CLUB MEETINGS ARE HELD THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE

5 RIVERS DELTA RESOURCE CENTER (map) AT 7PM. SEE THE POSTS BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS!

To post information to this website or for further information about this website, just ask Tracy at tracy@thelannies.us
Current Club Coordinator: Tracy Lannie
MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

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, April 28, 2003

Jeff Pollock writes us:

I am the race director for the Pelican Point Triathlon. Last year your club provided about ten members with kayaks to help monitor the swim portion of our race. We would love your help again this year! The race is on Saturday, May 31st, located at the Pelican Point Grill in Fairhope, Alabama, down by the mouth of Weeks Bay. The race starts with a swim at 7:00 am. We would need 5-10 kayaks to help set the swim buoys and monitor the swimmers. We will have the Search and Rescue there as well, in case of any serious problems. The kayaks are there for flotation if someone needs to rest, and to be there to keep people on course. The kayaks would need to be there no later than 6:30. Parking is extremely limited, so if you want to park close to the shore, I would get there at 6:00. After the swim is completed (~8:15 am) the kayakers are welcome to hang around and watch the race and stay for the post race party (~11:00). We should have T-shirts for the volunteers. Thanks for the support. You have been great the last two years. If members want to contact us regarding details they can call us at 251-621-3908 or email us at carotop111@aol.com.

Thanks again!
Jeff Pollock
Director PPTRI
251-621-3908
carotop111@aol.com
www.pptri.org

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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 suddenly died. 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 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.

4. 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.)

5. 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.

6. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and 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 jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Clickhere 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 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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Flash Paddle: Fishing at May Day Pier
Larry Mickelsen, Sr., writes us:
I am going fishing on Thursday, April 24. I will be at MAYDAY PIER on College St. (or Ave.?) in Daphne, just south of the East Shore Cafe. I will leave the boat ramp (free launch) at 0700 -- that's seven in the morning for non-sailors. You will have to paddle about 1/2 mile. If you fall overboard you can walk to shore. No skill required, you just have to be smarter than the fish. For those that get there late, not to worry, we will not be out of sight. BRING YOUR OWN BAIT! Red Boat Mickelsen BAYWATERBOY@aol.com

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Don't forget that Matt has a paddle scheduled for later this month:

April 27, Sunday: Delta Paddle
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: meet at the Bruno's in Spanish Fort at the corner of 31 and 225
Contact: Matt Darring w)341-1712 h)343-1196
Comments: Matt will lead us from Bruno's to the put-in. Depending on the weather, the goal may be to explore McVay Creek.
Thanks to Frank Laraway for writing a paddle report on the Basin (that's the Basin, not Bay Minette Basin). See www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Our website archives have been so unreliable lately, and there have been so many trip reports, I highly recommend that you visit www.paddlereport.blogspot.com right now and print it, even if you're too busy doing your own springtime paddling to read all these trip reports right now. Print them and save them for later when you have time to read them.
We are grateful that Aven has written a comprehensive report of what's in bloom where, and I have published her reports on our separate website for trip reports: www.paddlereport.blogspot.com. Among other spectacular spring displays, the mountain laurel is peaking just north of Upper Bryant Landing. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Larry Mickelson, Jr. writes us:
Hey guys and gals! Its kinda a short notice, but there is another adventure race in mobile next Saturday. You can contact the folks at the "Just Riding" bicycle shop for more details. We hope to see some of y'all there.
Sincerely,
"Coypu Racing" Co-captain Larry

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Mark Your Calendars: Yellow River Challenge
Ryan Alvis of the Pensacola Gulf Coastkeepers, a chapter of the Water Keeper Alliance located in Pensacola, Florida, invites us to participate in the Yellow River Challenge on May 31, 2003. There will be a canoe and bike race to promote the preservation of the Yellow River. He is sending us some registration forms, which we will distribute at the next meeting, or you can print a form (and get more information) from their website: http://www.coastkeepers.org/activity.html.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Flash Paddle: Full Moon Paddle in Whiskey Ditch
Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: put in behind Tensaw Eco Tours, on the Causeway by the Blue Gill Restaurant, paddle to Whiskey Ditch and back
Contact: Bob Andrews, h/w: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Comments: Bob says the fine weather and full moon are too beautiful to resist, so we're going out for another moonlight paddle. Whiskey Ditch is an easy, short paddle, and a club favorite. Expect to be out of the water by 8:00. Bring a single white light (a flashlight is fine) as well as water and whatever other food and refreshments you would like. Plan to join us for dinner at a restaurant on the Causeway after the paddle (as usual). Call Bob for further information.
Paul Nettles, the owner of PE'RO Guides in Ocean Springs, is planning a trip on the Pascagoula River, in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy and Jay Mengel, who did a wonderful presentation on the Pascagoula River Alliance at a recent MBCAKC meeting. Paul writes us as follows:

Discover the Pascagoula River by Kayak!
You are cordially invited to join us on an exploration of the last unimpeded river system in the lower continental United States.
Who: PE'RO Guides & The Nature Conservancy
What: 2 Days of kayaking and 1 night of camping, including participation in the Pascagoula River Ecotourism Study and presentations on natural history by master naturalists
When: Friday, April 25th Bon Voyage Reception; Saturday, April 26th & Sunday, April 27th River Trip
Where: Reception at the Wilson House Bed & Breakfast, followed by a river trip on the Pascagoula from Merrill to Wade/Vancleave Rd.
Cost per person: $250.00 (includes: reception presentation & meal, river equipment, guide service & master naturalist interpretations. Also includes all meals, snacks, and water.)
FOR INFO & RESERVATIONS CALL: (228)818-9255 or (228)369-0901, or e-mail peroguides@earthlink.net
Easter Service Sunrise Paddle
Gene writes us as follows:


Several of the Eastern shore area churches participate in an Easter Sunrise Service near the foot of the Fairhope Municipal Pier each Easter Sunday. The service this year will begin at 6:30 AM. I have enjoyed the services in the past and expect to do so again this year. The public is invited and people are encouraged to bring a friend. I plan to bring my kayak and view the services from the water and you are welcomed to share the experience.

The put-in for me will be at Fairhope Yacht Club. There are several other alternative put-ins near by, including the north part of the Fairhope Municipal Beach. For me, I would just feel somehow awkward putting in too close to the service. The rendezvous will be near the north side of the foot of the Fairhope Municipal Pier, near the shore, around 6:20AM., to be in time for the opening hymns. The arrival time is not crucial. I plan to depart FYC around 5:15. Come and go as you choose.

I am not sure of how well we will be able to hear the sermon, but we should be able to hear the music and hymns. I have always thought that the setting should be inspirational. This is not a highly organized paddle, do it your way. Hope to see you there.

Date: Easter Sunday, April 20
Put-In: FYC or your choice
Rendezvous: 6:20AM near the north side of the foot of the Fairhope Municipal Pier
Contact: Gene Boothe boothecg@bellsouth.net

Monday, April 14, 2003

Flash Paddle at the rapids on Styx River
Frank Laraway (251) 945-5504 plans on paddling the Styx River April 15. Meeting place is the intersection of US 90, highway 59 near CR 64 north of Loxley,AL. Meeting time is 8 a.m. Call Frank so he knows to wait for you.
Want to know what's in bloom, where?
Frank Laraway has been doing quite a bit of paddling in this beautiful spring weather, and has written trip reports advising us what is in bloom on Cow Pen Creek, Fish River, Styx River, and Bay Minette Creek, with driving and paddling directions. Visit our website for trip reports at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com, and read all about it.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

To all club members who (don’t) receive club e-mails through America Online (AOL):

AOL is not delivering most of the club e-mails to AOL subscribers’ in-boxes. There is nothing I can do about this problem, from my end. I have written to AOL tech support to request that they deliver my club e-mails. I don’t really expect it to work, though, because I am not an AOL customer, and because I can’t figure out from AOL’s website for non-customers who I should send such an e-mail to.

I suspect that the problem is that AOL has implemented a new “spam” filter. This automated system probably thinks club e-mails are spam. It probably thinks this because there are so many recipients in the header, but I really cannot tell from this end what the problem is.

If you currently count on AOL for your club e-mails, you have several options:

1. Forget about club e-mails and rely on this website as your exclusive source of club information.

2. Get another e-mail address and e-mail me to request a new club “subscription” at that address. For example, free e-mail is available at www.yahoo.com, www.hotmail.com and numerous other websites. You don’t have to give up your existing AOL account; you can have as many in-boxes as you want. Yahoo is a nice option because Yahoo doesn’t reject bulk e-mail, it delivers it to a separate folder named “bulk e-mail.”

3. Call, chat, or e-mail AOL tech support and tell them (or ask them who you need to tell) that you are not receiving e-mails from jrobber@worldnet.att.net , and that you want to receive e-mails from jrobber@worldnet.att.net, regardless of how many “undisclosed recipients” are listed in the headers of e-mails from jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

FYI, I recently had a problem with a new spam filter on my own internet service provider (ISP), which is AT&T Worldnet Service (which is a really good ISP, IMO). Suddenly, AT&T stopped delivering club e-mails altogether. There were no error messages, no “message rejected” messages; my e-mails simply were not being delivered to you. I chatted on-line with AT&T’s tech support, and, of several possible explanations for the problem (file corruption, gremlins, blah blah blah), the source of the problem turned out to be AT&T’s spam filter. AT&T had decided, without any notice to AT&T users, to put a limit of 20 to 25 recipients on outgoing e-mails. Club e-mails go to about a hundred people, so AT&T was just dumping all club e-mails without even telling me.

Based on the advice of AT&T tech support, I e-mailed AT&T’s spam “abuse” department, told them I was not a spammer (cross my heart), and asked that the limit on my outgoing e-mails be lifted. Suddenly, without explanation, without anybody from AT&T bothering to get back to me, club e-mails started going out just fine.

Until now.

So maybe AOL has a spam filter that limits the number of recipients on incoming e-mails, like AT&T has a limit on outgoing e-mails. I dunno. It’s up to you to figure it out and/or decide which of the three options above you want to choose. Good luck, and let me know if you learn anything from AOL about the source of this problem, and/or if AOL suddenly starts delivering my club e-mails to you.

In the meantime, I will continue to send club e-mails to AOL users, just as I always have, and hope that they get through. Eventually.

It’s always something, with computers. Does anybody else want this job?

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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 suddenly died. 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 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.

4. 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.)

5. 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.

6. Thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish 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.

Clickhere 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 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.

Friday, April 11, 2003

Paddle Reminder (and details): Bob's Full Moon Paddle
Date: Sunday, April 13
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Put in at the public boat ramp east of Maher State Park, just south of the Causeway (not the ramp that is in the Park). Paddle upriver and into Justins Bay.
Contact: Bob Andrews h/w) 344-8664 cell)367-4144
Comments: Short paddle; expect to be back by 8:30 or 9 p.m. We will watch the sunset, then hang out and enjoy the full moon. Plan on joining us for dinner afterwards at a restaurant on the Causeway (as usual :-). Call Bob if you plan to come, or if you have any questions.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

WANTED: USED CANOE
Aleta Boudreaux has a friend who wants to buy a used canoe. If you have one for sale or know of one for sale, contact Aleta at analeta@juno.com.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Attention AOL users: AOL appears to have rejected at least some club e-mails during the past couple of days. The most likely explanation for this is a one-time server problem that AOL has already fixed. There's nothing I can do about it on this end, but I appreciate it whenever any of you let me know that you've had a problem with club e-mails. Sometimes it's my ISP, sometimes it's yours, but we can usually figure out a solution.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

APRIL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

April 5-6, Saturday-Sunday: Horn Island
Contact: Carl Hlavenka 604-7268, chlavenka@hotmail.com
Comments: This is an open-water, overnight paddle for confident paddlers.

April 5-6, Saturday-Sunday: Okatoma River
Contact: Mark 458-7574
Comments: The Okatoma is just north of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and includes some Class 1 whitewater -- "beginner" whitewater. You will want a plastic or metal boat for this trip, because the rocks may beat up your boat. The native azaleas will be in full bloom on the Okatoma. Most of the participants in this paddle will be camping overnight at the Okatoma Outdoor Center, but you can join in a day paddle as long as you get there early enough in the morning. In addition, there is the possibility of a Friday afternoon paddle.

April 13, Sunday: Full Moon Paddle
Contact: Bob Andrews h/w) 344-8664 cell)367-4144
Comments: Time and place to be announced -- stay tuned to this website. (Probably in the lower Delta.)

April 11-14: East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival
The East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival will be held in Charleston, SC. Carl Hlavenka plans to attend. If anyone else is interested in tagging along let him know. He plans to leave in the afternoon the Thursday before and return late the Monday night after. He will stay in north Georgia Thursday and Sunday night. Further information about this event can be found at http://www.ccprc.com/kayak03.html. If you are interested, get in touch with Carl at 604-7268, e-mail chlavenka@hotmail.com.

April 26, Saturday: A Day Paddle with the Sierra Club on the William Bartram Canoe Trail in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta
This paddle will be sponsored by the Sierra Club and will be guided by naturalists from of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Lands Division. MBCAKC members are invited. Call Lou of the Sierra Club at 626-4012 if you would like to attend. A small fee will be charged to improve the trail network. The put-in will be at French's Lake. For written directions see www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.)

April 27, Saturday: Delta Paddle
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: meet at the Bruno's in Spanish Fort at the corner of 31 and 225
Contact: Matt Darring w)341-1712 h)343-1196
Comments: Matt will lead you from Bruno's to the put-in. Depending on the weather, the goal may be to explore McVay Creek.

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Our next meeting will be on May 6 at the Fairhope Yacht Club at 7:00 p.m.
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Thanks to Frank Laraway for his presentation on Sierra Club outings at tonight's meeting. Frank also plans to lead a paddle on the Styx River in mid-April. For further information, you can reach Frank at 945-5504 or Larawaywf@aol.com.

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I (Julie, the person who maintains the club website and the e-mail list) am goin' paddlin' for a few days beginning on Thursday, where the kayaking is good but there is no Internet access. So I will not be available via e-mail, and there will be no website updates for a few days.
TOURING KAYAK WANTED
Don, a new member of the club, is looking for for a good deal on a used touring kayak, specifically a single, at least 17 feet long, suitable for rolling, with rudder, and ample dry-hatch space for camping gear. Don can be reached at DEVance@msn.com.