The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.
After the usual business of reporting and scheduling paddles, Bob Andrews will present his latest slide show of his paddling expeditions. Bob always gives wonderful presentations and leads gazillions of paddles for us -- where would we be without him? I defy you to find anyone who is more knowledgeable about area waters. And then after the meeting we'll all hang around and gossip and and say "Hi!" and make new friends, as usual.
We are always appreciate the help of club members with putting our meeting room back the way we found it after the meeting. And we continue to be grateful to the Yacht Club for their allowing us to meet there for all these years. Be sure to patronize the bar, whether for soft drinks or the hard stuff!
Tom Meyer writes us:
My paddle buddy in Slidell sent me a link to an interesting paddle I'll probably go on in mid-November. It's a benefit paddle for an organization trying to preserve the quality of the bayou. It's a 52-mile, 4day (Friday through Monday) paddle on Bayou LaFourche in Louisiana. You can sign up for 1 day, all 4 days, or any combination. The fee ($100 for all 4, or $30/day for less than 4)includes meals, nightly entertainment, and camping fees. An example of a place they'll get a lunch is an apparantly well known local eatery on the bayou where they take your order as you pass under a bridge upstream and by the time you get to the restaurant, your food's ready. An example of entertainment is a presentation by a local Indian tribe on their history and culture on the bayou. By all accounts, a good time is to be had along with a good paddle. I wanted to let the club know of this interesting opportunity for a good cause. It's a benefit paddle for an organization trying to preserve the quality of the bayou.The link to their site is http://www.loveourbayou.com/paddling/index.html
An update on the Alabama Coastal Birdfest:
Fran Morley gave us a presentation on this major, local event at our last meeting. Bird-lovers from all over the country will be here on our Gulf Coast to take part in this event, and we are invited, too. Here are more details:
Date: Thursday, October 14 to Sunday October 17, 2004
Time: all day
Place: The schedule lists 17 events. See a brochure or the website www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com
Contact: (251) 929-0922 or their website
You may contact Fran Morley directly at 251-928-0987, firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Most 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. They will take tour registrations up to Oct. 4, but all tours are restricted in size, and will close when full. There are no size restrictions on the three evening events - registrations for the dinners accepted until Oct. 11. The Saturday Bird Expo on the grounds at Faulkner State Community College in Fairhope is free and open to the public. Bird and nature films, seminars, speakers, workshops, demonstrations, vendors, hands-on activities for kids and adults, mini-birding tours, raptor demonstrations, storyteller, etc. Events last all day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Don't forget that Brint Adams is reporting on his training paddles for the big Phat Mississippi River race on his own blog at http://www.kayakadams.blogspot.com/. In the meantime, he continues to share with us his trip reports on club paddles on the club's separate blog for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.