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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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Flash Paddle on D'Olive Creek
Date: Friday, April 2, 2004
Time: Launch 11 a.m.
Place: Daphne's Bay Front Park (free)
Contact: Bruce 625-2156 bzboater@earthlink.net
Comments: Daphne and Spanish Fort have a new walkway dedication Friday at noon. The walkway goes under the bridges for US 98 and I-10 and it follows D'Olive Creek at the south end. We plan to paddle past the walkway at noon and go on up to the dam in Lake Forest. This will be a SLOW paddle.

Monday, March 29, 2004

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Harriet Ingraham has written a trip report on the paddle she recently led to Maple Slough. Read it at our separate website for trip reports: www.paddlereport.blogspot.com .

Sunday, March 28, 2004

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Brint Adams has written a trip report on the paddle he recently led on the Magnolia River. Read it at our separate website for trip reports: www.paddlereport.blogspot.com

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Lisa Haywood writes us:
Sorry to say, but I believe the resident gator at River Docs has A) had his head mounted and B) his tail eaten. A torso skeleton about his size is located immediately behind RD's on the right end of the rear deck. I also ran into a rather "basic" fellow there with a very small child. He was letting the child play in the edge of the water. I warned him of the gator and he said "Awh, I party heere all the time- that gator ain't guna hurt nobaody."

Friday, March 26, 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.
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Kayak for Sale
Tracy Wilhelm has a yellow 2003 model Perception Sparky kayak (with manufacturer's certificate of orgin) for sale. It is new and has never been in the water. It is an entry level kayak so it is very stable. It is 9'5" long and 29-1/2" wide (cockpit-43 1/2" x 20 1/2"). It weighs 38 lbs and is rated to a capacity of 350 lbs. it features a mold-in, high back seat, cup holder, adjustable foot braces, drain plug, dual tracking channels, and grab handles fore and aft.

Tracy is asking $300. You can contact her at 928-7586 or janje42@bellsouth.net
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Paddle Reports
You can read Brint Adams' report on our recent paddle up Whiskey Ditch, and Larry Mickelsen's report on a recent fishing paddle at our separate website for paddle reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.
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Flash Paddle - Maple Slough
Date: Sunday March 28, 2004
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Harriet & Fritz Ingraham, 928-4568 Home, 604 3741 Harriet Cell, 680 8928 Fritz Cell
Place: Put in at River Doc's on the Causeway - heading west, just past Cock of the Walk on the north side.
Comments: The wind is scheduled to set down a bit by Sunday. The Red Maples are in full bloom now. We may even get a chance to see the resident gator. Is a modestly long paddle, with no place to take out, but well worth it. If you haven't been up this slough during Red Maple blooming, now is the time. If the wind is still up, will be a somewhat strenuous paddle. Don't miss it. Bring water and a little snack to fuel yourself for the paddle back.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

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Flash Paddle: Magnolia River
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2004
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Exxon @ Hwy 98 & Magnolia Springs Hwy (southeast of Fairhope)
Contact: Brint Adams - Home 626-4940 or cell 583-9919
Comments: We will drive a few blocks to the County water access at the end of Rock St. Depending on group concensus, we will either duplicate last November's one-way trip out Magnolia River and up along the eastern shore of Weeks Bay to the take-out at the Hwy 98 bridge, or out Magnolia River and back to the put-in. Afterwards, for those interested, we will eat lunch at Jesse's. The trip time should be about 2.5 hrs. Bring fluids, hat, sunscreen and bugspray. This will be low-key and suitable for beginners and those wanting to see springtime flowers and wildlife on the Magnolia.

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Larry Mickelsen writes us:
What would the club think of a paddle up D'Olive Creek on Friday 4/2/04 so we could make a showing for the opening of the boardwalk and trail? Might be neat, and a short paddle also. Red Boat Mickelsen, baywaterboy@aol.com

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

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Flash Paddle: Whiskey Ditch
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Riverdocks - 1/2 mi. west of Blue Gill's on the causeway.
Contact: Brint Adams - Home 626-4940 or cell 583-9919
Comments: Enjoy the magnificent spring weather and a beautiful sunset in the middle of the delta. Bring along some wine, cheese, and bread (or whatever suits your palate) and relax with the sights and sounds of the Ditch. Afterwards, for those inclined, we will sample the local fare somewhere along the causeway. Bring along bug spray and a light as the moon is but a sliver.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

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Paddle Report: Self-Rescue in Atlantic Ocean
Click on www.paddlereport.blogspot.com to go to our website for trip reports and read a report by Tony Kramer on a self-rescue while sea-kayaking.
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Flash Fishing Paddle
Larry Mickelsen writes us:

I am going out to try to outsmart the fish, Saturday, March 20. I will try to get underway from Mayday Park in Daphne at 0700. If you are late, not to worry, look for at least one red boat North of Mayday Park. It will a short paddle; less than a quarter mile. Bring your own bait. If you use shrimp, Mizell's Fishing Camp said they would have live shrimp. See you there. Red Boat Mickelsen, baywaterboy@aol.com
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Spring Equinox Bonfire
George Borne is having his Spring Equinox Bonfire this Saturday, beginning at "about dark." Call George for details: 251-391-5320 or 251 957-4511. We're all invited.

For those of you who don't know already, please be advised that George's bonfires are a unique treat, in a beautiful setting in a field by some woods and a swimming hole. Past events have included live entertainment. (If you want to bring a guitar or some poetry to read aloud or whatever, maybe you can BE the live entertainment.)

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

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Kayak for Sale
Jonathan Kaufman writes us:

I have a Wilderness Systems Cape Horn 170 for sale. It is 17'2" long. The boat is in great shape. It is yellow and has a rudder. I will include a paddle, and a spray skirt with it. I am asking $1,000. This is a great boat. You may contact me at scoobnscoot@msn.com or call me at 752-3498.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

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Marilyn Craig writes us:
Thought I'd let you know that I talked to Dick Becker, who works at Bellingrath, and he said that club members will get in to see the Antique Car show for free when we paddle to Bellingrath before the club party on April 3.

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Tony Kramer writes us:
Dear Paddlers,

Based on the feed back I have been getting from some of the club members on Mobile Bay and West Florida I have put together two classes that I will be offering on Mobile Bay the weekend of March 27th through April 4th.

Both classes offered are kayak saftey and rescue classes. The first is geared to recreational kayakers and beginners. The second will focus on kayak touring and sea kayak saftey and rescue. This class is for novice and advanced paddlers.
Reservations for both classes need to be made by March 19th and deposits recieved by March 24th.


If you are interested in one of these classes just highlight the title of the class, cut it, then click on my email Tony@theseakayaer.com and paste the title into the "Subject" box. In the body of the email give your name, email and what dates you would like to take the class. Add any other info or questions you may have.


1) Recreational Kayak Safety and Rescue:


This will be a two hour class held on the Bay, at the park on Mobile Street, Fairhope, Alabama.
Again, this class is for recreational kayakers and beginners. If you don't have a boat I can provide one for you.

Class will cover:

*Loading, lifting and portage of your kayak.
*Proper wet exits
*Proper deep water re-entries ( Stirrup and paddle float methods.)
*Assisted rescues.
*Avoiding shoulder strains and injuries.

Dates & Times : Sunday March 28th - 2pm to 4pm
March 30th - 4pm to 6pm
Cost: $65 per person

2) Kayak Touring and Sea Kayak Saftey and Rescue:

This is a more advance rescue class with a day paddle to Sand Island Lighhouse. The class will begin at the beach at Fort Morgan and Dixie Bar. All rescue work will be done off the beach head. (If the surf conditions are higher than 3 to 4 feet we will hold the class at the Fairhope Pier with a day paddle on the bay.) While under way in the day paddle we will work on assisted, "man in the water", rescues and eskimo rescues ( bow and paddle presentations). Class size will be limited to 6 students.

Class will cover:

*Deep water re-entries in surf conditions. (Paddle float method)
*Eskimo Rescues.
* X rescues.
*Two man rescues.
*Towing in surf conditions

Things you will need for this class:

Paddle Float and pump.
Tow belt or throw bag.
Of course , a boat.
Lunch and lite snack.
Plenty of water.

Date: Saturday April 3rd
Time: 10am to 4pm
Cost: $95 per person


Tony Kramer
"See you on the water!!"
The Sea Kayaker
Kayak Touring Adventures
Guided Tours, Instruction & Rentals
770-403-8346
http://www.theseakayaker.com
Tony@theseakayaker.com

Monday, March 15, 2004

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Brint Adams has written a paddle report about his paddle on Upper Fish River. Go to www.paddlereport.blogspot.com to read it.

Sunday, March 14, 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.
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Demo Day at Pensacola Kayak & Sail
Our friends and club members Bob Andrews and Tony Chavers are having a Demo Day at Tony's shop in Pensacola this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kayaks and canoes will be available to "test drive" from Old Town, Mad-River, Necky, Wilderness Systems, Ocean Kayaks, and Vanguard Sailboats. There will also be a free A.C.A.-certified class for beginning kayaking, by reservation only. Pensacola Kayak & Sail is located on Bayou Chico next to the old bridge location, at 3009 Barrancas Avenue. For further information, or to make a reservation for the beginner class, call Fairhope Boat at 251-928-3417 or Pensacola Kayak & Sail at 850-456-5856.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

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Kayak Wanted
David Martin writes us:
I am looking for a used kayak 12-14 ft., light wt. This is my first kayak, so I want to be economical until I know what I want/need. I am 6'/175lbs. and will be mostly on flat water. Ddmartin1264@cs.com

Thursday, March 11, 2004

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Flash Paddle: Upper Fish River
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2004
Time: 10:45 AM
Place: Intersection of Baldwin County Roads 27 & 32 (SE of Fairhope)
Contact: Brint Adams - Home 626-4940 or cell 583-9919
Comments: Directions- For those coming from Mobile, take I-10 east to Malbis exit 38, turn right (south) until you get to the stop sign at Co. Rd. 32. For those who want to meet at the put-in, turn left (east) on CR 32 until before the Fish River Bridge. Turn right before the bridge, then left on Keeney Dr. E. to the County Mitigation Property. We will paddle up Fish River and explore Cowpen Creek and/or Polecat Creek as well. Bring fluids, lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. This will be an easy paddle of about 5-6 miles for both kayaks and canoes. We will return to the put-in at approx. 3:00 PM.
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Kayak for Sale:
QCC Q600X Kayak (see qcckayaks.com to learn more about these amazing boats). Kevlar. Rudder. 16'8" long. 21" beam. Weighs 46 lbs. Extremely well made kayak. For paddlers up to 165 lbs. A very sporty yet expedition ready boat. Excellent condition. Includes nylon spray skirt and hatch cover. Asking $1500. Contact Greg at 251-961-7063.
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Michele Balfe writes us:
Dear Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayakers:
I am writing to let you know of an upcoming Wilderness First Responder course in the Birmingham area. Camp McDowell Environmental Center is hosting a SOLO Wilderness First Responder course June 6-14. Please spread the word among your members. Camp McDowell is located one hour northwest of Birmingham. If you have any questions please call or email me at 205-387-1806, pc@campmcdowell.com.

THANK YOU!!!!

Best Regards,
Michelle Balfe

Interim Director
Camp McDowell Environmental Center
105 Delong Rd.
Nauvoo, AL 3578
(205) 387-1806

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

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Matt Darring has sent us a paddle report on his first two Monet paddles: www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Monday, March 08, 2004

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Larry Mickelsen writes us:
Went down to Mayday Park and checked out the pier fishermen. One of them had two reds in his bucket. If they are catching reds off of the pier then theyer must be some out around the pilings. Who wants to give it a shot? I have been watching the water at the park and it has been real nice, no wind, no chop, and no cold weather. If the weather keeps up I will be there in the water ready to go at 0700 on the Tuesday, March 9. Bring your own bait. This will be a real easy paddle, You wont have to paddle over 1/4 of a mile at the max, and if you are new and unsure of yourself, don't worry, if you fall out of your boat you can wade to the beach. :)

Red Boat Mickelsen
baywaterboy@aol.com

Saturday, March 06, 2004

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Tony Kramer writes us:
I will be in your area March 27th through April 1st and again July 2nd through 12th. I am looking at offering classes on Mobile Bay with in that time span. If any club members are interested in a class, please let me know by shooting me an email - Tony@theseakayaker.com

I will be offering more instruction in your area as the year progresses but I need your help to determine what the needs of your club are. Do you need roll classes? I am the only outfitter in the southeast with an "out of the water" roll cage for those students wanting to work on their rolls.

Do members need basic BCU Star 1, 2 or 3 training? Do members need more advance open water training? Rescue, towing and first aid training?

My goal is to provide qualified paddling and safety instruction to anyone in the area who feels they need to gain more confidence while on the water. The main objective is learning safety so you have fun and don't become a Coast Guard statisic.

Let me know what you need or want in kayak training and I can put some classes together that will keep everyone safe on the water.

Thanks!
Tony Kramer
"See you on the water!!"

The Sea Kayaker
Kayak Touring Adventures
Guided Tours, Instruction & Rentals
770-403-8346
http://www.theseakayaker.com
Tony@theseakayaker.com

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

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MARCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The Second Monthly Monet Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2004
Time: 8 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.

The Derelict Crab Trap Removal Project
Date: Saturday, March 13.
Time: 8 a.m.
Contact: Matt Darring, iama@backpacker.com, work - 341-1712, home 343-1196
Place: If you had a good experience last year, you can return to the location you worked before. If you prefer reassignment, you can go to the Causeway or call Matt.
Comments: 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. We can spot and mark the crab traps at lower tide, and the powerboats can make the pickup at higher tide. 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.

Leslie Hartman and Lee Yokel gave a much-appreciated presentation last year about this project. Many of the traps are in water too shallow for powerboats to reach. However, canoes and kayaks are able to reach these traps in shallow water. The best use of canoes and kayaks is usually to flag the traps in the shallows so airboats can pick them up later. In some cases, paddlers are "satellites" to the powerboats, so they connect a line to the trap in shallow and carry the other end of the line to the power boat in deep water.

Matt Darring has kindly volunteered to coordinate the MBCAKC's participation in this project. If you would like to participate, call or e-mail Matt at the numbers listed above, and for further information, see http://www.mobilebaynep.com. The best time to reach Matt is during business hours at his work number (Spoke N Trail).

Paddle and Hike in Rock Creek
Date: Saturday March 13, 2004
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Place: Put in at Fairhope Yacht Club and paddle up into Rock Creek.
Comments: We will tie up our boats at the limit of navigation on Rock Creek and walk about a mile upstream into Montrose. Return to the boats and paddle back in time for sunset. Bring a covered dish to share for dinner at the take-out, at the FYC gazebo. This is a preview of the race course that Larry proposes to use, but without the bicycle segment.

Third installment of 4 Seasons Paddle: Lower Perdido River
Date: Saturday March 27
Time: 9:00 am, come earlier if you can to move boats for the shuttle.
Place: Ruby's Fish Camp
Contact: Mark Vance, 458-7574
Comments: Meet at Ruby's Fish Camp; shuttle to Adventures Unlimited. Take out at Ruby's. Ruby's is on Hwy 90 just east of the Perdido River which is on the AL/FL State line. Take I-10 to Hwy 90 alternate (9 mile road) go west to meeting place on north side of road. Bring lunch and $3.00 - $5.00 for launch and take out fee.

Club Party at Marilyn's
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2004
Time: Noon
Place: Marilyn's home
Contact: Marilyn Craig: Home 973-0129, Cell 605-6453
Comments: Marilyn lives on Fowl River just down from the marina. She has a good put-in and plenty of parking space. The Antique Car Show is at Bellingrath Gardens, about a 30-40 minute paddle. Wear your club T-shirt and we may get a reduced admission price.

Marilyn is fixing chicken for us so call her to let her know how many are coming. Aven is coordinating the food; give her a call at 473-1819 to find out what we will all need to bring for "potluck" to round out the meal.

Bob Andrews (344-8664) will be renting canoes. Perhaps you know someone who would like to paddle but does not have a boat. Invite them, and call Bob to reserve a canoe!

Directions to Marilyn's house will be sent to club members via e-mail. If you are reading this on the club website and would like directions to Marilyn's house, e-mail Julie (the club's webmistress) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

Club clothes:
The club still has a small number of T-shirts for sale. The T-shirts are sold at cost to recover our capital outlay. You can see the remaining shirts at Fairhope Boat Company near the corner of Section Street and Volanta Avenue in Fairhope, just uphill from the Fairhope Yacht Club.

Harriet is making arrangements for ball caps with the club letters and crossed paddles embroidered above the bill. She estimates the cost at $5.50 per cap. Colors available are orange, yellow, white, shades of blue, dark green, stone
and red. Orange is highly recommended as it is the most visible and is the color one should wear in the wild during hunting season. Harriet wants to take the orders at our April meeting. Bring money.

Kayak for Sale
Walden Vista, 12.5 ft. kayak, red with black rigging, wt. 39 lbs. Has only been in the water twice. Asking price 300.00. Contact Cindy @ 209-1062 or 988-1062.

Nature Notes:
Dolphins have been seen in Wolf Bay.

Bay Minette Creek is showing climbing heather, red maple, golden club, eagles, and beaver sign.

Red Maples are making color in the delta. Check out McVay Lake and Maple Slough.

Pitcher plants will peak in April. You can see them by walking around the pitcher plant bog near Weeks Bay, or you can paddle Boiling Springs and see them on the bank. You will need a permit to paddle Boiling Springs. Instructions for obtaining such a permit are included in the club's FAQs, reprinted below.

Monday, March 01, 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.

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Jeff Breit sends us a link that indicates some of the wildlife we might encounter on a paddle in the Everglades: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/29/national/29FLOR.html. Talk about your invasive species! (New York Times article; free registration required.)