CLUB MEETINGS ARE HELD THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE

5 RIVERS DELTA RESOURCE CENTER (map) AT 7PM. SEE THE POSTS BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS!

To post information to this website or for further information about this website, just ask Tracy at tracy@thelannies.us
Current Club Coordinator: Tracy Lannie
MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

Disclaimer: This site provides general information & links on topics of paddling. Paddlesports can pose serious risks of damage to personal property & serious bodily injury including permanent disability & death. Anyone participanting in any MBCKC event or participating in any event mentioned on this website does so at their own risk and agrees to hold MBCKC harmless from any liability as a result of such participation or use of information contained herein.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

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!!!!!!!!!!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.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

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Kayak for Sale
Nancy Sealy has an Old Town Loon kayak for sale. Includes Bending Branches paddles, plus cargo net. This kayak has only been used three times. Asking price $495.00. Call 251 604-2277 or 251 988-1385.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

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Amy Delaplaine writes us:
Hi Julie,

Thought someone in the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club might be interested in these spring events.

The Georgia Botanical Society is planning an Okefenokee canoe trip before its annual wildflower pilgrimage, which will be held at the Okefenokee Swamp April 16 - 18, 2004. A link to the pilgrimage brochure is located in the field trip list at www.gabotsoc.org. This will be a great time to visit the Okefenokee.

The following week is the Smoky Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage, which is based in Gatlinburg. We'll be camping in the park, seeing everything in bloom, and learning through the more than 150 field trips offered.

Let me know if you have questions.

Amy
amydel@mindspring.com

Friday, February 13, 2004

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Paddle Cancellation
George Borne has cancelled tomorrow's Big Boy paddle and bonfire due to rising water and a bad weather forecast.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

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Go to www.paddlereport.blogspot.com to read a trip report by Jeff Breit on his recent trip up Whiskey Ditch. It would be funny if it wasn't so frightening! Y'all be careful out there.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

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Paddle Update: Big Boy Paddle on the Escatawpa River
Contact: George Borne 391-5320 cell or 957-4511 home
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Meet at the TA Truck Stop at the Grand Bay Exit off I-10
Comments: We will paddle up a canal, then float with the current down the Escatawpa River.
Bonfire at the farm afterwards. Previous bonfire events have included live entertainment. Bring potluck or chips, and adult beverages as you wish. Attending the paddle is not a requirement for attending the bonfire. Give George a phonecall if you are coming.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month’s paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We regularly post “want ads” for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your “want ad” to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

5. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether to participate in each event. The coordinator of the paddle should be able to assist with information on the expected paddle conditions. However, always remember that the weather and other conditions can, and quite often do, change both quickly and dramatically. (In other words, paddle at your own risk.)

6. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you’ll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

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Contact list and links:

If you would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club.

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC’s archive of “trip reports” on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.

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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. (You get a map with the permit that is worth more than the fee.)

Request the Recreational Permit, which is the one for paddling. You can get the permit from one of the gates or by mail. Permits may be obtained from the Jackson Guard Office (Natural Resources Branch), located at Highway 85 North, Niceville FL 32578 (850) 882-4164. The mailing address is:

Eglin Natural Resources Branch
107 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578

For each permit requested, send a photocopy of either a driver’s license or other identification card (e.g., passport) which contains a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired.

As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one.

Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (although recent turn-arounds have been only a few days). Payments can be by personal check, money order, or cashiers check made payable to DFAS-LI Eglin AFB. Cash is not accepted.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

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Check it out: sail rigs for canoes and kayaks (and inflatables and dinghies and . . .): www.sailboatsToGo.com

Friday, February 06, 2004

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Pat Noonan has written a trip report regarding Christmas on Fly Creek. Go to www.paddlereport.blogspot.com to read it.
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- - - Paddle Canceled - - -

Brint Adams will *not* be leading a paddle on Sat. Feb 7. Cancellation is due to iffy weather.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

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February Calendar of Events

Saturday Paddle - TBA
Date: Saturday, February 7
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 583-9919, day 661-7522 ext. 102
Comments: Brint has not yet decided where he will paddle this Saturday. Stay tuned to this website and/or club e-mails for further information, and call Brint to confirm.

Whiskey Ditch
Date: Sunday, February 8
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Riverdocks (on the north side of the Causeway).
Contact: Jeff Breit, 533-6786
Comments: Whiskey Ditch is a beautiful paddle for beginners, assmuming good weather conditions.

February Big Boy Paddle: Escatawpa River
Date: Saturday, February 14
Time: 10 a.m.
Contact: George Borne 391-5320
Place: Meet at the TA Truck Stop at the Grand Bay Exit off I-10
Comments: We will paddle up a canal, then float with the current down the Escatawpa River.

The FIRST Monthly Monet Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: Sunday, February 15
Time: 10 a.m.
Contact: Matt Darring, iama@backpacker.com, 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.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Our March meeting will be held on 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 Derelict Crab Trap Removal Project will be held this year on March 13. This is not just an aesthetic clean up. By cooperating with powerboats and airboats, we paddlers are an indispensable part of this annual effort with very significant environmental benefits. Removal of derelict crab traps (which have detached from their floats and washed up in the shallows) is illegal any but this one day per year, but we can prevent the death of countless crabs, turtles, fish, and even birds in these derelict traps by removing them on this special "amnesty" day under the supervision of the NEP and other agencies. Further information on how you can help will be available in coming weeks and at our March meeting.

MBCKC member Marilyn has a house at the mouth of Fowl River in Mobile, and has kindly agreed to host a paddle and party inviting BOTH Sierra Club and MBCKC members on Saturday, April 3. The paddling opportunities are numerous -- a Big Girl paddle to Middle Bay Light, shoreline paddling on the Bay, and up Fowl River. We will party and eat potluck at Marilyn's afterwards with our friends from the Sierra Club. I do not yet have any contact info for Marilyn.

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AN IMPASSIONED PLEA FOR PADDLE REPORTS
Nobody has submitted a paddle report since November. This has escaped my attention because I have been so busy, and probably occurred for the very reason that you know how busy I have been and didn't want to bother me. This must STOP immediately. :-) Our paddle reports are the subject of most of the inquiries and fan mail I get about the club websites.

Paddle reports are published at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com. Literary merit -- or even writing skills -- are not required; I promise to edit out your typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors to the best of my ability. Please just give directions to the put in, where you paddled, duration, conditions, what you saw and did, and some idea of whether it was a good put-in and paddle. Reports about bad paddles under bad conditions are no less welcome, helpful, and informative, than the (usual) raves about great paddles.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

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Club T-Shirts
We are optimistic that our t-shirts will be ready in time for the next meeting. We will distribute them at that time. So come pick up your t-shirt!

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Continuing Problems with AOL
America On Line delivers some club e-mails, but not others, with no apparent pattern. There is nothing I can do about it from this end. If you are an AOL customer, please contact AOL and tell them that jrobber@worldnet.att.net is not a spammer and that my e-mails should be delivered to AOL users.

We had the same problem last year, and probably will again.

There are a couple of other, smaller ISPs that are not delivering club e-mails (at least sometimes), including wmconnect.com and cs.com. In addition, some companies block e-mails to their employees which, like club e-mails, have blind headers and multiple recipients. This happens because of how the ISP's spam filters are set. The problem is made even more complicated by the fact that ISPs and companies frequently change or reset their spam filters and firewalls.

There is nothing I can do about this. You will have to communicate with your own ISP or your employer's system administrator to get this fixed. Then, it will probably happen again as soon as they reset their spam filters. So if you are unable to receive club e-mails via your usual e-mail address, it may be a good idea get another, free e-mail account from a web-based e-mail provider like Yahoo! or Hotmail, and subscribe to club e-mails at that address. Your only other alternative is to check this website regularly.