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Thursday, June 20, 2002

Upcoming paddles:

June 22, Saturday: DELTA DAWN PADDLE
DATE: Saturday morning, 6-22-2002
TIME: 6:00 a.m. (You won't have to paddle in the dark - the sun will already be up and warming the air by 6:00 a.m.)
WHERE: Explore Black Creek Tributary
LAUNCH: Meet and launch at Chickasaw Boat Ramp (south side) (3/4 of a mile south of Highway 158 and Highway 43 - just south of Saraland).
RETURN: Same as above.
COST: $3 Launch Fee
MEALS: Bring your own snacks & fluids to keep you nourished and hydrated for most of the day.
LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced. It is at least a two hour paddle to get to the tributary, longer if Mobile River current is against us or if we have to detour due to a log jam. Also might have to detour if a 14 foot alligator and her mean husband won't let us pass (serious grin).
ROUTE: Chicksaw Boat ramp through Pumphouse canal (if it is open), to Mobile River, up to Bayou Sara, and down Black Creek to a tributary & back.
DIST: 14-15 miles. An extra mile detour (each way) will be necessary if the pumphouse canal is still log jammed.
PLAN: Plan to get back between 1-4 pm.
GEAR: Mobile River can get choppy. Bring usual safety equipment, sunscreen, fluids, and bug repellent.
LEADER: Rob Nykvist
PHONE: (251) 653-9064

DATE: Sunday morning, 6-23-2002
TIME: 8:00 a.m. (in water & beginning paddle)
MEET: Meet on the east side of Fort Gaines (near where the road ends), along the edge of the road around 7:30 a.m. so we can check surf & bay conditions before launching.
LAUNCH: Dauphin Island, east end near the ferry rest rooms.
RETURN: Same place.
COST: Launch is free.
MEALS: Bring snacks & refreshments to meet your own needs.
LEVEL: Anyone wishing to cross Mobile Bay should have some open water experience and be able to self rescue in seas that caused you to tump-over in the first place. A kayak with a rudder or skeg is highly recommended.
NOTE: Weather conditions are subject to rapid change. Calm weather does not necessarily indicate smooth paddling when crossing the Bay. It is possible that currents, or waves could alter the planned route, either before the start, or during the paddle.
TIDE: High tide expected between 9 & 10 in the morning. Currents should be not very strong. Wave conditions will depend on Miss Windy.
ROUTE: Launch by the restrooms near the ferry. Paddle approx. 4 miles across Mobile Bay to north side of Fort Morgan beach. Take break. Paddle from Ft. Morgan back to Dauphin Island. The route takes us across the Mobile Bay ship channel.
DIST: 8 miles of open water. It is about an hour of steady paddling over, and about an hour back, plus or minus 15 minutes.
PLAN: Plan on leaving at 8:00 am and getting back between 11:00 - noon.
GEAR: This is a bay crossing - bring safety gear - that includes paddle float, pump, and spray skirt, plus sunscreen and fluids to hydrate. 345 of the Alabama's 397 bird species have been seen on Dauphin Island - binoculars will zoom in on those birds.
LEADER: Rob Nykvist
PHONE: (251) 653-9064

July 4, Tuesday: Tall Ships
We plan to paddle Tuesday morning - noon to see the tall ships come in. This is still being planned. Check for more information.

July 4, Tuesday: Fireworks Paddle
We will depart the Fairhope Yacht Club a little before, paddle close to shore to the Fairhope Municipal pier to picnic in the sand bar and watch the fireworks. We had about thirty boats last year and expect more. More information soon.


Please see the Calendar of Events, below, for additional paddles during the month of June that were previously scheduled (at the last monthly meeting).