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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Larry Mickelsen writes us:
I sttill have two kayaks for sale: one ten-foot sit-on-top and one sixteen-foot sit-in. Red Boat Mickelsen ph#990 3044

Friday, October 18, 2002

Mark your calendar: Presentation on Paddling Alabama
Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Place: Fairhope Public Library, 161 North Section Street, Fairhope
Comments: The Fairhope Public Library's Book Review/Lecture series presents Joe Cuhaj and Curt Burdick with their new book Paddling Alabama. Admission is free. Info: 251-928-7483

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Flash Paddle: Bayou Cumbest
Date: Sunday, October 13
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Parking lot of the Wal-Mart at I-10 and Rangeline Road (193) in Tillmans Corner
Contact: Carl (251)604-7268
Comments: Carl will be exploring Bayou Cumbest just west of the AL/MS border, and plans to check out Crooked Bayou, PT Aux Chene Bay, and the Rigolets. Expect approx. 10-15 mile paddle at moderate pace. Meet at the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at I-10 and Rangeline Road (193) in Tillmans Corner at 8:30 a.m. Alternatively, meet at end of Bayou Cumbest Rd. at 9:15 a.m.
A transcript of the news story on the MBCAKC that appeared on WKRG-TV 5 tonight can be found here. Thanks to Jere Hough for such great reporting, to the the fine folks at WKRG for posting a link to this website, and to all our members who appeared in the story and were such great representatives of our club!

If this is your first visit to our website and you have questions, please see the "frequently asked questions" (FAQs) that are posted below on this web page and feel free to e-mail me (Julie).

Sunday, October 06, 2002

A message from your webmistress:

I am happy to report that I am receiving an increasing number of "paddle reports" and "trip reports." I would love to have more. You don't have to be an "artist" to write a trip report; all that's required is a few notes about what you did where.

Please bear in mind that directions to put-ins are welcome additions to any paddle report, as are descriptions of distance and level of difficulty. One of the purposes of a paddle report is to provide information to other paddlers who are looking for new trips and planning new paddles.

Given the increasing number of both trip reports and calendar events on this website, I have decided to build a new, supplemental website exclusively for our "trip reports." From now on, the primary purpose of this website will be to post the club FAQs, the monthly calendar of events, and notices of "flash paddles" and other events. In contrast, our "trip reports" website will be where we share our stories.

Whenever I post a new article on our "trip report" website, I will post a link to it on this website. So to get things started, click here to go to your NEW website: "MBCAKC Trip Reports" and read the first two trip reports posted there, by Frank Laraway, on his trips to Buffalo River National Park in Arkansas and the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.

As always, questions, comments, and suggestions about this website (as well as the new website) are always welcome, to me, Julie, at
A message from Gene:
If you have suddenly stopped getting e-mails, and you don't know why, it is probably because of a computer glitch. Computers just act funny sometimes, for no good reason. So if you want to be included on the e-mail list and you still haven't been, or you suddenly aren't any more, please e-mail Gene and tell him so, at, and he'll do his best to make sure you get (and stay) on the list.

Thursday, October 03, 2002

Flash Paddle: Bayou Heron, Sunday, October 6
Contact: Carl Hlavenka, (251) 604-7268. or (251) 443-3025
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: meet in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at I-10 and Rangeline Road in Tillman's Corner
Comments: Moderate paced 10-ish mile paddle from Bayou Heron on the Mississippi/Alabama border. We will paddle out into Bayou La Fourche Bay.
Saturday, October 5, 2002
Meet at 10:30 a.m./ Launch at 10:45 a.m.
Dauphin Island

Depending on conditions, we plan to circumnavigate Little Dauphin Island or Sand Island. Both are really fun paddles with lots of undeveloped beach. Dolphins are always possible. Bring lunch & skirt. Paddlers should be comfortable with 10 -14 miles, waves and changing conditions. Tides should be back to normal by Saturday.

If you plan to attend CALL or EMAIL and leave a number to reach you the morning of the paddle. (This is also the only way to find out the launch site.) Hope to see lots of paddlers.


Wednesday, October 02, 2002


October 2, Wednesday: Set your VCRs (again)
The "County Road 5" segment on the MBCAKC has not yet shown on Channel 5 WKRG-TV, because it was pre-empted by Tropical Storm Isidore. It will be shown during the 6:00 p.m. news on Wednesday, October 2. If it is pre-empted because of yet another storm, it will be shown during the 6:00 p.m. news next Wednesday, October 9.

October 9, Wednesday: Whiskey Ditch
Contact: Bob h/w 344-8664, cell 367-4144
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Tensaw Eco Tours on the Causeway
Comments: The burr marigolds are in bloom in the Ditch at this time of year. Plan to join us for dinner afterwards, probably at one of the Causeway restaurants.

October 12 or 19: Learn to test water quality
Contact: Fritz 990-5987,
Comments: Catherine Golden will hold a class at least one Saturday this month to teach the public how to test water quality. She is seeking volunteers to test water in and around Fly Creek and Rock Creek. (FYI, County Road 13 is about to be extended/connected, which is expected to have an impact on both of these creeks.) Call Fritz for the time, date, and place, which have not been set as of this writing.

October 17-20: Okeefenokee Swamp
Contact: Bob h/w 344-8664, cell 367-4144
Comments: This is a joint trip with the West Florida Canoe Club. We will car camp at the Stephen Foster State Park and make day trips into the swamp. Only primitive campsites are available at this time, but it is always possible that cabins will become available due to cancellations.

October 20, Sunday: Delta scouting expedition from Rice Creek Landing
Contact: Matt h) 343-1196 w) 341-1712
Place: meet at the BP across from the Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton, put in at Rice Creek Landing
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Comments: The destination of this paddle will be a WMA designated campsite between Bayous Jessamine and Tallapoosa, where we will stop for lunch. Matt's goal is to scout this location for a possible overnight trip in the future. Bring lunch. We will have dinner at the Stagecoach after the paddle.

November 16, Saturday: Annual Anniversary Bash
Contact: Jane 965-7154
Place: Jane's house on the Magnolia River
Comments: Bring a covered dish, BYOB. All are welcome. This is a major annual event for us. Gene will e-mail directions to Jane's house closer to the time of the event. Further information will be available at the next club meeting, on Tuesday, November 5.

Jeff plans to do some kayak-surfing if we get some surf from Hurricane Lili. Call him if you're interested. (I don't have his phone number. Maybe Fritz or Matt has it. Or maybe Jeff will send me or call me with his phone number.)

Bob expects to announce a flash paddle in Boiling Creek this month.

Boiling Creek permits expired as of October 1. The instructions for getting a new permit are posted below, in the "FAQs." If you don't want to send a copy of your driver's license, you may simply send them your permit from last year. Some of us who already have the map that Eglin gives you with the permit are going to ask Eglin not to send us another (save a tree and some postage).