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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, October 30, 2004

!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. After the usual club business of reporting and planning paddles, Roger Clay, Non-Game Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Fish and Game Department, will give a presentation on "Reptiles of Southern Alabama."

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

Harriet is continuing to take orders for Tervis Tumblers with the MBCKC logo. She will be collecting money for your tumblers at the meeting on November 2 and will deliver your tumblers at the December meeting. Please bring your checkbooks or cash. All checks must be made out to Harriet K. Ingraham. To contact Harriet with your order, please email hvk1457@aol.com or phone 251.928.4568. Or mail to 9 Echo Lane, Fairhope, Al 36532

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After spending a very pleasant week in Taos, New Mexico, Bruce and I (Julie) are currently exploring the "hill country" of central Texas. If we make it to the meeting on Tuesday, it will be late, with our car wheels skidding and the luggage still in the trunk, so you probably should not expect to see us there :-)

In our absence -- and in the future -- Brint Adams has graciously volunteered to take over the lead the club websites, while Bruce continues to prepare the monthly newsletter and I continue to handle this e-mail list. In the future, if you want anything posted to the website, you should send it to both Brint at brint.adams@us.army.mil, as well as to me. Brint will format it for the website, then I will copy his formatting and e-mail it to the club membership as soon as I get around to it!

Thank you Brint!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 29, 2004

Flash Paddle - Whiskey Ditch
Date:Today, October 29, 2004
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Meet at old Riverdoc's parking lot on the Causeway just east of Ed's Seafood Shed.
Contact: Bob Andrews - cellphone: 251-367-4144
Comments: This will be an easy paddle suitable for beginners. Dennis, the photographer who is putting out a new book the end of this year will be taking some photos of the fall flowers in Whiskey Ditch.

Flash Paddle - Escatawpa River Cleanup
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2004
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Sunshine Canoe Landing, Airport Road, 13 mi. west of Mobile at the Escatawpa River
Contact: Bob Andrews - cellphone: 251-367-4144
Comments: For anyone planning to help with the river cleanup and/or detailed directions, call Bob Andrews to reserve a place. Bob will make available free use of his canoes, so you will not need to bring your personal kayaks, canoes, PFD's or paddles.

Bring your own lunch and fluids and be prepared for approximately four hours of paddle time on the river.

Annual Club Fall Picnic
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2004
Time: Afternoon and evening
Place: Gary & Avan Warner on Dog River
Comments: This is a preliminary notice for those who need time to put this date on their schedule. More detailed information about times, directions, food and activities will be forthcoming at the next Club Meeting on November 2, 2004 and will be posted again on this website and by email.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

MEETING REMINDER
The next club meeting will be election day, November 2, 2004 at 7:00 PM at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Remember to vote early and often and then come out to the meeting to hear a presentation on "Reptiles of Southern Alabama" by Roger Clay, Non-Game Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Fish and Game Department.

Finalization of MBCKC Logo Tervis Tumblers - payment due..

CLUB LOGO TERVIS TUMBLERS
Harriet is continuing to take orders for Tervis Tumblers with the MBCKC logo. She will be collecting money for your tumblers at the meeting on November 2 and will deliver your tumblers at the December meeting. Please bring your checkbooks or cash. All checks must be made out to Harriet K. Ingraham. To contact Harriet with your order, please email Harriet or phone 251.928.4568. Or mail to 9 Echo Lane, Fairhope, Al 36532

Gary Worob and Brint Adams have written paddle reports on their recent trips. Read them at our separate website for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Flash Paddle: Full Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse Delta Paddle
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Buzbee's on Hwy. 225, 2 miles north of Hwy. 31 in Spanish Fort. Bring $3 launch fee.
Contact: Bob Andrews - cell: 251-367-4144
Comments: The full moon will be visible when we put in at 6:00 PM. At about 8:14 PM, the moon will enter the earth's shadow. The total lunar eclipse will be from 9:23 to 10:45 PM. We will stay out for some of the total eclipse, but probably not all of it.

The paddle will be to somewhere in Bay Minette Basin or possibly over to the fork in the Blakeley and Apalachee Rivers. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp for the return trip and to meet state boating regulations for paddling at night. You may also want to bring along some bug spray, fluids and snacks to celebrate the festivities. This will be an easy trip suitable for new or beginner paddlers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Flash Paddle: Cloverleaf Landing
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2004
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Cloverleaf Landing
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 251-583-9919
Comments: For those who are familiar with Cloverleaf Landing, you may go directly there where we will meet at 9:00 AM. For those who have not been there before, we will meet first at Bruno's parking lot in Spanish Fort at Hwy. 31 & Hwy. 225 at 8:45 AM and caravan from there. There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle. After paddling in McVoys Lake, we will paddle down to Blakeley Park for a potluck lunch at one of the covered picnic pavilions overlooking the Tensaw River and delta. This will be an easy relaxed trip of about 5 miles suitable for beginner and novice paddlers.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Flash Paddle: Magnolia River/Weeks Bay
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2004
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Exxon on Hwy. 98 & Magnolia Springs Hwy.
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 251-583-9919
Comments: We will put in at the public access at the end of Rock Street in Magnolia Springs. Depending on the group, we will travel one-way out Magnolia River and up the east side of Weeks Bay to our take out by the Hwy. 98 bridge or possible out and back on the Magnolia. This will be a leisurely trip of 4-5 miles suitable for new or inexperienced paddlers wanting to see the beauty and wide array of waterfowl along this beautiful river in lower Baldwin County.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Flash Paddle: Whiskey Ditch
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Old Riverdoc's parking lot on the Causeway
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 583-9919
Comments: This will be an easy paddle of 4-5 miles roundtrip suitable for beginners wanting to see the fall flowers and many birds centrally located in the delta just north along the Causeway. I scouted out this paddle on Wednesday and the fall flowers including burr marigolds are peaking now. The parking lot is located on the north side of the Causeway about 100 meters west of Ed's Seafood Shed. There is plenty of free parking and a nice soft boat ramp. We will be back in time for those interested in meeting for lunch or allowing time for other Saturday afternoon activities.
October Monet Paddle
Date: October 24, 2004
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: Buzbee's fish camp on Hwy 225 just north of Spanish Fort. $3 launch fee
Explanation: Just as Monet painted the same thing to see how the seasons passed, we are paddling the same spot to see
how our delta changes. This is a low key paddle, that is beginner friendly and will last about 2-3 hours.
Contact: Matt Darring 463-8523 or iama@backpacker.com

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Austin Greer advises that the Sand Island Lighthouse paddle has been postponed until next Saturday. For further information, e-mail him at austingreer@yahoo.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Click here to read Brint Adams' exciting report on the Phat Water race down the Mississippi River. Congratulations, Brint!

Friday, October 08, 2004

OCTOBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
prepared by Bruce Zimmerman

PHAT WATER Kayak Challenge
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2004
Time: All Day
Place: Begins at Grand Gulf, MS and ends at Natchez, MS
Contact: click here for official website. The race begins at Grand Gulf and concludes at Natchez Landing, Natchez Under-The-Hill, in historic Natchez, Mississippi. The race is approximately forty-five miles long and will take most paddlers from five to seven hours to complete. An after race party and awards presentation will be hosted by the UNDER-THE-HILL-SALOON. Canoeists as well as kayakers are welcome.

Camping and Paddling - St Vincent Island, FL
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004
Time: TBA
Place: St. Vincent Island
Contact: Mark Vance, (251) 458-7574
Comments: This is a camping trip to the Appalachicola Bay area. Mark plans at least a two night camp including a 13 mile paddle on Saturday.

Sand Island Lighthouse
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004
Time: TBA
Place: Sand Island Lighthouse south of Dauphin Island
Contact: Austin Greer, email austingreer@yahoo.com
Comments: This paddle will leave early morning to go to the lighthouse. Austin mentioned that a kayak instructor will be along on this trip.

Horn Island Paddle
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2004 and Sunday October 31
Time: TBA. Leaving with the outgoing tide.
Place: Launching from Pascagoula, MS
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Comments: This is a trip Larry has led before. Overnight primitive camping on the island. Return on Sunday. Phone Larry one week before to be included. The trip is weather dependent; cold front passage may cancel the trip.

Club Birthday Party
Date: To Be Announced at the November meeting
Place: Gary and Aven Warner's home
Comment: The time is still not firm because they are still cleaning up after the storm. Their home is on the bank of Dog River.

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In other news:

Gary Worob (850) 259-9337 is trying to get a canoe from Denver to
Fairhope. If someone with a roof rack is going that way, give Gary a
call please.

Harriet (e-mail Hvk1457@aol.com, phone 928-4568) is taking orders for
Tervis Tumblers with the club logo, in colors, on them.
Tervis Tumblers have a website www.tervis.com which shows the products.
The tumblers are available in three sizes:
12 oz $7.00 tumbler
16 oz $7.50 tumbler
17 oz $8.00 mug

The tumblers fit in cupholders or kayaks. All three are double wall
insulated, microwave and dishwasher safe. She will be collecting money
at the November meeting.

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A big thank you goes to Bob Andrews for his colorful slide-show presentation at this month's meeting of his five-day solo paddling trip into the Okefenokee Swamp.

Next meeting is November 2, 2004. Get out to vote then come to the
meeting!
Frank Laraway has written a paddle report on his recent trip to Byrnes Lake. Read it at our separate website for trip reports, www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 04, 2004

!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!
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!

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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

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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, flyingfrog@aol.com
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.

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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.