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Wednesday, February 05, 2003


Safety note: There will be a bass tournament this weekend. If you are planning to paddle this weekend, be careful and avoid the high-speed bass boats.

February 8, Saturday: Choctaw Point Tour
Contact: Gene 928-1107
Comments: Monroe Park used to the end of the trolley line and the beginning of an entertainment area like none other. Set on the coast of Mobile Bay, it would make the perfect area for recreation, but the State Docks wants to turn it into a container facility. The local Sierra Club has made keeping Monroe Park one of their main issues over the last several months. Now the State Docks is offering a tour of this area, as well as Choctaw Point, and it's a great opportunity to not only view this endangered piece of greenlands property, but to also have a chance at talking to those involved in the fight over it.

The visitation dates are Thursday, January 30, 2003 and Saturday, February 8, 2003. The tours will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The tour will assemble at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby of the International Trade Center, located at 250 N Water Street; parking is available in the Trade Center's parking lot. Reservations are required; contact Mary Mullins at or 433-3993 (ext 201) to reserve your space. Mary has also said that if spots fill up too quickly, they will make more tours so everyone can go.

The Sierra Club has chosen to visit on the 30th; the Community Earthians are planning a tour on the 8th. Gene will go out on February 8; call him if you would like to join him.

February 11, Tuesday: Planning Meeting for Derelict Crab Trap Removal
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: NEP offices
Contact: Matt h) 343-1196 w) 341-1712
This is the planning meeting for the derelict crab trap removal project that will take place on March 15. Matt Darring has kindly volunteered to take a leadership role in this project, but he is not sure he will be able to attend this planning meeting on February 11. I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from anybody who would be willing to attend with him or instead of him, so give him a call if you can help.

February 20, Thursday: Roll, Rescue, and Skills Practice
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Place: Homestead Village
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664
Comments: Bob Andrews and Jeff Breit will teach you to roll, or any other paddling skills you ask them to teach you. These guys are experts, and they donate their time and skills to the club for free. The fine folks at Homestead Village charge us for the use of their heated pool, though (and it's very much worth the nominal cost, because the Homestead pool is a very comfortable place to practice skills). How much each participant in the class pays depends on how many people participate.

If you are new to kayaking, you should come and at least watch this skills class, even if you do not want to roll. Anybody who paddles a kayak should know how to do a "wet exit" (which is a technical term for falling out of your boat) (without hurting yourself), and get back into it at sea (without hurting yourself). Even better (and actually easier, with practice), you should know how to roll. If you are an experienced paddler, then I don't have to explain to you what a good opportunity this is to practice, learn, and share skills. So come watch or come play -- either way, you will pay a minimal fee, and you will learn a LOT.

If you don't have a rollable boat, rollable kayaks will be available for you to borrow during the class.

Please pre-register by calling Bob. Bring or wear clothes to get wet in (changing rooms will be available). We will have to clean our boats before we get in the pool. Dirty boats make the pool dirty and make our club unwelcome by our hosts at this ideal pool.

February 22, Saturday: Causeway Texaco to Little Bateau
Depart Time: 12:00 Noon (In water & beginning the paddle)
Return Time: Plan to get back around 4:00 -6:00 p.m.
Launch Site: Public Boat ramps East of the Texaco Station on the North side of the Causeway
Launch Site Coordinates: North 30° 40.766 West 87° 59.537
Take-Out Site: Same as Launch Site.
Launch Site Facilities: NO restrooms. Nearby Texaco Station has snacks & drinks available.
Launch Fee: Free
Trip Distance: Approximately 11-12 miles round trip with several options to make it longer or shorter depending on the mood of the group and the average paddle speed.
Trip Route: Launch by the triple boat ramps on the north side of the Causeway, East of the Texaco Station. Cross Chacaloochee Bay, go up Conway Creek, branch off north to Little Bateau. Exit Little Bateau, back out to Conway, North on Conway to the Tensaw River. Down the Tensaw and back to the Launch Site. There are options.
Recommended Paddler Level:Can you paddle comfortably for 4-5 hours with a break or two? May not be for beginners.
Food/Snacks: No picnic planned. Bring your own fluids & snacks to meet your energy needs.
Gear: Usual safety equipment, such as life jacket, paddle float, spray skirt, pump, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
Conditions: Call to see if there are last minute route changes due to poor weather conditions. Sunset will be at approximately 5:46 p.m. High Tide will be at approximately 4:31 p.m.
Caution(s): Open Chacaloochee Bay and can get choppy during strong winds. As we travel down the Tensaw River, we will be flowing with the current, but due to the wide open waters, it too can get choppy in strong winds. Bring a spray skirt just in case! Note for the sun sensitive: there is very little shade available on this trip.
Highlights: Freedom of paddling across open waters. See the Mobile Skyline in the distance, along with the Battleship. Paddle by the real goat island. Perhaps see a colorful sunset not long after the paddle ends.
Post-Trip Rendezvous: Original Oyster House or Eds Seafood Shack
Leader: Rob Nykvist
Contact Numbers: w) (251) 666-2766 cell: (251) 455-4699

February 23, Sunday: French's Lake
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: meet at the Conoco station, at the Stockon exit off I-65 and Matt will lead us to the put-in
Contact: Matt h) 343-1196 w) 341-1712
Comments: This was the dedication site for the Bartram Canoe Trail, and some very nice things were said about it at the meeting last night. This will be an exploratory paddle (which is another way of saying Matt doesn't have a clear idea yet of exactly where we're going).


March 15, Saturday: Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program
Contact: Matt h) 343-1196 w) 341-1712
Comments: Leslie Hartman and Lee Yokel gave a much-appreciated presentation at our meeting last night about this project. The Alabama Marine Resources Division (AMRD) and Mobile Bay National Estuary Program are joined again to clean Alabama coastal waters. On Saturday, March 15, 2003 all crab traps within 500 yards of the shoreline will be considered marine litter and can be removed and disposed of by volunteers in dumpsters provided by Mobile Bay NEP. Taking of a crab trap at any other time or location can be considered theft of property unless authorized by the Alabama Marine Resources Division. Many of the traps are in water too shallow for powerboats to reach. However, canoes and kayaks would be able to reach these traps in shallow water. The most efficient crew would be a team of one boat and several canoes or kayaks to pick up these traps in a designated area.

Matt Darring has kindly volunteered to coordinate the MBCAKC's participation in this project. If you would like to participate call or e-mail Matt at the numbers listed above, and for further information, see

March 29, Saturday: Jane's BYOC Party
Yes, Jane will be throwing another one of her wonderful parties at her house on Magnolia River. BYOC means "Bring Your Own Chainsaw," because we will be cleaning up some deadfall at the top of the Magnolia River, near Jane's house. This is going to require a mix of paddlers, waders, chainsawers, and a power boat. So even if you don't have your own chainsaw, just bring your willingness to get wet and help. It'll be fun, and the food will be good (as always). (And stay tuned to this web page for the scheduling of a clean-up of the Fish River headwaters near Frank Laraway's.)

The next club meeting will be on March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Regular meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.


There will be a delay in e-mailing this club calendar out to individual members this month.