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Saturday, February 28, 2004

!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, 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 presentation this month will be given by Tom Meyer, who writes us as follows:

Hi, I’m Tom Meyer. I’m a new member of the club but a long time lover of wild places, wild things, and the people who love them. I’ve agreed to do a presentation for the March club meeting.

The presentation tells the story of a backpacking trip in Glacier National Park in August of 2002. The trek began on the road and beneath the mountain called Going to the Sun. The journey led us into the heart of one of the wildest places left in the lower 48 states. The scale and grandeur of the landscape defied exaggeration. It was if we had walked into some enchanted alternate reality. And, once we came away from it, we were unable to adequately explain the mystery. It seemed impossible that we had been there.

We had spent 5 days, 33 miles, under pack and 2 days, 27 miles, of day hike, ascended a total of ~10,000’, descended a total of ~14,000’, crossed 4 high alpine passes, traversed the Continental Divide, passed 15 alpine glacial lakes, crossed or followed innumerable glacial streams, gazed on a dozen major named waterfalls and hundreds of unnamed minor falls, passed half a dozen glaciers, crossed several miles of snowfields, saw a moose from 10’, had an eagle swoop just over our head, saw a grizzly, an elk, dozens of mountain goat, a half dozen bighorn sheep, a bunch of marmots, a few pikas, and hundreds of chipmunks and ground squirrels.

This was a journey across a backdrop of epic proportions, so unreal as to be the stuff of myth and legend, so impossible as to be enabled only by magic. We may as well have been Going to the Sun.

The whole point of me wanting to share this is to show people that such a place and such an adventure is only a decision away. It's really about making your own magic. I think that's what we're up to with this club anyway... making our own magic. The magic we make is not about the boat or the backpack It's about using them as a bridge into magic.

I heard Fritz and Harriet and Bob talk last meeting. They know what I’m talking about. Come watch the presentation. I’ll make a believer out of you, if you aren’t one already.