CLUB MEETINGS ARE HELD THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE

5 RIVERS DELTA RESOURCE CENTER (map) AT 7PM. SEE THE POSTS BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS!

To post information to this website or for further information about this website, just ask Tracy at tracy@thelannies.us
Current Club Coordinator: Tracy Lannie
MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

Disclaimer: This site provides general information & links on topics of paddling. Paddlesports can pose serious risks of damage to personal property & serious bodily injury including permanent disability & death. Anyone participanting in any MBCKC event or participating in any event mentioned on this website does so at their own risk and agrees to hold MBCKC harmless from any liability as a result of such participation or use of information contained herein.

Monday, December 31, 2001


PADDLE AND MEETING REMINDERS

Paddle: The Last Sunset

Date: Monday, December 31
Place: put in at Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Gene Boothe, 928-1107
Time: contact Gene
Comments: This is an annual tradition. Gene will lead us out into the bay to enjoy the last sunset of 2001.

Paddle and Party: Annual Boiling Creek Paddle with the West Florida Canoe Club
Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2002
Place: Boiling Creek
Contact: Click here to go to the West Florida Canoe Club webpage. Bob Andrews may also be able to give you more information about this paddle: h/w: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Comments: This is an annual event. Please remember that a CURRENT recreational permit for Eglin Air Force Base is required for this paddle. See above on this webpage information about obtaining such a permit.

Next Month's MBCAKC Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Comments: Please note that the next club meeting will be on the SECOND TUESDAY of January, instead of the first Tuesday. (The first Tuesday is New Years Day.)

Sunday, December 30, 2001


Phones and e-mail are quiet. I guess everybody is with Bob in Florida, paddling with the manatees. I hope at least one of you who went on this trip will write it up to post here on our webpage.

In the meantime, here is a fantasy for you: click here to read about paddling the Missouri River.

Monday, December 17, 2001


Tom Fink writes us from New Orleans:

I am working on organizing a "Greenland-style" rolling course with Mark Molina sometime around late March or early April. According to Mark, he thinks the Greenland style rolls are much easier. He seems confident in getting anyone to roll.

The Molinas are wonderful people and are one of the premier paddling couples of the US and really the world. They are exceptional teachers of paddling and exceptional paddlers. Both are among the very very best freestyle canoe paddlers in the world and very good kayakers who very frequently host instructor trainer workshops for canoeing and kayaking at their home and elsewhere. They also host canoe and kayak workshops at other levels (all ACA approved).

I can still be reached at this e-mail, as I will come to Mobile about twice a month or so.

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You can direct any inquiries about this paddling class to Tom at tomjfink@home.com. Bear in mind that he cannot check his e-mail frequently, and will get back to you when he's in town.

Sunday, December 09, 2001


Some of you have advised that this new webpage format is so big it doesn't fit on your monitor. There are a few possible explanations and fixes for this:

Explanation 1: You have a very small monitor. Fix: Use the bottom scroll bar to position the text where you want it. This webpage is in column format now, so you should be able to see all of one column, even if you can't see both columns at once.

Explanation 2: The font size in your web browser is set to "large" or "largest." Fix: In Internet Explorer, go to "View > Text Size" and tinker with the settings until you get something that you like. In Netscape, you're on your own. :-)

(3) Explanation 3: The font size for your operating system (e.g., Windows) is set to "large." Fix: Trying to change my Windows font size has caused me problems in the past. If you're feeling brave and you are using Windows, you can tinker with this by right-clicking on your desktop and going to "Properties > Settings > Advanced." Warning: You will have to re-boot, and bad things can happen when you re-boot after changing these settings.

Similar "fixes" may help if you are having problems printing this webpage all on one page.

FYI, the old webpage format was in an 8-point fixed font, and I (Julie), personally found it hard to read. So I redesigned this webpage to have a variable font, so each reader can tinker with the text size on their own system to suit themselves. If you don't like this new format, tell me, and I'll go back to the former, fixed, fine print. You can e-mail me, Julie, at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

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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. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists (other than Gene's e-mail list). All you have to do to "join" our "club" is send Gene your e-mail address, show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

3. 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.

4. 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 Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

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.
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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

The old recreational permits for Eglin Air Force Base, to paddle Boiling Creek, have expired. The permits are good from 15 September to 30 September. They cost $5.00. You get a map along with the permit that is worth more than the fee.

Request the Recreational Permit, which is the one for paddling. You can get the permit from one of the gates or by mail. Permits may be obtained from the Jackson Guard Office (Natural Resources Branch), located at Highway 85 North, Niceville FL 32578 (850) 882-4164. The mailing address is:

Eglin Natural Resources Branch
107 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578

For each permit requested, send a photocopy of either a driver's license or identification card which contains full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (though recent turn-arounds have been only a few days). Payments can be by personal check, money order, or cashiers check made payable to DFAS-LI Eglin AFB. Cash is not accepted.

Saturday, December 08, 2001

Welcome to your new webpage format. I hope you find it easier to read.

Thursday, December 06, 2001

Paddle Reminder
If you intend to paddle in the Magnolia Springs boat parade please call Jane Agee no later than Friday afternoon at 251-965-7154.
Gene advises that he is having technical difficulties. The e-mail newsletter will be delayed. In the meantime, the calendar of events is posted below. Remember, you can print directly from this webpage by clicking on the "print" button on the toolbar of your browser.

I (Julie) am planning to revise this webpage to give it a friendlier look with a larger, more readable typeface. When I do so, the archives (the list of dates to the left that link to old posts) will disappear, and new archives will start fresh. So if you want to copy any information out of the old archives, do so now.

If you have any recommendations about how to improve this webpage, please let me (Julie) know, at jrobber@worldnet.att.net, or 928-4623. The "blogger" software that powers this site limits my flexibility somewhat, but I'll be glad to entertain any suggestions and consider whether they are do-able.

Wednesday, December 05, 2001

DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Paddle: Boiling Creek
Date: Wednesday, December 5
Contact: Bob Andrews h/w: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Comments: Contact Bob Andrews for time and place to meet. CURRENT recreational permit for Eglin Air Force Base required. See below on this webpage for information about ordering your permit.

Paddle: Christmas Parade on the Magnolia River
Date: Saturday, December 8
Contact: Jane Agee, 965-7154
Time: 5:45 p.m. put-in
Place: Jane's house. Watch your e-mail and/or call Jane for directions.
Comments: This is an annual Christmas parade of power boats. The leader wants to include kayaks this year. Bring a light (the more Christmassy the better :-) and a covered dish to share. Jane will host a pot-luck at her home. Please RSVP.

Meeting: re Delta Platforms
Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Daphne Public Library
Contact: Frank Laraway 945-5504
Comments: This is a meeting of the Sierra Club regarding plans for the platforms that will be constructed in the Delta. It is our understanding that the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has a grant to build these platforms (which will be a wonderful convenience for us paddlers), but the open questions include: what amenities will be added to the platforms, who will pay for the additions, what the Sierra Club can do to help with finances or information, where the platforms will be, and who makes the decisions on these issues.

Road Trip and Paddle: See the Manatees
Date: Wednesday, December 26, through Sunday, December 30
Place: Crystal River area in Florida
Contact: Bob Andrews h/w: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Comments: This is a group trip, driving to the Crystal River and spending a few days paddling and snorkeling with the manatees -- with the emphasis on paddling. (You don't have to dive if you don't want to.) There is more water in this area than we can paddle in three days, so Bob will lead us wherever the manatees are. Boats and dive gear, including wet suits, can be rented at the site if you don't want to bring your own. You will need to reserve your own room(s) at the motel, so call Bob for that phone number, and stay tuned here for further details.

Paddle: The Last Sunset
Date: Monday, December 31
Place: put in at Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Gene Boothe, 928-1107
Time: contact Gene
Comments: This is an annual tradition. Gene will lead us out into the bay to enjoy the last sunset of 2001.

Paddle and Party: Annual Boiling Creek Paddle with the West Florida Canoe Club
Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2002
Place: Boiling Creek
Contact: Click here to go to the West Florida Canoe Club webpage. Bob Andrews may also be able to give you more information about this paddle: h/w: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Comments: This is an annual event. Please remember that a CURRENT recreational permit for Eglin Air Force Base is required for this paddle. See above on this webpage information about obtaining such a permit.

Next Month's MBCAKC Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Comments: Please note that the next club meeting will be on the SECOND TUESDAY of January, instead of the first Tuesday. (The first Tuesday is New Years Day.)

"Alabama Rivers Discovery Expedition"
Date: January 2002 and continuing
Comments: As previously reported on this webpage, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has initiated an "Alabama Rivers Discovery Expedition" to raise public awareness of our state's rivers and streams. Greg Lein of State Lands Division and Jerry DeBin of I&E Division are major organizers of this event running from October 2001 to September 2002. The object is to organize long-range canoe-kayak floats in contiguous river sections throughout the state. Many floats are on local rivers and may exceed 100+ miles! For more info. call Greg at 334-242-3484 or see web at:
http://www.dcnr.state.al.us/riverdiscovery/river_discovery_itinerary.asp. Our current understanding is that the DCNR plans something for the Perdido River in January and the Delta in February.
NOTE: If the person who announced these details at last night's meeting would please get in touch with me, Julie, via e-mail or phone, I would love to post your contact information and more details about this project on this webpage. 928-4623, jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

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PLEASE READ: Please read the FAQ's, above on this web page. Please note that I, Julie, edit this webpage, while Gene Boothe handles the e-mail list. I know it's confusing, but neither of us can do both, so we split the labor. If you have comments or questions about this webpage (or if you want to publish something here), please contact me, Julie, at jrobber@worldnet.att.net. If you need to get on the e-mail list, or send something via the e-mail list, please contact Gene at boothecg@bellsouth.net.

Also, please note that this webpage that you are reading right now is the "Club webpage," and you can count on it for updated information to the best of my humble ability. The "bulletin board" at http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/paddlemobile is a wonderful project that was started by one of our wonderful club members. I don't edit that webpage/bulletin board, he does. If you are a member of the bulletin board, you can upload your own photos and messages directly to the bulletin board, so it's a great resource for all of us, while this webpage just posts the calendar, announcements, and other essentials.

If you EVER have ANY questions about how ANY of this all works, I (Julie) will always be glad to answer them or find somebody who can answer them for you. I (Julie) also welcome any suggestions on how this webpage can be improved: h/w: 928-4623, cell: 422-8138, jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Monday, December 03, 2001

Upcoming Paddle: Boiling Creek
Bob Andrews will lead a paddle on Boiling Creek on the morning of Wednesday, December 5. Call Bob for the meeting place and time: h/w: 344-8664; cell: 367-4144. You will need a CURRENT recreational permit for Eglin Air Force Base to go on this paddle.

Saturday, December 01, 2001

Flash Paddle
Sunday December 2
Buzbee's on Hwy. 225
Bob and I will be leaving at 1:00 PM from Buzbee's for a paddle of undetermined length. Come join us! Call for more info.
Fritz Cell 680-8928 Home 990-5987
Paddle Reminder: Overnight Trip to Horn Island

Larry McDuff is planning to paddle to Horn Island Saturday, spend the night, and come back Sunday. Although it is not a "led paddle" as such, he would welcome anyone from the club who wants to come along. He plans to leave from the Pascagoula public launch (turn left off Highway 90 on Market St., turn right at the water to the dead-end at the launch area) about 10:00 a.m., stopping for lunch at the half-way point on Round Island. The paddle is about 8 1/2 miles each way and is for experienced paddlers. Anyone who wants to go can call Larry at 928-1582. Possibly we can car-pool over there.