Saturday, July 31, 2004
Old Town Tandem Kayak and all the accessories you need to get in the water.
Model: Loon 160 T with rudder
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 email@example.com
Friday, July 30, 2004
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Monday, July 19, 2004
Date: Tuesday, July 19
Place: put in at Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island
Contact: Bill Seibert at 251-639-3413 or e-mail at email@example.com
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
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Eric Brunden, project coordinator, at email@example.com
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
Contact: Mimi Fearn firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
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.