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.

Monday, May 31, 2004

Mimi Fearn writes us:
We have scheduled the 3rd annual Dog Paddle for Saturday, July 24 at the Beachcomber Marina. I am still working out details so the web site information is not up yet, but we would like to have an announcement made to your members. Several of them participated last year.

I'll send more when we have finalized things. Hope to see some of you there, and please announce this at your meeting June 1.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Sign Language Interpreter Needed
The article about us in today's Mobile Register is generating quite a bit of interest. One new member is hearing impaired and sometimes has difficulty getting an interpreter. If you know sign language and would volunteer to interpret for this new member as needed, please e-mail me, Julie, at jrobber@worldnet.att.net, and I'll put you in touch with him. It would be great if we could get an interpreter before Tuesday night's meeting and roll class so he can start getting involved right now.
Good news: The index to trip reports at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com is working again.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the MBCAKC will be held on Tuesday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

Instead of meeting inside the FYC, this time, we will meet at the gazebo on the shore. for a potluck. Bring a dish to share with everyone, but don't bring anything to drink. Instead, the Yacht Clubs requests that we buy all our drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the bar in exchange for the use of the gazebo. We can take our drinks from the bar out to the gazebo, of course.

Harriet will be passing out the club hats at the meeting. She says that they are quite sharp-looking.

Bob Andrews will teach a FREE skills, rescue, and roll class on the Bay at 6:00 p.m. before the meeting on Tuesday night. So come early to watch or participate in this class, and since our boats will already be in the water anyway, we can go for a paddle before and/or after the meeting.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Jeff and Erika Pollock write us:
It is that time of year again for our race. This year we have a new location, The Fairhope Municipal Pier, on Saturday, June 19th starting at 7:00 am. The swim is still 1/3 of a mile, but the water should be waist to chest deep so hopefully struggling swimmers will be able to stand up. We really appreciate your clubs support (especially last year with all the rough water!!!) and hope to see as many of your group out there as possible. Of course all volunteers get a shirt and can come to the post race party. There should be plenty of parking and the swim is parallel to the beach. Kayaks can park in the duck pond area (northern most end of the park). We will need to keep the park roads clear so bikers may come through. Please have any members who are interested in coming contact us at 251-621-3908 or email carotop111@aol.com We ask that Kayaks be there and ready to go by 6:30 am. The swim should be finished by 8:00 am and the race should be over by 10:00 am.

Kayaks will not be responsible for lifesaving (search and rescue will be there). We need you to be there to spot those in trouble or to let them rest for a minute and worst case be pulled so they can touch bottom. Thanks again for your support and please let us know if you have any questions!

Jeff and Erika Pollock
Grandman Triathlon (formerly Pelican Point)
Dauphin Island/Sand Island Flash Paddle!
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2004
Time: Paddle begins 8:00 a.m.
Meet: End of the road, East End, past Fort Gaines.
Paddler Level: Leader expects participating paddlers to have both open water and self-rescue experience.
Paddle: We'll launch in protected waters on the Southeast side of Dauphin Island, then paddle south across Pelican Bay to the south end of Sand Island (about 3 miles across open waters). After taking a break, we'll meander at a leisurely pace along Sand Island to the north end of the island (about another 3 miles), stopping from time to time to do some bird watching, so bring binoculars. You can also hunt shells, do some fishing, take pictures,walk the beaches, or go swimming. From there, we'll cross over and paddle along the shore of Dauphin Island back to the launch site, (about another 3 miles).
Gear: Don't forget your spray Skirt, fluids and nutrients you may need, sun screen, sun glasses (polarized - if you want to clearly see fish, sting rays, horseshoe crabs, etc.) and other similar gear.
Contact: Rob Nykvist, 251-460-4646 Work, Rob.Nykvist@MobilePE.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Flash Paddle from Riverdocs
Date: Wed., May 26, 2004
Time: 6 p.m.
Contact: Harriet and Fritz - 928-4568, 604-3741, 680-8928
Place: Riverdocs (or, more accurately, the site of the now demolished River Docs building) on the causeway.
Comments: Cool off after a hot May day. We will paddle up and around. The tide will probably allow us to get into Savages Ditch. Call if you are coming - if we don't know you are coming and we change plans, you won't know, will you?

Monday, May 24, 2004

Flash Paddle: Dyas Creek
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Loves at Hwy 59 and I-10
Launch Fee: Free
Contact: Frank Laraway (251) 945-5504
Comments: This is a reconnaissance. Dyas Creek is southeast of the city of Bay Minnette. We will meet at the Loves fuel stop and drive to the put in. The creek is shady, which is a plus. Call Frank if you are coming so he will expect you.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Trip Reports & Press Coverage
Matt Darring has written a trip report on his last two "Monet paddles" in Bay Minette Basin. You can read it at our separate website for paddle reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Matt also advises that the club is very likely to be featured in the "Living" section of this Sunday's (May 23) Mobile Register. We may also have some Baldwin Register coverage, as well.

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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 less than 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 your ISP does not deliver club e-mails (due to ISP “spam filters” or whatever), that’s between you and your ISP – there is nothing we can do about it.

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 the website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing. We get a lot of inquiries about where to buy a used boat – the answer is that if we know about a used boat for sale, we post it on the website. If it’s not posted, we don’t know about it.

4. Apart from “want ads” from individuals, we don’t advertise. We mention a few businesses in these FAQs because those businesses actively support our club, are owned by and employ club members, and/or are the only local sources we know about for particular paddling products. The banner ads at the top of the club’s web pages are generated by our free web host, “blogger.”

5. People frequently ask “where is a good place to paddle?” The answer is “just about anywhere.” The best single source of print information about put-ins and paddling trips in this area is this club’s separate website for paddle reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com. The best way to get acquainted with local paddling destinations is to come paddling with us. Keith Map Service in Mobile is the most comprehensive source of maps and charts, but Fairhope Boat Co. and Pensacola Kayak and Sail also carry some maps and charts.

6. Another FAQ is “where can I buy or rent a boat?” Sunshine Canoes in Mobile and Tensaw Eco Tours on the Causeway rent kayaks and canoes. Fairhope Boat Company and Pensacola Kayak and Sail sell and rent boats.

7. 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.

8. We have over 200 people on our e-mail list and receive dozens of inquiries from newbies and journalists via e-mail each month about our club, where to paddle, where to buy a boat, etc., so please be patient with us if we can’t respond in detail to every e-mail we get. But if whatever you need to know is not in these FAQs, please feel free to e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net with any additional questions you may have. If Julie doesn’t know the answer to your question, she will try to find somebody who does.

9. 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. Each person is responsible for their own decision about whether to participate in each event. The leader of any given paddle can tell you about the expected paddling conditions, duration, level of difficulty, etc. 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.)

10. You should always contact the trip leader for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to join the paddle and to get directions to the meeting place and/or put-in. 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.

11. 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 for maps of the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here for maps from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Two flash paddles from Brint Adams:

Flash Paddle: Meet at Riverdoc's
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2004
Time: 5:30 PM
Contact: Brint Adams (cell) 583-9919
Place: Where Riverdoc's used to be before it was demolished. It is on the north side of the Causeway just east of Ed's Seafood Shed.
Comments: We will meet and decide whether to paddle to Whiskey Ditch or straight north to the Conway Creek/Big Bateau Bay area. Hopefully there will be a great sunset and then we return to find some carbo loading in the vicinity.

Flash Paddle: Styx River
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2004
Time: 1:30 PM
Contact: Brint Adams - (cell) 583-9919
Place: I-10 east to exit 53 - Wilcox at the BP truckstop
Comments: This will be point-to-point downriver from the bridge over CR 64 to CR 87. Please call if you plan to paddle, so I can plan the shuttle. Bring sunscreen, fluids and bugspray.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Brint Adams has sent us a trip report on the paddle he recently led from Cloverleaf Landing. You can read it at our separate website for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Further details on Monet paddle part IV:
AKA The Photo Safari Monet Paddle!!!!!!!!!!

date: Sunday, May 16, 2004
theme: photo safari
time: 4:00 PM at Buzbee's Fish camp on Hwy 225 ($3)
comments: The idea this month is to do a paddle that concentrates on taking photos. We all love the aesthetic beauty of the delta, and many of us love to photograph it. So, I though it would be a neat idea if we did a paddle around those facts. So, the paddle is going to be a slow-paced paddle to allow us to stop frequently and snap some shots. Mike Kittrell, a photographer from the Mobile Register, and John Janecky, who has a photography degree from Birmingham Southern, will be on hand to answer questions and give tips on taking pictures with everything from "point and shoot" to digital SLR. So, if you enjoy paddling and/or enjoy photography then you may want to consider this paddle.

The forecast for Sunday at 4 PM is 81 dgrees, with a 30% chance of rain, and a 10 mph wind from the south.

If you have any questions email Matt at iama@backpacker.com or call 343-1196.
Kayak for Sale
Jim Flournoy writes us:

I have a kayak for sale that is set up for fishing. It is a yelow Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro TW that I bought new recently and have only used it three times. It comes with a RAM tube (rod holder), paddle holder and anchor. Price $750. I will deliver. Call me at 948-4564 (Gulf Shores).

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Kayak for Sale
John Baggett writes us:
I have a Cape Horn 15 for sale. I bought it new about two years ago and it is in great shape. It's the plastic model with rudder. It's yellow. For $1,000 you can get the boat and everything you need for getting on the water. E-mail john.baggett@ssigroup.com
Flash Paddle: Evening/Night Paddle - FYC to Point Clear and Back
Date: Saturday Evening, May 15, 2004
Launch Time: 7:00 PM
Launch Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Launch Fee: Free
Contact: Rob Nykvist, 251-460-4646 Work Phone, 251-460-4649 Work Fax, Rob.Nykvist@MobilePE.com
Comments: We'll launch around sunset and paddle about 4.5 miles south along the beaches and piers of the eastern shore down to Point Clear. It is cooler in the evening, waves are typically small, if there are no clouds the stars dot the sky, and we'll be enjoying the evening lights of the beach homes dancing on the water. We'll take a short break then paddle north back to FYC. Bring a flashlight.
New Book on Paddling the Mississippi Coast
A Scott B. Williams has written a new guide to Mississipi coastal waters. According to his publicity info, Williams has kayaked solo from the Gulf Coast of Florida to the British Virgin Islands, traveled 2600 miles in a kayak from the lakes of Northern Minnesota to Vicksburg, and has thoroughly explored the waters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You can get a signed copy of his book for 20% off from his website at
http://www.scottbwilliams.com/ExploringcoastalMS.html
Flash Paddle: Cloverleaf Landing to Blakely
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2004
Time: 1:30 PM
Contact: Brint Adams - (Home) 626-4940, (Cell) 583-9919
Place: Cloverleaf Landing
Comments: We will meet at Bruno's, Hwy. 31 & 225 at 1:30 PM and travel up Hwy. 225 for 6.3 mi. and turn left to Cloverleaf Landing. There is a $3 charge to put-in/park. We will travel up and visit the surrounding delta area, back down to Blakely State Park for potluck eats/drinks and back to Cloverleaf to take-out. The trip on the water including break should take about 4 hrs. Bring food, drinks and bugspray.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

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Our Hats Are Ready -
Harriet Ingraham writes us:

The Hats are in !!!

Finally - I have them. I plan to distribute at the next meeting, however, if you would like yours prior to the June meeting, please let me know and I will try to make arrangements.

I would prefer not to impose on Tony at Fairhope Boat Company as being a point of picking up your hats. If you can make it to his shop, then you can make it to our house in Fairhope. So..... call me or email me and I can have your hat waiting at our house.

If we make any of the scheduled paddles this month (and Fritz and my travel schedule is pretty heavy this month, so may not make many), I will be happy to bring them, but I will need to know if you are paddling!

They look great! Call me if you want yours early - (251) 928-4568 - home or (251) 604-3741 - cell.

Harriet

Sunday, May 09, 2004

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Kayak for Sale
Susan Garlow has a boat for sale. It is a 17.5' blue Wilderness Systems Pamlico, which is a 2 seater with cup holders, adjustable foot pegs, deck rigging, rudder mount, and 2 paddles. It is great for fishing on lakes and rivers, and handles class I or II rivers. She is asking $450 obo. susangarlow@hotmail.com

Friday, May 07, 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 less than 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 your ISP does not deliver club e-mails (due to ISP “spam filters” or whatever), that’s between you and your ISP – there is nothing we can do about it.

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 the website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing. We get a lot of inquiries about where to buy a used boat – the answer is that if we know about a used boat for sale, we post it on the website. If it’s not posted, we don’t know about it.

4. Apart from “want ads” from individuals, we don’t advertise. We mention a few businesses in these FAQs because those businesses actively support our club, are owned by and employ club members, and/or are the only sources we know about for particular paddling products. The banner ads at the top of the club’s web pages are generated by our free web host, “blogger.”

5. People frequently ask “where is a good place to paddle?” The answer is “just about anywhere.” The best single source of print information about put-ins and paddling trips in this area is this club’s separate website for paddle reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com. The best way to get acquainted with local paddling destinations is to come paddling with us. Keith Map Service in Mobile is the most comprehensive source of maps and charts, but Fairhope Boat Co. and Pensacola Kayak and Sail also carry some maps and charts.

6. Another FAQ is “where can I buy or rent a boat?” Sunshine Canoes in Mobile and Tensaw Eco Tours on the Causeway rent kayaks and canoes. Fairhope Boat Company and Pensacola Kayak and Sail sell and rent boats.

7. 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.

8. We have over 200 people on our e-mail list and receive dozens of inquiries from newbies and journalists via e-mail each month about our club, where to paddle, where to buy a boat, etc., so please be patient with us if we can’t respond in detail to every e-mail we get. But if whatever you need to know is not in these FAQs, please feel free to e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net with any additional questions you may have. If Julie doesn’t know the answer to your question, she will try to find somebody who does.

9. 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. Each person is responsible for their own decision about whether to participate in each event. The leader of any given paddle can tell you about the expected paddling conditions, duration, level of difficulty, etc. 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.)

10. You should always contact the trip leader for any paddling trip for driving directions and to let them know you plan to join the paddle. 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.

11. 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 for maps of the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here for maps from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

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Adventure Update:
For the Bob Andrews Memorial Adventure Event on Saturday, May 8, 2004 at 5 p.m., people without a teammate can come out to play anyway. Bruce has volunteered to transport bikes to and from the transition point using his car and a bike rack.
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Comments: Potluck dinner at the gazebo and a sunset paddle afterwards.
Feel free to show up for the social.
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Bob's Surprise Paddle
Place : Whiskey Ditch
Date : Thursday May 6, 2004
Time : 6 p.m.
Comments : Launch from the ex-Riverdocks ramp on the Causeway.
Questions ? Call Bob Andrews 367-4144

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Also, Bob is planning to teach a skills, rescue, and roll class in the bay in front of the Fairhope Yacht Club before the next club meeting on June 1.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

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MAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Bob's Surprise
Date: TBD Thursday May 6 or Friday May 7
Time: after work
Contact: 344-8664, cell 367-4144
Place: TBD
Comments: In the tradition of "Bob's Surprise Paddles", you have to call Bob to find out where this paddle is going to be, or maybe he'll let us know via club e-mails.

Sea Turtle Class
Date: Friday, May 7, 2004
Time: 5 p.m.
Contact: Sharon Vreeland or Claudia 540-7720 Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge
Place: Alabama Point
Comments: Sea turtle nesting season is coming. Volunteers needed. Learn how to keep watch over known sea turtle nest sites to help the hatchlings survive their scramble to the sea.

Sea Turtle Class
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2004
Time: 10 a.m.
Contact: Sharon Vreeland or Claudia 540-7720 Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge
Place: Mobile Street dune walkover, Bon Secour
Comments: Sea turtle nesting season is coming. Volunteers needed. Learn how to keep watch over known sea turtle nest sites to help the hatchlings survive their scramble to the sea.

Bob Andrews Memorial Adventure Event
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2004
Time: 5 p.m.
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Comments: This is not a race; everybody wins. Pairs of participants will go separately at the same time. One will paddle a boat from Fairhope Yacht Club to Rock Creek and stop at a rope swing. The paddler will walk or run up the creek and trail to a meeting place near the Montrose post office. The other person in the pair of participants rides a bicycle to the same meeting place. Switch off. The paddler becomes the bike rider and rides the bike to the yacht club. The other person walks or runs to the kayak and paddles back to the yacht club. Larry needs responses from anyone wishing to participate. He also needs some helpers on the course. Potluck dinner at the gazebo and a sunset paddle afterwards. Feel free to show up just for the social.

May Monet Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2004
Time: 4 p.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. This month photo safari. Blue Flag Iris and
spider lily are blooming in the Basin. $3 fee to launch.

Okatoma Paddle
Date: Friday, May 21, 2004
Time: TBD
Contact: Mark Vance, 458-7574
Place: Okatoma River, near Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Comments: The Okatoma has class I whitewater, and maybe class II.

June Monet Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: Sunday, June 6, 2004
Time: 6 p.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. This month Full Moon Paddle. $3 fee to launch.

Sea Turtle Class
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004
Time: 6 p.m.
Contact: Sharon Vreeland or Claudia 540-7720 Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge
Place: West 13th Street beach access, Gulf Shores
Comments: Sea turtle nesting season is coming. Volunteers needed. Learn how to keep watch over known sea turtle nest sites to help the hatchlings survive their scramble to the sea.

Monday, May 03, 2004

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Swimming Racer Needs Paddle Escort
I am an open water swimmer who just entered the Pensacola Bay 5K Open Water Swim which is on Saturday, May 22nd. This will be the longest open water distance I have attempted and I would REALLY appreciate somebody in a kayak or canoe to accompanying me. There should be all sorts of marine craft around during this event but "personal escorts without motors are both allowed and encouraged" by the organizers of the event. I know Mike and Maria Ward- they suggested I contact someone from your club. If you know anyone who might be interested in joining me on the 22nd please have them contact me at Briarcliffweller@aol.com. Thanks in advance for your help/advice, Terri Weller.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

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Expanded Index to Trip Reports
Bruce and I have expanded the index to trip reports on our separate website for trip reports, and we think we are quite something :-) It now includes a link to every paddle report posted since we created the club's websites in April 2001. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.
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Kayak for sale
Eddie Wadlow writes us:

I have an Old Town Adventure XL kayak for sale. It is a single and it is 13' 6" long. It is yellow. Never been in the water. Retail is $750.00. I am asking $600.00 with the paddle which also has never been used. My home phone is 633-0069. If not home leave message. My e-mail is pcrunner@aol.com. Ask for Eddie.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

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!!!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, May 4, 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 club business of reporting and scheduling paddles, Sonya Wood Mahler will give a presentation on sea turtles. Sonya is the Environmental and Marine County Extension Agent of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. (I hope I got that right -- I'm looking at one of her old business cards, and I know how these public job titles change.) She is one of my favorite presenters, because she always gives us time to ask questions, and this woman knows everything there is to know about marine environmental issues in Baldwin County.