JANUARY 2003 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 10, Friday: Formal dedication of Bartram Canoe Trail
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: French's Lake Coastal Acess Kiosk
Comments: We are grateful to Keith Gaulden of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for coming to our meeting last night, presenting a program on the Bartram Canoe Trail, and inviting us to the formal dedication of the trail this Friday. To get to French's Lake Public-Use Kiosk, travel north from I-65 on Highway 59 appproximately 12 miles north of Stockton, following the signs to Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area. An Upper Delta Management Area sign will direct you to turn left off Highway 59 and on to St. Luke Church Road. Remain on St. Luke Church Road until directed to turn left onto a gravel road by the French's Lake Kiosk sign. Remain on this main gravel road, passing through the main silver gate of the Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area, taking the second gravel road on the right delineated by a French's Lake Kiosk sign. Follow this gravel road to the end and you will be at the French's Lake Coastal Access Kiosk.
January 11, Saturday: Palmetto Creek
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Meet at the giant strawberry in front of the vegetable stand on Highway 98, between Elberta and Lillian
Contact: Bruce Zimmerman, email@example.com, 625-2156
Comments: This is an easy paddle, maybe two or three hours long, depending on whether we decide to go up Spring Branch. After paddling through a bit of developed area, we will enjoy winding, undeveloped creeks in South Baldwin County.
January 19-20, Sunday-Monday: Overnight in the Delta
Time: ask Matt
Place: Meet at the Stagecoach Inn at Stockton. We will put in at Rice Creek.
Contact: Matt Darring, firstname.lastname@example.org, h) 343-1196, w) 341-1712
Comments: Matt led an exploratory paddle to check out this campsite in the Delta in October, and it's a good one, but space is limited, so you need to sign up with Matt if you plan to go. Even if you can't stay overnight, you are welcome to join in on the day's paddle on Sunday. Note that this is a three-day weekend. Go to www.paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read Bruce's paddle report on the October trip to this campsite.
January 19, Sunday: Point Clear Paddle
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Put in and take out at the beach area just north of the Fairhope Pier boat ramp, which is just north of the Fairhope Municipal Pier.
Contact: Rob Nykvist, email@example.com, w) 666-2766, cell) 455-4699
Comments: This will be a 3 or 4 hour paddle from the boat ram at the Fairhope Pier to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, about 7-8 miles round trip. Sunset is at 5:18 p.m., so bring at least one white light just in case. Also bring whatever food and beverages you would like, for a picnic by the Grand Hotel. We will be paddling into the sun for a good part of the trip, so bring sunglasses. The required skill level depends on weather conditions -- this paddle will be easy if there is no wind, but you should have some self-rescue skills if you're planning to paddle in open water in more challenging weather. Rob plans a leisurely pace of about 2 mph. CONTACT ROB if you plan to attend. He may cancel for weather or take an alternate route from Fairhope Yacht Club up Fly Creek, and you won't know about it unless you're in communication with Rob.
There will be a roll, self-rescue, and skills class in February, but Bob has to coordinate with Homestead Village (our hosts with the heated pool) and Jeff (his fellow teacher) before he can tell us when it will be. Stay tuned to this website for further details as they become available.
Bob will also lead a "surprise paddle," this month, and Bruce is planning to lead some flash paddles while he's off work. We will post and e-mail announcements as these plans develop.
The next regular club meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.
Go to www.paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read a trip report by Bruce on our recent paddle on the Chasshowitzka River in Florida.