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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, June 30, 2003

Jeff Lowther of Fairhope has a used kayak for sale, a 1998 Old Town Loon tandem with two 230 cm. Bending Branches Journey paddles. All in good condition. Asking $475. Phone 929-1878, e-mail jflowther@att.net.
Mark your calendars for
MASSEY'S GATOR CHASE
CANOE, KAYAK AND PIROGUE RACE


The CAJUN CANOE AND KAYAK CLUB is proud to announce the upcoming Canoe, Kayak, and Pirogue Races on September 27, 2003, on beautiful Bayou Gauche in Southern Louisiana. Bayou Gauche is a natural waterway located 25 miles south of New Orleans in the heart of Louisiana swampland. The bayou is a beautiful scenic waterway with cypress swamps and fishing vessels lining its banks. Many of the fishing vessels will line the racecourse to cheer the competitors on.

A large turnout is anticipated in the canoe and kayak categories, with participants coming from several states. There will be medals and prizes for first, second, and third place finishers in each category. We will also give other prizes of various sorts. Registration fee will be $20.00 before September 13 and $25 thereafter. Registration includes a T-shirt, a post - race meal, and a ticket for a door prize drawing.

Staging area: Badeaux Lane, off of Highway 306, Bayou Gauche, Louisiana, next to the pumping station

Course: The races will be held on Bayou Des Allemands, which is flat, deep water with virtually no current. The marathon race will be a loop course of six miles. The short course will be a loop course of three miles.

Boat Classes: USCA-C1, USCA C-2, Recreational canoe, K-1CF, Racing Pirogue, Sea Kayak 17' and under, Sea Kayak over 17', Common Pirogue.

Special Race: The Canoe/Pirogue exchange challenge. Racers will paddle their canoe or pirogue around the course for a time then exchange their boats for a canoe or pirogue and paddle the course a gain. Best total time wins special award.

Point of contact:
Richard Savoie (985) 758-1207 tbfc61@hotmail.com
Flint Bishop (985) 758-7982 bishop363@cox.net

Note: No alcohol will be permitted on the premises.

Sunday, June 29, 2003

Preparations for the Fourth of July Fireworks Paddle
It is an annual tradition for Gene Boothe to lead a paddle from the Fairhope Yacht Club to the Municipal Pier for the Fourth of July Fireworks. Basically, we pull up on a sandbar by the pier and eat potluck off our boat decks, while standing ankle-deep in water and watching the fireworks. It is a blast.

Ingrid Smith and Dottie McClurg have volunteered to coordinate the food for this year's fireworks potluck. Please either give Ingrid a call at 928-8940, or e-mail Dottie at dottiemc@aol.com, to tell them what you plan to bring as food, drink, or tableware. Ingrid and Dottie will sort out who is or should be bringing what.

That way, we won't end up with, oh, say, ten batches of potato salad but no forks. :-)

Thank you Ingrid and Dottie for taking charge of this!
The program at the July meeting this Tuesday will be on "Wildlife in the Everglades," presented by Dale Moss. This is one you will not want to miss. Dale witnessed a battle between a python and an alligator, he's got the slide show to prove it, and we'll be seeing it on Tuesday night.

Saturday, June 28, 2003

!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. Anyone is welcome.
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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 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 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.

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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.

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.

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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.
Larry McDuff writes us:
Regarding Bruce's report of George's party, Larry would like the record to show that he left early not just because he was sleepy, but because he was getting up at 5:00 a.m. the next morning to run 8 1/2 miles, which he did. Otherwise, a fine report, Bruce, on a great party by George and Tate.

[Editor's note: Bruce's report on George's party can be read at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.]

Friday, June 27, 2003

Being the club webmistress is entertaining sometimes, like when I get e-mails inviting me to go paddling in Patogonia! Check it out: http://www.yakexpediciones.cl/. Does that look like fun, or what?

One more thing to add to my list of things to do before I die . . . .

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Click on http://dogriver.southalabama.edu/geography/fearn/DogPad03.html for information about the Second Annual Dog River Paddle on August 16.

Red Boat Mickelsen writes us:
I went to the Dog Paddle last year. It was real interesting. You can meet some non-members there and find out how good a paddler you are, also. I think the Club has some good paddlers in it, who should try the races. The awards were really good last year. I left with two awards of $20.00 each to a local tackle shop, just for finishing last year -- and I mean finishing last! I think they only had a couple of ladies show, so that is a class that may be wide open. Show up and give it a try.

Red Boat Mickelsen
BAYWATERBOY@aol.com
Tony Kramer writes us:
Just to let everyone know - I will be down on Mobile Bay next week ( First week of July ) to hold sea kayak instruction and tours. Anyone interested in roll and rescue class off shore should contact me on my web site - www.theseakayaker.com

On July 4th I will be leading a trip to Sand Island Lighthouse and the 5th we will paddle to Middle Bay Lighthouse. The Middle Bay trip will be weather and total group experience dependent. If we can not paddle Middle Bay we will head out to Sand Island, set up base camp, cook out, swim, paddle and just have fun!!

"Life's short. Go kayaking naked!"

The Sea Kayaker
Sea Kayak Adventures
Guided Tours & Instruction
Tony Kramer
770-403-8346
www.theseakayaker.com
Tony@theseakayaker.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Flash Paddle: Buzbee's
Date: Wednesday, June 25 - TODAY
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Bob Andrews, home/work: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Place: put in at Buzbee's Fish Camp, on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort, on the south end of the bridge over Bay Minette Creek
Comments: Launch fee is $3. Bring a single white light (a flashlight is fine), just in case we are out after dark.
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REMINDER: Hurricane Bayou
Date: June 29, Sunday
Time: 12 noon
Place: meet at the parking lot of Bruno's in Spanish Fort, at the corner of Highways 31 and 225
Contact: Matt Darring, home: 341-1712, work: 343-1196, iama@backpacker.com
Comments: Protected waters. $3 launch fee.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Click on http://paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read reports by Bruce on the Ocean Springs Kayak Festival and George Borne's party.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Justin Guy writes us:
Hello my fellow paddlers. My name is Justin Guy. I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of the club members this past Sunday. I am really looking forward to participating in many of the club paddles. I also am writing to inform whoever is interested in a paddle that I plan on doing in the near future. I plan to leave bright and early on Tuesday, July 1. I will be putting in at Winters Marina in Satsuma. I will then paddle to the Original Oyster House on the Causeway. If anyone is interested let me know. I would really enjoy some company. If you need any more information please call me at 251-680-2649. I am also open to suggestions as far as organizing the paddle. If this is not a good day perhaps it can be done on the following Wednesday or weekend. However I would really like to shoot for Tuesday. I am looking forward to a good long paddle, and I hope to see many new faces.

Sincerely,
Justin Guy
Datura25@aol.com

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Click on http://paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read a trip report by Larry McDuff on the full moon paddles last weekend.

Friday, June 20, 2003

The Escatawpa River Clean-Up, previously scheduled for this Sunday, has been CANCELLED.
Bob says the river is too high.

The good news is that, because the water is too high for Bob to lead an effective clean-up, Bob will be leading some just-for-fun FLASH PADDLES today (Friday), Saturday, and Sunday. Bob has not yet decided on the times and places for Saturday's and Sunday's paddles but, tonight's paddle will be as follows:

Flash Paddle: Bay Minette Creek
Date: Friday, June 6
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Bob Andrews, home/work: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Place: put in at Buzbee's Fish Camp, on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort, on the south end of the bridge over Bay Minette Creek
Comments: Launch fee is $3. Bring a single white light (a flashlight is fine), just in case we are out after dark.

CALL BOB for details on Saturday's and Sunday's paddles.

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A note about lights: As far as paddling gear goes, a white light ranks in importance right behind your boat, paddles, and your PFD. A plain old flashlight is fine. A headlamp is even better, and is particularly handy to have while racking boats in the dark after a paddle. It is illegal to paddle after dark without a white light somewhere in or on your boat; just as it is illegal to paddle any time without a PFD. We request that you do NOT turn on your light while on the water with the club unless we need illumination for safety, such as to signal your presence to an approaching power boat or to find the mouth of a creek in the dark (or maybe if we're playing around trying to catch reflections off of alligators' eyes). Otherwise, leave your light off on the water during club paddles unless the trip leader tells you otherwise. It's so much more pleasant in the moonlight, and a white electric light spoils everybody's night vision.

But above all BRING YOUR OWN LIGHT.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Lisa Moore Haywood writes us (regarding George Borne's party this Saturday at 6 p.m.; further details posted below):
Carl and I went to George's and Tate's farm this past weekend. I would like to strongly encourage everyone to attend their party and blueberry-pick this weekend. The farm is beautiful! Near the bonfire site they have a long boardwalk leading through the woods to a wonderful creek and swimming hole. The blueberries we picked were delicious -- and grown without chemicals, too! I know it will be a great party this weekend, and I would hate for anyone to miss it.

(Editor's note: So come to the party, already. New folks are welcome (or we wouldn't be posting his invitation on the Internet, now, would we?) If you need directions, e-mail me (Julie) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net for written directions or call George at (251) 957-4511 or 423-7878.)
Flash Fishing Paddle
Larry Mickelsen writes us:

I am going to try to outwit the fish again. I will put in at Mayday Park on College Avenue, in Daphne at O700 on June 19. It will not be much of a paddle -- I am going fishing. If you paddle a mile it will be because you felt like it. Red Boat Mickelsen...... P.S. BRING YOUR OWN BAIT!
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George Borne invites all club members and friends to his
Celebrate the Solstice Bonfire and Cookout
Saturday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. (more or less)

George will serve grilled hot dogs and the fixin's - You bring whatever else you want. Phone (251) 957-4511 or 423-7878.

I (Julie) have e-mailed driving directions to all members. If you are not on the club's e-mail list, you can e-mail me (Julie) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net or call George at the above numbers for directions.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

We have received more information on the Ocean Springs Kayak Festival
The Ocean Springs Kayak Festival is on June 21st on Front Beach in Ocean Springs at the Yacht Club. There will be kayak events all day as well as volleyball tournament, and art & food booths. The schedule for the day is as follows:

8-9am Koffee and Kayaks - an intro to kayaking with fresh brewed coffee
9-11am Basic and Advanced Lessons
11-2pm Demo's to test drive a variety of models
2-4p.m. a Kayak Race/Challenge - the race will be opened to all skill levels and all kayaks and split into 2 classes. One class for sea-touring kayaks and the other class for all other kayaks. There will be a course to run and the event will be best time.

There is a tentative event that includes self-rescues for more advanced paddlers but the race is for anyone and everyone!! If you need more info or if you need driving directions feel free to write or call. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you here!

Paul Nettles
PE'RO Guides
720 Bellande Ave.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228)818-9255
peroguides@earthlink.net
www.peroguides.com

Monday, June 09, 2003

Kevin Marek of the Sierra Club writes us as follows:
Tue June 17 Mobile Sierra Club Meeting.
Mobile Botanical Gardens, 7pm. Learn more about the very first users of the Bartram Canoe Trail. Members and non-members are invited for a discussion of current, local environmental issues and a program by historian Kathryn Braund who will use slides of William Bartram's botanical drawings as well as sketches of Creek Indian buildings, maps, documents and portriats to show us how the early southern environment and its earliest people lived together. For more info contact Konrad at 251-343-7333.
Click on http://paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read a trip report by Bruce on our flash paddle in Bay Minette Basin. It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening.
Full Moon Paddle
Date: Friday, June 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Bob Andrews, home: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Place: put in at Buzbee's Fish Camp, on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort, on the south end of the bridge over Bay Minette Creek
Comments: Launch fee is $3. This will be a short, easy paddle. Plan to join us for dinner at a restaurant on the Causeway after the paddle, if you'd like. Bring your PFD and a single white light (a flashlight is fine) -- but don't plan on using the latter. The law requires us to carry a white light on any boat after sunset, and you'll be glad you did whenever you encounter power boats after dark, but we ask that you not turn on the light unless it's needed. It's so much more pleasant in the moonlight, and a white electric light spoils everybody's night vision.

There's nothing like a full moon paddle.

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Cindy Powell writes us:
I brought a watermelon and the family "watermelon knife" to the potluck supper on June 3. Apparently someone thought that I had left and took it home. Would you please bring it to the July meeting or call me (928-1727 home or 928-7312 work) to come collect it? With watermelon season almost here I'm gonna be needin' it!

Friday, June 06, 2003

Paul Nettles writes us:
I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event. The first Annual Ocean Springs Kayak Festival. It will be held at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club on June 21st to kick of the first day of summer. There will be events taking place all day, demo's, clinics, and a race. If you would like more details could you please respond? I also think it would be nice to have someone here representing your club, perhaps a mini-membership drive . . . or whatever. Is it possible to have a representative? I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Paul Nettles
peroguides@earthlink.net
PE'RO Guides
720 Bellande Ave.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228) 818-9255
www.peroguides.com
Mimi Fearn writes us:
Once again Dog River Clearwater Revival will hold a canoe and kayak race on Dog River and we hope that your members will join the event. This year it will be on Saturday, August 16 at the Beachcomber at the mouth of Dog River. We feel pretty confident that we will not be accosted by a cold front and we will hope that no hurricanes decide to head our way. Would you all be interested in joining us in planning the event. Last year a couple of your members participated but others said they never knew anything about it. We will have registration information , flyers, and posters out soon.

Thanks for your help, Mimi Fearn

Dr. Mimi Fearn
Associate Professor of Geography
Dept. of Earth Sciences
LSCB 136
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Phone: 251 460-7573
Fax: 251 461-1487
Email: mfearn@usouthal.edu

Webpage: www.usouthal.edu/geography/fearn
Dog River Webpage: http://dogriver.southalabama.edu

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Thanks, Bruce

It has taken me (Julie) about six months to get pretty well burned out on (1) writing and editing the content for the club website and e-mails, as well as (2) dealing with the technical aspects and problems of running the club website and e-mail list. The first club member I asked immediately volunteered to take task number 1 off my hands.

The fact that he is my best friend and boyfriend had nothing to do with it. :-) On the contrary, I believe that Bruce's spirit of helpfulness is consistent with the generous spirit of the club as a whole!

In the future, please include Bruce in the gratitude you have so graciously directed at me for handling club communications. His e-mail address is bzboater@earthlink.net

For what it's worth, I personally think it would be great if somebody would start a snail-mail and/or phone-tree newsletter and news update service for the club. We have several people in the club who aren't on-line and several more who don't know enough about navigating the Internet to find what they need on-line without my help. A paper newsletter would be a welcome alternative to my giving free computer lessons to club members. All that would be necessary is for some volunteer to print what Bruce and I are already writing, put a stamp on it, address it, and mail it, along with whatever else they want to mail. If you have the capacity to print address labels from your computer, please consider volunteering for this job. I'll bet the snail-mail list would not exceed 20 people and that the club would be glad to pass the hat for the paper and postage.
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
June Calendar of Events

June 5, Thursday: Fritz's "After Work" Paddle at Pelican Point
Contact: Fritz, home: 990-5987, cell: 680-8928, phritz@bellsouth.net
Comments: Open water. Call Fritz for time and details.

June 8, Sunday: Sand Island
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: put in at the east end of Dauphin Island, past the Fort
Contact: Rob Nykvist work: 666-2766, cell: 455-4699
Comments: Rob plans to do some birding on this trip. Call him for details.

June 14, Saturday: Middle Bay Light
Time: 4:30 a.m.
Contact: Larry McDuff, 928-1582
Comments: The historic Middle Bay Lighthouse has recently been renovated. Larry plans to put in at the Grand Hotel, and it's a straight shot across open water to the old lighthouse, which is, as the name suggests, in the middle of the Bay. Call Larry for details.

June 22, Sunday: Escatawpa River Clean-Up
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Sunshine Canoes on Airport Boulevard
Contact: Bob Andrews, home: 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Comments: Don't bring your boat. Canoes will be provided. Call Bob to sign up.

June 29, Sunday: Hurricane Bayou
Time: 12 noon (note that this is a change of time from what Matt announced at the meeting)
Place: meet at the parking lot of Bruno's in Spanish Fort, at the corner of Highways 31 and 225
Contact: Matt Darring, home: 341-1712, work: 343-1196, iama@backpacker.com
Comments: Protected waters. $3 launch fee.

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In addition, Bob will lead a full moon paddle before June 14.
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And planning ahead to July:

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

It is an annual tradition for Gene to lead a Fourth of July Fireworks Paddle, and it is a paddle you do not want to miss. Further details will be forthcoming after the next meeting, if not before. Basically, every year we put in at the Fairhope Yacht Club around sunset and paddle to a sandbar by the Fairhope Municipal Pier, where we eat potluck on our boat decks and watch the fireworks.

I have received conflicting reports on when the Second Annual Dog Paddle (on Dog River) will be held. Somebody at the meeting last night said July 19, and somebody e-mailed me saying August 16. Contact Mimi Ferni at 460-7573 for further information.

I (Julie) am sorry I missed the club meeting tonight. Thanks to Bruce for taking notes!

Monday, June 02, 2003

A grateful triathlete writes us:
I wanted to send a special thanks to those of you who assisted us at the Pelican Point Triathlon. When I saw the conditions of the Bay early that morning, I started praying for an angel to stay with me for that swim. Lo and behold, she appeared in white - a white Acadian kayak, and stayed close until she knew I was safe. I know a couple of fellow "pink-cappers" who would agree - we surely could not have finished the swim without knowing she and the others were right there if we needed them.

Thank you again for your support!
Linda
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Bruce reports that at least ten kayaks were at Pelican Point to guide and support during the swim leg of the Triathlon this year, and that conditions were, indeed, challenging for swimmers and paddlers alike. (Editor's note: I personally thought the official Triathlon t-shirt was particularly fine this year, and it had the MBCAKC's name on the back, which we appreciate.)
Before the meeting paddle June 3, 2003
Let's meet in the parking lot of Fairhope Yacht Club to put in at 6 p.m. and paddle.
Weather determines the direction, either along the coast or up Fly Creek. Lightning cancels. Bruce.