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Friday, April 30, 2004

Kayak for Sale
14' sit on top yellow Necky Dolphin. Great condition. Has nice size bow & stern storage & small center storage. Comes with removable seat. Has fishing pole holder installed. $350 Buyer assumes shipping costs. Kayak located in Pensacola.Contact Teresa @ Please indicate "kayak inquiry" in subject line.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Flash Paddle: The Blessing of the Fleet in Bayou La Batre
Rob Nykvist writes us:

Bayou La Batre Blessing of the Fleet will be held May 2nd (this coming weekend). The boat parade takes place sometime after the land parade (3:00 pm). Bayou La Batre waters will be restricted from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday to vessels in the regatta.

I'm going down to the Bayou La Batre public launch site on Sunday morning for a 2-3 hour slow paddle in the Bayou to get an up-close look at some of the shrimp boats and other vessels. I'll be launching at 8:00 am in Bayou La Batre.

Not familar with the location of the launch site? Meet me at the Tillman's Corner Wal-mart parking lot at 7:15 am Sunday Morning.

Rob Nykvist
(251) 460-4646
(251) 460-4649
Brint Adams has submitted a trip report for Boiling Creek, and it is the usual "rave review" we get on this particular paddling destination. You can read it at our separate website for trip reports,

In particular, please note that Brint's trip report includes excellent written instructions on how to manage your shuttle and find the put-in in the middle of the woods down one of several long dirt roads. This one is definitely a keeper, if you ever plan to head to Boiling Creek.

Keep in mind you need a permit to paddle Boiling Creek. Instructions for getting one are in the club FAQs.

Also, as a special treat, I have received and posted a trip report on a trip on the Bartram Canoe Trail by a kayaker from Birmingham, Chris Murphree. Again, see Chris and a buddy spent two nights on the trail and had a great time. Some of his observations will be familiar to those of us who have paddled the area (the beauty of Rice Creek, the impossibility of taking out at one of the designated campsites, etc.), but I, personally, found it a delight to read a report from somebody who had never been there before, and I hope you do to.

This is a big deal. We are getting eco-tourism in our beloved Delta thanks to the wonderful folks who planned and developed the Bartram Canoe Trail, and it's just going to keep getting better for us paddlers in the Delta.

Does anybody know whether the new platforms have been installed yet? Let me know and I'll announce it.

Chris sent me some splended photos of his trip, accompanied by cute captions, and I'll try to find somebody who can do a decent print of them to bring to the next meeting. (I don't do photos :-)

Monday, April 26, 2004

David McNeese writes us:
I have for the past few months been putting together a new business and now have got everything in place. The name of the company is Southern Kayaks - please see I will be doing half- and full-day guided paddles in and around Perdido Key and Orange Beach area. I also sell Mirage sea kayaks, Seda Kayaks, and Fenn Mako xt surf skis. I only carry composite boats, fiberglass and kevlar. (My boats for guided trips are composite as well)

I would be able to sell club members a great composite boat at a very good price. If they are members of the club I will give them a great deal. (Please make certain they tell me they are members!)

I would like to set up a time in May or early June to bring some of the boats to Fairhope and let anyone take them on a demo paddle.
Alison Graves writes us:
I wanted to let you know that I just returned from spending the day at Splinter Hill Bog and other unnammed bogs in the Tensaw watershed around Perdido (near Stockton, not the one at the beach) and the pitcher plants are absolutely breathtaking. Also blooming are Vaccinia spp., hat pins, bladderworts, and many others. The dewthreads have a few buds and should be blooming by next week, I think. Many of these bogs can be seen from the roadside. Also blooming in the area are our native lupines, which are spectacular.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Pitcher Plants Are Peaking
We eagerly await a trip report on the Boiling Creek paddle Brint Adams led yesterday. As we previously reported, the pitcher plants are blooming on Boiling Creek and elsewhere in the area.

And remember, the Weeks Bay Preserve on Fish River has a perfectly maintained pitcher plant bog. Bruce and I visited a couple of days ago, and we think the blooms were not quite at peak, so you still have a few days to drive over and see them.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Flash Paddle: Boiling Creek (Encore)
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2004
Time: 9:30 AM
Contact: Brint Adams- office (251)661-7490 ext.102, cell- (251)583-9919
Place: Meet at Scenic Blvd. exit off I-10 in Pensacola near the Exxon with the Dairy Queen attached.
Comments: We will recreate the trip of two weeks ago in Eglin AFB to see pitcher plants at their peak, etc. A current Eglin Recreational Permit is required. Bring lunch, plenty of fluids, sunscreen, and bugspray.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Aquatic Plant Identification Guide
Now that the flowers are blooming, a lot of people are asking a lot of questions about which plants are which. A good resource for novices about aquatic plants is the West Florida Extension Service's plant guide. It's a deck of water-resistant (not water-proof) cards with a color picture of the plant on the front and additional information on the back, plus an index. I've been using one for years, and I enjoy it, though it doesn't include each and every plant we see here in the Delta. (For example, there is no card for cardinal flowers.)

Bruce likes my deck so much he decided to see if it's still available. He phoned the University of Florida at 1-800-226-1764. The number reaches the bookstore. He asked about the aquatic plant identification deck, SM 50. It is available for $10.00 plus $4.00 for shipping and handling. For those of us who prefer to pay by check rather than a credit card, the address is University of Florida, P.O. Box 110011, Gainesville, FL 32611.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Brint Adams has written a trip report for us on today's paddle on Bay Minette Creek. You can read it at our separate website for trip reports,

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Flash Paddle: Bay Minette Creek
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2004
Time: 1:00 PM
Contact: Brint Adams- 661-7490 ext. 102 (day), 583-9919 cell
Place: Meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort at intersection of Hwy 31 & 225. Depending on number of paddlers and preference, we will either put in at Buzbee's (large group) or travel up Hwy 225 for 5.5 mi., turn right on Bromley Road, go 1.5 mi. to the bridge (smaller group). If we decide on Buzbee's, there is a $3 charge to put-in and park.
Comments: I checked out the upper end and the Mountain Laurel is starting to flower nicely. This will be an easy paddle with plenty of shade and the tide should have the water level up. Expect to be on the water for 2-3 hrs. Bring water, snack, sunscreen and bugspray.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

You guys so owe me :-)
I have created a hypertext index of the club's trip reports dating back to October 2002. Go to our separate website for trip reports at to view and use this index.

Bruce gets all the credit for the idea. Bruce has an older computer and older software than I do, though, so his technology was defeating his efforts. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I could do it fairly quickly with my more advanced technology. It only took a couple of hours. You guys so owe me. :-)
Kayak and Camper for Sale
Chuck White, e-mail, has bought some new toys and wants to sell his old ones, as follows:

14 ft Perception Tandem Kayak, Acadia II, for $350. Bought new last year. This mid-sized tandem has adjustable roto-molded seat on rails for a custom fit so it can accommodate long-legged and petite paddlers. View at

Model 1997 Grand Tour Sun Ridge Pop-up Camper for $4200.00. Excellent shape. Weight 2166. Sleeps 8. Blue Book Average Retail w/ options $ 4490.00. (Blue Book value does not include Yakima Bars, Stabilizer, hitch insert with stabilizer ball.) 18,000 btu heater w/ electronic ignition; 3-way refrigerator AC/ DC/ Gas; stabilizer crank down jacks; 8 x 10 awnings; electric brakes; inside and outside stoves; Yakima Bars installed for carrying canoes and kayaks; stabilizer bar; hitch insert with stabilizer ball mounted. This camper will run 4 days on battery power but has AC Power. It also has it's own water tank as well as water hookup.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Kayak for Sale
Bart Bullock has a P & H Biadarka Explorer for sale. This is a sea kayak designed and used by Derek Hutchinson to set his record North Sea crossing. The boat is white over white, 16'8" long/20.5" beam, has a few scratches from normal use, no cracks in the gel coat, new PVC hatch covers, and comes with two spray skirts (1 nylon/1 neoprene) and a Perception paddle. Price = $1200.00. Pictures are avaliable. E-mail Bart at

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

by Bruce Zimmerman

Boiling Creek

Date: Thursday April 8, 2004
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664, cell 367-4144
Place: Pensacola I-10 and Scenic Blvd. near the Exxon with the Dairy Queen attached
Comments: Boiling Creek is in Eglin Air Force Base, which requires a permit to use the base for recreation.

Whiskey Ditch
Date: Thursday April 8, 2004
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664, cell 367-4144
Place: Put in at RiverDoc's on the Causeway
Comments: Yes, the second paddle today. Bring lights. Dinner afterwards at a restaurant.

Good Friday Paddle
Date: Friday April 9, 2004
Time: TBD
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664, cell 367-4144
Place: TBD
Comments: In the tradition of "Bob's Surprise Paddles," you have to call Bob to find out where this paddle is going to be, or maybe he'll let us know via club e-mails.

Okatoma Paddle
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Contact: Mark Vance, 458-7574
Place: Okatoma River, near Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Comments: Mark wants a response from those of us who would like to paddle the Okatoma. Give him a call if you did not make your wishes known on his list at the April club meeting. The Okatoma has class I whitewater, and maybe class II.

The Monet Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2004
Time: 10 a.m.
Contact: Matt Darring,, 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.

Adventure Race - Paddle, Run (Walk), Bike
Date: Saturday May 8, 2004
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Place: Fairhope yacht Club
Comments: On the preliminary run of the Adventure Race course, almost 90% of the starting kayaks successfully returned. With such a high completion rate, we are announcing the real Adventure Race. Categories: Paddle-Walk, Bike-Walk, Bike-Run-Paddle (This is a two person team event with one kayak and one bike per team). And a final Ironman category for those who want to be their own teammate: Paddle-Run-Bike-Bike-Run-Paddle. All categories start and end at the Yacht Club. Non - participants are welcome to help on the racecourse and/or join us for the pot-luck. More details to follow at the May meeting.



Harriet (cell 604-3741) is taking orders for club ballcaps at $6.00 each. She wants to finish by April 12.

Watch for after work paddle opportunities now that we are on daylight saving time.

Thank you, Keith, from the State Lands Management office for the presentation of the state of the Bartram Canoe Trails and camping platforms. The platforms will be available by reservation and a Swamp Fee will be charged. No reservations
are required for land site camping at the two authorized campsites. The platforms are built but they are not in place yet. Stay tuned for news about the platforms.

For info on the water levels in the Mobile area see

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Bruce Zimmerman has published a trip report about our recent paddle up D'Olive Creek for the official opening of "Gator Alley." Read it at our separate website for trip reports:

Monday, April 05, 2004

Solo Canoe for Sale
Paul Morgan has a We-No-Nah Solo-Plus Canoe for sale. He says it's in great shape, and he is asking $750. E-mail Paul at

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Kayak for Sale
I have a Pigmy Boat Co. "Coho" that I would like to sell. The boat is 17 feet 6 inches long and 23" side. It weighs 39 pounds. I can be contacted at (251)928-0859 or e-mail

Tommy Orange

Friday, April 02, 2004

!!!!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

Bring your money to order your club caps!!!!!!!!! (We expect the price to be around $6.)
Flash Paddle: Little River
Mark Vance will be paddling the Little River in Alabama this Sunday April 4th. To join him meet at the Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton, Alabama where the shuttle will leave at 10:00 AM. To let Mark know you are coming or have questions call him at 251-458-7574.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Tony Kramer writes us:
The wind is dying down on the bay and conditions will be favorable for a paddle to Middle Bay Lighthouse in the next few days. If any hardcore paddlers out there are interested in doing the paddle with me on Friday or Staurday send me an email and we can plan the trip.

Also, if anyone is interested in working with the Coast Guard in their rescue training please let me know. Experienced paddlers only.

Tony Kramer