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.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

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Kayak for Sale
Phoenix Poke Boat Kayak for sale. Kevlar. Rudder. About 23 pounds. Take apart paddle and spray skirt. Good condition. Email pics available. $400. Jake Jacobs (850) 479-3723 (jakejaco1@netzero.net)

Friday, September 26, 2003

Flash Paddle: Busbee's to Blakely
Date:
Sun. Sept. 28
Time:  7:15am
Place:  Meet at Busbee's
Nancy Milford will be leading a paddle from Busbee's to Blakely.  Relaxed
to moderate pace.  Bring water and snacks.  We
will stop and rest at the Blakely cabana before the return trip.
 No need to call, just show up at Busbee's by 7:15am Sun morning

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Greetings to the members of the MBCAKC,

As Julie has mentioned, I will attempt to take some of the web duty load off her shoulders while she is over-extended.  

I am not someone experienced in posting to web pages so please bear with
me until I get the hang of this.  

As she mentioned, I greatly prefer that my email address not be published
on the web site.  Please hang onto the recent email she sent so you can
send items destined for the web site to me.  

I don't see how Julie copes with all the spam she receives as a result
of her address appearing here.  She truly does a super job and deserves
a hearty Thanks!! from all of us.

If you have anything to post, please follow Julie's instructions and send
a copy to both she and I.  One of us will get it on here.  

I look forward to working with everyone to get the information on here for
all to read and enjoy. Just hope that my teething pains aren't too great,
and that Julie's absence is not too long!

dave
Bruce has just published two paddle reports at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com: one on One Mile Bayou, and another on Little River. The latter includes and endnote from yours truly regarding how I could have avoided an unplanned swim in Little River :-)
The crops are saved!
Club member Dave Hottell has volunteered to help us out with the club websites. Dave knows more about computers than I do. In fact, Dave knows so much about computers he has graciously declined to help with the club e-mail list, because he has better sense!

Be sure to get in the habit of checking this website instead of relying exclusively on club e-mails as your source of information, including announcements of "flash paddles." Club e-mails may be sporadic for a while.

Dave, Bruce, and I still need all the help we can get with Internet communications, so if you were thinking of volunteering, stop thinking and do it! E-mail me (Julie) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net

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Publication of "Hard Copy" Membership Directory Proposed

Juli Day has volunteered to prepare and distribute a new MBCAKC Membership Directory -- an actual, print, on-paper-with-a-staple-in-it, list of names, phone numbers, etc. If you would like to be in Juli Day's new print directory, just drop her an e-mail at CezanneArt@aol.com. Send her your name and phone number and whatever else you would like to include, and she will start a paper list of members who want to be included. She will also pass around sign-up sheets at club meetings, for anybody who wants to be included in her new print directory.

Juli Day's new print directory will be totally independent of the e-mail list. You can be on the club's e-mail list, you can be in Juli Day's print directory, you can be on both, or you can be on neither. Being on one list won't get you on the other list. If you want to be on the club e-mail list and receive club e-mails, you need to e-mail me at jrobber@worldnet.att.net. If you want to be in the print directory of phone numbers, etc., you need to e-mail Juli Day at CezanneArt@aol.com. The e-mail list and Juli Day's paper list are completely independent (because, to name just one reason, Juli Day and I would go crazy trying to coordinate the two).

Please keep in mind that any identifying information you give to the print directory will be public information. In contrast, the e-mail list is as confidential as I know how to make it.

Please also keep in mind that nobody has to give their name, phone number or any other identifying information to me, to Juli Day, or to anybody else to be a "member" of the MBCAKC. Juli Day's print directory is simply an alternative means of staying in touch with other club members, IF, and only IF, you choose to participate.

But because my family and personal issues will prevent me from sending out these club as consistently as I have in the past, it will be that much better to have Juli Day's print directory as an alternative communication resource. Thanks Juli!

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In Other News:

Click on http://www.birdfestival.org/location.htm to find out about the Florida Panhandle Birding and Wildflower Festival on October 8-12.

This festival will take place in an area that happens to include some of our favorite paddling trips, including Cape San Blas and Appalachicola. You can download Apalachicola River paddling maps for free, courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, at http://www.wildflorida.org. These are *.pdf maps, which you need Adobe Acrobat to read. These make nice one page maps; some have extra text.

Another source of Florida canoe trail maps online is http://www.floridagreenwaysandtrails.org, which offers colorful maps in *.pdf format for the Florida Peninsula.

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One of the downsides of being the club webmistress is that I get a whole lot of spam. But there's one type of spam I've come to love: e-mails from various outfitters from around the world. Last month I was invited to go paddling in Patagonia; this month, in Laos: www.wildside-laos.com.
Flash Paddle: Rice Creek to Indian Mounds
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2003
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Meet at the Stagecoach Cafe in Stockton
Contact: Mark Vance (251) 458-7574
Comments: Mark would like to get a phone call if you are coming. If you are in Florida, you may prefer to phone Susan at (850) 341-1987.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

BOAT WANTED:
David is looking for a good, used, tandem kayak with a seat that will slide up for solo use, so that he can take his kids paddling. If you know of such a boat for sale, contact David at Ddmartin1264@cs.com.
WEBSITE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
I (Julie) have family and personal issues that will frequently keep me away from my computer during the coming weeks or months. The other MBCAKC members who currently help run the website (Bruce and Fritz) are also otherwise engaged (pardon the pun).

That means we need volunteers to help us keep this website up-to-date.

If you are computer-literate enough to be able to recognize HTML when you see it, if you know how to "blog" (i.e., post to a weblog), if you have an up-to-date web-browser, and if you attend club meetings, then the club needs your help. E-mail me (Julie) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net if you want to help. Please tell me what type and version of web-browser you are using and your experience using HTML or blogger to create and update webpages.

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My family issues also mean that I will not be sending e-mails with my usual regularity. In fact, e-mails may simply disappear for a while. So you will want to get in the habit of checking this website frequently for news updates, assuming we can find some volunteers to help update it.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Based on flurry of e-mails I received this morning with questions and contradictory information about obtaining a permit for Boiling Creek, I telephoned Eglin AFB Natural Resources Division at 850-882-4164. The nice lady who answered the phone advised me as follows:

1. Permits MAY be going up to $7 this year. She will not know for sure until next week, at the earliest. She said she has been charging $7 for the last couple of months, but now there is some question whether she may have to write refund checks for such people. She recommends that if you want to go ahead and order now, just send TWO checks, one for $5 and one for $2, and she will cash them both or send the $2 back, as needed.

2. Each person over 16 must have a permit. So if you're paddling tandem, both adults need individual permits.

I'll let you know when I learn anything further. Please let me know if you learn anything further :-)

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We have a new trip report at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com, by Brint Adams, on the trip he recently led to the Bottle Creek Indian Mound

Also at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com, Bruce has provided us with an INDISPENSABLE chart of mileage counts to put-ins in north-central Baldwin County.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Lisa Haywood writes us:
The paddle previously scheduled for Sunday has been rescheduled for Monday, September 15, at Hurricane Landing off Hwy 225, 6:15 p.m.. Bring a light and your normal gear. We will paddle for a few hours then maybe catch dinner at a local restaurant. Sorry for the change in Sunday plans. Contact ersmoore@bellsouth.net

Saturday, September 13, 2003

We interrupt our regular programming to remind you that YOU (yes, YOU) need to renew your permit to paddle 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.


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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 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 jrobber@worldnet.att.net 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 are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) 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.
Flash Paddle:
Date: Sunday, September 14
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Ask Lisa
Contact: Lisa Haywood, ersmoore@bellsouth.net
Comments: E-mail Lisa by 9 a.m. Sunday for details, if you are interested in going on this paddle.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Flash Paddle: Bottle Creek Indian Mounds
Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Meet at Conoco Station at I-65 & Hwy 225 exit. We will drive north to the Rice Creek boat launch.
Contact: Brint Adams brintadams@yahoo.com telephone 661-7522 (work), 583-9919 (cell)
Comments: This will be a moderate paddle of approx. 9 miles round trip. We will go by way of Jessamine Bayou to the takeout point and hike 0.5 mi. to the Bottle Creek Indian Mound site. This is the largest known site (eighteen earthen mounds) of a Mississippian Period Indian culture on the north-central Gulf coast, who lived atop these mounds around 700 years ago. Excavations at Bottle Creek have uncovered prehistoric and historic Indian house floor plans dating back 3500 years. We will eat lunch there and return by the same route. Bring lunch, plenty of fluids, bug spray, and muddy walking shoes or sandals. Most of the paddle is in fairly narrow and shaded creeks and bayous. Plan on paddling at a moderate speed and being on the water and hike for about 4-5 hours.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Larry Mickelsen writes us:
I am going to try to out smart the fish, again. Getting underway from Mayday Park at 0700, Wednesday, 9/10/03. Bring your own bait. Red Boat Mickelsen baywaterboy@aol.com

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Click on www.paddlereport.blogspot.com to read a trip report from Larry McDuff on the most recent "Big Boy" paddle to Horn Island.

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Our club's visibility on the Internet continues to increase, as we are now listed on a very helpful website called Hiking Resources, which covers hiking-related news, books, and web resources. We will be listed under the "canoe" category. Check it out -- there is a lot of good information on this website for us outdoor types.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Correction: Bartram Canoe Trail Paddle
Kevin Marek of the Sierra Club writes us:

Seems that despite my best efforts, there has been confusion. So to try to get every one to the right place on Saturday, we will be meeting at LOWER Bryant's Landing SOUTH of Stockton, NOT upper Bryant's Landing North of Stockton.

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Hank Burch of the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (State Lands Division - Coastal Section) writes us as follows:
My name is Hank Burch and I am hoping to enlist a few good paddlers to assist with the upcoming Alabama Coastal Cleanup, which will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 8am to 12 noon. Your website already mentions the Dog River site for the cleanup (because Dr. Fearn was savvy enough to reach your group before I did!). As Mimi knows, canoes have been a great tool for the coastal cleanup effort in the past.

Dog River/Luscher Park is actually one of 26 cleanup zones in Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia counties. All of the check-in sites and their respective zone captains are listed at http://www.alcoastalcleanup.com/.

I recently inherited the coordinator role for the Fairhope zone, which is centered at the Fairhope municipal pier and aims to clean up the shoreline from Steadman's Landing in Montrose to Pelican Point at Weeks Bay. I'd like to invite (if not beg) any Fairhope area paddlers to come out and assist with this effort. All participants get a coastal cleanup t-shirt and we provide drinks and snacks.

I'd like for any interested paddlers to contact me prior to the 20th and let me know if they have any preference for certain areas. That way, I can best plan where to send people the day of the event.

Hank Burch
Natural Resource Planner
AL Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources
State Lands Division - Coastal Section
23210 U.S. Highway 98, Suite B-1
Fairhope, AL 36532
P: 251.929.0900
F: 251.990.9293
E: hburch@dcnr.state.al.us

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MBCAKC member Tom Fink writes us:
I am maintaining a low profile for now until October as I am practicing for the freestyle canoe championships in Houston, Saturday October 11. On Saturday and Sunday there will be freestyle canoe classes at All Levels (beginning to very advanced). For those really gung ho learners you can even sign up for one hour classes on Monday, October 13 (Columbus day) with some of the best (and nicest) freestyle paddlers in existence. Paddlers like Karen Knight, the "Freestyle Angel" and Anne and Tryon Lyndabury who do exquisite tandem paddling.

For those who haven't seen Freestyle Canoe paddling, then they are in for a treat. The first time I saw paddlers at a very high level some years ago in Louisiana (at La Lou) I was literally stunned.

I can't stress enough that if you improve in one venue of paddling you improve in others. There is so much "cross talk" between canoeing and kayaking. Learning bracing in both freestyle canoeing and kayaking has each improved the other for me. The same goes for maneuvers.

Karen Knight also does (and gives classes on) kayak freestyle. It is possible if someone wanted that kind of instruction they might get it at Houston, if she knew ahead of time.

I am looking forward to mid-October as I switch back to kayaking, and will be ready for some of Larry's cool "Big Boy Paddles".

Bye,
Tom Fink
tfink@srrc.ars.usda.gov

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Saturday, September 6-7 : Bartram Canoe Trail
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: north of Stockton
Contact: Kevin at wildforest@hotmail.com or 251-928-6231.
Comments: This is a Sierra Club event. The Sierra Club will be conducting its first overnight trip on the recently opened Bartram Canoe Trail in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. We will depart from Lower Bryants Landings south of Stockton at 9 am and paddle on the scenic waterways to a sand bar, where we will spend the night. The next morning, we will paddle back by a different route, enjoying the variety of vegetation and wildlife along the way. This trip is rated STRENUOUS due to the distance involved, but will be supported by a motorized boat in case of emergency. Bring or rent your own canoe/kayak, camping gear, food and water. Fee.

Saturday September 6 : Big Boy Paddle to Horn Island
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Pascagoula Public Launch Area east side of the mouth of the Pascagoula River
Contact: Larry McDuff telephone 928-1582
Comments: Take I-10 to U.S. Highway 90. Turn left on Market Street. Turn right at water to Pascagoula Public Launch area. We'll paddle to Horn Island with a stop at Round Island to stretch our legs. Returning Sunday morning. You must be able to re-enter your kayak in deep water with the assistance of another kayak. Call Larry and give him your name and phone number.

Saturday, September 20 : Little River Paddle
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Meet at the Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton, Alabama. Put in on Escambia County Road 1 and float down to 59.
Contact: Mark, telephone 458-7574

Saturday, September 20 : Dog River Clean Up
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Place: Navco (Luscher) Park. Dog River Clearwater will host a picnic for volunteers afterwards.
Contact: Dr. Mimi Fearn, mfearn@usouthal.edu


Saturday, September 27 : Massey's Gator Chase Canoe, Kayak & 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. There will also be 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.

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.

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AND ALREADY SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER:

Saturday October 4 : Big Boy Paddle Across Mobile Bay
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Comments: We will do a car swap at the yacht club. Eastern Shore people will drive cars belonging to Mobile people to the Beachcomber on Dog River and paddle back to the yacht club. Mobile people will paddle from the Fairhope Yacht Club to their cars at the Beachcomber. You must be able to re-enter your kayak in deep water with assistance. Call Larry to register for this paddle. He needs to know in advance the number of people participating.

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Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club.

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BOAT FOR SALE:
Old Town Loon 138 Kayak, with Bending Branches paddle, plus cargo net. Only used three times. Asking $550. Call 251-604-2277; evenings 988-1385.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Instead of being held in the Jubilee Room at the FYC as usual tonight, we will meet at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Gazebo on the beach in front of the Fairhope Yacht Club.

The Yacht Club's Board of Directors postponed their usual Monday meeting because of the holiday weekend, and will be meeting in the Jubilee Room tonight. We are, of course, very grateful to the Yacht Club for their providing us with a meeting room, and we certainly don't want to disturb their board meeting.

So if you know anybody who does not receive club e-mails and who needs to know where the meeting tonight will be held, would you please give them a phone call and direct them to the Gazebo?

Monday, September 01, 2003

!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, September 2, 2003, at 7 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. All are welcome.