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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 29, 2003

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- - - Gene writes us: - - -
This is just a reminder that the Last Sunset Paddle is still on for New Year's Eve. Meet around 4:00 p.m. at Fairhope Yacht Club. The paddle will be in the bay or creek as best for the weather. This will be a short paddle, allowing time to attend other festivities afterwards. The object is to paddle just far enough off shore to get away from land noise and boat traffic, to enjoy the sunset.

Bring normal safety gear, including a light to be used an needed for safety, such as alerting power boat traffic, not for normal paddling. Also bring your own toast. I'll toast to your good fortune for the coming year, from wherever I will be deep in the circumnavigation of the Okefenokee Swamp at the time. Carolyn will assist as needed on the paddle.

Cheers, Gene.

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And don't forget the Hangover Paddle the following day:

Hangover Paddle - First Paddle of the New Year
Date: Thurs., Jan. 1, 2004
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Steve Delker 928-7342
Comment: Paddle south, seek brunch. Return.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

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- - - Out of the Water Roll Classes - - -

Tony Kramer write us :

I will be holding my out of the water roll class on Friday Jan. 2nd around 1 pm at the park just up from the American Legion and Gambino's in Fairhope, AL on Scenic 98. You will be able to park at the American Legion or at the boat ramp. I am going to try to set up around the boat ramp area. Bring your boat if you want to try and get your roll down in the water. Bring a friend as well! Cost for the roll class is just $30.00.

For more info on the class go to my web site: www.theseakayaker.com. or email me at: tony@theseakayaker.com

Then on Saturday the 3rd I will be leading a small group to Sand Island Lighthouse. Leave Fairhope for Fort Morgan around 8am. The trip will be against the tide on the way out and if the surf is up at Dixie Bar we will do some surf work. Anyone who wants to paddle is welcome!

"See you on the water!!"

The Sea Kayaker
Sea Kayak Adventures
Guided Tours, Instruction & Rentals
Tony Kramer
770-403-8346
www.theseakayaker.com
tony@theseakayaker.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

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- - - Flash Paddle: Lower Perdido Estuary
Date: Friday, December 12
Contact: Bob Andrews h/w 344-8664; cell 367-4144
Comments: Contact Bob for time and place to meet.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

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- - - Fowl River Boat Parade - - -
Marilyn Craig writes us:


I live on Fowl River just down from the marina. If the weather is good on Sat. I'd be happy for anyone wishing to paddle a few minutes up river to see the boat parade and then return. I have a pretty good spot to put in and plenty of parking space. If food and booze sweeten the deal I'll also make some hot chilli and cold beer for after the parade. If the weather is too bad to paddle you can see the parade from the marina or I'll call friends and see if I can get us an invite to their pier. Boats come by the marina about 6:30pm. Marilyn Craig: Home 973-0129, Cell 605-6453 Give me a call if you are interested and I can give directions.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month's paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club's e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of "flash paddles" i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene's e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it's because Gene's e-mail list was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. You need to "re-subscribe" by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We regularly post "want ads" for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your "want ad" to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

5. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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.)

6. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don't know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you'll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don't turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

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Contact list and links:

If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC's archive of "trip reports" on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.

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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. (You get a map 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) which contains a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired.

As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year's permit, if you have one.

Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (although 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.

Friday, December 05, 2003

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- - - Paddle Cancellation - - -

The Big-Boy Challenge scheduled for Saturday, December 6th has been cancelled. Larry McDuff wants everyone to know that this cancellation has nothing to do with a general lack of interest, expected cold weather, or dangerous conditions in Mobile Bay from 20-knot winds and small craft advisory, but only that the strong north winds will cause the water level in Rock Creek, particularly where the creek empties into Mobile Bay, to be too low.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

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- - -Two news items contributed by Rob Nykvist: - - -


Saturday, December 6, 2003 - Dusk
Christmas on Dog River Boat Parade begins at dusk at the Alba Hunting and Fishing Club. Parade travels up the river for a mile, then back down the river to Dog River Bridge. Boats will form a circle and sail past each of four marinas on the river twice.

Saturday, December 13, 2003 - 6:00 pm
Fowl River boat parade - no other information available at this time.
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- - - Full Moon Paddle - - -
Bob will lead a paddle on Sunday afternoon and early evening. He not yet decided the time and place, so you will need to contact him to find that out: h/w: 344-8664 cell: 367-4144. (Please note that is a change from the tentative plans Bob announced at the meeting on Tuesday night, when he was planning to paddle Friday or Saturday.) Remember, you are required by law to carry a single white light on your boat when paddling after sunset (though we ask that you leave your lights off unless you need them for safety or the paddle leader tells you to turn them on), in addition to all the other, usual safety equipment.

In other news:
Tony Kramer has sent us the following link about rolling: http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle.html?92. Tony will teach each of the rolls discussed in this article during the classes he will be offering during his next visit to this area. Contact Tony for details: Tony@theseakayaker.com

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

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- - - December Meeting Notes - - -
Re: county parks


We had a full room at the Yacht club for the December meeting with 29 club members attending a presentation by Cara Stallman and Stan Arbaczauskas of the Baldwin County Planning and Zoning Department. They brought us some good news:
- A new park on Tensaw Lake will be opening soon. This is a 400 acre tract, which includes wetlands for conservation, acquired in August.
- The bike trail on Scenic 98 will be extended from Montrose to Point Clear starting in January.

They also gave us a little bad news - the land around Reeder Lake is slated for development into an 1,800 unit subdivision

They gave their Powerpoint presentation telling us about county parks, categories and management goals for improving what we have. They showed us Geographic Information System products and brought sample maps with them. They have the capability of producing a map on a few days request for any area in the county. They can make a paper product or a PDF file for e-mail.

The summary of county assets includes 4 beach front parks of an acre or more, 11 boat launches, 16 conservation parks, 6 cultural resource parks (ever see a dipping vat?), 7 multi-recreational parks and 113 Right of Way accesses.

They have requested from us comment on identifying those right of way access points that have good parking. If you have comments about the right of way accesses, or any questions about parks and public lands, you may reach them:

Cara L. Stallman Senior Natural Resource Planner, (251) 580-1655 ext. 7255
e-mail: cstallman@co.baldwin.al.us

Stan Arbaczauskas, Natural Resource Planner, (251) 580-1655 ext. 7251
e-mail: sarbaczauskas@co.baldwin.al.us

-Bruce Zimmerman

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- - - December Paddle Calendar v1.0 - - -
by Bruce Zimmerman


December Big Boy Challenge
When: Sat., Dec. 6, 2003
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Larry McDuff; 928-1582
What: A short event combining kayaking, running (or walking) and biking.

Format: Teams of two will share a bicycle and a kayak over a loop course. One team member will start in the kayak paddling north on Mobile Bay and up Rock Creek to the upper limits of navigation. Leaving the kayak on the right bank, head on a trail a short distance upstream and cross a log bridge, continue about a mile north on the trail to Third Street near the Montrose Cemetery. Pick up your team's bike, continue north on Third Street, turning left where it deadends into Gabel, then left again on Scenic 98, following it to Volanta and the Yacht Club.

The other team member will start on the bicycle, leaving on Volanta, turning left at the light and bearing left on Scenic 98 to Montrose. Then turn right on Gabel and right again on Third Street. Leave your bike just inside the woods where the trail intersects Third Street past the cemetery. Run south on the trail, Crossing Rock Creek on the log bridge and continuing downstream until you reach your team's kayak. Paddle downstream to the bay, turn left and return to the yacht club.

Please form your own teams. a little planning is required to share a kayak, bike, paddle, PFD and possibly a spray skirt and jackets or other warm clothing which may be needed on the bike and the kayak but not on the run. Call Larry McDuff at 928-1582 if you need a partner.

The run course will be sparsely marked with surveyors tape. If you just want to watch the action we could use some help in the transition areas pointing people in the right direction. Call Larry.

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Full Moon Paddle
Bob will be leading a full moon paddle. Stay tuned to the website,
www.baykayaker.blogspot.com for information.

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Alligator Bayou Slacker Paddle
Time: TBD
Date: weather dependent. Announced by Flash paddle.
Place: Put in at Seminole Boat Launch. Paddle down the Perdido River.
Contact: Frank Laraway 945-5504
Comment: This area is slated for development. Visit it before it goes away.

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Christmas on the Bayou
Date: Sun., Dec 21, 2003,
Time: 12:00 noon
Place: Bruno's in Spanish Fort
Contact: Matt Darring; 343-1196 or 341-1669; e-mail: iama@backpacker.com
Comments: Paddle on Hurricane Bayou. Christmas decorations required. Recommend decorating boat and paddler at Hurricane Bayou. Launch fee $3.00

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Last Sunset Paddle
Date: Wed., Dec. 31, 2003
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Gene Boothe; 928-1107; e-mail: boothecg@bellsouth.net
Comments: Paddle out from the beach, drink a toast to the past year at sunset,
which is just after 5:00 p.m. BYOB.

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Hangover Paddle - First Paddle of the New Year
Date: Thurs., Jan. 1, 2004
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Steve Delker 928-7342
Comment: Paddle south, seek brunch. Return.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

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Don't forget the meeting tonight!!! 7 pm, Fairhope Yacht Club!!!
Should be a good program!!!


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- - - Announcement - - -

Dear Paddlers,

In the next month Tom Foote (the southeastern rep from Current Designs) and myself are planning on coming to Mobile Bay for an on-the-water demo and roll class. Tom will bring a wide selection of kayaks from Current Designs for everyone to try out and I will be holding an "off the water" roll class using my roll cage.

This roll class is a great way to master your roll or learn a new roll with out getting wet or the disorientation that comes from being upside down in the water. Because of this you can take your time and "think" each step of the roll through. As well, you won't need to wear any neoprene or cold weather gear. The attachment enclosed will give you an idea how the cage works. If you can't open the attachment, please go to my web site at www.theseakayaker.com for more info.

What we need from the paddling community there on Mobile Bay is an idea of how many people would be interested in attending this demo/roll class. The boat demo is free and, if you choose to take the roll class, cost for the class is $30. If there is enough interest we will be there, on the Bay in Fairhope, to
accommodate every paddler. We are also looking at several other locations along the Gulf Cost to have this demo but Mobile Bay is our first choice.

Please help us out by emailing me of your interest in the event!

Thanks!

"See you on the water!!"

The Sea Kayaker
Sea Kayak Adventures
Guided Tours, Instruction & Rentals
Tony Kramer
770-403-8346
www.theseakayaker.com
Tony@theseakayaker.com

Webmaster's Note: I can't get the images Tom included to paste into Blogger. Don't know if Blogger blocks them or if I am not doing it right. Please go to the web site mentioned above, scroll down a bit, look on the left, and click on "Winter Roll Classes" to view the images.

Saturday, November 29, 2003

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- - - Kayak for Sale - - -

10ft Old Town Castine Kayak with two storage compartments and in excellent condition. Used 4 times. Asking $375.00 with paddle. Color is blue. Phone 504-282-6685, ask for John. Location New Orleans, La.

John A. Broussard

Monday, November 24, 2003

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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Perdido River, Blackwater River, Reeder Lake


Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2003
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Meet at intersection of C.R. 87 and U.S. Highway 90 (Elsanor, AL)
Put in: Seminole Boat Ramp
Contact: Frank Laraway; 945-5504

Paddle down the Perdido to the Blackwater and into Reeder Lake. Stop for lunch at an Indian Mound there and return. Take out : about 2 p.m.

Bring water, lunch, warm clothes for layering, and the usual safety stuff.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Greetings from your oft-absent webmistress, Julie. I am currently in the wilds of west Texas. A lot has been going on in my absence, and is reported below. I promise to get home and stay home soon, so club e-mails will go out more regularly. In the meantime, remember to check this website for news updates.

Our webmaster, Dave, may also be unavailable for a few days. Accordingly, anybody who wants anything posted to the website during the next couple of weeks (including paddle announcements, want ads, and trip reports) should send same to Bruce at bzboater@earthlink.net, as well as to Dave and to me (Julie) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net. Bruce will handle the website whenever Dave and I are absent during the next few weeks.

Here is the latest news:

Meeting Program
Thanks to arrangements made by Brint Adams and Harriet Ingraham, we anticipate a very significant and informative program at our December meeting. The public liaisons for Baldwin County's initiative to add and upgrade county water accesses, Cara Stallman and Stan Arbaczauskas, will give the MBCAKC a presentation on the county's plans. Cara and Stan are enthusiastic about hearing our input as paddlers and members of the community on what we would like to see happen and how we would like to use water accesses. This is our opportunity to talk to county policymakers about soft put-ins, encroachment by private landowners, and whatever else concerns us. We are very grateful to the County for offering this program, so mark your calendars and come to the meeting on Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club.

Kayak for Sale:
18 foot Acquatera Sea Lion Kayak For Sale -- $750.00. Includes paddle, life vest and helmet.
Contact Dan Wilson at ltcmustang@aol.com or 251-625-0825.

Kayaks Wanted
The following individuals are both looking for used kayaks and advice about choosing kayaks: David at Ddmartin1264@cs.com and Kimberly at kagrab@earthlink.net.
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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Magnolia River/Weeks Bay

Date: Sat., November 22, 2003
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Exxon at intersection of U.S. Hwy 98 & CR 49 (Magolia Springs Hwy)
Contact: Brint Adams - 583-9919 (cell), or brintadams@yahoo.com

We will meet first to determine whether we do an out/back or point to point with shuttle from the Hwy 98 bridge. Bring fluids, snacks and sunscreen. Paddle will be about 6 mi. for 3-3.5 hrs., with optional lunch afterwards at Lulu's. Call or email with any questions.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

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- - - Baldwin County Parks and Public Accesses - - -
Foley Public Meeting November 18, 2003
by Bruce Zimmerman


The County held a meeting at Bay Minette Monday night and another meeting at Foley tonight. Cary Bentley and I showed up for the Foley meeting. The Foley meeting had 13 plus the two county employees, Stan and Cara, who were running the meeting. Stan knows some of us kayakers because we get his maps for the put-ins. I don't know of the turnout for the Bay Minette meeting. I heard from Stan that Brint Adams showed up for the Bay Minette meeting.

This meeting is a good two way communication. The county employees tell us, in a high quality slide show format, what they are doing to make our parks better. They are setting some standards for parking, for example. They have pictures of some of the better parks like Cliffs Landing and Keeny Drive East on Fish River, a FEMA acquisition. They have categorized and plotted on a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) map, the different kinds of parks and accesses the county has. The map is available at the meeting. Some parks are historic places like Mims Park, and others have environmental preservation as their goal. Some are beach parks and others are on the rivers. They acknowledge that some of these properties are not well marked; either the signs are gone or the neighbors have made the right of way a part of their yard. But the purpose of the meeting is to look ahead and not to dwell on how things were done in the past.

We had a good discussion from the public. The Mayor of Foley was present, and he had deep insight into the problems related to land title, fee simple land and developed versus undeveloped county property. We had Commissioner Price attending also. He made some helpful observations also. We had a fellow who remembers when the Marlow Ferry was operating to take cars across the Fish River; he had a depth of knowledge of the county that was helpful, since he had 12 years experience doing a similar job in the parks department.

But most of these folks were focused on getting boat ramps built for their fishing boats. Some acknowledgment of right of way access for pedestrians was thrown in too, but only if the right of way was kept discrete; they don't want their neighborhood swarming with tourists trying to get to the water.

Cara and Stan seem to be already aware of the situation in the county parks. They gave out comment sheets for us to add our comments. I recommend that we paddlers show up at the meeting in the Fairhope Courthouse Thursday at 6:30 and make comment. They have heard we have over a hundred paddlers in the club; wouldn't showing up in numbers make the impression on them? It is an opportunity to gripe, sure. But I tried to emphasize in my comments that we have a pretty good deal here. We have more put ins than we can use, if we can just find them.

And good news looking ahead, Baldwin County has acquired 400 acres on Tensaw Lake for a not-yet-opened park.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month's paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club's e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of "flash paddles" i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene's e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it's because Gene's e-mail list was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. You need to "re-subscribe" by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We regularly post "want ads" for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your "want ad" to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

5. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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.)

6. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don't know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you'll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don't turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

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Contact list and links:

If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC's archive of "trip reports" on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.

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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. (You get a map 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) which contains a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired.

As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year's permit, if you have one.

Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (although 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.

Friday, November 14, 2003

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We have a fishing paddle report from Red Boat Mickelsen on the paddle of Nov 13. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 13, 2003

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- - - Camping Outing - - -

Date: Sat Nov 15
Time: After the party
Place: Magnolia River
Contact: Larry McDuff, 928-1582

After the party Saturday night I'm planning to camp on the Magnolia River and would welcome any company. The campsite has a sandy beach for landing and a grassy area under a large oak tree for sleeping (non-snorers only). Others may wish to use a separate area located further back in the woods.

As of Thursday morning the weather forecast looks great for sleeping under the stars. If that holds the only camping gear you would need would be a waterproof groundcloth (a couple of garbage bags would do), a sleeping pad or folded blanket underneath, and a sleeping bag or another blanket or two on top for warmth.

You may call 928-1582 if you have any questions.

- Larry McDuff

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

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- - - Fishing Paddle - - -

Date: Wed., Nov 12
Time: 7 am
Place: Mayday Park


Who's ready to go out smart the fish? If you are, be at Mayday Park Wednesday 11/12/03. We get underway at 0700. The last time the fish stopped bitting when I ran out of bait. I used live shrimp. Bring your own bait. If there are any fishermen or women out there that can not make it, we can always go on the weekend. Us "slackers" can go anytime, day or night. :)

- Red Boat Mickelsen....

Monday, November 10, 2003

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We have a fishing paddle report from Red Boat Mickelsen on his trip today. It is at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com
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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
- Perdido Estuary -

Date: Tues. Nov 11
Time: 9 am
Place: Perdido Estuary
Contact: Bob Andrews; cell 367-4144 or 344-8664

Bob will be leading a paddle through or around the Perdido Esutary. Detailed plans not available at this time. Please call Bob to learn full details!

Saturday, November 08, 2003

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- - - Paddle Reports - - -

We have reports from Larry McDuff on the November Big Boy Paddle, and from Harriett Ingraham on the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse Paddle. Both occurred today. Check out www.paddlereport.blogspot.com for all the info.
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- - - Fishing Paddle - - -

Date: Mon. Nov 10
Time: 7 am
Place: Mayday Park

I am going to try to out smart the fish. Underway at 0700, 11/10/03 from MAYDAY PARK. Bring your own bait. Note: If you can't go in the morning, because you have to work so the kids won't starve, maybe we could do one in the evening.

- Red Boat Mickelsen....

Thursday, November 06, 2003

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- - - FLASH/FULL MOON/LUNAR ECLIPSE PADDLE - - -
Byrnes Lake to Gravine Island

Date: Sat. November 8, 2003
Time: Meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort at 4:00 P.M.
Contact: Harriet King Ingraham, 928-4568 home; 604-3741 cell; hvk1457@aol.com
or Fritz cell 680-8928

The eclipse is early - peaking shortly after 7 p.m, but starting as early as 5:30 p.m. We plan a fun evening of paddling to Gravine, eating dinner and watching the eclipse. The weather will be cool (low in mid 50's that night) - so wear/bring adequate clothing. Bring food to share. As we will not have Bob with us, we probably will not be cooking on the island (no ship to transport the equipment), but can make a fine meal of sandwiches or anything you want to bring and share. A LIGHT IS REQUIRED BY LAW ON ALL BOATS WHEN PADDLING AFTER DARK. This is an easy paddle. If there is a breeze, the river crossing will be one point up from easy on the scale - definitely 'doable' for most or all. VERY IMPORTANT TO READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

As they are filming a movie at Byrnes Lake, I MUST know by Friday early afternoon who is coming. The film crew has a security service on site now, due to vandalism in past weeks. They welcome us using the landing, but need to know how many are coming (and requested names, but I will have that when you say you are coming). Of course, if you find you want to come, I am sure that will be no problem - I just need as accurate a count as I can get.

The parking around the landing is filled with construction equipment and filming equipment, therefore we must try and team up and put as many kayaks and people on as few vehicles as possible. WE MUST CONVOY FROM BRUNO'S TO THE LANDING - NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO GO AHEAD WITHOUT THE GROUP AS WE MUST ARRIVE AS ONE GROUP.

Parking will be slim, so at Bruno's, we will swap some boats to other vehicles, and leave some cars at Bruno's. IF YOU HAVE A VEHICLE THAT CAN ACCOMODATE EXTRA BOATS, PLEASE ALLOW YOUR FELLOW PADDLERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THEIR BOAT ON YOUR VEHICLE.

Remember, call me, email me, or call Fritz.
Flash Paddle: Buzbee's
Date: TODAY, Thursday, November 6
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Put in at Buzbee's Fish Camp on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort
Contact: Bob Andrews, 367-4144
Comments: It turns out Bob won't be available to lead a full moon paddle this weekend, so he is leading this almost-full-moon paddle tonight.
I (Julie) am briefly back in town again. Thank you, Dave, for keeping the website up-to-date!

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

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- - - Kayak for Sale - - -

14 foot Old Town kayak bought in Fairhope and used twice. It is dark green with a rudder and hatch installed. Also includes paddle and anchor and rubber car top carrier. All for $650.00. 928-9095 or cell # 540-761-2773.
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- - - Meeting Notes - - -

The monthly meeting was held on Tues. Nov. 4. Stuff worth noting is:

New President

Fritz has stepped down and our new president is Harriet Ingraham. Thanks Fritz for all of you hard work and congrats to Harriet.
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T-Shirts

The idea of club shirts has been in the works. What we need are designs. Designs are due by the next meeting on December 2nd.
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Annual Club Party

Jane is once again hosting the annual party. Thank you Jane. She really needs your help in setting up and cleaning up. She cannot do it this year.

Paddling will be from 3:30 - 6:00
Dinner will start at 6:00 - Bring a covered dish, your own beverage and chair.
Date: Saturday, November 15th
Contact: Jane, 978-1651
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Byrnes Lake Closing:

Byrnes Lake landing will be closed from Sunday Nov. 9th until the first of the year. They are filming a movie on site.
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Baldwin County Parks

The Parks and Land Management Committee for Baldwin County is meeting with the public to discuss future plans at county parks. The meetings will be held as follows:

- Bay Minette, Monday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the County Administration Building

- Foley, Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the City of Foley Chambers

- Fairhope, Thursday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Satellite Courthouse

The county employee who is the point of contact is Stan Arbaczauskas, phone 580-1655 x7251.

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Full Moon Paddle

Bob will be leading a full moon paddle. The date is not set yet, but will happen prior to November 11th. Check the web site for information
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Big Boy Paddle

Date: November 4th
Time: 9:30 meet at WalMart in Tillman's Corner
or
10:15 at Bayou Cumbest at the state line
Contact: Carl Hlavenka, chlavenka@hotmail.com
Comments: Approximately 13 mile, 5-6 hour loop Day Paddle. Paddle begins in Bayou Cumbest near AL/MS border, a pristine saltwater marsh leading to bird-popular shell mound islands (Bangs Indian Mound and Rigolets Islands) - partially exposed to Gulf (one may stay close to shore or have brief open water experience - cut across 3-5ft deep Pt.aux Chenes Bay). Loop return via Crooked Bayou, marsh creek with occasional hammocks of pine. Alternatively, meet at 9:30 am at Wal-Mart in Tillmans Corner, AL on Rangeline Rd. (AL-193 North/Higgins Rd), exit 17B off I-10. We will then continue I-10W to first MS exit 75, Franklin Creek Rd. Go left, or south to Hwy90. Next, go right, or west ~3.6 miles to Orange Grove Rd. on left past boat launch sign and gas station. Next, go ~1.7 miles on Orange Grove Rd. Finally, take a left onto Grand Bature Rd, follow to end. $2-$3 Launch Fee.

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Little Bateau / Conway Creek

Date: Sunday, November 16th
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Texaco on the Causeway
Contact: Matt Darring, 343-1196 or 341-1669
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Lower Perdido River

Date: Saturday, November 15th
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Ruby's Fish Camp
Contact: Mark Vance, 458-7574

Meet at Ruby's Fish Camp, shuttle to Adventures Unlimited, Take out at Ruby's. Ruby's is on Hwy 90 just east of the Perdido River which is on the AL/FL State line. Take I-10- to Hwy 90 alternate (9 mile road) go west to meeting place on north side of road.

Bring lunch, $3.00 - $5:00 for launch and take out fee

Monday, November 03, 2003

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- - - Fishing Tournament Anyone ? - - -

Anybody have any feelings about getting into this "Causeway Classic Fishing Tournament"? It could be fun and someone could win something. How about it? Lets see some feed back on this. See you at the meeting.
- Red Boat Mickelsen.

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- - - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - - - (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month’s paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We regularly post “want ads” for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your “want ad” to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

5. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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.)

6. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you’ll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

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Contact list and links:

If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC’s archive of “trip reports” on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.

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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. (You get a map 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) which contains a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired.

As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one.

Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (although 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.

Sunday, November 02, 2003

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We have a fishing paddle report from Red Boat M. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com

Saturday, November 01, 2003

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Brint Adams has filed a report on the paddle down the lower end of the Styx River. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com
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- - - Sierra Club Events - - -

NOV 14-16 ALABAMA ANNUAL RETREAT.
Plan to join Sierrans from across Alabama at our annual retreat on the shores of Weeks Bay at at Camp Beckwith. This encore gathering (we met there in 1997) will include boating, nature walks, and distinguished speakers. Registration Forms have been mailed to members and are also available at http://alabama.sierraclub.org/registr.pdf

TUE NOV 18 MOBILE SIERRA CLUB MEETING.
Mobile Botanical Gardens, 7pm. Members and non-members are invited for a discussion of current, local environmental issues and a program by Tommy Swearingen on legal and ecological land preservation techniques for Alabama. For more info contact Dianne at 251-344-1890.

WED DEC 3 IN-TOWN MOONLIGHT HIKE AND DINNER.
Meet at the Statue Garden at the Women's and Children's Hosptial as the sun goes down. Our hike will be lit by holiday lighting and the nearly full moon. We will walk for less than an hour. Those interested will reconvene for dinner at the Dew Drop Inn after the walk. For more information, contact Kevin at 251-928-6231.

Friday, October 31, 2003

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- - - Flash Fishing Paddle - - -
Date: Sunday, Nov. 2
Time: 7 a.m.
Place: Mayday Park

I am going to try to outsmart the fish again, Mayday Park at 0700, 11/2/03 . The fish are waiting, bring your own bait. We did good last time.
- Red Boat Mickelsen
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- - - Kayak for Sale - - -

For sale: QCC Kayak. Q600X. 16'8" x 21". Kevlar (weighs 46#). Rudder. Very sporty and quick yet full expedition capability. Exquisite craftsmanship. Cockpit cover and spray skirt included. Excellent condition. Go to www.QCCkayaks.com to learn more. Why paddle plastic when you can paddle this fine boat for only $1450? Call Greg Speer, 251-961-7063.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

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- - - Flash Paddle - - - Styx River - lower end
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2003
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: I-10 exit 53, north side at BP station.
Contact: Brint Adams - brintadams@yahoo.com or cellphone 583-9919

We are going to do a point-to-point paddle on the Styx River from the Hwy 87 bridge to the Perdido River (Florida state line) about 1 mile past the Hwy 90 bridge (about 10-11 mi.) The Styx is fairly swift moving and the paddling should take about 2.5-3 hrs. We will meet at 9:30 AM at the BP at I-10 exit 53 and go north 1 mi. to right on Linholm Rd (dirt) for 4 mi. to right on Hwy 87 for 2 mi. to the put-in on right before you get to the bridge. The take-out shuttle point is a 14.3 mi. drive one-way (16 minutes), 5.3 mi. down Hwy 87 to left on Hwy 90, go 7 mi. to Seminole, turn right on Hwy 91, go 0.9 mi. to left on Lost River Road, go 0.9 mi. to left on River Landing Road to the Baldwin Co. Park boat launch. There are no launch or parking fees for this trip. Bring lunch, fluids, etc. Call or email if you have any further questions.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

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- - - Paddle Announcement - - -
Big Boy Paddle: Bayou Cumbest, The Rigolets, Crooked Bayou

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2003
Time: 10:15 AM at LaunchSite
Place: Point O. Pines Boat Ramp, Bayou Cumbest, Orange Grove, MS
Contact: Larry McDuff, 928-1582; or Carl Hlavenka, chlavenka@hotmail.com, 604-7268;

Approximately 13 mile, 5-6 hour loop Day Paddle. Paddle begins in Bayou Cumbest near AL/MS border, a pristine saltwater marsh leading to bird-popular shell mound islands (Bangs Indian Mound and Rigolets Islands) - partially exposed to Gulf (one may stay close to shore or have brief open water experience - cut across 3-5ft deep Pt.aux Chenes Bay). Loop return via Crooked Bayou, marsh creek with occasional hammocks of pine. Alternatively, meet at 9:30 am at Wal-Mart in Tillmans Corner, AL on Rangeline Rd. (AL-193 North/Higgins Rd), exit 17B off I-10. We will then continue I-10W to first MS exit 75, Franklin Creek Rd. Go left, or south to Hwy90. Next, go right, or west ~3.6 miles to Orange Grove Rd. on left past boat launch sign and gas station. Next, go ~1.7 miles on Orange Grove Rd. Finally, take a left onto Grand Bature Rd, follow to end. $2-$3 Launch Fee.

Sunday, October 26, 2003

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- - - Town and Country Kayak For Sale - - -

Dark Green, 14 ft., bought in Fairhope and have used twice. Incl. paddle, rudder installed, hatch installed, small anchor, incl. car top carriers and strap. Phone is 928-9095. Cell is 549-761-2773. Ask for Mallory.
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Red Boat Mickelsen has filed a fishing paddle report for Sat. 10-25. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 25, 2003

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Brint has filed a paddle report on the Escatawpa River paddle. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month’s paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We regularly post “want ads” for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your “want ad” to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

5. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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.)

6. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you’ll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

--------------------

Contact list and links:

If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC’s archive of “trip reports” on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.

--------------------

Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. (You get a map 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) which contains a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired.

As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one

Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (although 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.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

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We have a brief report from Red Boat Mickelsen on his fishing paddle. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com
Paddle Announcement: Escatawpa River
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2003
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Moffett Road (U.S. Hwy 98) in Wilmer, AL
Contact: Brint Adams - brintadams@yahoo.com or 583-9919 (cell)
Comments: We are going to do a seven-mile point-to-point with put-in at Escatawpa Hollow Campground located on U.S. Hwy 98 on the left just before the bridge which is just before the Mississippi state border. If you are starting from east of I-65, take the I-65 exit 5B and head west on Moffett Road (U.S. Hwy 98). It is 22 miles to the campground, so plan your trip time accordingly. We will meet in Wilmer at 9:30 AM on the way to see how many vehicles, boats and drivers we have, so we can make shuttle plans before we get to the campground. The trip on the water will take about 3-3.5 hours plus time for lunch and any other stops. Please bring lunch, fluids, sunscreen, etc. There will be a $5 per boat launch/parking fee paid to the campground operators.

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The Parks and Land Management Committee for Baldwin County is meeting with the public to discuss future plans at county parks. The meetings will be held as follows:

- Bay Minette, Monday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the County Administration Building

- Foley, Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the City of Foley Chambers

- Fairhope, Thursday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Satellite Courthouse

The county employee who is the point of contact is Stan Arbaczauskas, phone 580-1655 x7251.

Editor's note: Bruce and I (Julie) have been checking as many designated county water accesses as we can. We have been unable to find several, because, obviously, the adjacent landowners have encroached on them. I want to hear and have input into what the county proposes to do about this. I also want to learn more about how we can make some of these county accesses more kayak-friendly. I hope we'll talk about this county committee process at the next club meeting and that anyone who is as interested in this issue as we are will let us know.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Flash Paddle: Burr Marigolds in Whiskey Ditch
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: put in at Riverdocks on the Causeway, paddle to Whiskey Ditch and back
Contact: Bob Andrews, 367-4144
Comments: The burr marigolds have been peaking for about a week in Whiskey Ditch, and the clear weather and water provide an unusually good viewing opportunity. Call Bob with any questions.
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How To Be a ChilliHead
You guys know that I (Julie) don't do much "advertising" for anybody in the club's website and e-mails, except for news and want ads from individual paddlers and club members. But you need to know about ChilliHeads, a company in Chattanooga that makes fleece outdoor clothing, which you can buy at www.chilliheads.com.

In the past year, I have been on two multi-day paddling excursions with the woman who founded and owns ChilliHeads. I thus have the honor of regarding Susan and her husband as members of my personal paddling tribe, and they are also old friends of other longtime members of the MBCAKC. This weekend, I wore and carried a ChilliHead pullover for two days of hard paddling and hiking (which included a tumble into very cold mountain stream while I was crossing it on foot over slippery rocks), and it made me a devoted ChilliHead. Susan and Darryl are terrific people and athletes. Susan's clothes are sharp-looking, comfortable, imaginative, moderately priced, well made, snuggly, and FUNCTIONAL. And they are ALL made in the U.S.A. by Susan and subcontractors under her supervision. Much of the fleece comes from recycled plastic.

Winter's coming on. I'm going to stockpile some ChilliHead leggings and hats. Check it out: www.chilliheads.com.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Date: Thurs, Oct. 23, 2003
Time: 0700 a.k.a 7 a.m.
Place: May Day Park in Daphne

I am going to try to out smart the fish again. I will be getting underway at 0700 on 10/23/03 from May Day Park in Daphne. Bring your own bait.
- Red Boat Mickelsen.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

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We have a report from Brint Adams on the Byrne's Lake paddle of Sat., Oct 18. Check it out at http://www.paddlereport.blogspot.com

Thursday, October 16, 2003

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We have a brief report from Red Boat Mickelsen on his fishing paddle today. Check it out at http://www.paddlereport.blogspot.com
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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Byrne's Lake County Park Boat Launch

I will be at Bruno's in Spanish Fort (Hwy 31 & 225) and leave at 9:30 AM or you can go directly up Hwy 225 about 9 miles to just past a large water tower on right and turn left at the green sign to Byrne's Lake Boat Launch. We will paddle for about two hours out to and back from the main channel, viewing the impressive Cypress and other of the local flora and fauna. Those who want to, can meet for lunch afterwards. There is no fee to launch or park. Anyone needing further information may call me at 583-9919 (cell) or email me at brintadams@yahoo.com.
- Brint Adams

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

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- - - FYI - - -

The Middle Bay Outfitters is having a sale right now. I picked up a paddle float at half price. You may want to look into it.
- Red Boat Mickelsen
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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Date: Oct 16 (Thurs)
Time: 7 a.m.
Place: May Day Park

I am going to try to outsmart the fish, 10/16/03. Launch time is 0700. Bring your own bait. If you are running late I will be just north of the May Day Park ramp, you should see me out there by the pilings.
- Red Boat Mickelsen

Monday, October 13, 2003

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- - - Kayak for Sale - - -

For Sale: Used Old Town Loon 16' Tandem. With rudder. Good condition. $450.

Contact Greg Speer: rocket@gulftel.com.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month’s paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We regularly post “want ads” for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your “want ad” to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

5. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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.)

6. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you’ll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

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Contact list and links:

If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC’s archive of “trip reports” on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.

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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. (You get a map 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) which contains a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired.

As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one

Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (although 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.


Friday, October 10, 2003

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- - - Boat Inquiry - - -

Just wondering if anyone around here has a Necky Tesla NM kayak?
if so e-mail me at kingsnkviper@aol.com

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- - - Flash Paddle reschedule - maybe - - -

The flash paddle went belly up due to weather . . . it will stop raining by Monday, said the weatherman, so keep posted. Anyone want to pick a day and time???
--Red Boat Mickelsen.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

______________________________________
- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Date: Oct 10
Time: 7 am
Place: May Day Park

I am going to try to outsmart the fish Friday 10/10/03. Launch at May Day
Park. Get underway at 0700. Bring your own bait. Red Boat Mickelsen

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

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- - - New Launch Site - - -
- - - Harvest Moon Paddle - - -
from Bob Andrews

Date: Fri., Oct 10
Time: 6 PM
Place: Buzbee's Fish Camp

Bob announces that he will be leading this paddle from Buzbee's (up Hwy 225 from Spanish Fort) rather than River Docks. For additional info contact Bob at 251-344-8664 (work) or 251-367-4144 (cell). The launch fee is $3. He also suggests that paddlers bring a flashlight, a pfd, and bug repellent!
__________________________________
- - - October Calender - - -
provided by Bruce Zimmerman

Wednesday, October 8 : Moonlight Paddle
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: River Docks put in on the Causeway
Contact: Bob Andrews cell phone 367-4144
Comments: You do not need to call Bob, just show up promptly. He intends to go to Whiskey Ditch via Pass Picada. The attraction is that on the way into Whiskey ditch we see the sunset, and on the way out, we see the nearly full moon.


Friday, October 10 : Harvest Moon Paddle
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: A local Delta paddle, location depends on weather.
Contact: Bob Andrews cell phone 367-4144
Comments: Phone Bob for location on this one.

At the club meeting, Matt Darring entertained us with a high tech slide show of his Summer 2000 kayak and camping trip to Prince William Sound , Alaska; he formatted the slides for display on a big screen TV. Thanks for the show and narration, Matt. Enjoy that GPS unit.

Monday, October 06, 2003

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Kayak For Sale - - -

I have a used Composite (fiberglass) Perception Corona for sale. It is in very good shape. Asking $1400.00. Yellow deck, white hull. I may be contacted @ 404.522.9305, or via email.

Thank you,
Brad Taylor
sbradtaylor@earthlink.net

Sunday, October 05, 2003

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Larry McDuff has provided us with a report of the October Big-Boy paddle across Mobile Bay. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.
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Program Announcement!! .........Program Announcement!!

Bob Andrews advises that the program for this Tuesday's meeting will be provided by Matt Darring. Matt will present a slide show and talk about his sea kayaking trip to Alaska. We hope to see you at the Fairhope Yacht Club this Tuesday evening (Oct 7) at 7 p.m.

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Friday, October 03, 2003

!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, October 7, at 7 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.
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To all paddle leaders:
Please send your paddle announcements to both me at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and Dave at his e-mail address (which is always included in club e-mails). Please ALWAYS include your own contact information, even if you are not requesting paddlers to RSVP. If you don't include your e-mail address and/or phone number, then Dave, Bruce, and I are inundated with questions about the paddle that WE CAN'T ANSWER.
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PADDLE REMINDER:
Saturday October 4 : Big Boy Paddle Across Mobile Bay

Time: 8:00 a.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Comments: We will do a car swap at the yacht club. Eastern Shore people will drive cars belonging to Mobile people to the Beachcomber on Dog River and paddle back to the yacht club. Mobile people will paddle from the Fairhope Yacht Club to their cars at the Beachcomber. You must be able to re-enter your kayak in deep water with assistance. Call Larry to register for this paddle. He needs to know in advance the number of people participating.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month’s paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We regularly post “want ads” for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your “want ad” to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

5. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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.)

6. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you’ll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

--------------------

Contact list and links:

If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC’s archive of “trip reports” on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.

--------------------

Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. (You get a map 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) which contains a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired.

As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one.

Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (although 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.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Map of Appalachicola Canoe Trails
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision prints a map showing eleven paddling trails in the Apalachicola River area. The map is printed on waterproof material. A map may be ordered by e-mail or phone.

If you would like a copy, please call (850) 488-5520. If no one answers, you can leave their name and mailing address and one will be sent to you.

You may order by e-mail by sending your mailing address to:
Rebecca.Cowart@fwc.state.fl.us

Sunday, September 28, 2003

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Kayak for Sale
Phoenix Poke Boat Kayak for sale. Kevlar. Rudder. About 23 pounds. Take apart paddle and spray skirt. Good condition. Email pics available. $400. Jake Jacobs (850) 479-3723 (jakejaco1@netzero.net)

Friday, September 26, 2003

Flash Paddle: Busbee's to Blakely
Date:
Sun. Sept. 28
Time:  7:15am
Place:  Meet at Busbee's
Nancy Milford will be leading a paddle from Busbee's to Blakely.  Relaxed
to moderate pace.  Bring water and snacks.  We
will stop and rest at the Blakely cabana before the return trip.
 No need to call, just show up at Busbee's by 7:15am Sun morning

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Greetings to the members of the MBCAKC,

As Julie has mentioned, I will attempt to take some of the web duty load off her shoulders while she is over-extended.  

I am not someone experienced in posting to web pages so please bear with
me until I get the hang of this.  

As she mentioned, I greatly prefer that my email address not be published
on the web site.  Please hang onto the recent email she sent so you can
send items destined for the web site to me.  

I don't see how Julie copes with all the spam she receives as a result
of her address appearing here.  She truly does a super job and deserves
a hearty Thanks!! from all of us.

If you have anything to post, please follow Julie's instructions and send
a copy to both she and I.  One of us will get it on here.  

I look forward to working with everyone to get the information on here for
all to read and enjoy. Just hope that my teething pains aren't too great,
and that Julie's absence is not too long!

dave
Bruce has just published two paddle reports at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com: one on One Mile Bayou, and another on Little River. The latter includes and endnote from yours truly regarding how I could have avoided an unplanned swim in Little River :-)
The crops are saved!
Club member Dave Hottell has volunteered to help us out with the club websites. Dave knows more about computers than I do. In fact, Dave knows so much about computers he has graciously declined to help with the club e-mail list, because he has better sense!

Be sure to get in the habit of checking this website instead of relying exclusively on club e-mails as your source of information, including announcements of "flash paddles." Club e-mails may be sporadic for a while.

Dave, Bruce, and I still need all the help we can get with Internet communications, so if you were thinking of volunteering, stop thinking and do it! E-mail me (Julie) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net

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Publication of "Hard Copy" Membership Directory Proposed

Juli Day has volunteered to prepare and distribute a new MBCAKC Membership Directory -- an actual, print, on-paper-with-a-staple-in-it, list of names, phone numbers, etc. If you would like to be in Juli Day's new print directory, just drop her an e-mail at CezanneArt@aol.com. Send her your name and phone number and whatever else you would like to include, and she will start a paper list of members who want to be included. She will also pass around sign-up sheets at club meetings, for anybody who wants to be included in her new print directory.

Juli Day's new print directory will be totally independent of the e-mail list. You can be on the club's e-mail list, you can be in Juli Day's print directory, you can be on both, or you can be on neither. Being on one list won't get you on the other list. If you want to be on the club e-mail list and receive club e-mails, you need to e-mail me at jrobber@worldnet.att.net. If you want to be in the print directory of phone numbers, etc., you need to e-mail Juli Day at CezanneArt@aol.com. The e-mail list and Juli Day's paper list are completely independent (because, to name just one reason, Juli Day and I would go crazy trying to coordinate the two).

Please keep in mind that any identifying information you give to the print directory will be public information. In contrast, the e-mail list is as confidential as I know how to make it.

Please also keep in mind that nobody has to give their name, phone number or any other identifying information to me, to Juli Day, or to anybody else to be a "member" of the MBCAKC. Juli Day's print directory is simply an alternative means of staying in touch with other club members, IF, and only IF, you choose to participate.

But because my family and personal issues will prevent me from sending out these club as consistently as I have in the past, it will be that much better to have Juli Day's print directory as an alternative communication resource. Thanks Juli!

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In Other News:

Click on http://www.birdfestival.org/location.htm to find out about the Florida Panhandle Birding and Wildflower Festival on October 8-12.

This festival will take place in an area that happens to include some of our favorite paddling trips, including Cape San Blas and Appalachicola. You can download Apalachicola River paddling maps for free, courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, at http://www.wildflorida.org. These are *.pdf maps, which you need Adobe Acrobat to read. These make nice one page maps; some have extra text.

Another source of Florida canoe trail maps online is http://www.floridagreenwaysandtrails.org, which offers colorful maps in *.pdf format for the Florida Peninsula.

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One of the downsides of being the club webmistress is that I get a whole lot of spam. But there's one type of spam I've come to love: e-mails from various outfitters from around the world. Last month I was invited to go paddling in Patagonia; this month, in Laos: www.wildside-laos.com.
Flash Paddle: Rice Creek to Indian Mounds
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2003
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Meet at the Stagecoach Cafe in Stockton
Contact: Mark Vance (251) 458-7574
Comments: Mark would like to get a phone call if you are coming. If you are in Florida, you may prefer to phone Susan at (850) 341-1987.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

BOAT WANTED:
David is looking for a good, used, tandem kayak with a seat that will slide up for solo use, so that he can take his kids paddling. If you know of such a boat for sale, contact David at Ddmartin1264@cs.com.
WEBSITE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
I (Julie) have family and personal issues that will frequently keep me away from my computer during the coming weeks or months. The other MBCAKC members who currently help run the website (Bruce and Fritz) are also otherwise engaged (pardon the pun).

That means we need volunteers to help us keep this website up-to-date.

If you are computer-literate enough to be able to recognize HTML when you see it, if you know how to "blog" (i.e., post to a weblog), if you have an up-to-date web-browser, and if you attend club meetings, then the club needs your help. E-mail me (Julie) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net if you want to help. Please tell me what type and version of web-browser you are using and your experience using HTML or blogger to create and update webpages.

___________________

My family issues also mean that I will not be sending e-mails with my usual regularity. In fact, e-mails may simply disappear for a while. So you will want to get in the habit of checking this website frequently for news updates, assuming we can find some volunteers to help update it.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Based on flurry of e-mails I received this morning with questions and contradictory information about obtaining a permit for Boiling Creek, I telephoned Eglin AFB Natural Resources Division at 850-882-4164. The nice lady who answered the phone advised me as follows:

1. Permits MAY be going up to $7 this year. She will not know for sure until next week, at the earliest. She said she has been charging $7 for the last couple of months, but now there is some question whether she may have to write refund checks for such people. She recommends that if you want to go ahead and order now, just send TWO checks, one for $5 and one for $2, and she will cash them both or send the $2 back, as needed.

2. Each person over 16 must have a permit. So if you're paddling tandem, both adults need individual permits.

I'll let you know when I learn anything further. Please let me know if you learn anything further :-)

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We have a new trip report at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com, by Brint Adams, on the trip he recently led to the Bottle Creek Indian Mound

Also at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com, Bruce has provided us with an INDISPENSABLE chart of mileage counts to put-ins in north-central Baldwin County.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Lisa Haywood writes us:
The paddle previously scheduled for Sunday has been rescheduled for Monday, September 15, at Hurricane Landing off Hwy 225, 6:15 p.m.. Bring a light and your normal gear. We will paddle for a few hours then maybe catch dinner at a local restaurant. Sorry for the change in Sunday plans. Contact ersmoore@bellsouth.net

Saturday, September 13, 2003

We interrupt our regular programming to remind you that YOU (yes, YOU) need to renew your permit to paddle Boiling Creek.

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October 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 a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. (As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one.) 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.


-------------------------

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month’s paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We regularly post “want ads” for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your “want ad” to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

5. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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.)

6. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you’ll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

--------------------

Contact list and links:

If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC’s archive of “trip reports” on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.