February Calendar of Events
Saturday Paddle - TBA
Date: Saturday, February 7
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 583-9919, day 661-7522 ext. 102
Comments: Brint has not yet decided where he will paddle this Saturday. Stay tuned to this website and/or club e-mails for further information, and call Brint to confirm.
Date: Sunday, February 8
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Riverdocks (on the north side of the Causeway).
Contact: Jeff Breit, 533-6786
Comments: Whiskey Ditch is a beautiful paddle for beginners, assmuming good weather conditions.
February Big Boy Paddle: Escatawpa River
Date: Saturday, February 14
Time: 10 a.m.
Contact: George Borne 391-5320
Place: Meet at the TA Truck Stop at the Grand Bay Exit off I-10
Comments: We will paddle up a canal, then float with the current down the Escatawpa River.
The FIRST Monthly Monet Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: Sunday, February 15
Time: 10 a.m.
Contact: Matt Darring, firstname.lastname@example.org, work - 341-1712, home 343-1196
Place: Put in at Buzbee's Fish Camp, on U.S. 225 north of Spanish Fort, under the south end of the bridge over Bay Minette Creek.
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. $3 fee to launch.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Our March meeting will be held on March 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.
The Derelict Crab Trap Removal Project will be held this year on March 13. This is not just an aesthetic clean up. By cooperating with powerboats and airboats, we paddlers are an indispensable part of this annual effort with very significant environmental benefits. Removal of derelict crab traps (which have detached from their floats and washed up in the shallows) is illegal any but this one day per year, but we can prevent the death of countless crabs, turtles, fish, and even birds in these derelict traps by removing them on this special "amnesty" day under the supervision of the NEP and other agencies. Further information on how you can help will be available in coming weeks and at our March meeting.
MBCKC member Marilyn has a house at the mouth of Fowl River in Mobile, and has kindly agreed to host a paddle and party inviting BOTH Sierra Club and MBCKC members on Saturday, April 3. The paddling opportunities are numerous -- a Big Girl paddle to Middle Bay Light, shoreline paddling on the Bay, and up Fowl River. We will party and eat potluck at Marilyn's afterwards with our friends from the Sierra Club. I do not yet have any contact info for Marilyn.
AN IMPASSIONED PLEA FOR PADDLE REPORTS
Nobody has submitted a paddle report since November. This has escaped my attention because I have been so busy, and probably occurred for the very reason that you know how busy I have been and didn't want to bother me. This must STOP immediately. :-) Our paddle reports are the subject of most of the inquiries and fan mail I get about the club websites.
Paddle reports are published at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com. Literary merit -- or even writing skills -- are not required; I promise to edit out your typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors to the best of my ability. Please just give directions to the put in, where you paddled, duration, conditions, what you saw and did, and some idea of whether it was a good put-in and paddle. Reports about bad paddles under bad conditions are no less welcome, helpful, and informative, than the (usual) raves about great paddles.