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Friday, August 31, 2001

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.

!!!!!!!!!!!Monthly Meeting!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2001
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Fairhope Yacht Club
Terri and Randy Hurd, from Gulf Coast Wilderness Adventures, will present the program.

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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.

Fritz

Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Updated Calendar of Events

Bob's Surprise Paddle
[NOTE: THE DATE OF THIS PADDLE HAS CHANGED (It was formerly scheduled for August 30.]
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2001
Meet around 6:00 p.m. for a moonlight paddle. Location yet to be determined. Call Bob after 8-20 for details (or check this website). H = 344-8664; W = 344-8118; C = 367-4144

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

Party for the Platforms!
[NOTE: THE DATE OF THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED. It was formerly scheduled for Sept. 16.]
Saturday, Sept. 15, with a "rain day" of 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
Report on Recent Paddle: Bayou Tallapoosa Paddle by Matt Darring
August 12, 2001

The launch for this paddle is Rice Creek Landing. It's a wonderful landing for kayakers because there is hardly any motor boat traffic. In fact this was the first time in five times that I have actually seen a motor boat trailer. It's also free, which is a perk. Plus is wonderfully beautiful. It's very tricky to find, unless you have been there. I found out that even if you have been there it is still hard to find.

We met at the Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton at 8:00 AM. I should say the old Stagecoach because they have a new building across the street. We left at around 8:15 and went to the launch all seven cars. I took a wrong turn onto Allen St. and my faithful companions followed. Needless to say that the little old lady that owned the front yard that we were now overtaking was a wee surprised. She took it in stride though, calm throughout. She even asked if we were looking for Rice Creek, which means this has happened before. Carl aced if she had breakfast waiting for us. It was quite funny. Anyway, we found the right street ("Rice Creek St.", go figure) and we had the boats unloaded and were in the water by 9:30. There were 9 people in 8 boats. It was a really good crew, but no new people unfortunately.

We paddled up Rice Creek to Tensaw Lake and took a right. We continued up the lake for probably 2.5 miles to the tip of an island. Just to the left of that island is the skinny inlet of Bayou Tallapoosa. It is very similar to Bayou Jassmine to the South, but unfortunately has some clear cuts nearby so the woods don't seem as Jurassic. Still a beautiful paddle. We continued up past a few minor log jams and such. Some of us got out and stretched at one point. There was a neat frog there. Carl showed us his cool "Launching from sitting on an overhanging tree branch" move. Rob probably has a picture of it posted on his sister website for the club. We paddled a good bit more to a much bigger log jam, that was passable but we had been out for a while. I suggested that we turn around since Fritz's gps said we had gone almost 6 miles. I only wanted to do 7 or 8 miles anyway, but the group came to a consensus that we were close enough to the Tensaw river to make a push for it. We paddled only a couple more tenths of a mile and reached the river. There we got out on the sand bar and chatted. Almost all of us went for a dip. Carl practiced his rolls out in the river.

We turned around and started to head back down the Bayou. There was a thunderstorm off in the distance, but it seemed to be heading south of us. The rather swift current of the bayou carried us quickly along. About halfway back down the rain started. It soaked us pretty good. We stopped at the end of the Bayou to group up and make our decision. We decided to go ahead and head back and stay up close to the bank to avoid lightning as best as possible. We made it back without much in the way of rain, and no one being struck by lightning. We did have a tail wind for a good bit. Can you imagine it? A tail wind at one of my paddles.

We got back around 2:30 if memory serves me, having paddled a little bit more than 12 miles. It was a great paddle, and the company was fantastic. It did end up being a little longer than I had planned, but that was mainly due to the experience of the group. It's not hard to convince me to stay out longer.

This is a great place to paddle. Even on a weekend I think we only saw 2 or 3 motor boats. There are several other places that I want to paddle in this area. There are no services directly at the launch site, but there are some amenities in beautiful downtown Stockton. If you have any questions about the area, or other places to paddle out of Rice Creek, feel free to email me.

-- Matt Darring, IAMA@BACKPACKER.COM

Friday, August 17, 2001

Kayak for Sale:

Harriet King writes us that she wants to sell her Hurricane Aqua Sports Santee XL, which has had only two months of use and is in new condition. Yellow, 36 LBS, 11.6 ft. Asking $600.00.

E-mail her at hvk1457@aol.com,
or call at 251 928-4568.

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
phritz@bellsouth.net

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 ershaywood@aol.com
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.

Options:
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)
Email: robnykvist@netzero.net
Email: paddlemobile@yahoo.com
Paddle Mobile Web Site: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/paddlemobile

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

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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. "

Thursday, August 09, 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.

Contact list:

If you want to get on our e-mail list, please e-mail Gene at boothecg@bellsouth.net.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, or want to post something on this website, please e-mail Bruce at bzboater@earthlink.net AND Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net AND Tommy at tommy@beebefarm.com. Whichever of us is in town and on-line at any given moment will take care of it ASAP.

Click here to go to the West Florida Canoe Club webpage.
Click here to go to the Paddlemobile "bulletin board" for MBCAKC members, where we post messages and photographs about club paddles, "slacker" paddles, just-plain-paddles, and whatever else we feel like posting about.

Happy paddling!
Members Bulletin Board:

Bob is exploring the idea of having business type cards for our club to offer prospective members. If you know anything about a good place to do this, please contact Bob Andrews (h) 344-8664 (w) 344-8118 (c) 367-4144.

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Gene writes us that the monthly Calendar of Events has not yet been finalized, but we do know that the following paddles are scheduled:

Paddle: Bayou Tallapoosa
Date: Sunday, August 12, 2001
Meet: at Stagecoach restaurant in Stockton @ 8:00 AM.
Coordinator: Matt Darring, iama@backpacker.com, 343-1996-H, 341-1712-W.
Comments: Medium Length Paddle at a relaxed pace

Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2001
Meet: at 6:00 PM at Buzbee's Launch on Hwy 225
Paddle leader: Fritz Ingraham
Coordinator: Fritz Ingraham. Please call and let me know if you plan to come. Home phone: 990-5987 (answering machine is friendly) Cell phone: 680-8928, e-mail address phritz@bellsouth.net
Comments: Bring flashlight, insect repellant, snacks, fluid of choice, and $3.00 launch fee. Leisurely paddle and probably dinner afterwards at one of the Causeway eateries. Look forward to seeing you there!

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

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Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Six Bits Creek Paddle, July 21, 2001

The sun hung low in the sky, casting long shadows on the ground of three boats. The boats of three great explorers. They met at a local trading post owned by a man named Bruno, who had shot and killed the previous owner, Delchamps, in a duel.

After they stocked up on provisions for their journey, they made way to the launch site of the grand expedition. They came to the landing known as hurricane, and met with the other sojourner of their group, now four strong. They paid the harbormaster three schillings for the use of his land. The bows of the four boats, called kayaks by the locals, sliced into the slime covered waters of Hurricane Bayou. Bits of morning fog still lingered in the shadows, as well as a small alligator peering from the murky depths.

Our four explorers: Fritz the swift, Captain Gene, Tom the brilliant, and Slo-mo Matt (also pronounced Mo-slo, and is also known as Windy), are on a mission of their own making. They are off the to explore the reaches of Six Bits Creek.

Local accounts tell of great beauty and impressive wealth. Gene, an old salt of local fame, did not know if this grand adventure was possible. However, with the security of being surrounded by such great boatmen he headed off with them.

After leaving the bayou they encountered their first great challenge, crossing the mighty Tensaw River. The gods of the sea were with them as they crossed with ease. They entered the river that led to the Basin Negro. The river was lined with great swaths of American Lotus flowers. Fritz and Tom discovered an inlet creek and decided to follow it. Upon seeing that creek went on for a long ways, they decided to leave it for another day. The river forked, and our group took the channel to the East. Local lore tells that this time of year is a bad time to see flowers, but our explorers would tell a different tale. They saw many American Lotus, numbering in the thousands. That is not all, our heroes also saw Leather Flower Clematis, Trumpet vine, Swamp Lilly, Pickerel, Water Primrose, Alligator Weed, and Water hyacinth all in bloom. They were also fortunate enough to see a large alligator on the river to Basin Negro. They passed by Smith Bayou, then Owl Creek, and then to the point at the top of the island. They were at the South end of the vast Basin Negro, and the mouth of Six Bits was only a couple of hundred yards away.

The entrance to Six Bits is a most glorious site. Flanked on both sides by grand Bald Cypress trees. The channel of the creek is narrowed on both sides by encroaching water plants. On the South side is Water Primrose and Alligator Weed, as well as a floating plant that has the texture of a cats tongue, that Tom noted was a floating fern. On the North side is the venerable American Lotus.
The explorers cruised up the creek past hanging limbs and floating gardens. They thought to themselves, "This truly is a beautiful place." As they reached the navigable end of the creek, it bequeathed its great treasure: a noble giant of a cypress. The four travelers gawked in amazement at its size and beauty, and wondered why pirates of a foregone era had left it be. They pondered that if all four surrounded the tree there would be gaps between their hands. It was a true reminder of what had once been, and what will hopefully be again. Our heroes ate and drank, took pictures, and did other things one must do after having been in a kayak for three and a half hours.
Fully satisfied with the success of their journey, they ventured back. The group split at the island. Matt and Fritz went back down the East fork, as Tom and Gene ventured down the West. Tom broke off from Gene to hunt Fiddler crabs (apparently his food was running short). There was a gentle breeze as our heroes crossed back over the Tensaw, after a short break. They came back to there stagecoaches at four o'clock, having departed at nine that morning. The entire journey was 14 miles (or 8.2 nautical miles). The harbormaster and his mate were amazed by the explorers interesting mode of transportation, and wondered how many times they had capsized. Our heroes chuckled, rallied their horses, and rode off into the sunset.
-The End

All illusions of grandeur aside, this was an excellent paddle, due in great deal to the weather. There are several other creeks in the area that I would like to paddle, and most are closer than Six Bits if you are looking for a shorter paddle. We left out from Hurricane landing, which is in between Cliffs Landing and Byrnes Lake. It's never really crowded and it's only $3. There is also a restaurant right at the launch. The area is very safe for you soloers out there. There was moderate boat traffic, mainly concentrated on the Tensaw. To get to Hurricane landing go west from the four way stop on Hwy. 225 in the town of Crossroads, then take the right fork in the road. The four way stop is the first one you come to if you are heading North from Hwy. 31 in Spanish Fort. If you have any other questions about the area just email me at iama@backpacker.com.

- Matt Darring
LST 325 and Alligator Tour - Thursday, July 19, 2001

At about 5:30 to 5:45 6 kayakers arrived at the home of Ruth Larson and Tom Fink in Chickasaw (215 Bell Court). I think all were pleasantly surprised how close our house is to the inviting 8-Mile Creek (Hurricane Georges was also pleasantly surprised by this as well). We loaded into the creek at 6 PM and then began our quest for the famous LST 325 and the equally famous and sometimes also deadly AMERICAN ALLIGATOR.

We began our paddle by going north to the tip of Robber’s Island and then back south again on the east side of the island (Tom and Ruth, live on Robber’s Island, which isn’t the Caribbean, but by golly it has a tiny bridge and it’s an island!). I love to go this way because shortly we then go through a very small shrub hidden opening into an unnamed bayou. This bayou goes through the heart of a beautiful blackgum swamp. At first it is hardly wider than your boat. Then it opens up considerably as you paddle towards Chickasaw Creek. Well this obscure opening was so obscure that our intrepid sweep person, Robert, missed the opening. Luckily he had paddled from Chickasaw Creek to the route 43 bridge on a prior trip, and he knew where the LST was, so he waited for us there. Even though it wasn’t his fault (the boat ahead did not wait to show this obscure entrance) we all "gladly fired" Robert as sweep and then Gene Boothe became our new sweep.

This part of 8-Mile Creek and Chickasaw Creek are characterized by blackgums, sweet bay, red bay, red maple, swamp titi, black titi, wax myrtle, St. Johnswort, and other cool swamp plants. Paddlers especially enjoyed seeing the profuse white blooms of the shrub sized honeysuckle azalea. This shrub/small tree blooms in the heat of the summer from June to July. A few swamp lilies also caused some botanical fascination.

It was a little slow going for awhile, with losing our sweep person, and then having 2 reporters having to answer calls from their bosses at the Mobile Press (which I think is a good newspaper). Soon however the calls were done, and we then started to move at a very good pace. Before we got to the LST, there are several World War II boats awaiting the iron scrap pile. The LST 325 is just a little further east of the Route 43 bridge in Chickasaw, on the south side. This cool World War II landing boat is really much smaller than you might think after seeing pictures of it in the newspaper. It is also much much much much much rustier than you would imagine. Now I am impressed by anyone or any group that crosses any ocean in any boat. I am now more impressed by those old guys who commandeered an old poorly maintained rust bucket across a major ocean.

We then proceeded further east on Chickasaw Creek, passed a fuel unloading facility on the north side. As we went past they were pumping diesel fuel out of barges guided by a tug. This facility seems to be pretty good, in the years I have been here I haven’t noticed any spills.

Just beyond the fuel facility, is the old pumping house, which guards the west entrance of Pumping Station Canal. Luckily there is an opening that kayaks and canoes can squeeze through, but power boats can not (YEAHHHHHHH). Getting through the opening is easy, the difficult part is getting past the logs that jam against the east side of the pump house. We barely made it. I was very impressed by Lisa Haywood’s desire to "go where no person has gone before,,,,,,,,,,,,,,," even if it means badly scratching her new and incredibly beautiful glass Arctic Hawk on barnacles.

The Pumping Station Canal is a wonderful place biologically, although straight as an arrow and obviously man made, it is a mecca for wildlife. We saw an incredible number of yellow-crowned night herons, some osprey with fish, 3 or 5 wild turkeys, and gar (they grow to 4+ feet here). If it wasn’t’ dark (we entered the canal at sunset) our paddlers would have seen thousands of the fabulous lubber grasshoppers, and very many fiddler crabs of three species (the largest in our area Uca minax, and the much smaller Uca longisignalis and Uca spinicarpa). Of course we saw the ominous eyeshine of countless alligators. Some were so big we were afraid to estimate their length. One apparently hit Rebecca’s or Karen’s boat when it dived. Or was it a big gar?????,,,,, noooooooooooooooo because that wouldn’t make as good a story!! Rounding out the wildlife picture was one scared very large slider (turtle) that fell off a bank upside down and it took some time before it could right itself in the mud. We never did encounter the attack/killer alligator that Robert found on his trip a few days earlier.

Originally I had planned to just take people about half way up the canal (it is 2.15 nautical miles from the Chickasaw Ck. to the Mobile River), but everyone was so gung ho, that we went to the Mobile River and looked at 12 Mile Island to the north and the Africa Town/Cochran Bridge to the south. The bridge, paper company and other industrial facilities look pretty at night from a distance decked out in so many lights.

This group of paddlers still wanted more so I suggested we go back by way of Duck Lake, which is a curvy natural way back to the Chickasaw Creek. It added some to our trip mileage. This lake or really long bayou is curvy and very pretty during
the day. The first half is forested on the banks, while the latter half is dominated by lanceleaved arrowhead (Sagittaria lanceolata). This lake enters the Chickasaw about a half mile south of the Pumping Station Canal.

The rest of the trip wound its way down the main Chickasaw Creek. We finished at about 11:40 PM.

The success of any trip is due to the people who attend. We were lucky to have two very young and interesting Mobile Press reporters, Karen Tolkkinen and Rebecca Catalanello. The wife/husband team of Lisa and Carl Haywood attended. They are semi-retired from a chemical response clean-up company, very interesting business. Of course we (I?) were/was jealous since we/I have to work to at least 150 years old before retirement. Our groups was rounded out by two stalwart paddlers Robert Nykvist (a draftsman for roads) and Gene Boothe (a teacher with many cool gadgets).

Tom Fink

Sunday, August 05, 2001

!!!!!!! Monthly Meeting !!!!!!!

The next monthly meeting of the MBCAKC will be Tuesday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m, at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Charlie and Susan Mink will present a slide program on their raft trip down the Grand Canyon.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. Monthly schedules of paddling trips are set at these meetings.