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Friday, June 14, 2002

Rob Nykvist offers TWO Flash Paddles this weekend:

Flash Paddle: Explore No Name Creek
Put-in/Take-out: Byrnes Lake in Baldwin County
Date: Saturday morning, 6-15-2002
Launch time: 8:00 a.m.
Rendezvous: Not sure where Byrnes Lake launch is? Meet at the Food World parking lot, NE corner of Hwy 31 & Hwy 225, at 7:30 a.m. and Rob will guide you to the put-in. (If you would rather meet at the put-in, the entrance to Byrnes Lake is LEFT, about 8 miles north of Hwy 31 off Hwy 225. You can't miss the big green entrance sign.)
Expenses: Boat launch is free.
Meals: Bring your own snacks, food, and fluids.
Paddle Level: Intermediate to advanced
Route Info: Brynes to Gravine Sandbar to No Name Creek, back to Gravine Sandbar back to Byrnes.
Distance: 10-12 miles round trip.
Time: 6-8 hours depending on length & number of stops. Plan to get back between 2-4 p.m.
Preparations: Expect a fresh, breezy morning and lots of sun all day. The Tensaw River may be choppy. Bring usual safety equipment, plus sunscreen and bug repellent if you need it. Bring enough fluids & snacks to last 6-8 hours.
Coordinator: Rob Nykvist
Telephone: (251) 653-9064

Flash Paddle: Paddle the Sunny Beaches & Cross Mobile Bay, Twice!
Date: Sunday morning, 6-16-2002
Launch time: 8:00 a.m.
Rendezvous: Meet on the east side of Fort Gaines, along the edge of the road near the end of the round, around 7:30 a.m. so we can check out surf and bay conditions before launching.
Put-in/Take-out: East end of Dauphin Island, near the ferry rest rooms.
Expenses: Boat launch is free.
Meals: Bring enough snacks, food, and fluids to last the day.
Paddle Level: Rob expects anyone wishing to cross Mobile Bay to have some open-water experience and to be able to self rescue. A kayak with a rudder or skeg is highly recommended.
Advance Warning: Weather conditions are subject to change. It is possible that currents or waves could alter the planned route, either before the start or during the paddle.
Forecast: Low tide: morning. High Tide: late afternoon. Variable wind 5 to 10 knots, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Bay waters smooth. Mobile River currents will be fairly strong, so there will be some current to contend with crossing the bay.
Route Info: Launch by the restrooms near the ferry. Paddle about 4 miles across Mobile Bay (open waters) to Fort Morgan beach. Take break. Paddle from Fort Morgan to Sand Island, another 4 mile trek (another hour) across wide-open bay waters. Bring your stereo and headphones if you want to paddle to the cadence of music across the open waters. Then spend a couple hours exploring Sand Island hunting for shells, lying in the sun, eating (bring a folding chair), kayak surfing (bring a dry change of clothes), practicing rolling, drinking (ice down your favorite beverage), swimming (bring your bathing suit), bird-watching (bring your binoculars), taking photos (bring your cameras), and fishing (bring your fishing pole) - whatever you want to do along the 3 mile coast of Sand Island. Then paddle back to the launch area after a day of sun and fun in the surf.
Distance: 15 mile loop, 8 of it across open water, the other 7 along the beaches of Sand Island & Dauphin Island, where you will never be worried about finding a place to get out and stretch your legs.
Time: You are free to go back anytime you want, but I plan to make a day of it, getting back between 4 p.m. and sunset. It is always nice to glimpse an island sunset.
Preparations: Bring usual safety equipment, plus plenty of sunscreen. Bring enough fluids and snacks to last you through the day.
Coordinator: Rob Nykvist
Telephone: (251) 653-9064


Please see the monthly "calendar of events," posted below, for additional paddles.



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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. (In other words, paddle at your own risk.)

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.

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