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Thursday, July 31, 2003

Larry Mickelsen wants to know:
Is there anyone out there that wants to go fishing? Some one told me that the "reds" are in just south of the battleship. Also, I had some luck by the pilings at Mayday Park. Let me know what you think:

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The Sierra Club invites us to the August 9-10 Alabama River Paddle and Campout
on August 9-10. The Sierra Club will be spending the weekend on the river at Millers Ferry. Activities available include fishing, swimming, hiking, wildlife watching, relaxing, playing. Bring a boat, canoe or kayak if you'd like to get out on the water. Campground sites are $16 and include electricity. Comfort stations include warm water showers. Day trippers welcome on Saturday. Millers Ferry is located on a wide, scenic segment of the Alabama River northwest of Camden, Al. For more information and reservations, contact Kevin at 251-928-6231.
Carl Hlavenka writes us to announce TWO flash paddles, as follows:
This Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 I’m planning on paddling Rabbit Creek. I’m planning on paddling upstream and exploring some nooks and crannies until arriving back at the launch at dusk. I will launch from the ramp from the end of Schwartz Road. Travel on Rangline Road (193) south from I-10 to Rabbit Creek Road. Turn left (east). Turn left onto Schwartz.

This weekend I’m going to paddle out, around, hike, and camp on Petit Bois. Yes, yes, I know its warm and buggy. But the bugs don’t get bad until dark. I plan on leaving 6:30am Sat. morning from THE Pascagoula Launch and returning Sunday around noon – early afternoon. People interested should have open water experience, rescue skills, primitive camping experience, flares, strobe, skirt, pump, paddlefloat, first aid kit, 2-3 gallons water, etc.

Contact, 251-604-7268.

Monday, July 28, 2003

Tensaw Eco Tours took a reporter for the New York Times for a ride in the Delta last winter, and the result is an article called "Elvis Slept Here, Gators Sleep There." Free registration is required to read the NYT online. The article is reprinted at
Mars Spectacular

The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again. The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide.&n bsp; At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30 a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month. Share this with your children and grandchildren. NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN.


Thanks to Gary Warner for telling us about this. Gary says we need to do a full moon paddle since it will be a full moon on the 27th of August and have folks bring telescopes in their cars and when we get back to the dock (like the causeway) pull them out and check out Mars. It would be a great viewing spot.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Craig has a canoe and two kayaks for sale:

MERRIMACK SOUHEGAN Canoe: Includes paddles and equipment. Like new. Asking $1,000. Call 850-994-9960 For manufacturer's photos/specs go to:

EDDYLINE COMPOSITE Touring Kayaks: SeaStar and Calypso. Like new. Each kayak includes: Swift Fiberglass Paddle and over $500 of equipment. Will throw in Yakima Hully Roller Roof Rack System. ASKING $3,000 for the pair. CALL 850-994-9960. For manufacturer's photo/specifications go to:

Friday, July 25, 2003

Brad writes us:
I am new to this area and new to the world of kayaking. I am looking for a couple of used kayaks. I think I want two sit-in types, one for me and one for my nine-year-year old son. If you know of any for sale I hope you will let me know. Phone: 251-990-9569 E-mail:

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Kayaks for Sale:
David McNeese has two QCC 500 Kevlar kayaks for sale. Two years old. Yellow decks. One with a white bottom one with cream bottom. They are in great shape; stored inside. 16' 10" long; 23" wide. Both have rudders. He will sell them for $1500.00 each. 1 251 961-7573 (Lillian) or


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, 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 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 must bring a single, white light. 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

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 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.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Lisa writes us to announce a
Sunday Evening Paddle to Blakeley:

We will launch at 5:30 p.m. sharp on Sunday, July 20, from Buzbee's ($3 launch fee) going north to Blakeley Park. Bring a beverage of your choice and snack to enjoy at the Blakeley gazebo and boardwalk. This is a beautiful evening paddle. It is ten miles round trip. Bob wants to limit this paddle to touring boats over 14 feet long!!!!!!!! It is too long an evening paddle for shorter, slower boats. The pace will be a moderate touring pace (i.e., Bob wants to get back before the restaurants close). We will finish after dark, so bring at least one white light and a whistle or other signaling device.

Lisa (Artic Hawk)
home: 471-2050
cell: 689-3934

Friday, July 18, 2003

Nancy has scheduled her first flash paddle for Saturday morning, as follows:
Mars is suppose to come closer to the earth in August than it has been in many years, since 1924. It is not suppose to pass this close for another two hundred or so years. Mythologically speaking, Mars represents the god of war or aggression. To balance the aggressive energies that may come up in August, I would like to have a "Centering Paddle." The focus of the paddle will be to be quiet (relatively speaking -- if you see a gator please speak up) and to reflect the beauty and harmony of nature in the morning. If you are interested in the "centering" part of the paddle, bring a towel or chair and come a little bit early (6:45am). I will share a thought to reflect on while paddling and a secret for bringing compassion into your vibration. Those not interested in the "centering" part, please feel free to not participate in the early activities -- just come and paddle.

The destination will depend on the experience level of the paddlers and the weather. My final destination is uncertain; we will see how it goes. Since I am a bit of a novice, we may cancel if the weather conditions appear threatening. For questions, call 208-7589 before 5:00pm on Friday. Otherwise just meet at Buzbee's at 7:00am on Saturday. If the masses are hungry, we can go to brunch afterward.


Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Lee Yokel writes us:
The day is getting close .. just one week to the next Mobile Bay NEP CAC Environmental Happy Hour!

Environmental Happy Hour
Blue Gill Restaurant on the Causeway
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
5:30 to 7:00

5:30 Cash Bar, Hors D'ourves
6:00 Get settled
6:15 Introductions with Marian McPherson, CAC Co-Chair

Mizz Casi Calloway with Mobile Bay Watch will talk to us briefly about the ongoing Air Quality Study. Just what are we breathing and how does the air quality effect the environment? Casi tells us she has actually tattooed the meeting notice to the back of her hand to remember this time!

Afterwards, maybe a few folks would like to stick around for dinner? The Blue Gill has been very gracious to host us so let's help make it a pleasant experience for them as well.

Comments, questions, or suggestions please email myself, Marian or Stan. If you haven't had a chance to meet our CAC Co-chairs or speak with them .. here is a little contact info for you -

Marian Macpherson - Baldwin County
(251) 928-2442
Stan Nolan, PhD - Mobile County
(251) 973-2372


PS - next month - smart growth - just what is the Healthy Coastal Communities Initiative???? Wendy Allen and Charlene Lee will be on hand to tell us about it.

Lee Yokel
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
4172 Commanders Drive
Mobile, AL 36615
(251) 431-6409
(251) 431-6450 Fax
Lisa sends us the following link, where you can listen to alligator threat, distress, and hatching sounds:

Monday, July 14, 2003

Kayak For Sale
Perception Carolina. Length: 14'7" With rudder. With Harmony paddle. $700. Call Amy at 861-2708.

Sunday, July 13, 2003

Lisa Haywood writes us:

We have two, count um TWO paddles for today.

The first is to SAND ISLAND. It will be led by George Borne. Length, course and strolling on Sand Island will be determined by George AND the folks on the paddle. Please email me ( ) for the launch time and place. Conditions can change easily from mild to rough water. You should be capable of handling your boat in open, possibly rough water and wind. Endurance is also important. This is a GREAT paddle.

WHISKEY DITCH, Evening paddle
Carl and I will lead this paddle, which is a club favorite. If the Ditch is choked with plants, we will take an alternative route. The moon is still near full, so it is a second chance to catch it this month. Bring a light and what ever you want for a snack and hydration. PLEASE email me for launch place. We plan to launch at 6:30 p.m. We will NOT be launching from Eco-Tours. Please provide me with a phone number, so I can contact you around 3:30 if the weather looks unlikely to cooperate. Afternoon showers, if any, should clear by 6:30.

Lisa Haywood

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Friday, July 11: Bob's Full Moon Paddle
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Chacaloochee Bay. Meet at the Texaco on the Causeway by the public boat ramp.
Contact: Bob Andrews, home: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Comments: We will put in on the beach between the Texaco and the public boat ramp on the north side of the Causeway, which is near the I-10 crossover. We will paddle around Chacaloochee Bay (which is pronounced locally as "Chocolata Bay" for reasons I have never discerned). About 5 miles round trip. Open water. Bring a single white light.

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Click on to read a trip report by Larry McDuff on the July Big-Boy paddle on Fish River. Mark your calendars for the August Big-Boy paddle, tentatively scheduled for Saturday morning, August 9, to include an optional climb of the Sand Island Lighthouse.

Monday, July 07, 2003

Want Ad:
Sandra Carr is looking for a used Perception sit-on-top kayak and has a Wavesport Frankenstein for sale. E-mail Sandra at

Friday, July 04, 2003

CHANGE IN PLANS for the Fireworks Paddle Tonight

Meet at 6:30 at the FYC (instead of 7:30). In case of rain, we will have the potluck at the FYC gazebo.

Aside, from this, plans remain the same, as posted immediately below.

Wednesday, July 02, 2003


Friday, July 4: Fireworks Paddle

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Gene Boothe, 928-1107
Place: Put in at at Fairhope Yacht Club Beach. Paddle to the Municipal Pier in Fairhope to enjoy potluck dinner on the sandbar, listen to the Baldwin Pops on the bluff, and watch the fireworks from our boats.
Food: Our food coordinators report that we need more main and side dishes or salads, ice, paper cups, plates and utensils. Contact Dottie at or Ingrid at 928-8940 to tell them what food you are bringing.
Comments: Bring a flashlight, PFD, and something for the potluck.

We are guests at the Fairhope Yacht Club. When we unload at the beach, we must stay clear of the boat ramp so the members can use it to launch their trailered boats. We should offload our boats at the beach and park our cars away from this launching area.

Monday, July 7: Larry's July “Big Boy” Paddle
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Put in on Fish River.
Directions to the put in: Take Highway 98 south or I-10 Malbis exit then south on 27. From either road, turn left (east) on highway 32. Cross Fish River bridge. Turn right on highway 9. After one mile, turn right on Honey Road. Go one quarter mile passing the county park at Marlow Ferry Landing. Turn left on Honey Road extension. County access area is 100 yards on the right.
Contact: Larry McDuff, 928-1582
Comments: This is actually a "beginner" paddle for all skill levels, with a “Big Boy” option.

Friday, July 11: Bob's Full Moon Paddle
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: to be announced
Contact: Bob Andrews, home: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Comments: Bring a single white light.

Tuesday July 15: Matt's Birthday Paddle
Time: 12:00 noon
Place: Chickasabogue Park.
Contact: Matt Darring, home: 341-1712, work: 343-1196,
Description: Leisurely paddle on Chickasabogue creek. We'll have lunch on one of the sand bars. Matt will bring birthday cake.
Comments: $1 entrance fee to park. To get to park take Highway 45 exit on I-65 (Exit 8). Go west to Shelton Beach road (store called "The Meat Block" on the corner) and take a right. (From here there are signs to the park) Go about a mile and take a right just after going under the big power lines. Then go about a half a mile and take a left at sign for park. Follow this road all the way to the park. We'll meet at the rangers’ building at the front entrance at noon.

Saturday, July 26: Pigeon Creek Paddle
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Meet at Hardees in Evergreen on Highway 83
Contact: Mark (251) 458-7574
Comments: This paddle of Pigeon Creek at Redlevel, a suburb of Andalusia, will include a shuttle organized by the West Florida Canoe Club. Takeout is at Highway 84.



Fritz and Harriet have announced that it’s high time this club had a t-shirt of its own and they are looking for artwork to go on the front, back, and or sleeves of a club T-shirt. Lisa ( has volunteered to collect graphics via e-mail. For artwork on paper, please drop it off at the Fairhope Boat Company for Fritz, and call Fritz at 680-8928 to tell him it is there!


Thanks to Dale Moss for the humor and the slide presentation of the Everglades at the club meeting last night.