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Thursday, September 09, 2004

prepared by Bruce Zimmerman

The third Saturday in September is International Coastal Cleanup Day. 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: 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: Website:
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
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.


Print Version of the Club list
Juli Day, 479-8368, 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

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.


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