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Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Flash Paddle: Red Bluff Beginner Paddle
(Don't have a kayak? Borrow one from a friend or rent one from Fairhope Boat Company, 702 North Section Street, 928-3417, which is located about a mile from Fairhope Yacht Club. This is your chance to try out a kayak with someone experienced along to answer questions and help you out. Leader will also help with the transport of rentals if needed.)
Date: Saturday Morning, June 7, 2003
Depart Time: 9:00 a.m.
Return Time: 11:00 a.m.
Launch Site: Fairhope Yacht Club.
Take-Out Site: Same as Launch Site.
Restrooms: There are restrooms near the launch site.
Food/Snacks: No stores nearby. This is a short paddle - bring whatever food and drink you think you'll need for two hours.
Launch Fee: Free
Trip Distance: 3-4 miles round trip.
Trip Route: Paddle north to Red Creek, explore Red Creek, then continue north to Red Bluff and then south back to Fairhope Yacht Club.
Trip Speed: Leisurely - about 2 mph.
Recommended Paddler Level: Beginners and experienced.
Conditions: If waves in the bay are big, alternate inland paddle route is from Fairhope Yacht Club (same launch site) up Fly Creek - approximately a 2 mile round trip. Lightning cancels or pospones paddle.
Leader: Robert Nykvist
Contact Numbers: (251) 666-2766 Daytime Work - ask for Rob; (251) 455-4699 Evening Cell

Flash Paddle: Bird Watching on Sand Island
Date: Sunday morning, June 8, 2003
Depart Time: 8:00 a.m. (Note: Launch Time moved up two hours from the time announced at club meeting - meaning less time spent in the heat of the day.)
Return Time: Approximately 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Just in time to eat lunch.)
Launch Site: Dauphin Island, East end (beyond Ft. Gaines), in the parking lot at the end of the road.
Takeout Site: Same as Launch.
Restrooms: There are NO restrooms at the launch site, however there are public restrooms in Cadillac Square and by the Ferry Launch Site.
Food/Snacks: There are NO stores at the launch site. There are a few stores located on the right just after you get on Dauphin Island. Bring enough fluids & snacks to meet your own hydration & energy needs for about a five-hour trip.
Launch Fee: Free
Trip Distance: 8-9 miles round trip.
Trip Route: A triangle - paddle south from the east end of Dauphin Island 2.5 miles to the South end of Sand Island to do some Bird Watching. Then paddle Northwest along the shoreline of Sand Island about 2.5 miles until we are close to Dauphin Island at which point we will cross over to the shoreline of Dauphin Island. Then paddle east about 3 miles along the shoreline of Dauphin Island back to the launch site.
Trip Speed: Moderate (2.5 mph) across the open waters - then leisurely (2 mph) along the shorelines.
Highlights: 345 of Alabama's 397 bird species have been seen on Dauphin Island so bring your Binoculars! Expect to see Terns, Gulls, Herons, Sandpipers, Skimmers, Pelicans, Stilts, and more. A birding checklist will be provided to paddlers to help keep track of birds spotted. Dolphins are frequently sighted in the waters we will be paddling across. You need not be an avid bird watcher to join this trip - you can also hunt for sea shells, walk on the beaches, or fish.
Recommended Paddler Level: Trip leader recommends participants have open water experience and experience with self rescue (getting back into your kayak after it has capsized). On trips across open Gulf waters, it is also recommended your kayak have a skeg or rudder so you can easily deal with any winds that may pop up.
Gear: Usual safety gear. There is no shade on this paddle - so it can get hot. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, plenty of fluids, and a bathing suit so you can cool off.
Warnings: Lightning cancels. Contact leader for last minute trip conditions that may warrant a change in paddle plans.
Post-Trip Rendezvous: Lunch at the Galley Restaurant.
Leader: Robert Nykvist
Contact Numbers: (251) 666-2766 Daytime Work - ask for Rob; (251) 455-4699 Evening Cell