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.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

KAYAK FOR SALE - $450
includes a cover, skirt, wood paddle, pump and paddle float. It can be seen at the East Shore Cafe on Main Street in downtown Daphne, by asking for Larry. The boat has been used by a 70-year-old man, who only used it in the bay and swamps.
Red Boat Mickelson
National Paddling Film Festival
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Lexington Convention Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington, Kentucky


Raising money for river conservation and access for over 20 years, the NPFF is an all-volunteer run competition which showcases paddlesport related film, video and still photography. Run by paddlers, we have divisions for film makers who are amateurs, professionals and something in-between. Motion entries accepted until January 21, and still photos until February 18. Check the website for details on entering or attending, by

clicking www.surfbwa.org.

The Film Festival, Silent Auction and Awards Party all will take place this year in the newly renovated convention center. Our special guest is Kent Ford, world champion kayaker, paddlesports commentator from the Summer Olympics, and prolific producer of instructional books and videos. Check our website for more details; tickets will be available on-line.

Zina Merkin
zmerkin@uky.edu
Bluegrass Wildwater Association

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

For a special Gary Worob report on last Sunday's Monet Paddle, click on MBCAKC Paddle Reports.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Christmas with the Monets
Date: Sunday, December 19, 2004
Time: 2 PM
Place: Buzbee's Fish Camp
Contact: Matt Darring 463-8523 or iama@backpacker.com
Comments: This paddle will have a Christmas theme. In order to attend, you have to decorate yourself, or your boat, or both. We will vote on the best decorated, and they will receive a prize. Last year's prize was a windproof fleece hat. Paddlers are also required to bring some food for the party under the oaks. Matt will bring mulled apple cider. So this paddle will involve food and gear....it must be Christmas. We will probably be coming back in the dark. So bring at least one white light, as well as warm clothes, and the usual safety equipment like PFDs.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Inflation Strikes Again!
Recreation permits for Eglin AFB are now $7.00 per person for this current season. For more information and the mailing address, click on FAQs. Thanks to Dick Becker for the update.

CANOE FOR SALE
Mohawk canoe-16 feet long x 36" wide. Compare to Intrepid 16 feet, click on Mohawk Canoe
This canoe is in very good shape and is an excellent roomy, stable, load-carrying family canoe. $425.00
Call Charlene Lee 251-928-0366 or email charlene@interlink-llc.com

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Bob Andrews Memorial Adventure Event was held and completed despite tough weather conditions. Director Larry McDuff would not have a Big Boy Event any other way! Larry declared the race a rousing success after losing only one participant, who attempted to find a shortcut through many backyards on the trail run segment. After straying way out of bounds, the unnamed athlete was officially disqualified.

For a complete report and an added bonus of festive poetry, please click on MBCAKC Paddle Reports.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

FLASH: 2nd ANNUAL SUPER BOWL PADDLE & PARTY
date: Sunday, February 6, 2005
place: Party at Harriet & Fritz's in Fairhope, paddle to be announced later
comments: You don't have to paddle to attend the party - details about time, what to bring, paddle location and directions will follow at a later date. Mark this one on your calendars, so you will not miss it. Last year's paddle/party was legendary, including the food, fun and halftime costume malfunction!

DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
prepared by Bruce Zimmerman


Bob Andrews Memorial Adventure Event
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2004
Time: 3:00 PM
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Comments: This is not a race; everybody wins. Pairs of participants will go separately at the same time. One will paddle a boat from Fairhope Yacht Club to Rock Creek and stop where a kayak will be tied up. Bring a bowline to secure your boat since there is little river bank sand left after the storm. The paddler will walk or run up the creek and trail to a meeting place near the Montrose post office. The other person in the pair of participants rides a bicycle to the same meeting place. Switch off. The paddler becomes the bike rider and rides the bike to the yacht club. The other person walks or runs to the kayak and paddles back to the yacht club. Larry needs responses from anyone wishing to participate. He also needs some helpers on the course.

Styx River Paddle
Date: December 11, 2004
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Meet at the Oasis Truck Stop and shuttle to the put in, which may be Steel Bridge.
Contact: Marc Vance, (251) 458-7574
Comments: Styx River has a drop that may be Class I or Class II depending on the river stage. If you have the boat for it (spray skirt), this is fun. If not you can portage around the drop over a rock shelf and maybe borrow a boat to try the drop.

Econfina Creek
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2004
Time: 7:30 AM
Place: Meet at Oasis Truck Stop on I-10 at Wilcox Road exit 53
Contact: Sonya Wood Mahler- 709-7588 (cell)
Comments: We will travel to Hwy 20 & Hwy 77 north of Panama City. The Econfina Creek is the source of drinking water for the city of Panama City, FL. It is a brown, slow-moving creek with crystal clear springs feeding into it along the way. The banks of the creek are rolling hills of loose sand, often hundreds of feet deep. Intermixed with the hills are dozens of shallow, sand-bottomed lakes that have extremely clear water.

We will put in at Hwy 20, go upstream to Pitt Spring, Williford Spring and Blue Spring. Then we will go downstream past our put-in to several large springs, down to Hwy 388, and back up to Hwy 20 by 4:00 PM.

If interested, you may transport your kayak on Sonya's trailer for $10 or rent a kayak from her for $40. Please contact Sonya by Wed., December 8th, to arrange for a rental and get a headcount. If you are renting, give her your height and weight, so she can choose the right boat for you.

This is a beginner-friendly paddle with some upriver paddling. It will be good for snorkeling, so you may want to bring fins, mask and with 70 degree water, a wetsuit jacket.

Be sure to bring: towel, jacket, polartec or sweatshirt, hat, sunglasses, water shoes, camera, lunch, drinks, PFD and change of clothes. Sonya will bring: first aid supplies, bottled water, maps to the put-in site and of the creek.

For further general information, call Bob Andrews - 251-367-4144 cell

Big Lagoon
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2004
Time: TBA
Place: Leaving from Big Lagoon State Park
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Comments: Over night campout on the Johnsons Beach National Seashore

Matt's Monet Paddle
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Place: Buzbee's Fish Camp
Contact: Matt Darring 463-8523 or iama@backpacker.com
Comments: This may be the last one since Matt has been doing this for a year.


2nd Annual Super Bowl Sunday Paddle and Party
Date: Sunday, February 6, 2005
Time: TBA
Place: TBA
Contact: Harriet
Comments: More details at the next meeting. - Paddle to be announced. Party at Harriet and Fritz's following the Paddle. You don't have to paddle to attend the party.

News and notes:

Our December meeting was well attended, with 31 members. The Bayou LaFourche paddle that Tom went on in November, was fully booked with 170 paddlers! The route on Bayou LaFourche started at Donaldsonville, LA and ended 54 miles downstream. Each night the group was greeted by local families who provided Cajun feasts and live music. This extraordinary event happens around the second weekend in November, so you may need to get a reservation far in advance. Marc Vance gave us a rundown of what rivers in northwest Florida are cleared after the Chainsaw Paddles: Juniper Creek, Escambia Creek, Blackwater, Coldwater Creek, Boiling Creek are cleared. Clearing Turkey Creek is still in progress.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

More Good Kayak Building Information
Here is an email received with several good websites for those interested in building your own boat. There are also some pictures of a kayak in progress here in Mobile.

Hi,
I live in Mobile and check out the trip reports periodically. I noted the reference to Greenland kayak building and thought you might want to check out these sites:

www.kayakforum.com
and
www.oneoceankayaks.com

They are two excellent Wood Strip building sites, with links to many other excellent sites offering information and plans to build your own.

For Stitch and Glue kayak building, go to: www.clcboats.com, which is an easier way to build a boat.

Also...WoodCraft opened a store on Schillinger Road next to Hobby Lobby, and has spoke shaves, nice hand planes and wood like padauk, bubinga and has epoxy, etc.

I began building a stripper in June, and am nearly done with it. The following link goes to photos giving the basic idea of my boat: kayakphotos

Patrick C.
Mobile, Alabama

Monday, December 06, 2004

FLASH PADDLE: Econfina Creek

Date: December 12, 2004
Time: 7:30 AM
Place: Meet at Oasis Truck Stop on I-10 at Wilcox Road exit 53
Contact: Sonya Wood Mahler- 709-7588 (cell)
Comments: We will travel to Hwy 20 & Hwy 77 north of Panama City. The Econfina Creek is the source of drinking water for the city of Panama City, FL. It is a brown, slow-moving creek with crystal clear springs feeding into it along the way. The banks of the creek are rolling hills of loose sand, often hundreds of feet deep. Intermixed with the hills are dozens of shallow, sand-bottomed lakes that have extremely clear water.

We will put in at Hwy 20, go upstream to Pitt Spring, Williford Spring and Blue Spring. Then we will go downstream past our put-in to several large springs, down to Hwy 388, and back up to Hwy 20 by 4:00 PM.

If interested, you may transport your kayak on Sonya's trailer for $10 or rent a kayak from her for $40. Please contact Sonya by Wed., December 8th, to arrange for a rental and get a headcount. If you are renting, give her your height and weight, so she can choose the right boat for you.

This is a beginner-friendly paddle with some upriver paddling. It will be good for snorkling, so you may want to bring fins, mask and with 70 degree water, a wetsuit jacket.

Be sure to bring: towel, jacket, polartec or sweatshirt, hat, sunglasses, water shoes, camera, lunch, drinks, pfd and change of clothes. Sonya will bring: first aid supplies, bottled water, maps to the put-in site and of the creek.

For further general information, call Bob Andrews - 251-367-4144 cell

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Go to MBCAKC Paddle Reports to view the latest paddle report for a trip to Mudhole Creek in December floodwaters.

For those into kayak boatbuilding, you may be interested in the following email:

In the event you think that any of your members might be interested in
learning about Greenland Style Kayak boatbuilding, Techniques or History,
your members might find the following of interest:

The Fall 2004 MASIK, Qajaq USA's Newsletter, Is now online and downloadable,
and is FREE!

click on www.qajaqusa.org/QUSA/newsletter.html

Articles on traditional kayak building, the Greenland Championships, Harpoon
throwing and making, appear in this issue.

Ed Zachowski
Public Relations Advisor, QAJAQ-USA
ed@qajaqusa.org
!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be held on Tuesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

After the usual club business, we will have a potluck holiday party. So everybody bring some food to share. We are all requested to buy our drinks at the yacht club bar, so no BYOB, please. The FYC is very kind to allow us to have our meetings at the club, so we need to spend some money there!

SPECIAL NOTE

For those who previously ordered MBCAKC Tervis Tumblers and have not received them yet, please come to this meeting to pick them up. If you still owe Harriet for your order, please bring your checkbooks or cash. All checks must be made out to Harriet K. Ingraham.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Flash Paddle - Mudhole Creek
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2004
Time: 10:30 AM
Place: Cloverleaf Landing
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 251-583-9919
Comments: Due to high water conditions on the Tensaw River, this paddle is recommended for moderate to strong paddlers. For those unfamiliar with Cloverleaf Landing, we will meet at the Bruno's parking lot at Hwy. 31 & Hwy. 225 in Spanish Fort at 10:15 AM. Others may go directly to Cloverleaf where we will put in. The trip will go downriver past Blakely State Park, cross over to the west side of Apalachee River and enter Mudhole Creek. After exploring it, we will return back upriver, stopping for lunch at the pavilion at Blakeley. There is a $3 launch fee at Cloverleaf. The trip will be approximately 7-8 miles.

Reminder - Adventure Event - Saturday, December 11, 2004
Get your team together for this fun event involving paddling, biking and trail running/walking. If you need a partner or boat/bike or have questions or want more information regarding the event, come to the December club meeting on Tuesday, December 7th for help and to see if you can team up with someone. Contact Larry McDuff if you would like to volunteer by manning a transition area or intersection turn. The event will be great fun for everyone.

Here is a repost of the original announcement:

Bob Andrews Memorial Adventure Event
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2004
Time: 3:00 PM
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Comments: This is not a race; everybody wins. Pairs of participants will go separately at the same time. One will paddle a boat from Fairhope Yacht Club to Rock Creek and stop at a rope swing. The paddler will walk or run up the creek and trail to a meeting place near the Montrose post office. The other person in the pair of participants rides a bicycle to the same meeting place. Switch off. The paddler becomes the bike rider and rides the bike to the yacht club. The other person walks or runs to the kayak and paddles back to the yacht club. Larry needs responses from anyone wishing to participate. He also needs some helpers on the course. No Potluck dinner at the gazebo afterwards, due to FYC event that evening.

Friday, November 26, 2004

November Monet Paddle
Sunday, November 28, 2004
1:00 PM
Buzbee's Fish Camp, at the bridge on Hwy 225 just north of Hwy 31 in Spanish Fort
$3 Launch Fee
Beginner paddle of about 6 miles. Should take about 3 hours. Rest break in middle, so bring a snack.
Contact Matt Darring 251-463-8523, iama@backpacker.comm

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

For a look back at last weekend's Larry McDuff-led memorable paddle to the west end of Dauphin Island, there are two reports posted on the MBCAKC Trip Reports site. One report is from this world and the other, well, a different perspective from an alternate universe!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

TAMPICO KAYAK FOR SALE
Hurricane Aquasports Tampico - red deck, white hull, 13.5 feet long, 23.5 inches wide, weighs 38 pounds, capacity 285 pounds. Purchased new November 2003, in perfect condition (kept in garage). $800.
Call Marilyn Craig, 251-973-0129 (home) or 251-605-6453 (cell). For more details about this model, go to www.hurricaneaquasports.com/tampico.htm.

CAPE HORN KAYAK FOR SALE
Wilderness Systems Cape Horn 170 - 17 feet, roto-molded plastic, yellow with black hatches, forward and aft, small day hatch, rudder, paddle, PFD, great boat, good condition, asking $950. Call Dick Becker, cell 251-604-0335.

Monday, November 15, 2004

UPDATE -- DAUPHIN ISLAND PADDLE
Saturday & Sunday, November 20-21, 2004


Although not clearly noted before, this is a two-day paddle with camping at the far west end of the island. The meeting time for put-in has changed to 10:00 AM to allow for a more leisurely trip and stops to explore the cut-throughs and lunch, etc. You still need to call Larry McDuff at 928-1582 for detailed information about where to meet and park, and so he will know who to call with potential last minute trip changes.
The trip report for the MBCAKC Fall Picnic and Paddle is now posted on MBCAKC Trip Reports. If you weren't there, you were square!

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Go to MBCAKC Trip Reports to read the account of Bob Andrews' overnight trip to the Jug Lake platform and then over to Bottle Creek to Tensaw River and Bayou Tallapoosa to the platform behind Dead Lake Island and back down Tensaw Lake to Briar Lake and back to Rice Creek Landing. Whew!!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

KAYAK FOR SALE

14 Foot Necky Zoar Sport (Yellow) only used 4 times
Bending Branches Paddle (Wood Paddle)
Stohlquist Jacket Adult Large
Aqua Bound Bilge Pump
Thule Roof Rack
All this for just $950.00

Contact George Miller - Home (251)639-6004, Cell (251)455-9162 or email George Miller

Friday, November 05, 2004

The downside of having my e-mail address plastered all over the club websites is that I (Julie) get a lot of spam. The upside is that I get kayaking spam from places like Patagonia. This just in from Scotland:

Hello fellow Sea Kayakers and greetings from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland!

We are contacting your club to advise you of the incredible sea kayaking opportunities provided by us in Scotland. The Outer Hebrides is described by many top paddlers as "The finest sea kayaking coastline in the world" and for good reason!
- Unspoilt and isolated, our coastline has been internationally recognised as the finest marine environment in Europe.
- Our seas are teeming with wildlife, including whales, dolphins, porpoises, otters and seals.
- We are Scotlands only Nordkapp Trust Expedition Centre - awarded to centres of excellence in unique sea kayaking locations around the world.
- Our guides and instructors are all BCU qualified and experienced.
- We provide quality equipment including NDK glass kayaks.

We would be happy if you took a look at our website and shared it with your club members. Why dont you come and join us in "the finest sea kayaking coastline in the world"?

Yours,
Niall Johnson
www.seakayakouterhebrides.co.uk

_______________

Thanks a bunch, Niall. Now I have to add yet another line to my list of places I want to paddle!
----UPDATE----
Annual Club Fall Picnic and Paddle

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2004
Time: 2:00 PM into the evening
Place: Gary & Aven Warner's place on Dog River
Directions: I-10 to Dauphin Island Parkway south, turn right (after CVS) on Clubhouse Rd, go .25 mi., turn right on Riverside and go 1 mi. to 2212 Riverside on the right. They have a long driveway to get back to the put-in.
Comments: PLEASE RSVP TO AVEN (251)473-1819 to get a headcount and to let her know what you will bring for the potluck dinner, which will start at 5:00 PM. Aven will provide chicken and salad, so she needs to know how many to cook for. Bring your own beverages of choice.
The paddle will start at 3:00 PM and go into a nearby bayou, lasting for 1 hour, with other options for those who want to paddle a little longer. The paddle will be leisurely and most suitable for beginners with any kind of kayak or canoe.
This will be a great outing to meet your fellow club members and will be well attended, so make plans to come and call Aven.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

NOVEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Rice Creek to Jug Lake Platform-UPDATED
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2004
Time: Afternoon
Place: Rice Creek Landing
Contact: Bob Andrews - cellphone: 251-367-4144
Comments: This will be an overnight camping trip to Jessamine Bayou and camping at the platform on Jug (Fisher) Lake. Bob has it reserved for Saturday night, so you will need to call him to reserve one of the limited camping spaces. Bob will give you further instructions as to exactly when and where to meet on Saturday. He will also explain the dining arrangements and what to bring for the various meals. The paddle will be moderate in length, as he plans to explore several nearby areas on Saturday and Sunday before returning on Sunday afternoon.
For those wishing to paddle out Saturday afternoon, eat dinner and paddle back without camping overnight, Norman Clapp will meet at Rice Creek Landing at 3:30 PM, paddle to Jug Lake, eat dinner and paddle back after dark. He has a strong light, is familiar with the route and will be able to lead others back after dark.

Annual Club Fall Picnic and Paddle
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2004
Time: 2:00 PM into the evening
Place: Gary & Aven Warner on Dog River
Comments: This is a preliminary notice for those who need time to put this date on their schedule. More detailed information about times, directions, food and activities will be forthcoming at the next Club Meeting on November 2, 2004 and will be posted again on this website and by email.


Dauphin Island Paddle
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2004
Time: 1:00 PM approx.
Place: private address on west end of Dauphin Island
Contact: Larry McDuff - 928-1582
Comments: Please call Larry in advance for exact directions to put-in and start time. This will be a moderate paddle of approx. eight miles around the north side of Dauphin Island.

Bob Andrews Memorial Adventure Event
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2004
Time: 3:00 PM
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Comments: This is not a race; everybody wins. Pairs of participants will go separately at the same time. One will paddle a boat from Fairhope Yacht Club to Rock Creek and stop at a rope swing. The paddler will walk or run up the creek and trail to a meeting place near the Montrose post office. The other person in the pair of participants rides a bicycle to the same meeting place. Switch off. The paddler becomes the bike rider and rides the bike to the yacht club. The other person walks or runs to the kayak and paddles back to the yacht club. Larry needs responses from anyone wishing to participate. He also needs some helpers on the course. Potluck dinner at the gazebo and a sunset paddle afterwards. Feel free to show up just for the social.

NOTICE
If you ordered MBKAKC Tervis Tumblers from Harriet, please contact her NOW to arrange payment before she places the order. If you do not pay now, your order will be cancelled. To contact Harriet regarding payment, please email Harriet or phone 251.928.4568.

Phatwater Kayak Challenge revisited
To read another account of the race on the Mississippi River last month, go to MBCAKC Paddle Reports.

There are accounts of other recent club paddles posted as well.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

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

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. After the usual club business of reporting and planning paddles, Roger Clay, Non-Game Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Fish and Game Department, will give a presentation on "Reptiles of Southern Alabama."

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

Harriet is continuing to take orders for Tervis Tumblers with the MBCKC logo. She will be collecting money for your tumblers at the meeting on November 2 and will deliver your tumblers at the December meeting. Please bring your checkbooks or cash. All checks must be made out to Harriet K. Ingraham. To contact Harriet with your order, please email hvk1457@aol.com or phone 251.928.4568. Or mail to 9 Echo Lane, Fairhope, Al 36532

_______________________

After spending a very pleasant week in Taos, New Mexico, Bruce and I (Julie) are currently exploring the "hill country" of central Texas. If we make it to the meeting on Tuesday, it will be late, with our car wheels skidding and the luggage still in the trunk, so you probably should not expect to see us there :-)

In our absence -- and in the future -- Brint Adams has graciously volunteered to take over the lead the club websites, while Bruce continues to prepare the monthly newsletter and I continue to handle this e-mail list. In the future, if you want anything posted to the website, you should send it to both Brint at brint.adams@us.army.mil, as well as to me. Brint will format it for the website, then I will copy his formatting and e-mail it to the club membership as soon as I get around to it!

Thank you Brint!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 29, 2004

Flash Paddle - Whiskey Ditch
Date:Today, October 29, 2004
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Meet at old Riverdoc's parking lot on the Causeway just east of Ed's Seafood Shed.
Contact: Bob Andrews - cellphone: 251-367-4144
Comments: This will be an easy paddle suitable for beginners. Dennis, the photographer who is putting out a new book the end of this year will be taking some photos of the fall flowers in Whiskey Ditch.

Flash Paddle - Escatawpa River Cleanup
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2004
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Sunshine Canoe Landing, Airport Road, 13 mi. west of Mobile at the Escatawpa River
Contact: Bob Andrews - cellphone: 251-367-4144
Comments: For anyone planning to help with the river cleanup and/or detailed directions, call Bob Andrews to reserve a place. Bob will make available free use of his canoes, so you will not need to bring your personal kayaks, canoes, PFD's or paddles.

Bring your own lunch and fluids and be prepared for approximately four hours of paddle time on the river.

Annual Club Fall Picnic
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2004
Time: Afternoon and evening
Place: Gary & Avan Warner on Dog River
Comments: This is a preliminary notice for those who need time to put this date on their schedule. More detailed information about times, directions, food and activities will be forthcoming at the next Club Meeting on November 2, 2004 and will be posted again on this website and by email.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

MEETING REMINDER
The next club meeting will be election day, November 2, 2004 at 7:00 PM at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Remember to vote early and often and then come out to the meeting to hear a presentation on "Reptiles of Southern Alabama" by Roger Clay, Non-Game Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Fish and Game Department.

Finalization of MBCKC Logo Tervis Tumblers - payment due..

CLUB LOGO TERVIS TUMBLERS
Harriet is continuing to take orders for Tervis Tumblers with the MBCKC logo. She will be collecting money for your tumblers at the meeting on November 2 and will deliver your tumblers at the December meeting. Please bring your checkbooks or cash. All checks must be made out to Harriet K. Ingraham. To contact Harriet with your order, please email Harriet or phone 251.928.4568. Or mail to 9 Echo Lane, Fairhope, Al 36532

Gary Worob and Brint Adams have written paddle reports on their recent trips. Read them at our separate website for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Flash Paddle: Full Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse Delta Paddle
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Buzbee's on Hwy. 225, 2 miles north of Hwy. 31 in Spanish Fort. Bring $3 launch fee.
Contact: Bob Andrews - cell: 251-367-4144
Comments: The full moon will be visible when we put in at 6:00 PM. At about 8:14 PM, the moon will enter the earth's shadow. The total lunar eclipse will be from 9:23 to 10:45 PM. We will stay out for some of the total eclipse, but probably not all of it.

The paddle will be to somewhere in Bay Minette Basin or possibly over to the fork in the Blakeley and Apalachee Rivers. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp for the return trip and to meet state boating regulations for paddling at night. You may also want to bring along some bug spray, fluids and snacks to celebrate the festivities. This will be an easy trip suitable for new or beginner paddlers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Flash Paddle: Cloverleaf Landing
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2004
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Cloverleaf Landing
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 251-583-9919
Comments: For those who are familiar with Cloverleaf Landing, you may go directly there where we will meet at 9:00 AM. For those who have not been there before, we will meet first at Bruno's parking lot in Spanish Fort at Hwy. 31 & Hwy. 225 at 8:45 AM and caravan from there. There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle. After paddling in McVoys Lake, we will paddle down to Blakeley Park for a potluck lunch at one of the covered picnic pavilions overlooking the Tensaw River and delta. This will be an easy relaxed trip of about 5 miles suitable for beginner and novice paddlers.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Flash Paddle: Magnolia River/Weeks Bay
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2004
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Exxon on Hwy. 98 & Magnolia Springs Hwy.
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 251-583-9919
Comments: We will put in at the public access at the end of Rock Street in Magnolia Springs. Depending on the group, we will travel one-way out Magnolia River and up the east side of Weeks Bay to our take out by the Hwy. 98 bridge or possible out and back on the Magnolia. This will be a leisurely trip of 4-5 miles suitable for new or inexperienced paddlers wanting to see the beauty and wide array of waterfowl along this beautiful river in lower Baldwin County.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Flash Paddle: Whiskey Ditch
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Old Riverdoc's parking lot on the Causeway
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 583-9919
Comments: This will be an easy paddle of 4-5 miles roundtrip suitable for beginners wanting to see the fall flowers and many birds centrally located in the delta just north along the Causeway. I scouted out this paddle on Wednesday and the fall flowers including burr marigolds are peaking now. The parking lot is located on the north side of the Causeway about 100 meters west of Ed's Seafood Shed. There is plenty of free parking and a nice soft boat ramp. We will be back in time for those interested in meeting for lunch or allowing time for other Saturday afternoon activities.
October Monet Paddle
Date: October 24, 2004
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: Buzbee's fish camp on Hwy 225 just north of Spanish Fort. $3 launch fee
Explanation: Just as Monet painted the same thing to see how the seasons passed, we are paddling the same spot to see
how our delta changes. This is a low key paddle, that is beginner friendly and will last about 2-3 hours.
Contact: Matt Darring 463-8523 or iama@backpacker.com

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Austin Greer advises that the Sand Island Lighthouse paddle has been postponed until next Saturday. For further information, e-mail him at austingreer@yahoo.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Click here to read Brint Adams' exciting report on the Phat Water race down the Mississippi River. Congratulations, Brint!

Friday, October 08, 2004

OCTOBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
prepared by Bruce Zimmerman

PHAT WATER Kayak Challenge
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2004
Time: All Day
Place: Begins at Grand Gulf, MS and ends at Natchez, MS
Contact: click here for official website. The race begins at Grand Gulf and concludes at Natchez Landing, Natchez Under-The-Hill, in historic Natchez, Mississippi. The race is approximately forty-five miles long and will take most paddlers from five to seven hours to complete. An after race party and awards presentation will be hosted by the UNDER-THE-HILL-SALOON. Canoeists as well as kayakers are welcome.

Camping and Paddling - St Vincent Island, FL
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004
Time: TBA
Place: St. Vincent Island
Contact: Mark Vance, (251) 458-7574
Comments: This is a camping trip to the Appalachicola Bay area. Mark plans at least a two night camp including a 13 mile paddle on Saturday.

Sand Island Lighthouse
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004
Time: TBA
Place: Sand Island Lighthouse south of Dauphin Island
Contact: Austin Greer, email austingreer@yahoo.com
Comments: This paddle will leave early morning to go to the lighthouse. Austin mentioned that a kayak instructor will be along on this trip.

Horn Island Paddle
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2004 and Sunday October 31
Time: TBA. Leaving with the outgoing tide.
Place: Launching from Pascagoula, MS
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Comments: This is a trip Larry has led before. Overnight primitive camping on the island. Return on Sunday. Phone Larry one week before to be included. The trip is weather dependent; cold front passage may cancel the trip.

Club Birthday Party
Date: To Be Announced at the November meeting
Place: Gary and Aven Warner's home
Comment: The time is still not firm because they are still cleaning up after the storm. Their home is on the bank of Dog River.

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In other news:

Gary Worob (850) 259-9337 is trying to get a canoe from Denver to
Fairhope. If someone with a roof rack is going that way, give Gary a
call please.

Harriet (e-mail Hvk1457@aol.com, phone 928-4568) is taking orders for
Tervis Tumblers with the club logo, in colors, on them.
Tervis Tumblers have a website www.tervis.com which shows the products.
The tumblers are available in three sizes:
12 oz $7.00 tumbler
16 oz $7.50 tumbler
17 oz $8.00 mug

The tumblers fit in cupholders or kayaks. All three are double wall
insulated, microwave and dishwasher safe. She will be collecting money
at the November meeting.

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A big thank you goes to Bob Andrews for his colorful slide-show presentation at this month's meeting of his five-day solo paddling trip into the Okefenokee Swamp.

Next meeting is November 2, 2004. Get out to vote then come to the
meeting!
Frank Laraway has written a paddle report on his recent trip to Byrnes Lake. Read it at our separate website for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 04, 2004

!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

After the usual business of reporting and scheduling paddles, Bob Andrews will present his latest slide show of his paddling expeditions. Bob always gives wonderful presentations and leads gazillions of paddles for us -- where would we be without him? I defy you to find anyone who is more knowledgeable about area waters. And then after the meeting we'll all hang around and gossip and and say "Hi!" and make new friends, as usual.

We are always appreciate the help of club members with putting our meeting room back the way we found it after the meeting. And we continue to be grateful to the Yacht Club for their allowing us to meet there for all these years. Be sure to patronize the bar, whether for soft drinks or the hard stuff!

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Tom Meyer writes us:
My paddle buddy in Slidell sent me a link to an interesting paddle I'll probably go on in mid-November. It's a benefit paddle for an organization trying to preserve the quality of the bayou. It's a 52-mile, 4day (Friday through Monday) paddle on Bayou LaFourche in Louisiana. You can sign up for 1 day, all 4 days, or any combination. The fee ($100 for all 4, or $30/day for less than 4)includes meals, nightly entertainment, and camping fees. An example of a place they'll get a lunch is an apparantly well known local eatery on the bayou where they take your order as you pass under a bridge upstream and by the time you get to the restaurant, your food's ready. An example of entertainment is a presentation by a local Indian tribe on their history and culture on the bayou. By all accounts, a good time is to be had along with a good paddle. I wanted to let the club know of this interesting opportunity for a good cause. It's a benefit paddle for an organization trying to preserve the quality of the bayou.The link to their site is http://www.loveourbayou.com/paddling/index.html

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An update on the Alabama Coastal Birdfest:
Fran Morley gave us a presentation on this major, local event at our last meeting. Bird-lovers from all over the country will be here on our Gulf Coast to take part in this event, and we are invited, too. Here are more details:

Date: Thursday, October 14 to Sunday October 17, 2004
Time: all day
Place: The schedule lists 17 events. See a brochure or the website www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com
Contact: (251) 929-0922 or their website
You may contact Fran Morley directly at 251-928-0987, flyingfrog@aol.com
Comments: Most events require pre-registration. Fees are $20 to $30. Longer events include a meal. Several evening events include a speaker. Commercial busses are scheduled to carry participants to various birdwatching sites on the Alabama Birding Trail. Registration deadline is September 30, 2004. They will take tour registrations up to Oct. 4, but all tours are restricted in size, and will close when full. There are no size restrictions on the three evening events - registrations for the dinners accepted until Oct. 11. The Saturday Bird Expo on the grounds at Faulkner State Community College in Fairhope is free and open to the public. Bird and nature films, seminars, speakers, workshops, demonstrations, vendors, hands-on activities for kids and adults, mini-birding tours, raptor demonstrations, storyteller, etc. Events last all day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Don't forget that Brint Adams is reporting on his training paddles for the big Phat Mississippi River race on his own blog at http://www.kayakadams.blogspot.com/. In the meantime, he continues to share with us his trip reports on club paddles on the club's separate blog for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Full Moon Paddle
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Put in at the former Riverdocks. Paddle to Whiskey Ditch and return.
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664, cell 367-4144

Friday, September 24, 2004

Kayak for Sale
Ocean Kayak AEGEAN double sit-on-top kayak for sale. Includes 2 paddles, 3 great paddling life jackets, 2 comfortable seats. Price $900.00. Moving before October 11. Contact Roger Buckley at 233-9309 (cell #). Leave message.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

September Monet Paddle
Date: Sunday September 26, 2004
Time: 10 AM
Place: Buzbee's fish camp on Hwy 225 in Spanish FortCosts: $3 launch fee
Skill level: beginner level
Duration: about 6 miles in about 3 hours
Contact: Matt Darring 463-8523 (cell) or iama@backpacker.com
Comments: Just as Monet painted the same bridge each month to capture the changing seasons, Matt has decided to lead a paddle to the same destination each month.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Flash Paddle: Buzbee's and Beyond
Date: 9-12-04
Place: Buzbee's
Time: 5:00 PM
Contact: Fritz at 680-8928 or phritz@bellsouth.net
Duration: Somewhere around 3 hours
Skill Level: beginner to moderate
Special Gear: Lights and bug spray. It will be dark on the paddle back.
Expenses: $3.00 Launch Fee
Comments: Contact Fritz for further information.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
prepared by Bruce Zimmerman
bzboater@earthlink.net

The third Saturday in September is International Coastal Cleanup Day. http://www.coastalcleanup.org/usMap.cfm links you to a map of the US and local contacts for the Cleanup. This allows our members who may be in other states to find their local contacts.

Coastal Cleanup in Mobile
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2004
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Contact: Dr. Mimi Fearn Phone: 251-460-7573 Email: mfearn@usouthal.edu Comments: If you all are not committed already to a Coastal Cleanup site, the Dog River Clearwater Revival would welcome any of our members who can bring our canoes/kayaks to Dog River on September 18. The Dog River site is at Luscher (Navco) Park. The cleanup starts at 8 and lasts until noon. Dog River Clearwater Revival hosts a picnic starting around 11:00 for all volunteers. It's dirtier than the Dog Paddle, but fun in that you get to interact with lots of kindred spirits who care about our waterways.

17th Annual Coastal Cleanup in Alabama
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2004
Time: 8 a.m.
Contact: Amy King (251) 929-0900. ADCNR State Lands Office e-mail: aking@dcnr.state.al.us. Website: http://AlCoastalCleanup.com
Comments: Get the trash out of the splash!

Hunter's Moon Paddle
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664, cell 367-4144

PHAT WATER Kayak Challenge
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2004
Time: All Day
Place: Begins at Grand Gulf, MS and ends at Natchez, MS
Contact: Click here for official website
Comments: The "PHAT WATER Kayak Challenge" will be held on October 9, 2004. The race begins at Grand Gulf and concludes at Natchez Landing, Natchez Under-The-Hill, in historic Natchez, Mississippi. The race is approximately forty-five miles long and will take most paddlers from five to seven hours to complete. An after race party and awards presentation will be hosted by the UNDER-THE-HILL-SALOON. Canoeists as well as kayakers are welcome.

Camping and Paddling - St Vincent Island, FL
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004
Time: TBA
Place: St. Vincent Island
Contact: Mark Vance, (251) 458-7574
Comments: This is a camping trip to the Appalachicola Bay area. Mark plans at least a two night camp including a 13 mile paddle on Saturday.

Alabama Coastal Birdfest
Date: Thursday, October 14 to Sunday October 17, 2004
Time: all day
Place: The schedule lists 17 events. See a brochure or the website www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com
Contact: (251) 929-0922 or their website
Comments: All events require pre-registration. Fees are $20 to $30. Longer events include a meal. Several evening events include a speaker. Commercial busses are scheduled to carry participants to various birdwatching sites on the Alabama Birding Trail. Registration deadline is September 30, 2004.

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IN OTHER NEWS

Print Version of the Club list
Juli Day, 479-8368, cezanneart@bellsouth.net is revising the print version of the club list. This is entirely voluntary; if you don't want to be in print, you don't have to offer your name. This is an alternative method for our members to contact one another if e-mail is not an option. If you know someone who does not use e-mail, but they would like to call or be called about paddle trips, pass this information along to them so they can be on the list.

Club Drinking Glasses
Harriet proposes that we order a quantity of insulated tumblers with the club logo on them. The one she held up at the meeting a clear, double-walled drinking glass that is sized to fit in most vehicle cup holders. (But will it fit in a Perception's cup holder?) Let her know how many you want; she is just taking a count at this stage to see what interest there is in the club. E-mail Hvk1457@aol.com

Kayak for Sale
Wilderness Systems Cape Horn 170, 17 feet, roto-molded plastic, yellow with black hatches, forward and aft, small day hatch, rudder, paddle, PFD, great boat, good condition, asking $950. Call Dick Becker, cell 251-604-0335.

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Thanks to Fran Morley for coming out to speak to us about the Alabama Bird Fest at our meeting Tuesday night.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, September 7, 2004, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

At this month's meeting, after the usual business of reporting on and planning paddles, Fran Morley will give a brief presentation about the upcoming Alabama Coastal BirdFest and will pass out some brochures.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Kayak for Sale
Missy Patrick has a Wilderness Systems Pamlico 160 XL for sale. This is a 16' tandem kayak. Accessories and extras include rudder, spray skirt, child seat, cover, Seaclude paddles, rear flotation, life preservers (2), and wheel rig for front. Also included is a Thule #883 Glide & Set car top kayak rack. Asking $1,100. Call 251-342-5927

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Flash Paddle: Full Moon in the Delta
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2004
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Put in a Buzbee's Fish Camp, on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort, under the southeast end of the the bridge over Bay Minette Creek
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664, cell: 367-4144
Special equipment: In addition to the usual PFD and drinking water, each boat is required by law to carry a single white light, but please don't turn them on unless Bob tells us to (white light ruins night vision)
Skill level: Beginner, with a slow to moderate pace
Duration: five miles round trip; we expect to be back at the take-out by 9 or 9:30
Comments: We will probably paddle out to the Delta via Yancey Creek and Gamewarden's Cut. Bring some food and/or drink to share as we raft up to enjoy the sunset and full moon rise. You don't have to call Bob to tell him you're coming; he will not cancel unless the weather is bad at the very moment we are standing in the parking lot by the put-in. If Bob is detained by business, Matt Darring will lead the paddle. This paddle will be so easy that even I (Julie) am thinking of joining in, despite the back injury that has kept me out of my boat for several months now. I will definitely be slower than you, no matter how slow you are!

Monday, August 23, 2004

Canoe for Sale
15' Michicraft, in excellent shape, with paddles, motormount, and a 1 1/2 hp Johnson motor. Asking $350. Call Paul Bernhard at 251-988-8024.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Flash Paddle: Overnight on Jug Lake Platform
Date: Saturday-Sunday, August 21-22, 2004
Time: put in at 8:00 am Saturday morning
Place: put in at Rice Creek Landing, spend the night on the Jug Lake Platform
Contact: Tom Mayer, 680-4445, twmeyer@bellsouth.net
First Come First Serve: 3 people have committed to go. Although the platform limit is 8, Tom wants to limit paddlers to 6 until we see how crowded it will be once everyone spreads their stuff out. That means there are 3 more slots. First come, first serve.
Special equipment: Bring your own food and plenty of hydration. Insect repellant, sleeping cover (at least netting), dry clothes are probably minimal requirements to maintain a good attitude. Tom says grouches could get voted off the island, uhh platform.
Comments: Be the first one on our block to use one of the Bartram Canoe Trail platforms in the Delta. Tom Meyer has reserved the Jug (Fisher) Lake Platform for Saturday night, August 21, 2004. We plan to put in at Rice Creek Landing at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. We'll follow the Rice Creek-Briar Lake-Larry Island-Jessamine Bayou-Jug (Fisher) Lake route to the platform. We should be there by mid-morning. We plan to go on through to the Indian Mounds, walk in and eat lunch there. We'll have the afternoon to do-da pretty much anywhere within a few miles that we want. Getting back to the platform by say 5 p.m., or before, gives us plenty of time to settle in and do supper.
Tom writes us: The weather gods have decreed rain but I went out back, drew a circle in the dirt, burned some chicken feathers, and howled at the moon so we should be okay, even if it's a little wet. Hey! It keeps the mosquitoes down:) Part of what draws us to such a place is taking it on it's own terms, is it not? Anyway, it's a covered platform. I would be prepared to sleep behind netting. Return to the landing offers many options that will give us something to talk about Saturday night. This will be a leisurely lazy paddle where we intend to poke and snoop, mosey and meander, and just generally soak up one of the classic delta experiences. As a bonus, we get to tell the story about being the first ones to overnight on the platforms (legally).

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Welcome to your new blog format. I'm not saying it's an improvement, but I had to make at least some changes because of some new blogger/blogspot/google features, and I've tried to make it as user-friendly as possible.

The good news is that, theoretically, you can now use the bar at the top of the page to search within this weblog's archives! If it works, that would be great! If not, at least we appear to have got rid of the banner ads.
We have received the following information from the state:

Interim Use Guidance
Bartram Canoe Trail
Prepared for Members of
The Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club
and
The Mobile Chapter of the Sierra Club

This period of interim use is being provided to members of the two local organizations who originally worked to co-sponsor the effort to develop a platform-based camping system associated with the Bartram Canoe Trail. This trail-use period is being provided free of charge, and is intended to facilitate a review of the platforms and the Bartram Canoe Trail webpage, such that any problematic aspects of their design and management can be worked out prior to opening the system for public use.

Interim Period of Use: August 20, 2004 to September 13, 2004

To reserve platforms for this trail-use period, contact Chris Smith by e-mail, cesmith@dcnr.state.al.us or call 1-800-LAND-ALA and ask for Chris Smith.

Individuals making the reservations should be prepared to provide the following information: 1) date of use; 2) number in party; 3) platform to be used; 4) point of contact for information.

All parties making reservations during this interim period should be sure to provide a point of contact so that Lands Division staff can confirm their reservation.

Once the platforms are open for public use in mid-September, all reservations will be processed through the online web-based system.

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Editor's note: We are further advised that there is a limit of eight persons per platform and that, after this free interim-use period by our clubs, there will be a charge of $20 per platform.
Bruce Zimmerman has written a trip report for us on last weekend's paddle to Heron Bayou. Read it at our separate website for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

I have also updated the index to trip reports.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Update on Heron Bayou: The meeting time for Juli Day's Sunday paddle has been changed from 8:00 a.m. to noon due to changes in the wind forecast.

We have also overheard some controversy about the commonly-accepted name for the destination of the paddle, which we understand to be intended for the body of water that straddles the Alabama/Mississippi State line. While we have heretofore announced this paddle as going to "Herron Bay," the NSGS maps call the water in this area "Grand Bay" and "Middle Bay," which apparently includes a small area called "Bayou Heron." (In point of fact, there are at least two "Grand Bays," at least one "Heron Bay," and at least one "Heron Bayou" between Mississippi and Florida.)

Whatever. We're going to Mississippi (not Florida) and the paddle starts at noon, not at 8 a.m., and we're going to somewhere Juli has been before but you haven't, so you need to go.

Here is the latest trip information:

Date: Sunday August 15th
Time: noon
Meet: Hwy 90 just south of I-10 Franklin Creek exit at Mississippi St line
Contact: Juli Day, 479-8368, cezanneart@bellsouth.net
Directions: Go west on I-10 to the Mississippi state line which is just past our welcome center on the left and a truck scales on the left. Take the Franklin Creek exit (if you reach the Mississippi State welcome center you have passed it) and head south toward Hwy 90. Cross Hwy 90 and you will see Juli and her kayak. We will head toward one of the most pristine areas of our coast. This trip was inspired by Juli's trip this past weekend with Bill Finch. They did some hiking inland on the savanah and visited several beautiful areas out in the bay via boat.

Bring: The regular stuff, hat, sun screen (plenty of sun, very little shade), water, bug spray (one area does have yellow flies), snack, etc.
Chuck Holtz writes us:
I am leaving work now to go home and get my kayak to go back Buzbee's, hopefully to leave around 5 this afternoon. All I can say about where I'll go from there is that it will be on the water in my boat. We just don't have this kind of weather in August, and I hate to pass it up on a Friday afternoon. My cell is 610-8928.

Here are the updated details on the paddle Juli is leading in Herron Bay this weekend:

Place: Herron Bay

Date: Sunday August 15th

Time: noon

Meet: Hwy 90 just south of I-10 Franklin Creek exit at Mississippi state line

Contact: Juli Day, 479-8368, cezanneart@bellsouth.net

Directions: Go west on I-10 to the Mississippi state line which is just past our welcome center on the left and a truck scales on the left. Take the Franklin Creek exit (if you reach the Mississippi State welcome center you have passed it) and head south toward Hwy 90. Cross Hwy 90 and you will see me and my kayak. We will head toward one of the most prestine areas of our coast. This trip was inspired by Juli Day's trip this past weekend with Bill Finch. They did some hiking inland on the savanah and visited several beautiful areas out in the bay via boat.

Bring: The regular stuff, hat, sun screen (plenty of sun, very little shade), water, bug spray (one area does have yellow flies), snack, etc.

Kayaks for Sale
Seda Dealer David McNeese of Lillian, www.southernkayaks.com, is moving to Colorado and has a lot of kevlar and fiberglass touring kayaks he needs to sell quickly. Some are new others paddled 1 or 2 times. They are Seda brand and come with the warranty. He also has paddles and PDFs for sale. You may be able to get a good deal. Contact at 251 961-7573, dmcneese@gulftel.com.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Gary Worob has written a trip report on the recent trip he led down Juniper Creek. You can read it at our separate website for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Thanks to Gary, we are now paddling with some members of the Emerald Coast Paddlers club. I have added a link to their website, http://www.geocities.com/ecpaddlers/, to the club FAQs on our website. Check it out -- there's a lot of paddling going on over in Fort Walton.
Dr. Mimi Fearn writes us:
If you all are not committed already to a Coastal Cleanup site, we would welcome any of your members who can bring their canoes/kayaks to Dog River on September 18. The Dog River site is at Luscher (Navco) Park. The cleanup starts at 8 and lasts until noon. Dog River Clearwater Revival hosts a picnic starting around 11:00 for all volunteers. So join us! It's dirtier than the Dog Paddle, but fun in that you get to interact with lots of kindred spirits who care about our waterways. Phone: 251-460-7573 Email: mfearn@usouthal.edu

Monday, August 09, 2004

A note from your webmistress: I am receiving a lot of e-mails from old and new members and have fallen a little behind on responding to such e-mails and updating the club websites. Stay tuned -- I'll get to you soon. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

AUGUST CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Juniper Creek Paddle and Spa
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2004
Time: 9:30 a.m. at the put - in, ready to shuttle
Place: Munson, Florida just north of Milton
Contact: Gary Worob, 850-259-9337

Directions: From Daphne, take I-10 east to the first exit past Pensacola/EscambiaBay (after the bridge over the bay). This is Rt. 181/Avalon Blvd (first Milton exit) go north a few miles to U.S. Highway 90, go east/right a couple of miles to town and Rt. 87 north in Milton (stay in left lane) go left / north about a mile or so until Rt. 191 north (there is a gas station/subway at this corner) go right at 191/87 and proceed about 15 miles until you see a canoe sign at small bridge. This is the put-in. Drive in dirt road on right, and go a few hundred yards. Gary will try to leave his white van out on road and may be standing there to direct.

Comments: Gary Worob writes us:
It is important that you unload your boat and stuff immediately and prepare for shuttle.

Bring swimming clothes, lunch and lots of fluids. Cell phones generally don't work at the put-in, but mine is 850-259-9337. I will be camping at the put-in the night before.

This is one of the laziest and most beautiful creeks in the area that I know of. The water is crystal clear and has white sandy bottom with lots of white sandy beaches along the way. The trip is ten miles and very easy, with lots of stops for swimming and places to gather "spa clay" along the banks to smear yourself and bake those city blues away and then jump in thewater to be "renewed." While the trip is not long, I have never done it in less than 4-1/2 hours since there is so much good swimming to do and beaches to stop and snack at. So shared lunch is a good idea. This is one you won't forget if you love paddling.

Juniper Creek is not one of the tubing creeks. We may be the only boats on the water that day. Very rarely have I seen any other boats at the same time.

Dinner afterwards at local restaurant.

Some of us will camp in the area and may do a "screaming" bike ride on a designated trail for bikes only at Bear Lake in Munson. It is 6 miles of beautiful trail and lots of fun. There are great hiking only trails here also and lots to see if you don't want to bike. This is part of the extensive Blackwater Forest area above Milton, Florida, and only about an hour and 15 minutes from Daphne.

Note from Bruce: the State of Florida posts a simple map of the river area online at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/panhandlewest/trails/black_river.htm


Heron Bay
Date: August 15, 2004
Time: TBD
Contact: Juli Day, cezanneart@bellsouth.net
Place: Heron Bay, Mississippi
Comments: Sunday's Mobile Register had a front page article addressing the proposed oil drilling in this nature preserve on the Alabama side of the state line. Juli is leading a trip to enjoy this place before it is changed by the drilling rigs.

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Tom Mayer writes us:
After hearing of Brent's unusual experience with a gator at the meeting, there seemed to be a lot of interest and concern on just what the risks of harm from gator encounters are. I told the group to watch out for the following article. I wrote it several years ago so the statistics are a bit stale. Nevertheless, it gives a bit more objective perspective and may help sooth some jangled nerves.

WILL A GATOR GET YA’ ?
Summer’s here and it’s hot! To cool off, many of us are drawn to the water’s edge. Swimming, fishing, skiing, and just hanging out can be a reason to be around one of our area’s many aquatic settings. For quite few of the legions of sub-tour, super-par hackers, even golf can be a reason to get their feet wet. Most will never even consider that they have entered the realm of an ancient dragon, a truly primal and dangerous predator.

However, just let the word alligator pop up in a conversation and most would be quick to offer what they "know", or have heard, or seen, or feel, yet few would be able to contribute more than rumor, myth and rampant imagination. So lets take a look at the risk to our health and well being posed by this formidable beast. Lets see if the beast really lives up to the reputation we are so quick to give it. Lets see if the risk lies with the beast or ourselves.

Believe it or not, it was a couple of scientists from Utah State University who have taken the closest look at alligator attacks on humans in the United States. In 1997, Michael Conover and Tami Dubow published an article in the journal Herpetological Review which examined, in detail, the recorded history of gators gobbling humans in the U.S. The results will probably surprise you.

Since 1948, there have been a total of 236 recorded attacks of a human by an alligator, 218 in Florida. Of that total, 234 happened since 1972! Only 8 attacks were fatal, 7 were in Florida. Can this information be right? After all, by all accounts, the gator population has exploded since 1970. At the same time, concurrent explosions in waterfront residential development, water recreation, and the human population of the gators’ home territory must certainly have resulted in a veritable "all you can eat" buffet of tasty people nuggets.

It’s pretty well certain that, if you’ve gotten close to, or in fresh water in the South, you’ve given a gator a chance to chomp you. Now, how many times has this happened for the last 30 years? Probably millions -- no, make that hundreds of millions -- more likely a billion or so. Only 236 attacks? A measly 8 fatalities out of over a thousand million chances to chomp? What kind of fearsome beast is that?

Of course, if you are the one getting chomped, the odds of it happening and the fearsomeness of the monster take on a whole new meaning. But lets look at our side of the attack. Conover and Dubow listed a brief description of the human’s activity prior to the attack. here are just a few of them: "feeding alligator," "wading, kicked alligator," " forcing alligator from shore," "moving alligator from utility room," "picked up alligator in yard," "walked up to alligator on road," and "jumped on alligator in water." Now, I ask you, should the gator get the blame for the attack when the human’s activity is described as feeding, kicking, moving, picking up, walking up to, and jumping on the gator? My favorite tidbits (yes, actual tidbits) from this article are the 24 golfers attacked trying to retrieve golf balls.

All jokes aside, it’s obvious that we put ourselves at risk when it comes to getting chomped by gators. The alligator is no doubt a formidable predator, capable of inflicting great harm, even death. But they are shy, fleeing at the approach of humans. They will only lose this shyness with deliberate encouragement from humans. In the vast majority of "attacks," the human has gone out of his or her way to aggravate the situation.

So leave the poor ferocious dragon beasts alone and they’ll likely leave you alone. Your health and well being will be the better for it!

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Editor's note:
For what it's worth, in the years I (Julie) have been paddling with this club, I have observed that all new paddlers are afraid of alligators, and no experienced paddlers are afraid of alligators. We respect them, yes, but we aren't any more "afraid" of them than we are of wasps, snakes, meteors, or any other rare hazard to be avoided.

The more time you spend around gators, the more you respect, admire, and enjoy them. I have seen hundreds of gators while paddling and have never had a problem with one. I have accidentally tapped a small alligator with my paddle and startled it. It went away -- end of story. I have never paddled over a gator, like Brint did, but it has happened to a lot of us, and it certainly sounds like a thrill, but then they go away -- end of story.

I can generally tell if a gator has been fed by (stupid) humans, because it is more likely to approach me. I paddle away from the gator -- end of story.

Never poke at alligators with your paddle, or otherwise harass alligators.

Never, never, never feed alligators.

Steer clear of alligators, and they will steer clear of you.

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Thanks to Cathy Barnette, Alabama Coastal Foundation executive director, for her presentation at our meeting last night. Alabama Coastal Foundation and local volunteers make possible the Alabama Coastwatch to monitor water quality at public swiming areas. The results show up in the Friday weather page of the Mobile Register. With other volunteers they do habitat restoration along the shores, with cypress tree planting and other work such as the Mon Luis Island Restoration in a five-acre marsh. Their Living Reef project has the goal of restoring oyster reefs with oyster shells from local restaurants and harvesters. Through an Eagle Scout project they establish nesting platforms for osprey and eagles in the Fowl River area. They educate and recognize outstanding performance in our youth. They hold Amnesty Day to provide communities a safe way to dispose of household hazardous waste with local collections set up in various communities in lower Alabama. Well done!

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Kayak for Sale
Old Town Tandem Kayak and all the accessories you need to get in the water.
Model: Loon 160 T with rudder
Color: Yellow
Purchased new: September 2003
Link to manufacturer’s page: http://www.otccanoe.com/kayaks_loon160T.php
Accessories include: Two Seaclude fiberglass paddles by Aqua-Bound (http://www.aquabound.com/recreational/index.html), a BilgeMASTER pump by Aqua-Bound, two Marco (rooftop) kayak saddles (http://www.highsprings.org/e_kayak_marco.htm), and two Thule tie-down straps.
Cost: $1,000 all inclusive
Contact: Steve (W) 251.621.1202 (H)251.626.2820 sjohnson@forte-llc.com

Friday, July 30, 2004

!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, August 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

This month, we will have a presentation by the Alabama Coastal Foundation. These folks are involved in planting cypress trees, raising osprey platforms, and many other good deeds from which the kayking community benefits. See http://www.alcoastalfoundation.org/ for further information.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Flash Paddle:  Perdido River
Date:  Saturday, July 31
Time:  9 a.m.
Place:  shuttle from Ruby's Fish Camp
Contact:  Mark Vance, 458-7574
Driving directions from Alabama:  I-10 east to the first exit after the Florida line, turn right and f ollow U.S. 90 until you are about to cross bridge over Perdido River; take last right before bridge.
Comments: Parking fee $3, launch fee $2.  Bring lunch.  The paddle will be a lone one (about 11 miles) of moderate difficulty.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Monet Paddle for July
Date:  July 25, 2004
Time:  9 AM
Place:  Bay Minette Basin.  Meet at Buzbee's Fish Camp ($3) on Hwy 225 in Spanish Fort
Contact:  Matt Darring, iama@backpacker.com, work - 341-1712, home 343-1196
Comment:  Just as Monet painted the same bridge at different times of the year, we are paddling the same place each month for a year to watch it change.  Come enjoy a lazy paddle for a few hours out in one of the prettiest spots in the Delta.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Bruce has written a trip report for us about a recent paddle to Fishers Lake and the platforms from Rice Creek.  Read it at our separate website for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Flash Paddle:  Fishing Paddle from Dauphin Island
Date:  Tuesday, July 19
Time:  dawn
Place:  put in at Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island
Contact: Bill Seibert at 251-639-3413 or e-mail at wajdi@comcast.net
Bill Seibert writes us:  My son and I are planning a bit of a fishing trip for Tuesday.  We plan to launch from the tiny beach at the end of the road that runs around Ft. Gaines on Dauphin Island.  Plan on having to carry your yaks for about 40 to 70 yards on a rock strewn beach.  We'll paddle out about 1000 yards into the Gulf, and about 500 yards west of the put in point.  Fish expected range from amberjack to white trout, and just about anything in between.  We'd like to launch about dawn.  We're going to anchor when we get there, and bottom fish, using shrimp and/or squid.  Bring your own tackle, bait, lunch, and drinks.  Don't forget sunscreen and fishing licenses.  Day should be clear, with wind from the north, bearing to the north-west in the afternoon/evening.  Swells should be no more than 2 feet, with a 5 second period.  High tide is at 1330, so we'll be fishing a rising tide in the morning, which should bring the heavy predators into the area.  Bear in mind that Makos DO frequent this area, so there might be some sleigh rides occurring (fun fun fun).  There is a heavy current running from east to west along the beach and out into the area we'll be fishing, so make sure everything (including yourself) is leashed to your yak.  The wearing of PFDs at all times is REQUIRED in this area, as powerboats tend to scream by ignoring anything and everything in the vicinity.  ABOVE ALL, use common sense.  If you hook a stingray, cut your leader; if you have a crab on your line, shake it off OUTSIDE your yak.  I really hate trying to share space in a yak with an angry crab.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Flash Paddle:  Sunset on the river

Date:  Monday, July 19

Place:  Old LuLu's (under the Fish River Bridge) on Hwy 98

Time:  6:15 p.m.

Contact:  Fritz and Harriet Ingraham, phone:  928-4568 home, 604-3741 Harriet cell, 680-8928 Fritz cell.

Comments:  Paddle up the Magnolia river, paddle back to the setting sun.  Bring a snack and water. 



Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Gary Worob Invites Us to a Juniper Creek Paddle and Spa

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2004
Time: to be announced
Place: Munson, Florida just north of Milton
Comments: This is one of the laziest and most beautiful creeks in the area that I know of. The water is crystal clear and has white sandy bottom with lots of white sandy beaches along the way. The trip is 10 miles and very easy with lots of stops for swimming and "as promised" places to gather "spa clay" along the banks to smear yourself and bake those city blues away and then jump in the water to be "renewed." While the trip is not long, I have never done it in less than 4-1/2 hours since there is so much good swimming to do and beaches to stop and snack at. So shared lunch is a good idea. This is one you won't forget if you love paddling! Dinner afterwards at local restaurant!

Some of us will camp in the area and may do a "screaming" bike ride on a designated trail for bikes only at Bear Lake in Munson. It is 6 miles of beautiful trail and lots of fun. there are great hiking only trails here also and lots to see if you don't want to bike. This is part of the extensive Blackwater Forest area above Milton, Florida and only about an hour and 15 minutes from Daphne.

I will post more details on camping and times and places later, and I will try to have maps and details at the meeting.

Gary Worob
cell only: 850-259-9337
P.S. If you have someone who really wants to paddle but does not want to go the distance, there is a shorter trip of 5 miles with easy shuttle.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Build Your Own
We have a few members who have built and paddle Chespeake and Pygmy wooden kayaks. Here's a resource for wooden kayaks and kits of which I had not previously heard: Action Fish, http://www.actionfish.com.

Action Fish has included a link to our club website on its website, which we appreciate. Have you googled our club name lately? You may be surprised by how many hits you come up with.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

JULY CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Bob's Surprise
Date: TBD Monday July 12 or Tuesday July 13
Time: after work
Contact: 344-8664, cell 367-4144
Place: Johnson Beach, Florida
Comments: In the tradition of "Bob's Surprise Paddles", you have to call Bob to find out when this paddle is going to be, or maybe he'll let us know via club e-mails.

Wetlands Restoration Project
Date: Wednesday July 14, 2004
Time: 7 a.m.
Contact: Weeks Bay Preserve, Allison Thompson-Graves at au90grad@hotmail.com or Eric Brunden, project coordinator, at ebrunden@dcnr.state.al.us
Comments: Able-bodied volunteers are needed on Wednesday, July 14, for an ongoing wetlands-restoration project at Weeks Bay Reserve. The area was burned and partially dozed this spring to help knock out non-native invasive plant species (popcorn trees, Chinese privet, Japanese climbing fern). Manual labor is now needed to continue with eradication of destructive non-native vegetation.

Bruce went to help on July 7; the work was not difficult. The soil is soft and the seedlings come out easily. The early morning hours and shade in the work area make the work not too hot. Come meet Fred Nation; he was there.

Third Annual Dog Paddle
Date: July 24, 2004
Time: TBD
Contact: Mimi Fearn mfearn@usouthal.edu
Place: Beachcomber on Dog River at Dauphin Island Parkway
Comments: DRCR's 3rd Annual "Dog Paddle" features kayak, canoe, and rowboat races for the serious and non-serious paddler. http://www.usouthal.edu/geography/fearn/DogPad04.html

Workout Paddle
Date: July 7, 2004
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: ex-RiverDocs to Apalachee River
Contact: Brint Adams 583-9919
Comments: Brint is doing training paddles in preparation for the PHAT race.

PHAT WATER Kayak Challenge
Date: October 9, 2004
Time: All Day
Place: Begins at Grand Gulf, MS and ends at Natchez, MS
Contact:
http://www.kayakmississippi.com/custom/webpage.cfm?content=content&id=84
Comments: The "PHAT WATER Kayak Challenge" will be held on October 9, 2004. The race begins at Grand Gulf and concludes at Natchez Landing, Natchez Under-The-Hill, in historic Natchez, Mississippi. The race is approximately forty-five miles long and will take most paddlers from five to seven hours to complete. An after race party and
awards presentation will be hosted by the UNDER-THE-HILL-SALOON. Canoeists as well as kayakers are welcome.

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New Blog by Club Member:
Brint Adams has started his own blog about paddling at http://www.kayakadams.blogspot.com. It would be great if more club members would start individual blogs and group blogs about their paddling adventures. Send me your blog's address and I'll post a link to it here on the club blog.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Tom Fink invites us on a flash paddle at Bayou La Batre, as follows:

1. Led by Tom Fink on Monday July 5, 2004.
2. Meet at 8 AM at Bayou La Batre. We will meet at the mouth of the Bayou La Batre (in the town of Bayou la Batre, further references refer to the water Bayou!) in the sand parking lot uphill and across the street from the paved boat ramp. We will load from the Mississippi Sound side and not at the paved boat ramp. There is a small park on the Miss. Sound side that no longer has bathrooms!
3. Paddle facts:
1. We will run a shuttle first, leaving most cars at the Bayou.
2. One mile crossing to Isle aux Herbes (Coffee Island).
3. Paddle south 3.2 miles down Isle aux Herbes, stopping briefly at middle to fish and walk around. We will stop at southern most point at the “sand beach” and look at birds.
4. Less than 2 mile crossing east to Marsh Island.
5. Continue east to Cat Island. The crossing here is only 0.5 miles. Look at nesting birds. We must all stay together and walk mostly in water to avoid disturbing birds.
6. Leave Cat Island and proceed east, with one-mile crossing, to Barton Point.
7. Barton Point to Heron Bay cutoff and out. Will involve some slogging through mud and reeds.
8. Complete shuttle.
4. Length of paddle: About 12 miles, more of course if we go crooked!
5. Duration of paddle: This will take a good day.
6. Difficulty of paddle: Intermediate based on distance, and perhaps potential wind and waves. However this is a fairly protected locale, but be prepared for stiff winds and small waves.
7. Boats: You should have a sea kayak and be capable of say 2.5-3 miles an hour (leisurely but steady pace).
8. Equipment: You must have a working skirt and life jacket (and wear it unless the water is like glass). You should have about a gallon of water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, poncho or rain coat (for our almost daily thunder showers), food, no impact bathroom stuff (pack out toilet paper in a ziplock bag), spare paddle, paddle float (or be able to roll reliably, or stay with a buddy for assisted rescues), pump (or good sponge, or bailer). If the water is rough all should secure skirt at or near shore. You might want to bring insect repellent, but insects will probably not be a problem during the day.
9. Purpose of paddle: Sightseeing, slight fishing, bird watching, exercise by default not by design (i.e. we are not preparing for the Phat Race!).
10. Money: Bring $5.00 in case we are diverted to Cedar Point Pier area and need to use their boat ramp. The cost is probably less, and we should not have to use it, but heck I live in Louisiana and things might have changed here.
11. How to get there: Most of you will be coming from the east. Head south to Dauphin Island on Route 193 and make a right (west) on Route 188 at Alabama Port. You will cross over Fish River, cross over Coden Bayou (lots of cool Shrimp boats). Once over the Coden Bayou make a left on Railroad Street, then left on Shell Belt Road (going south to Miss. Sound), bear right west on Shell Belt Road proceeding along the water. Take Shell Belt Road to the Bayou la Batre and make a left at the intersection and stay on Shell Belt Road (now heading south again, the Bayou is directly across from the intersection, you can’t miss it, lots of big Shrimp Boats). Follow road to end make a right on State Docks road (just follow road it will take you right to the ramp on the Bayou). If you mess up and stay on route 188 just watch for Alba elementary school on the left, then watch for Shell Belt Road on the left, immediately before the huge lift bridge on the Bayou la Batre in the middle of the town of Bayou la Batre. Make a left on Shell Belt Road and follow it all the way to the boat ramp. It is a cool drive with lots of pretty shrimp boats and fishing life scenery. Also lots of boat building. A really cool drive.
12. How to contact me: Saturday and Sunday I will be in Chickasaw, Alabama (10 miles north of Mobile) at 251-457-0325 or tomjfink@comcast.net. I should be leaving Monday morning about 5 to 6 am to eat breakfast and then arrive early at the Bayou. Note:I will only see the e-mail starting Saturday late in the day.
!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, July 6, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meeting are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

I am sending this meeting reminder a few days early this month to give you time to prepare for our First Annual Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club Swap Meet.

Gather all of that old or new unused paddling equipment and bring it with you to the July meeting, which will be held at the Gazebo at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Maybe you have that special treasure that someone else is looking for. After the usual club business, we will have our first annual swap meet!! If possible, email Fritz Ingraham at phritz@bellsouth.net to give him an idea of how much gear space we will need and what you are planning to bring!!

Keith Gauldin will also be at the meeting to tell us about the locations of the new platforms in the Delta.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Susan Kinsey writes us:
I am new to kayaking and would love to be involved with the July 4th festivities. I do not have my own boat, just today got enough information to decide on the type I wanted(thanks to the very patient folks at Fairhope Boat). I would like to participate this weekend. If there is someone with an empty seat on a tandem, I am available. I do make fabulous cole slaw and a killer chocolate cheesecake if that helps. I keep tabs on how you guys love to eat. Just e-mail me at sdkinsey@bellsouth.net
Thanks,
Susan

Flash Paddle: Mobile River Paddle
(Training paddle for the PHAT Mississippi River Race Paddle)

Date: Saturday, July 3, 2004
Time: 2:00 pm (In water and beginning paddle)
Launch: Exxon Station (Old Texaco Station) on the Causeway
Distance: 18 Miles
Level: Experienced Speed Kayakers.
Pace: Fast (4-5 mph) (We should be back about 6:30-7:00 pm.)
Route: Up Spanish River, down Mobile River, and back up Spanish River by the Battleship.
Caution: On this paddle, you will experience strong Mobile River current (2-3 mph) which will add to your speed going down river, and on the last mile or two, you will be punished by having to fight the grueling Tensaw/Spanish River current upstream to get back. We'll be going under Cochran Bridge and by the State Docks, Convention Center, Cooper Park. There will be big ships, barges, and tug boat traffic to contend with - they have the right-of-way. Paddlers MUST stay at least 100 yards away from Naval vessels (paddle on other side of the river of Naval Ships) due to security issues.
Mandatory gear requirements: Life Vest, Paddle Float, Pump, Spray Skirt and Light. It will likely be hot - bring plenty of fluids to keep hydrated.
Leader: Rob Nykvist
Contact: (251) 460-4646 (daytime)
rob.nykvist@mobilepe.com

Monday, June 28, 2004

Flash Paddle: Post Fireworks Paddle
Date: Sunday, July 4th, 2004
Launch: Already in the water near the Fairhope Pier.
Time: After the fireworks. If the bay waters are not choppy, as the main paddle group returns back to the Fairhope Yacht Club, I will lead a 2-3 hour night time paddle in the other direction - from the Pier to Point Clear and then back to FYC. I do this every year to avoid the traffic hassles while enjoying flickering lights dancing on the waters and seeing more fireworks set off by shore residents.
Distance: About 9 miles.
Pace: Slow leisurely pace.
Leader: Rob Nykvist
Contact: (251) 460-4646 (daytime)
rob.nykvist@mobilepe.com

Gene Boothe has sent us the following reminder of his
Glorious 4th Fireworks Paddle:


Activity: 1. Paddle to the Fairhope Municipal Pier at dusk on July 4th. 2. Listen to the Baldwin Pop Orchestra as we approach the pier. 3. Beach on the sandbar on the east side of the marina on the pier. 4. Eat potluck off the boats. 5. Watch the fireworks overhead. (The Mobile fireworks at the battleship and Daphne’s are also visible from location.) The display is absolutely awesome from this location. 6. Finally, paddle back to the yacht club (lights on) just off the end of the piers along the shore – where powerboats do not seem to travel at night. This has been one of the most heavily attended events for the club in the past and I look forward to a wonderful time this year.

Time of fireworks: According to the Eastern Shore web site, both the fireworks and the Baldwin County Pops Independence Day Concert begin at 7:30.

Put-In (and take-out): Fairhope Yacht Club

Departure Time: begin paddle to the Fairhope Municipal Pier at approximately 6:00 p.m. Come earlier and play on the beach or in the water with the family and friends. This is a family event. You can depart when you want. Late is OK. However, for the fun of it, it is spectacular for a large number of boats to start together, from the end of the yacht club pier. The signal will be a wave of a paddle. This is no race, just a start and then a leisurely paddle.

Food & Drinks: Bring something for yourself and extra to share if you desire. In the past, this event has turned into a buffet. Plan A is to eat off the boats on the sandbar, if there is enough of one to use. The tide will be falling from a high tide at 12:47, so I expect it to be ok. If not, we can eat at the Yacht Club. If it is the sandbar, Bob will have his war canoe again which can be used as a table. Use discretion with beverages on the sandbar, as alcohol is not allowed on either the beach or pier (which we will not be on). There is no one to coordinate the food, so this will be potluck. Extra line or an anchor may be useful, especially if there are a large number of boats.

Special Concerns: Make sure and take all Coast Guard required safety equipment, including a safety light. The weather is unpredictable at this time of the year. Storms, high winds, rain, and waves are always a possibility. Each boater must decide for themselves whether or not to participate. The water should be about waist high on adults for most of the paddle and anyone should be able to wade ashore if desired from any point on the paddle. The return paddle will be at night with a very large number of powerboats in the area. However, I have never encountered a powerboat in the shallow water just off the beach on the route of the return paddle we will take on this event. Everyone should turn at least one light on during the return paddle. Everyone should watch out for the very young or elderly in their party, as there are expected to be too many people for me to effectively watch out for at night and also since people tend to depart on their own.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Request for volunteers:
To all: Able-bodied volunteers are need on Wednesday, June 30 for an ongoing wetlands-restoration project at Weeks Bay Reserve. The area was burned and partially dozed this Spring to help knock out non-native invasive plant species (popcorn trees, Chinese privet, Japanese climbing fern). Manual labor is now needed to continue with eradication of destructive non-native vegetation. If you can help, please email me at au90grad@hotmail.com or Eric Brunden, project coordinator, at
ebrunden@dcnr.state.al.us Thanks, Allison Thompson-Graves

[Editor's note: May I suggest that we wear our club t-shirts and/or caps as we help with this important community effort? We want wonderful organizations like the Weeks Bay Reserve to know that the MBCAKC appreciates and supports their work.]

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Former ardent paddler would like to fill empty seat in a double kayak. I became severely ill last year from Lyme Disease and rarely get on the water any more due to the continuation of my illness. I dearly miss kayaking and my kayak friends. If anyone has an open seat on an organized club paddle, I would love to fill it. I probably will not be able to contribute much to the paddle effort, but I will bring good food. If you would not mind a front seat guest on an early evening paddle, please e-mail Lisa Moore Haywood at ersmoore@bellsouth.net.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

We have received a thank you note:
We'd like to thank the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club for supporting the 2004 Grandman Triathlon! The kayakers were immensely helpful in preserving the safety of our triathletes and keeping them on course. Thanks again for your support!

Erika and Jeff Pollock
Race Directors

[Editor's Note: This year's Triathlon t-shirts were very cool -- as usual! The MBCAKC is proud to support the Grandman Triathlon (and to wear their cool shirts :-) ]

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Kayak Wanted
Claire English would like to find a used Jocassee by Perception. english4@datasync.com

Monday, June 21, 2004

Flash Paddle: Conway Creek Paddle
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2004
Time: 8:00 am
Launch: Texaco on the Causeway
Distance: 10-12 Miles
Level: For kayakers looking to work on their speed and paddling techniques for upcoming kayak races.
Pace: Fast (3-5 mph), with breaks so no one gets left behind.
Leader: Rob Nykvist
Contact: (251) 460-4646 (daytime)
rob.nykvist@mobilepe.com
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Kayak Race Announcement
Date: Saturday June 26, 2004, 1:00 PM
Where: Mississippi State Games, Meridian, MS, Bonita Lakes (upper lake).
Info: Races begin at 1:00 pm. Events include an olympic 500 meter sprint, a
long course and a short course race. There is a $25 entry fee for 1 event, $35 for 2 events and you get a T-shirt.
Who: Recreation and novice paddlers especially welcome.
Note: Even though the web page says you must be a resident of Mississippi to
participate, the kayaking event coordinator said, "Any one from any where can join us."
http://www.stategamesofms.org

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Don't forget DRCR's 3rd Annual "Dog Paddle" features kayak, canoe, and
rowboat races for the serious and non-serious paddler.
http://www.usouthal.edu/geography/fearn/DogPad04.html

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Kayak for Sale
Randy Bullock writes us:I have a Wilderness Systems Alamax for sale, a sit-in. You have to be able to roll this boat, which is not hard once you learn. It is designed for waves and has fins in the back. It is in excellent condition and comes with everything you need. Spray skirt, paddle, really nice paddling life jacket. $400.00. The boat is a lot of fun, I just don't have time to enjoy it.

I also have Yakima roof racks in excellent condition to carry any kayak for $300.00.

I can be contacted at 850-429-2008.