

Monday July 16, 2001
Paddle: Perdido Pass
Rendezvous: Perdido Pass Bridge
Comments: paddle east or west of the pass on the outside (weather permitting) and possibly some surfing
Coordinator: Mike Predmore 626-7915, paddlefoot64@usa.net.

Thursday, July 19, 2001
Paddle: LST 325 & the Alligator Tour
Why do you want to go: Why, to see the Famous LST 325 World War Two ship and then later the equally famous and rarely fatal Delta Alligators, of course!
Meet at Tom Fink’s house at 5:30* PM on Thursday, July 19, 2001. (*Note change in time: I changed the time to allow more people to attend. Call if you think you might be late (251-457-0325). Directions to 215 Bell Court, Chickasaw, Alabama 36611-1105: From I-65 take Exit 10 to West Lee Street. You will be going east. As you come onto West Lee from the exit you will come to a Stop Light (if you went left at the stop light you would go towards the entrance of the Howard Johnsons Motel), go through this first stop light and go to the second stop light. Make a left turn at this second stop light onto Iroquois Street. Go down Iroquois all the way to the stop sign (on your left will be the old Armory). First Stop Sign Left : Make a left at this stop sign onto Myrtlewood. Take Myrtlewood all the way to next stop sign. Second Stop Sign Left: Make a left at this stop sign onto Sutherland. Go all the way on Sutherland until the next stop sign. Third Stop Sign Left: Make a left at this stop sign onto Alpine. Proceed on Alpine and take the left fork in the road, which takes you onto Baratara. Take Baratara and cross small bridge over 8 Mile Creek (you are real close now, about half a mile away). You will now be on a real island called Robber’s Island. Keep on Baratara and proceed to next fork in road in which you will go left onto West Baratara. You will soon see Offut Court, Durle Court and then our court, Bell Court, on your left. Take Bell Court. Our house is at the end of the court on the right. Big two-car garage in front with two-white garage doors.**** When you return, reverse your steps, but there is no stop sign when you go back that was your third stop sign turn as you came in (if you read the previous "sentence" carefully, it does make sense).
Paddle to LST 325 (they will move it soon).
Then paddle to Pumping Station Canal to view BEEEEEEEEEEEGGGGGGGGGggg Alligators at night (bring headlight and extra batteries)
Coordinators: Ruth Larson and Tom Fink, 251-457-0325 (area code formerly was 334); ruthdlarson@home.com, tomjfink@home.com

Sunday, July 22, 2001
Paddle: Six Bits Creek
Six Bits Cr. 8:00 a.m. meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort; Put-it at Hurricane landing
Rendezvous: 8:00 a.m. meet at Brunos in Spanish Fort
Put-In: Hurricane Landing
Level of paddle ability expected/needed for trip: Not for beginners. The difficulty is the crossing of the Tensaw (which can get rough) and the expected 12-14 mile length of paddle.
Coordinator: Matt Darring, H = 343-1196, W = 341-1712; iama@backpacker.com (this address was incorrectly given on the first calendar) RSVP
Comments: Bring lunch, lots of water, standard safety gear

Wednesday, July 25 , 2001
Paddle: Rice Creek Platform Moonlight Paddle
Rendezvous: meet 6:00 p.m. at Stagecoach Inn in Stockton
Put-In/Take-Out: Rice Creek
Coordinator: Paul Morgan; H 471-2104, W 432-1212, RSVP
Comments: bring refreshments (make that LOTS of refreshments, judging from past paddles) and a swimsuit for night swim.

Thursday, July 05, 2001

Attention Slackers:

Mike Predmore writes us:

I woulds like to offer a Monday Slackers Paddle at Perdido Pass bridge on Monday July 16th. Anyone interested meet with me at the parking lot east of Perdido Pass bridge ~0930 that day. Lets do some paddling east or west of the pass on the outside (weather permitting) and possbly some surfing. Call Mike at 626-7915 or email at paddlefoot64@usa.net.

Wednesday, July 04, 2001

July 2001 Calendar of Events

[I'm in NYC so I didn't attend the meeting last night, and the calendar I received via e-mail was in an unknown file format, but I think most of the following is more or less correct. However, PLEASE CONFIRM ALL INFO WITH THE APPROPRIATE TRIP COORDINATOR. E-mail me if I've got something wrong: jrobber@worldnet.att.net. And please stay tuned to this web page for further information and updates. Happy paddling!]

4 - Independence Day family (children & adult) activities at FYC 10:30 paddle races, kayak club invited, grill lunch, possible short noon paddle to Red Bluff/Rock Creek; Fireworks Paddle departs FYC beach around 6:00 p.m., paddle south 1/2 way to the Fairhope Mun. Pier, then to Marina. Gene Boothe 928-1107

5 - 1:30 p.m. Governor Don Siegelman and Commissioner Riley Boykin Smith will be at Meaher State Park to make a major announcement pertaining to the Mobile Bay Causeway. Contact Thomas by phone at (251) 626-0042 or e-mail. Phillip Hinesley ADCNR Coastal Programs Manager (Karen reports that this may have been cancelled.)

5 - Full Moon Paddle 6:00 p.m. meet at Tensaw Eco Tours, on causeway, east of Bluegill, paddle Whiskey ditch, possibly to Apalachee River to King's Point, view Lotus; bring flashlight; eat afterwards. Call Bob Andrews H = (334) 344-8664 W = (334) 344-8118 C= (334) 367-4144

14 - Forest Gump Tour Paddle Bayou la Batre (EASY); possible additions: 1. extended Bayou la Batre; 2. Isle Aux Herbes; 3. Bayou Coden; Coordinator: Tom Fink 457-0325; tomjfink@home.com

19 - LST 325 Paddle & The Alligator (Night) Tour Coordinator: Tom Fink 457-0325; tomjfink@home.com

22 - Six Bits Creek, 8:00 a.m. Meet at Brunos in Sp. Fort; Put-in at Hurricane landing; Bring lunch, water; not for beginners (12-14 mi., crossing Tensaw R.); coordinator: Matt Darring, 343-1196, jama@backpacker.com RSVP

25 - Rice Cr. Platform Moonlight Paddle; meet 6:00 p.m. at Stagecoach Inn in Stockton; Rice Cr. put-in; bring refreshments (usually substantial here); night swim; Coordinator: Paul Morgan H 471-2104 W 432-1212 RSVP