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Thursday, December 22, 2005

*****FLASH PADDLE*****

Date: December 23, 2005
Time: approx. 10:00 AM
Place: Perdido Estuary
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: This approx. 10 mi. trip will be a beginner-friendly paddle around the Perdido Bay area. Bring lunch, fluids and gear appropriate for the weather. For more details about exact meeting time, place and directions, call Bob Andrews.

Monday, December 19, 2005

January 20-22, 2006 - Eagle Weekend, Guntersville, AL

The Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club has scheduled a roadtrip for Eagle Weekend, January 20-22, 2006, at Guntersville State Park near Guntersville, AL. We will be paddling near the park and will be viewing eagles that winter in the area. Join us for a day or for the weekend. If you would like to stay at the park, there are chalets, cabins and camping available. The lodge is currently closed for remodeling. To make your reservations at the park, call 256-571-5440 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday through Thursday, or 9:00am to 6:00 pm on Friday (Central Time). Weather can be an issue in this area during January. All paddlers need to be prepared for possible cold weather paddling.

If you plan to participate, please notify Bob Andrews at 251-367-4144.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

FLASH----------BOB ANDREWS CANCELLED FULL MOON PADDLE TONIGHT

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

7 Rivers in 7 Days Florida Trip

Paul Loeffler from Fairhope is interested in going on this trip and would like to see if anyone else would be interested in pairing up with him and sharing expenses. If so, please contact him at:

b1paul@mchsi.com
251-656-0275

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

December Club Calendar

Upper Fish River
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: see Flash Paddle above

Northernmost Full Moon Paddle on the lower Mobile-Tensaw River Delta
Major Lunar Standstill cycle puts moon on northernmost track until 2023 CANCELLED
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2005
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: TBD
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4177
Comments: Call Bob to sign up, find out the put-in location and leave a number in case weather conditions turn bad. The paddle will be short, followed by dinner somewhere along the Causeway. Bring a light, pfd, warm clothes, etc. for winter night paddling. To check out more details about the high path of the full moon this month and major lunar standstills, go to http://www.earthsky.com/

New Year's Eve on Mobile Bay
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2005
Time: 4:00 PM
Contact: Gene Boothe 251-928-1107
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club, Fairhope, AL
Comments: Come for a short trip out into Mobile Bay and toast the last sunset of 2005. This will be a short paddle, allowing time to attend other festivities afterwards. The object is to paddle just far enough off shore to get away from land noise and boat traffic, to enjoy the sunset. Bring normal safety gear, including a light to be used as needed for safety, such as alerting power boat traffic, not for normal paddling. Also bring your own toast.

January 2006

7 Rivers in 7 Days Kayak Trip

Date: January 14 - 27, 2006

Day 1: Ichetucknee River (the Itch)
Crystal-clear, spring-fed swift water.
Put in near the headsprings in Ichetucknee Springs State Park.
Red-shouldered hawks & limpkins.

Day 2: Waccasassa River (the Wau)
Tannic water, slow-moving current,
cabbage palm trees lining the banks.
Bald eagles & ospreys. Possibility of a black bear.

Day 3: Rainbow River
Crystal-clear, swift water.
Paddle up the river. Drift dive, snorkel downstream.
Bass, bream, turtles, river otters, little blue herons, & gallinules.

Day 4: Crystal River
Crystal-clear.
Paddle to Three Sisters. Snorkel with manatees there.
Snorkel up the channel to the three springs.

Day 5: Homosassa River (the Sass)
Clear upstream, bluewater downstream. Slow current.
Kayak with manatees & dolphins.
Great Blue Herons, ospreys, egrets, vultures, & blonde raccoons.

Day 6: Chassahowitzka River (the Chaz)
Clear upstream, bluewater downstream. Slow current.
Paddle to headsprings. Kayak with manatees & dolphins.
Roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, wood storks, & vultures.

Day 7: Weeki Wachee River
Crystal-clear, swift water.
Kayak with manatees (downstream) & river otters (upstream).
Red-shouldered hawks, apple snails, & deer.



Coordinated by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System,
Baldwin County Office.
For more information, contact Sonya Wood Mahler,
mahlesw @auburn.edu, cell: 251-709-7588
or Rhonda Bryars, bryarrm @aces.edu, office: 251-937-7176.

This trip is a great opportunity for experienced paddlers, or beginning paddlers who are willing to “cowboy up”! The adventure will take us from north central Florida to the central Gulf coast of Florida. We will stay in a motel in Gainesville the first night and a motel in Crystal River the last seven nights. Participants may opt out of a day of paddling if they want to, so they can take a break or do something else in the area. The whole group will opt out of a day if there are bad thunderstorms that day. Usually in January, during a whole week, we will have one day of nasty rain and one day of light showers. The other days should be gorgeous, but we won’t know which ones those are until a few days before. We will stay tuned to the Weather Channel!

The registration fee of $50.00 covers guide service, insurance, water, snacks, and first aid supplies. Participants will be responsible for their lodging (about $640.00), dinner each night (about $120.00), rental of wetsuit, fins, mask, and snorkel for Rainbow River and Crystal River (about $48.00 total). If you need to rent a kayak from us for the week, the cost is $50.00. If you need us to transport your kayak or a rental kayak on our trailer from the Alabama/Florida state line, that cost is $20.00. If you bring your own kayak, remember to include a paddle and life vest.

We will meet on Saturday, January 14th at 3:00pm in Gainesville, Florida. We will check into our motel and have a strategy meeting at dinner that evening. We will paddle Sunday through Saturday. We will begin the paddle at about 8:30am or at 10:00am each day, and finish up at 3:00pm or 5:00pm. Participants will have the evenings free to freshen up and rest. We will have the opportunity to go out together to eat supper or to a movie. Paddlers could leave Saturday at 3:00pm to start their drive home, or spend one more night and drive home Sunday. Gainesville is about a 6-hour from the Alabama/Florida state line. Crystal River is about a 7-hour drive. Both are in the Eastern time zone.

In Gainesville, we will stay at the Days Inn, located at Exit #387 off of I-75 (Newberry Road or State Road 26). The Days Inn has continental breakfast and a heated pool. Our group rate for a room with two double beds is $44.95 plus tax. Call 352-376-0004 for reservations. Ask for Mike or Carmen and tell them you are with Sonya’s kayak group. Sonya will be staying there January 13th and 14th.

In Crystal River, we will stay at the Comfort Inn, located on Highway 19 near the Crystal River Mall. They have continental breakfast. Our group rate for a room with two double beds is $70.00 plus tax. Call 352-563-1500 for reservations and mention that you are with Sonya’s kayak group. Sonya will be staying there January 15th through 21st, leaving to drive home on the 22nd.

To register, mail in the attached form and your $50.00 registration fee to: Alabama Cooperative Extension System, 7 Rivers in 7 Days, 302A Byrne Street, Bay Minette, AL 36507. Make checks payable to ACES. Include an additional $50.00 if you want to rent a kayak and $20.00 if you want us to transport your kayak. The registration deadline is Thursday, January 5th. Please make your motel reservations by Thursday, December 29th.


December Meeting

The December meeting was held at the Fairhope Yacht Club auxiliary building across the street from the ruined main building. The old boat storage barn was converted and closed in with recycled materials found after Hurricane Katrina. We had a potluck Christmas dinner and a good time was had by all.

Gary Worob announced the following educational program to be started in 2006 and is asking for monetary donations to help fund the program:

George Borne (MBCAKC member extraordinaire) will teach a program in Wooden Boat Building to the older students at the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education, located in Fairhope. The Organic School has been in existence since 1907 and strives to teach the "whole child" and nurture the creative aspects of each child.

The program will start after the New Year and will use "kit boats" to teach each participant building skills as well as a sense of responsibility and pride in their creative talents as they evolve through this wonderful process. Combined with the boat building class will be hands on instruction from members of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program who will volunteer to teach the students marine biology and a better appreciation of the estuaries here along Mobile Bay. They will also build aquariums and learn about water inhabitants.

The students, for a final part of the program, will go out into the bay in their new wooden sailing and rowng boats and explore the estuaries with the help of members of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club and also learn boating safety. Parents will be encouraged to participate in all phases of this program.

In order to ensure the success of this program, I am asking that you strongly consider contributing financially to its success. Your contribution is TAX DEDUCTIBLE, and I will match your donation dollar for dollar.

Please make your check to:

Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education
8 Marietta Drive
Fairhope, AL 36532

Earmark the check to: Boatbuilding Program

Thank you very much,

Gary I. Worob

Friday, December 09, 2005

*****FLASH PADDLE*****UPPER FISH RIVER

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2005
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: Baldwin County Wetlands Conservation Park on Keeney Drive E. located below the West end of the CR 32 bridge over Fish River
Directions: From I-10 go to Malbis exit 38, travel south on Hwy 181 to CR32. We will meet at the gas station at this intersection at 11:00 AM and caravan the remainder of the way to the put-in (not far).
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: This will be a beginner-friendly paddle on the upper end of the beautiful Fish River near Fairhope, AL. Depending on the group, etc. we will explore Cowpen Creek and Polecat Creek. Bring a lunch and fluids. The weather should be pretty nice with the forecast for sun, no wind and in the low 50's.

Monday, December 05, 2005

*****FLASH*****MEETING AT FAIRHOPE YACHT CLUB TONIGHT
POTLUCK DINNER CHRISTMAS PARTY
!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., at Fairhope Yacht Club, which is now open for our use once again. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, new place. After the usual club business of reporting on and scheduling upcoming paddles, we will have a Christmas Potluck Dinner. Caroline Booth will bring a large pot of chili. Everyone else please bring something potluck to go along with the chili.

Due to the late timing of this announcement, please call anyone you think might be coming to the meeting or who might like to attend, to make sure they know the latest information. We want to avoid having members driving to the wrong location.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

!!!!FLASH!!!! SUNDAY PADDLE - BYRNES LAKE TO CAUSEWAY

The plan will be to meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort (corner of Hwys. 31 & 225) at 8:45 AM. Depending on the group size, we may consolidate some boats there before traveling up to the put-in at Byrnes Lake. Upon reaching the take-out, I will have a driver meet us to retrieve vehicles at Bruno's and the put-in.

Monday, November 21, 2005

BOOK REVIEW - FOR A COLD NIGHT IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE
by Julie Robberson

The Complete Book of Fire: Building Campfires for Warmth, Light, Cooking, and Survival, by Buck Tilton, Menasha Ridge Press, 2005, 104 pp., $12.95.

http://www.menasharidge.com/fire.htm

"What an odd little subject this little book has." That was what I said to myself when I saw this book in the latest shipment from our friends at Menasha Ridge Press in Birmingham. In fact, this little book is a little gem.

Author Buck Tilton is not a pyromaniac; he is a regular contributor to Backpacker magazine. His writing makes me smell campfires and long for the woods.

This book is delightful reading for a winter evening at home, but it is also very practical guide for outdoor skills, including every aspect of how to build a fire for each purpose. It covers everything from how to build a signal fire when you need to be rescued from the wilderness, to a few recipes to cook on your campfire; from controlling wildfire to treating burned human skin. Of equal importance, the book devotes a chapter to when and why you should not build a fire (to avoid damaging your surroundings), how to build a minimum-impact fire, and how to put the dang thing out so you don't burn down the woods.

My favorite thing about the book, however, is thinking about all those smart alecks with whom I've built and sat around campfires, who think they know everything in the world about building a campfire. After reading this book, you'll definitely know more than they do. That's not to say you'll succeed in shutting them up, but you may be able to keep them from setting you or the woods on fire. And you can feel secure in your certainty that you know more than they do.

Friday, November 18, 2005

NOTICE - DAUPHIN ISLAND OVERNIGHT TRIP TOMORROW IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Friday, November 11, 2005

UPDATE - Information for Nov. 13th Full Moon Paddle

Please review the November Calendar below for more details on the MBCAKC's 5th Anniversary Full Moon Paddle into Bay Minette Basin.
November Club Calendar

Econfina Creek
Dates: Friday, Nov. 4 - Monday, Nov. 7, 2005
Time: Open for us at 2:00 PM on Friday and check-out by 10:00 AM on Monday
Place: Blue Spring Campground, North West Florida Water Management District
Directions from Mobile: Go east on I-10 to Hwy 81 in Florida, about 2 hours. Go south to Hwy 20 at Bruce and turn left (East). Go past Hwy 79 and a few miles past Hwy 77, you will come to Econfina Creek and there will be Pitt Springs on your left. Continue a short distance (maybe a mile) and Blue Springs Rd. North will be on your left. DO NOT GO RIGHT ON BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH. Take a left on Blue Springs Rd. North and go about a mile. Ignore the private signs and drive carefully as the road winds alot. ON YOUR LEFT will be two gates. The second gate is for us. The lock combination is 9337.
What to bring: bring your own food, water and please bring firewood. Saturday night will be a potluck dinner. NWFMWD does not want to “SEE” alcoholic beverages, so be discrete. Bring your own tent or van camp. We are not supposed to bring rv’s. This site will hold 25 campers and no limit on paddlers. We will be camped near our own set of springs. Tom and I will be setting up a sweat lodge for the big feast/celebration on Saturday. Bring musical instruments. Bring your canoes & kayaks. Bring wet suits and snorkeling gear, if you plan to explore the springs the closeup way.
Contacts & phone numbers: Gary Worob: gworob@yahoo.com or 850-259-9337 cell, Bob Andrews: 251-367-4144

Fall Paddle & Potluck Dinner
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2005
Time: Paddle: 2:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM
Place: Fowl River, Mobile, AL
Contact: Marilyn Craig - Home 973-0129, Cell 605-6453 or marilyncraig@hotmail.com
Comments: Marilyn Craig has graciously agreed to host our Fall Club Party at her house on Fowl River just down from the marina. She has a good put-in and plenty of parking space. Marilyn is fixing chili for us, so call her to let her know how many are coming and to find out what we will all need to bring for "potluck" to round out the meal.
Directions to Marilyn's house will be sent to club members via e-mail. If you would like directions to Marilyn's house, please e-mail Brint at brint.adams@us.army.mil.

Full Moon Paddle - Bay Minette Basin - 5 Year Anniversary
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2005
Time: 3:30 PM
Place: Buzbee's on Hwy 225, go 2 mi. north of Hwy 31 from Bruno's in Spanish Fort
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: Easy paddle from Buzbee's for about 3 hours to see sunset and moon rise and then those inclined will retire for dinner at Beach House Grill on the Causeway. This is the 5 year anniversary of the first MBCAKC group paddle which also took place at Buzbee's.

Dauphin Island - West end camping trip CANCELLED-WEATHER
Date: Saturday, November 19-20, 2005
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: west end of Dauphin Island
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: We will park in a friend's driveway out near the west end of residential area and paddle out to the far west end of the island for a night of fine dining, campfire and camping. Bring plenty of food,water and camping gear to be prepared for all weather conditions. We will return Sunday morning arriving at the take-out by early afternoon. Each paddle leg will be about nine miles.

Byrnes Lake to Causeway - One Way Downriver
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort, AL on Hwy 225 & Hwy 31 or go directly to Byrnes Lake County Park
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: We will paddle out to the Tensaw, go downriver to Blakeley State Park, over to Mudhole Creek to Little Bateau Bay to Conway Creek to Chacaloochee Bay and end up at Riverdocs. We will have a shuttle to take paddlers back to Byrnes Lake to retrieve vehicles. Bring lunch, fluids and the usual gear for a wonderful day paddle down through the lower delta.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

TWO EVENTS TO HONOR AND REMEMBER LARRY AND ANN MCDUFF

Dedication of the "McDuff Trail"
Thursday, November 10 at 1:00 PM
Ceremony will take place at Adams & Main Streets to dedicate a two-mile section of the bike and walking trail in Montrose. Come wearing club t-shirts and/or hats


Family & Friends gather to eat, drink and reminisce
Friday, November 11 at 5:30 PM
What: a pot luck dinner tribute to Larry and Ann McDuff with the McDuff family in attendance.
Who: friends of Larry and Ann from the kayak club are invited to attend and if they can bring a Larry and/or Ann story to share, or typed or written to give to the family, that would be great.
Contact: Charlene Lee 928-0366
Location: Robert & Charlene Lee's home at: 60 Morphy Ave., Fairhope, AL
FLASH - MCDUFF TRAIL WALK TODAY AT 11:30 AM

Teko Wiseman announced a group will meet at the St. James Episcopal Church on the corner of Section Street and Scenic 98 in Fairhope at 11:30 AM today, to walk the length of the McDuff Trail before the 1:00 PM dedication. Everyone is welcome to show up and join in the walk.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

FALL CLUB PADDLE & POTLUCK DINNER THIS SATURDAY - 11/12/05

Remember to call or email Marilyn with your RSVP so she will know how much chili to make and give suggestions for what else to bring. For more details and Marilyn's numbers, scan down to the November Club Calendar.

If you need directions to Marilyn's, call to ask her or send an email request to brint.adams@us.army.mil.

Monday, October 31, 2005

!!!IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Julie Robberson reports Teko Wiseman from the Trailblazers called to alert the MBCAKC the Ann & Larry McDuff Trail will be dedicated and opened on Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 1:00 PM, in the yard of a residence at Adams and Main in Daphne. Teko is hoping we will be present as a club, wearing our t-shirts, standing together. She also hopes we will do anything we can think of to contribute to the program and signal our presence -- a banner, a speech, anything.

Julie told Teko we would be sure to discuss this at our next meeting. Please be sure to attend tomorrow nights club meeting, Tuesday November 1st, to to give your input for our club planning and participation for this important event. We want to have a major show of club support for the Nov. 10th dedication, in remembrance of Ann and Larry.
!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER - NEW LOCATION!!!!!!!

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., at Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526, in the Media Center. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, new place. After the usual club business of reporting on and scheduling upcoming paddles, knot-tying experts Fritz and Caroline will give the following presentation:

Have you ever tied your kayak/canoe to a tree, left for a foot excursion, gotten 1/2 mile away and really wondered if you will be taking a fast swim to catch your kayak/canoe as the wind blows it downstream? Have you ever hit 70 mph on the interstate with your kayak/canoe on top of your car, and wondered if that $75,000.00 Audi behind you was about to get a large bug in the shape of your kayak/canoe into their windshield???

Caroline Boothe and Fritz Ingraham will host a knot tying demonstration. Basic knots to tie lines to your boat, boat to piers, boat to your vehicle. Fritz and Caroline will demonstrate and have a supply of rope for the club members to practice with. Questions? Just ask our KNOTS instructors!

Directions: From either north or south on Hwy 98 in Daphne, turn west to Main St, turn left on Main, go past Guido's to Dryer Ave (before St James Catholic Church). Turn right on Dryer and go straight, past a stop sign, and right where the street makes a sharp left turn, go into the parking lot. The Media Center is right there. We will meet on the outer deck of the Media Center facing the water (inside if inclement weather).

Thursday, October 27, 2005

!!!FLASH PADDLE - BIG BRIAR CREEK!!!

DATE: Saturday, October 29, 2005
TIME: 9:30 AM
PLACE: Byrnes Lake, AL
DIRECTIONS: Meet at Bruno's at Hwy 225 & Hwy 31 in Spanish Fort and caravan to Byrnes Lake or go directly up Hwy 225 for 9 miles and turn left to Byrnes Lake at the big green sign. This is a free county park launch facility.
CONTACT: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
COMMENTS: We will paddle out Byrnes Lake, turn north past the top of Gravine Island over to the connector to Mobile River and then into Big Briar Creek. Bring the usual items for a day trip including lunch and fluids. This will be a moderate length trip of about 10-12 miles. We will explore some small tributaries off of Big Briar out into the middle of the delta.
!!!!FLASH PADDLE - WHISKEY DITCH!!!!

DATE: Sunday, October 30, 2005
TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Old Riverdocs on the Causeway, Spanish Fort, AL
DIRECTIONS: From Mobile, take the Causeway (or I-10 to the mid-bay exit 30 and turn left) and go to the parking lot on the left about 100 meters before reaching Ed's Seafood Shed. From the Eastern Shore, take the Causeway past Ed's about 100 meters and turn into the lot on the right.
CONTACT: Brint Adams - 251-583-9919
COMMENTS: This will be a beginner-friendly easy, slow paddle to legendary and remote Whiskey Ditch in the lower delta. We will look for large stands of burr marigold in autumn full bloom as well as various other flora and fauna as only seen in the "Ditch". Paddle distance will be 4 miles. Bring the usual items for a fall afternoon as well as your favorite beverage to enjoy back in the middle of the delta.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

!!!FLASH PADDLE - BOILING CREEK!!!!

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM Sharp - Shuttle leaves!
Place: Meet at the take out at Hwy 87 by the Yellow River bridge several miles south of the Milton, FL Hwy 87 exit off of I-10 at exit 31.
Contact: Gary Worob 850-259-9337 gworob@yahoo.com
Comments: Bring snack/lunch/water and change of clothes. Trip will be about 4 +or - hours. I will be there regardless. You must have an Eglin AFB Recreation Permit good for 10/1/05 - 9/30/05. No need to call me unless for information. Just show up. Shuttle to follow.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

New Horn Island Trip Report for your reading pleasure

Click here to view Danny Hart's report of his recent trip to Horn Island. It was another interesting and quite eventful outing to this beautiful paddlers overnight outpost. He also has a link to all of the photos documenting their adventure. Enjoy!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Here is a Julie Robberson review of a book on Florida inland paddling


Book Review: A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to Florida, by Johnny Malloy et al., Menasha Ridge Press, 2005, 309 pages, $16.95, http://www.menasharidge.com/ck_florida_1ed.htm

If you have any interest in exploring Florida's creeks and rivers on your own, you want this book. Now that we have that indisputable fact out of the way, we can talk about what you should and should not expect from this book.

As the author acknowledges near the beginning of the book, writing a book about paddling in Florida is like writing a book about hiking in Alaska. There are too many great paddles in Florida to write about them all. The author necessarily limits his coverage to the "high points" and provides bare-bones, bottom-line information. As such, this book probably would not tell a Florida local or an experienced Florida paddler anything such readers do not already know.

The author does a remarkably good job of detailing a lot of fine paddles, though. The book is divided into ten parts, with each part covering a region of Florida. Each part describes and provides a simple map for six to ten paddles. Each paddle description includes a narrative, a river classification, the physical length, an estimate of the time to paddle, the availability of river gauges, water levels, the water gradient, the name of the relevant USGS map(s), and a rating of the scenery (including summaries of riverside development and river traffic).

This one-volume book replaces and updates the two-volume book formerly known as A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Florida. The older title is more informative. In other words, you should be aware that this book does not cover any open-water paddling, just creeks and rivers. So, this book does not cover any of our club's favorite paddles in the Gulf, bays, and backwaters in the panhandle and Big Bend areas of Florida (Cape San Blas, St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge, Cedar Key, etc.) or anywhere else in Florida.

The author provides no GPS coordinates and no sources of free, public information and maps other than a list of Florida paddling clubs at the end of the book. A lot of very good, free maps and guides are available from chambers of commerce, county extension agencies, military installations (particularly Eglin Air Force Base), etc. It annoys me that the author references the existence of various agency-run trail systems (such as the "Apalachicola Wildlife & Environmental Area Paddle and Trail System" and the "Florida Canoe Trail"), with little or no explanation of what these trails are or how to get maps of them from which agencies. The author's decision in this regard could be justified by the fact that such information can change quickly, but then why does he include a list of commercial outfitters, whose information changes just as quickly?

The book is impressively current. It even mentions the impact of Hurricane Ivan on some waterways. So get it while it's hot; it's worth the $16.95 if you plan to explore Florida's inland waters.

(reviewed by Julie Robberson)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Fall Paddle & Potluck Dinner

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2005
Time: Paddle: 2:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM
Place: Fowl River, Mobile, AL
Contact: Marilyn Craig - Home 973-0129, Cell 605-6453
Comments: Marilyn Craig has graciously agreed to host our Fall Club Party at her house on Fowl River just down from the marina. She has a good put-in and plenty of parking space.

Marilyn is fixing chili for us, so call her to let her know how many are coming and to find out what we will all need to bring for "potluck" to round out the meal.

Directions to Marilyn's house will be sent to club members via e-mail. If you would like directions to Marilyn's house, please e-mail Brint at brint.adams@us.army.mil.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

October Club Calendar

Phatwater Kayak Challenge
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2005
Time: 8:00 AM
Place: Under the Hill Tavern, Natchez, MS
Comments: Visit the race website here for more information.

Econfina, etc.
Date: October 14-16, 2005
Time: Noon Friday
Place: Econfina Creek, north of Panama City, FL
Contact: Rhonda 251-937-7176
Comments: Click here for more information.

Full Moon Paddle
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2005
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Upper Bryants Landing to Dead Lake Island platforms, Stockton, AL
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: This will be another legendary potluck dinner on the platforms, so bring the good stuff! The paddle will be relatively short, about 6 mi. roundtrip. Bring flashlight for return after dark. For the directionally challenged, Bob will first meet at the Stagecoach Inn in Stockton at 5:00 PM and caravan to Upper Bryant. Stockton is about 4 miles north of I-65 exit 31 on Hwy 225.

Ladies Only Paddle
Date: Friday, October 21, 2005
Time: 5:oo PM
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club, Fairhope, AL
Contact: Caroline Boothe 251-928-1107
Comments: An easy, short paddle suitable for beginners

Dog River Cleanup
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2005
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Place: Luscher Park (Navco Park), Mobile, AL
Contact: To sign up, call Valerie Blankenship 251-472-8383
Comments: Boaters needed!
· Cruise the river and remove litter from the water.
· Need helpers in your boat? Volunteers are available.
· Boat launch and dock available.
· All types of boats needed.
· Paddle a canoe. Canoes available to loan.
Non-boaters:
· Pick up litter along a shoreline.
· Volunteer to ride with a boater.

Seven Runs Creek
Date: Friday, October 28, 2005
Time: AM
Place: north of Panama City, FL
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: Call Bob or click here for more details for this paddle and for the remainder of the weekend activities paddling and camping with the West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club

Econfina Creek
Dates: Friday, Nov. 4 - Monday, Nov. 7, 2005
Time: Open for us at 2:00 PM on Friday and check-out by 10:00 AM on Monday
Place: Blue Spring Campground, North West Florida Water Management District
Directions from Mobile: Go east on I-10 to Hwy 81 in Florida, about 2 hours. Go south to Hwy 20 at Bruce and turn left (East). Go past Hwy 79 and a few miles past Hwy 77, you will come to Econfina Creek and there will be Pitt Springs on your left. Continue a short distance (maybe a mile) and Blue Springs Rd. North will be on your left. DO NOT GO RIGHT ON BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH. Take a left on Blue Springs Rd. North and go about a mile. Ignore the private signs and drive carefully as the road winds alot. ON YOUR LEFT will be two gates. The second gate is for us. The lock combination is 9337.
What to bring: bring your own food, water and please bring firewood. Saturday night will be a potluck dinner. NWFMWD does not want to “SEE” alcoholic beverages, so be discrete. Bring your own tent or van camp. We are not supposed to bring rv’s. This site will hold 25 campers and no limit on paddlers. We will be camped near our own set of springs. Tom and I will be setting up a sweat lodge for the big feast/celebration on Saturday. Bring musical instruments. Bring your canoes & kayaks. Bring wet suits and snorkeling gear, if you plan to explore the springs the closeup way.
Contacts & phone numbers: Gary Worob: gworob@yahoo.com or 850-259-9337 cell, Bob Andrews: 251-367-4144

Our October club meeting was held at a new location, on the outside deck of the Multi-Purpose Building at Bayside Academy, Daphne, AL. Thank you Juli Day for arranging this and our future meetings at this beautiful location. About twenty people enjoyed Bob Andrew's slide presentation following Fran Morley, who spoke about the upcoming events at this year's Alabama Coastal Birdfest to be held the weekend of October 21-23.

NOTE: For more information about Birdfest, click here. If you would like to contact Fran about volunteering as a tour host or to help out manning a booth with Fairhope Boat Company, you may contact Fran by email: franmorley@mac.com or phone: 251-928-0987.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER - NEW LOCATION!!!!!!!

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., at Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526, in the Media Center. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, new place. After the usual club business of reporting on and scheduling upcoming paddles, Bob Andrews will show a slide presention of a past paddle adventure.

Directions: From either north or south on Hwy 98 in Daphne, turn west to Main St, turn left on Main, go past Guido's to Dryer Ave (before St James Catholic Church). Turn right on Dryer and go straight, past a stop sign, and right where the street makes a sharp left turn, go into the parking lot. The Media Center is right there. We will meet on the outer deck of the Media Center facing the water (inside if inclement weather).

Monday, October 03, 2005

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE RECREATION PERMIT

It is now October and time to renew your recreation permit to paddle the fabulous creeks on base. The permits are still $7.00 and good for the time period of October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006. For all the details on what you need to submit and where to mail your application, please click here and page down to: "How to get a permit to paddle Boiling Creek".

Sunday, October 02, 2005

!!!!!FLASH PADDLE TODAY - HURRICANE LANDING!!!!!

Date: October 2, 2005
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Hurricane Landing, AL
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Directions: From Bruno's in Spanish Fort at Hwy 31, go north on Hwy 225 for 12.2 miles to the 4-way stop sign, turn left on CR 82, when you get to a Y, go straight or right and on to Hurricane Landing. There is a $3 put-in fee.
Comments: This will be an easy afternoon paddle of approx. 5 miles, suitable for beginners. For those interested, some will meet afterwards for dinner on the Causeway, probably at Beach House Grill.

Monday, September 26, 2005

***FLASH PADDLE***BAYOU JESSAMINE CLEANUP DAY

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Shell Station - I-65 exit 31 at intersection of Hwy 225, Stockton, AL
Contact: Carl Hlavenka - 251-604-7268 or chlavenka (at) hotmail . com.
Comments: We will travel from Shell to Rice Creek Landing and paddle over to Bayou Jessamine to work on clearing out debris and fallen trees which block the bayou, especially during low water levels. Bring gloves, large wood saws, rope and chain saws (with fuel, chain oil, etc.), lunch and fluids.

NOTE: There will also be an earlier meeting place at Bruno's, Spanish Fort at the intersection of Hwys. 31 & 98 at 8:00 AM, for those who will not bring a boat and/or may want to carpool. This group will still meet Carl Hlavenka at 9:00 AM at the Shell Station and caravan from there to Rice Creek Landing. Please call or email Carl in advance, to let him know who is coming, so he will not leave anyone behind.
Conservation and Natural Resources Expo
Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Faulkner State Community College - Fairhope Campus

The Expo will be one of the many events in the 2005 Alabama Coastal BirdFest. The MBCAKC is thinking about exhibiting, either on our own, or together with Fairhope Boat Co., if they are interested. This could be a great way to get the word out about our club activities to a targeted audience of birdlovers and general outdoor enthusiasts.

This event is coming up very soon, so we will need to decide if we will participate or not, WITH ENOUGH MEMBER INTEREST, at our October 4th meeting. For anyone interested in leading or helping with this endeavor, such as booth design, materials development, manning the booth for various shifts or for the day, please come to our meeting on October 4th.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

****FLASH PADDLE**** AUTUMNAL EQUINOX +2 SATURDAY NIGHT TO WHISKEY DITCH

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2005
Time: 5:45 PM
Place: Old Riverdocs on the Causeway, Spanish Fort, AL
Directions: From Mobile, take the Causeway (or I-10 to the mid-bay exit 30 and turn left) and go to the parking lot on the left about 100 meters before reaching Ed's Seafood Shed. From the Eastern Shore, take the Causeway past Ed's about 100 meters and turn into the lot on the right.
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919 (call Sat. afternoon if the weather looks iffy)
Comments: We will paddle east down Pass Picada, then north up Apalachee River to Whiskey Ditch, to watch the sun set and return under the half-full moon. Some may want to bring along cheese, etc. and cup for a taste of the grape, during our stop in the middle of the delta. The roundtrip will be roughly four miles. Remember to bring a safety light for after-dark paddling. Those interested may meet afterwards at a local restaurant.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bayou Jessamine - Today's Conditions
Sunday, September 18, 2005
by Ian Brosnan

I arrived at Rice Creek Landing about 10:30 AM, planning to head to the Indian Mounds via Bayou Jessamine. I went alone and lightly loaded this time. The water levels at Rice Creek were much lower than the last time I was there, but still easy paddling out to Briar Lake. I saw two gators, one in Briar Lake and the other at the mouth of Jessamine Bayou, herons, and lot of turtles laying out in the sunshine. Bayou Jessamine itself is a mess, I was out of the boat half a dozen times before I got to the split for Jug Lake. I was glad I went light as I hauled the kayak over several trees and even had to swim alongside the boat at one point when it wouldn't float over the debris with me in it (the debris wouldn't support my weight, so in I went).

I figured that given the difficulty of passing through Jessamine, there wouldn't be any gators around, but about a quarter mile past the Jug Lake split, I rounded the corner to find a gator slightly larger than my kayak forcing, it's way across the debris pile about fifty feet in front of me. Luckily it was heading away from me and after I shoved my heart back where it belongs and did a little risk assessment, I decided that I didn't give a fig about the Indian Mounds and wouldn't it be nice to see if I could paddle through to the Jug Lake platform and enjoy my cold pizza there?

Well folks, Jug Lake is easily accessible and contains at least two more alligators, one of which is of a decent size and has the disconcerting habit of surfacing in front of you, then swimming along for a few minutes, before thrashing around like crazy and disappearing from sight. Cold pizza never tasted so good. The trip back from Jug Lake was easier than the trip in as the water level had risen, so several of the logs that I had to carry the kayak over were sufficently submerged for me to glide over them.

So, the first half of Jessamine is passable, especially at high water, and if anyone wants to go through with a saw and clear some of the debris, I will be happy to go back. The bigger logs are going to need chainsaw action, but I am sure someone will do that before too long.

Editor - The key here for anyone wanting to paddle Bayou Jessamine in the near future, is to plan your trip when the water level is up, or at least not at low tide. We are in contact with Alabama State officials to advise them of further debris removal needs at lower water levels. You may look at the tide tables here for more information.

Monday, September 12, 2005

****FLASH PADDLE**** FULL MOON SATURDAY NIGHT

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2005
Time: 5:45 PM
Place: Old Riverdocs on the Causeway, Spanish Fort, AL
Directions: From Mobile, take the Causeway (or I-10 to the mid-bay exit 30 and turn left) and go to the parking lot on the left about 100 meters before reaching Ed's Seafood Shed. From the Eastern Shore, take the Causeway past Ed's about 100 meters and turn into the lot on the right.
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: We will paddle north into Chacaloochee Bay to Conway Creek and either into Bateau Bay or Savage's Ditch to watch the sun set and return under the full moon. The roundtrip will be roughly four miles. Remember to bring a safety light for after dark paddling. Those interested may meet afterwards at a local restaurant.
RESCHEDULED - KAYAK & SNORKEL FIELD TRIP for the Southern Association of Marine Educators & the Environmental Education Association of Alabama

Econfina Creek, Chipola River, Holmes Creek and Seven Runs Creek all north of Panama City, FL

Date: October 14 - 16, 2005
Time: Noon on Friday through Sunday afternoon

Join us for three days of fun and exploration in the creeks and springs of northwest Florida! We have put together a kayak trip for SAME & EEAA members. The trip is also open to all other paddlers as well. It will be held Friday, Oct. 14th through Sunday, Oct. 16th and will be led by Sonya Wood Mahler.

On Friday, beginning at noon, we will paddle along Econfina Creek, the drinking water supply for the city of Panama City. We will tuck into several gorgeous springs where you can swim, snorkel, or just play with the tadpoles. On Saturday morning, we will launch at the boat ramp in Florida Caverns State Park near Marianna. We'll paddle up the Chipola River and explore cypress-lined inlets. Saturday afternoon, participants can go on a 45-minute tour of the caves and hike the nature trail that takes you up the rocky bluffs towering over the river. On Sunday morning, we will paddle up Holmes Creek just south of Chipley, FL to Cypress Springs, another great place for snorkeling. On the drive back, for those who haven't gotten enough of crystal-clear water, we will stop and paddle for a couple of hours on Seven Runs Creek, located just south of I-10 near Ponce de Leon Springs.

The size of the group will be limited to 18 people to insure that we have a good experience and have the opportunity to see some wildlife. For those who do not have their own kayak, we will rent single sea kayaks from Gulf & Delta Canoe & Kayak Co., in Whitehouse Fork, AL. Sonya will lead a session for beginners on how to paddle and how to get in and out of the boats. The minimum age for participants is 12. We will spend Friday and Saturday nights in a motel in Chipley, FL, just off I-10. Chipley is a three-hour drive from the Daphne/Spanish Fort I-10 exit in Alabama.

The registration cost of the field trip is $25 per person. This fee covers guide service, insurance, bottled water and fruit juices, and first aid supplies. Add $30 if you would like to rent a kayak. Add $10 if you would like Sonya to transport the kayak that you rent or your own kayak from Baldwin County, AL. Each person should make their own motel reservations (Super 8 at 850-638-8530: $64.99 + tax per night or Holiday Inn Express at 850-638-3996: $79.95 + tax per night).

For details, contact Rhonda Bryars at 251-937-7176 or bryarrm@aces.edu or to confirm your reservation. Rhonda will mail you a registration confirmation, a map showing where to meet at noon on Friday, a paddling resource packet, and information on how you can join SAME or EEAA. We have checks from some of you. We still need payment from others. When you contact Rhonda, please let her know if you will be meeting us at the Oasis Truck Stop on the north side of the Wilcox Road I-10 exit 53, or at the BP station on the south side of the Ponce de Leon I-10 exit 96.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

***SPECIAL UPDATE*** DOG RIVER CLEANUP

re: September 17, 2005 8:00 AM Dog River Cleanup,
Lushcer Park, Mobile, AL - Rob Nykvist 251-423-0015

Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rob will not be leading the scheduled clean up paddle at Luscher Park on the 17th. This does not mean that the 2005 Coastal Cleanup has been cancelled.

From http://www.alcoastalcleanup.org/cleanup-zones/ (The Alabama Coastal Cleanup Website:)
"Due to Hurricane Katrina, some Cleanup Zones have been cancelled. Please contact Amy King at 251-929-0900 to confirm Cleanup Zone participation for September 17, 2005"

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

*****SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*****

Dear Club Members:

September 2005 meeting cancellation

Due to the extensive damage the Fairhope Yacht Club sustained during Hurricane Katrina on August 29th, the Sept 6th monthly meeting will not be held. We will resume our monthly meetings on October 4th at a location to be announced at a later date.

In the meantime, if any members have trips or other announcements to make, please contact Brint at Brint's email

Friday, August 26, 2005

Gravine Island Paddle on Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 8:00 AM

Click here and page down to see more details.

Click here to read Gary Worob's trip report for the August moonlight paddle to the Dead Lake Island shelter, as only Gary could write it. Enjoy.

In case you have not noticed, we have links over in the right column to some member's personal blog sites, as well as a newly added blog for an interesting site over in North Florida. Just click on a link and you will see reports and great photos of the sights along the wonderful waterways we are blessed with on the Gulf Coast.

Friday, August 19, 2005

*****FLASH PADDLE*****

Styx River, AL

Date: Sunday, August 21, 2005
Time: 8:30 AM
Place: Oasis Truck Stop
Directions: I-10 to exit 54 at Wilcox Road
Contact: Mark Vance - phone 251.458.7574
Comments: Will be short paddle, however if people want it longer, they can run a shuttle. Some West Fl club people will be there. No need to contact Mark, just show up. But, if he doesn't know you are coming and you are running late, or there is a change of paddle plans, he will not know to wait for you or contact you. Bring water and snacks

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

*****FLASH*****UPDATE - FULL MOON PADDLE - FRIDAY NIGHT

Newly updated information has been added to the August Club Calendar listed below or click here to go directly to it.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

****FLASH PADDLE**** BOILING CREEK

Boiling Creek, Eglin AFB Reserve, FL
Date: August 13, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Meet at the Yellow River Bridge.
Directions: Travel east on I-10 to exit 31 in Florida and head south on Hwy. 87 toward Navarre. After driving a few miles, cross a long bridge over Yellow River and the surrounding swamp and turn left back toward the parking area next to the river.
Contact: Jane at 850-995-1063 or Tina at 850-994-0290 with West Florida Canoe Club for more details
Comments: Boiling Creek is somewhat narrow and twisty - so the ability to be able to turn your boat is a necessity. This is not a hard paddle, but a bit twisty. Bring snacks or lunch and plenty to drink - This trip requires a shuttle, so time will be spent shuttling drivers to their vehicles. Bring rain gear in the event of a rain shower. Bring sunscreen in the event of no rain shower. Paddle time will be determined by group size and speed - could be 3 1/2 hours, could be 5 hours. Come and enjoy.
Remember each paddler will need to carry a current green Eglin Recreation Permit FY05.
GARY WOROB WANTS HIS VIDEO BACK!!!

Gary loaned his video Path of the Paddle to someone and he does not remember who. It must be hell getting old like Gary! If you have it or know who does, please contact Gary to arrange it's return.

Call Gary - 850-259-9337 or email him at: gworob@yahoo.com


Returning to the Path


i have searched
high and low,
for a video
Path Of The Paddle.

in my behest
please return it
at my humble request,
otherwise i fear my mind will further me test!

in the past
i have it lent
and somewhere in my brain
it made an indent..

but, this time
it alludes
and no more brain cells
to puruse....

so, if you find it on
your shelf
please return it
with great stealth...

as it will be used
at the next club meeting
to bring in cheer and
favorable greeting....


thanks to whomever
you are...
help a quickly growing old man in
remembering back that far!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

August Club Calendar

Bottle Creek Indian Mounds
Date: Saturday, August 6, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Meet at the Stagecoach Inn, Stockton, AL (north of the I-65 & Hwy 225 intersection)
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: We will continue to Rice Creek Landing (no fee) and paddle to Jessamine Bayou and on to Bottle Creek to the Indian Mounds. We will take the short hike to the Mounds for lunch, and on the return we will stop at the floating platform on Jug Lake for a break. The trip will total around 11 miles and we will be back to Rice Creek by around 3:00-4:00 PM.

Gulf Islands National Seashore- Johnsons Beach
Date: Tuesday, Aug 9, 2005
Time: 5:30 PM
Place:
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: Call Bob to sign up, get directions and more information. Will paddle up to sailboat cove, about 5-6 miles.

Full Moon Paddle and Potluck Dinner on the Platform
Date: Friday, August 19, 2005
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Stagecoach Inn, Stockton, AL
Directions: Travel I-65 to exit 31 or north from Spanish Fort on Hwy 225 to I-65, go north about 3 miles to the Stagecoach Inn, Stockton, AL
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: From the Stagecoach Inn, the group will travel either to Rice Creek Landing or Upper Bryant's Landing to put in. If from Rice Creek (no launch feel), the roundtrip will be about 9 miles to the Jug Lake platform. If from Upper Bryant's (nominal launch fee), the roundtrip will be about 6 miles to the Dead Lake platform. Bring good flashlight, PFD, bug spray and something good to share with the group for the potluck (a bag of chips will not do!), as well as drinks and eating utensils. The group will be back to parking lot by around 10:00-10:30 PM.

Ladies ONLY Paddle
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2005
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Caroline Boothe - 251-928-1107
Comments: Caroline will lead another of her popular easy paddles along the bay or into Fly Creek. Drinks and eats after. Call her for more information.

Gravine Island, AL
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2005
Time: 7:45 AM at Bruno's or 8:00 AM at Byrnes Lake
Place: Byrnes Lake
Directions: We will meet at 7:45 AM at Bruno's in Spanish Fort, AL at Hwy 31 & 225 and caravan up Hwy 225 about 9 mi. and left to Byrnes Lake public boat launch. You may go directly to Byrnes Lake and meet at 8:00.
Contact: Brint Adams - 251-583-9919
Comments: The paddle will start on picturesque Byrnes Lake for 1.75 mi. to the Tensaw River, then circle around Gravine Island and explore the bayous on the west side. The trip will be about 10 miles and we should be back to the launch area by around noon. Bring plenty of fluids and a snack. The pace will be moderate.

18th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup
DATE: Saturday, September 17, 2005
LOCATION: Luscher Park Zone (Dog River)
TIME: 8:00 am - 12:00 Noon
FOOD: There will be free food at the picnic afterwards.
CONTACT: Rob Nykvist (251) 460-4646 (Work)(251) 423-0015 (Cell)
E-MAIL: kayaker@mchsi.com
SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE NOW!
WANTED: Kayakers to help clean up Dog River.

At the July 2nd meeting. the following was discussed:

Gary talked about his volunteer work at the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education – soliciting help with building of boats and marine biology to promote the school

Looking for someone with a projector to have a digital video show – also looking for a good VHS player to show Gary’s copy of Path and the Paddle

Gene Boothe would like to present his Appalachian Trail hike- need projector to hook up to a laptop.

Juli Day would like to have instruction in tying knots – Fritz would be a prime to lead a knot tying class.

Lisa Haywood wants to have an Old fashioned Dinner in the Delta Paddle, where in past years, we had major meals on trips – hot ribs, or chicken 'n dumplings or seafood gumbo – we need commitments from people and an organizer to get all the food on track.

If anyone has ideas for a good presentation, and name of someone to present something of interest to the club, please contact Harriet: hvk1457@aol.com 251-928-4568 – or Brint: brint.adams@us.army.mil 251-583-9919.

Monday, August 01, 2005

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

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 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 on and scheduling upcoming paddles, we may have a speaker (yet to be communicated to me as of this morning).

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

*****FLASH PADDLE*****

Little Bateau Bay
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2005
Time: 8:00 AM (arrive by 7:45 or earlier, as we will leave at 8:00)
Place: Old Riverdocs parking lot on the north side of the Causeway about 100 meters west of Ed's Seafood Shed
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: This will be about an 8-10 mi. (maybe 12 mi.) paddle roundtrip, north into the delta up into Chacaloochee Bay, Conway Creek, Savage's Ditch into Little Bateau Bay to see if the Lotus are still blooming. We may possibly paddle on to Lower Crab Creek and Delvan Bay. We will be back before lunchtime. Bring plenty of water and a snack.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

New Weblog link for your reading pleasure

Gregory Brown, a new Fairhope paddler, has started an interesting weblog with photos. Check it out by clicking on the link over in the right side column.

Friday, July 15, 2005

****FLASH****

Check out newly added information in the July Club Calendar below regarding the moonlight paddle this Sunday, July 17th.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

July Club Calendar

Bay Grass
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2005
Time: 8:00 AM (arrive by 7:45 or earlier, as we will leave at 8:00)
Place: Public boat ramp next to Exxon by Felix's Fish Camp on Causeway near intersection with I-10.
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: This will be about an 8-10 mi. paddle roundtrip north into the delta up into Delvan Bay, Polecat Bay, Spanish River (past several osprey nests) and exploring Bay Grass Creek into Bay Grass and points not seen before.

Early Full Moon Paddle - Meaher State Park, Spanish Fort, AL
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2005
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Meaher State Park boat ramp
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Directions: From Spanish Fort or Daphne, take the Causeway east, past the new Beach House Grill, cross over the Blakeley River bridge and immediately turn left before the chainlink fence that encloses the park. Do not go down to the main park entrance. From Mobile, get on the Causeway either in Mobile or take I-10 to the midpoint, where it crosses, and get off. Continue east past Ed's Seafood Shed, Blue Gill's, etc., cross the next bridge over Apalachee River and start looking on the right for Meaher State Park. Do not go into the main entrance. Drive past it and along the chainlink fence and turn right, down the driveway just past the fence and before you cross the Blakeley River bridge.
Comments: We will paddle up the Blakely River to Sardine Pass to Justins Bay. This will be a beginner-friendly paddle of about 3-4 miles. We will watch the sun set and when we turn around for the return, will be looking at the full moon to guide us back. For those inclined, we may dine at a local restaurant afterwards at around 8:30-9:00 PM.

Johnson's Beach, FL
Date: Saturday, July 23-24, 2005
Time: 5:00 PM
Contact: Juli Day - (h) 251-479-8368 or (cell) 251-377-0054
Directions: Take Hwy 98 east out of Fairhope, cross the state line into Florida, turn right on Co. Rd. 293 (Bauer Rd) and go for 3.9 miles, turn right on CR 292 and go for 3.4 miles, turn left on Johnson's Beach Rd. We will meet in Johnson's Beach parking lot.
Comments: Call Juli, so she will know who is coming and may contact you if conditions change. This is an overnight camping trip, intermediate level paddle due to open water, on a barrier island in the National Seashore system. Bring camping needs, food and plenty of water for dinner and breakfast. We will return early Sunday morning.

Ladies Day Out
Date: Friday, July 29, 2005
Time: TBD
Place: TBD
Contact: Carolyn Boothe 251-928-1107
Comments: Call Carolyn for details closer to the date, which may change to Sunday, July 31st.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

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

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 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 on and scheduling upcoming paddles, our guest speaker will be Amy King, Public Education & Outreach Coordinator, State of AL, Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands Division. Her presentation will be on the Bartram Canoe Trail AND a brief on the yet to be completed, but upcoming Orange Beach Canoe Trail.

Also available for member perusal, will be a hard copy two-volume set of the Main Pass Energy Hub LNG Deepwater Port Draft Environmental Impact Statement. As posted earlier, an informational public comment meeting will be held on July 18th in Grand Bay about this proposed action.
Horn Island Trip Report - click here to link.

Check out Tom Meyer's new trip report for his recent trip to Horn Island. Tom is quite a good storyteller, and he had a good one to tell. Happy reading!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Main Pass Energy Hub LNG Deepwater Port Public Meeting

Date: July 18, 2005
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, preceeded by an informational open house from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Place: St. Elmo Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 West, Grand Bay, AL
Phone: 251-865-4010

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for viewing at: http://dms.dot.gov under docket number 17696, to assist in the evaluation of a license for the proposed deepwater port, to be located 16 miles offshore, southeast of Venice, LA. The Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration are requesting public comments on the DEIS.

They invite you to learn about the proposed deepwater port at the informational open house, and to comment at the public meeting on the proposed action and the evaluation contained in the DEIS. Please notify the Coast Guard, Randy Bachman, telephone: 202-267-1752 or email: rbachman@comdt.uscg.mil to be added to the docket, if you wish to speak at the public meeting.

Freeport-McMoRan Energy LLC plans to build two new platforms to support Liquified Natural Gas storage tanks and a berthing system to berth the LNG carriers, ranging in capacity between 60,000 and 160,000 cubic meters. LNG would be stored in six tanks located on two new fixed platforms in a water depth of approximately 210 feet. The proposed location is a former sulphur mining facility and will utilize four existing platforms. The proposed project would sit atop a salt dome, approximately two miles in diameter. An on-site total gas storage capacity of approximately 28 billion cubic feet would be provided in three salt caverns to be constructed under the deepwater port. The facility would have living quarters to routinely accommodate up to 50 personnel.

FME proposes the installation of approximately 192 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquid pipelines on the Outer Continental Shelf, varying in size ranging from 12 to 36 inches in diameter. Five proposed pipelines would connect the deepwater port with several existing gas distribution pipelines, one of which would connect with a gas distritution pipeline near Coden, AL.

The onshore portion of this project shoreward of the mean high water line falls under the jurisdition of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and must receive a separate authorization from the FERC. They are also seeking comments. I have the addresses if you wish to comment.

There are severe potential environmental impacts due to installation of the pipeline as well as contamination from leaks and the tremendous amount of water sterilized and marine life destroyed, as it is used to heat the LNG.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information regarding attending or speaking at the public meeting.

I also just received a hard copy two-volume set of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and will bring it to the July meeting for anyone interested to look through.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Annual Glorious Fourth Paddle

Date: July 4, 2005
Location: Fairhope Yacht Club to the Fairhope Municipal Pier, and back.
Time: 7:00 PM: eat potluck/heavy appetizers; around 8:00 PM, begin paddling to Fairhope Municipal Pier
Bring: potluck/appetizers to share (if desired); light (use after dark); PFD, consider a small anchor or line to tether with; extras: drinks, binoculars (to watch the Mobile & Daphne fireworks).
Route: We will paddle to and from the sandbar at the pier, hugging the ends of the piers on the beach, where power boats do not cruise.
Lever of Paddle: beginner friendly, but beware of the weather.

The fireworks display at the pier is spectacular, when viewed from underneath. This is a relatively short and safe paddle, but conditions can deteriorate should a storm approach. We will always be in about waist deep water, with the shore close at hand, if needed. Stay with a partner, or buddy. We will depart as a group after the display, however it is difficult to see others in the dark and some people leave early. It would be good to notify me, Gene Boothe, if you leave early. Power boats normally do not come in close to shore, unless docking. There have been no problems in the past, but as with all paddles, paddlers need to determine the safeness and appropriateness of the paddle for themselves.

Friday, June 24, 2005

FLASH - JUNIPER CREEK PADDLE - JULY 2, 2005
Juniper Creek, Milton, FL

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2005
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Meet at the Subway/gas station on the corner of Rt. 191 and 87 in Milton.
Directions: Take I-10 to the first Milton/Garcon Point exit. This is the first exit after the single lane Pensacola bridge. Go left/north a few miles to route 90. Go east/right on rt. 90 until intersection of 90/87 in Milton. Go north/left and a short distance on the right will be the intersection of 87/191 and the subway/gas station. We will caravan to the take-out and set up the shuttle to the put-in.
Contact: Gary Worob 850-259-9337 (cell)
Comments: We will drive to take out at Indian Ford Road and load equipment from vehicles to main vehicles and drive to put-in. If you are early, your vehicle will be at the take-out when you get there. Don't be late to the meeting spot. Trip time will be from 3-5 hours depending on your speed. Bring: sunscreen, lunch and plenty to drink, something to share, we all love that, swimming things and something to paddle as well as a paddle, friends, family and perhaps a hat. Last year we had inflatable kayaks. I would not recommend this again, at least the very inexpensive kind. It is a long walk if your boat deflates.
Trip skill level: this is easy to moderate with some twisting in the upper section depending on water levels. The scenery and river are dynamic with white sandy bottom, clear water and white beaches along most of the river. This is a real great swimming and paddling adventure.
Make sure to call Gary Saturday AM before you drive over to make sure the trip is still on.

Monday, June 20, 2005

!!!!FLASH PADDLE!!!! - HORN ISLAND OVERNIGHT

Date: June 25-26, 2005
Time: leave at 5:30-6:00 AM on Saturday morning
Place: Belle Fountain Point, Ocean Springs, MS
Contact: Trip Leader - Tom Meyer twmeyer@bellsouth.net or (251) 680-4445
(I'll have my cell on until we put in the water)
Comments: Please contact Tom if you have questions or plan to go. Weather and sea state will be a deciding factor and a last minute cancel is possible. Tom can't contact you if he doesn't know you're coming.

This is a Big-Boy open water trip for advanced and intermediate paddlers with self rescue, navigation, and primitive camping skills. Effort required should be moderate unless unexpected wind and sea conditions occur. Spray skirt is highly recommended, if not essential. Paddlers should plan to confront significant sun and insect exposure. Bring a minimum of 2 gallons of hydration fluids per person. Plan to bring no less than sufficient food for breakfast lunch, dinner, snacks. Bring a light for visibility in case we are on the water at night.

Drive over to Ocean Springs, MS Friday night. Dinner at local venue of choice.

Camp at the campground in NPS Davis Bayou Gulf Islands National Seashore unit in Ocean Springs (go to http://www.nps.gov/guis/extended/MIS/MDrction/Dirctn.htm for directions). There is a $14/campsite fee with two tents and a maximum of six persons allowed per campsite.

Plan on EARLY start to beat the heat. Latest start at 1st light (5:30-6:00 AM). Consider earlier start, since there will be substantial moonlight.

Put in will be at Belle Fountain Point just east of Ocean Springs MS (go to http://www.bayouhaystackers.com/TrpsFrame.htm and click on Horn Island for directions (starting from Exit 57 off I-10)). If you look at a map, this will be at the point where Horn Island is closest to the mainland (approximately 6 miles). This is a public access beach area marked by a large water tank that appears to be a light house.

Paddle due south approximately 6 miles over open water to Horn Island (2.5-3 hrs).
Locate campsite and set-up, spend day exploring. Spend night on Horn Island. Plan on early start for return paddle to mainland. Breakfast or lunch at local venue of choice.

Friday, June 17, 2005

GOOD NEWS FOR GRAND BAY - AT LEAST FOR NOW

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced Duncan Oil has withdrawn their permit request to dredge an access channel and drill a natural gas well in Grand Bay, Mobile County, Alabama. About two weeks ago, Duncan's consultant re-surveyed the proposed access channel and well site. This survey revealed that as a result of Hurricane Ivan, the access channel had become much more shallow and the shallow water area had been colonized by submerged aquatic vegetation, an important fishery habitat. Since the conditions changed, the application was withdrawn and they will investigate an alternative approach for drilling a well in their lease area.

So, at least for the near term, there will be no drilling. If and when Duncan resubmits an application for a permit to drill, the USCOE will notify us, allowing time for public comment again.
FLASH - NEW DETAILS ADDED FOR SUNDAY MOONLIGHT PADDLE

Click here for all the details listed in the June Calendar for this Sunday evening paddle and potluck at Blakeley State Park. Don't miss it!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

In Honor of Larry McDuff and his love and stewardship of the earth, sea and heavens and all living things, Tom Meyer brought us Fire in the Web, a beautiful and hauntingly insightful and inspiring poem found in the Link MBCAKC Prose and Poetry.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

FLASH PADDLE - DAUPHIN ISLAND TO SAND ISLAND

Date: June 19, 2005.
Depart Time: 8:00 AM (In water & beginning the paddle). It is an early launch to avoid the heat of the afternoon.
Return Time: Noon (approx).
Launch Site: Protected waters by the rock jetties, far east end, south side. (Drive east on Bienville Blvd until it ends in a small parking lot).
Take-Out Site: Same as Launch Site.
Restrooms: None at launch site.
Launch Cost: Free.
Trip Distance: Approx 8 miles.
Trip Route: South to Sand Island, take a break for individual activities, then go along the north side of Sand Island to the northern tip, take another break, then cross to Dauphin Island near the Pier, then east along the south side of Dauphin Island back to the launch site. (A triangular loop). Route subject to last minute change based on weather and sea conditions at trip time.
Trip Speed: Leisurely 2.5 to 3 mph.
Recommended Paddler Level: Must be experienced in self rescue.
Food/Snacks: Bring enough snacks to fuel your needs, with plenty of fluids for hydration.
Gear: Standard safety gear which includes: paddle float, pump, spray skirt (for sit-in kayaks), and life vest. Other items to bring would be sunglasses (polarized), hat, sunscreen, & insect repellent, etc.
Options: Bring a bathing suit and go swimming. Bring a fishing pole and cast a few times for fish. Bring binoculars to see birds up close - they are currently nesting and are a bit aggressive. Bring a towel and lay out on the beach. Bring a storage bag and go shell hunting. Bring a camera and take photos.
Replenishment Activities: Lunch at the Seafood Galley.
Leader: Rob Nykvist
Contact Numbers: 460-4646 423-0015
Email: kayaker@mchsi.com
Big Boy Paddle to Middle Bay Lighthouse
Celebration in Memory of Larry McDuff - Trip Report

Gary and I wrote a few thoughts about our paddle today which are now posted at MBCAKC Trip Reports/

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

FLASH PADDLE -
BIG BOY PADDLE TO MIDDLE BAY LIGHTHOUSE

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Time: 6:00 AM
Place: Meet at the small marina just north of the Marriott at Point Clear. Take Scenic 98 south out of Fairhope, AL
Contact: Brint Adams 583-9919
Comments: In fond memory of Larry McDuff, we are scheduling the original Big Boy Paddle, just as Larry would have loved to lead. In fact, Larry and I talked last Tuesday night about having him organize and lead a trip to Middle Bay later this month. So, this trip is just following through with his promise to do so. Larry will be in our thoughts, leading us on a safe and enjoyable trip.
This approximate 12 mile round trip is suitable for intermediate and above paddlers.
Services for Larry McDuff - Thursday, June 16, 2005

Funeral services for Larry will be held at:

St Paul's Episcopal Church - Eastern Shore
28788 N. Main St
Daphne, AL 36526
251-626-2421

1:30 PM - Visitation
2:30 PM - Funeral Service
4:00 PM - Graveside at Montrose Cemetary

Out of town friends and family are invited to Larry's house following the burial service in the Montrose Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

St Paul's Episcopal Church - Eastern Shore

or to:

Ecumenical Ministries
P.O. Box 1103
Fairhope, AL 36533

Larry's family can be reached at (251) 928-1582 or margaretmcdufflewis@yahoo.com

Monday, June 13, 2005

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR LARRY MCDUFF AT SUNSET ON THE BEACH AT FYC

Following the tragic death today of Larry McDuff, a first gathering will take place tonight at the Fairhope Yacht Club beach overlooking Mobile Bay. The candlelight vigil will start at 7:30 PM. All other funeral arrangements and memorials are being planned and will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

!!!!FLASH - JUNIPER CREEK PADDLE CANCELLED!!!!!

After a sleepless night and much hand-wringing, Gary decided to cancel the Juniper Creek paddle for Sunday, June 12, 2005. Stay tuned for a possible new date.

Friday, June 10, 2005

!!!!!FLASH - DOG PADDLE EVENTS CANCELLED!!!!!

The Dog Paddle Kayak Races previously scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2005 are cancelled until further notice. At present, the event is rescheduled for June 25, 2005, same time and place. Have a safe weekend.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

June Club Calendar

KAYAK & SNORKEL FIELD TRIP for the Southern Association of Marine Educators & the Environmental Education Association of Alabama. We will paddle on Econfina Creek, Chipola River, Holmes Creek and Seven Runs Creek all north of Panama City, FL
Date: June 10 - 12, 2005
Time: Noon on Friday through Sunday afternoon
For more details, click here

4th ANNUAL DOG PADDLE, LUSCHER PARK, MOBILE, AL
Saturday, June 25, 2005 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
For more details, click here

Paddle and Camp in the Delta
Date: June 11-12, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Meet at Stagecoach Inn in Stockton, AL, will caravan to French's Landing.
Contact: Mark Vance - 251-458-7574
Comments: Mark will lead a group from the West Florida club and any others on a paddle around the delta. The campsite on a sandbar, is about 6 miles away. So, you may return to French's that afternoon and not camp. On Sunday, the paddle will be about 10 miles and take out at a different location.

Juniper Creek, Milton, FL
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2005
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Meet at the Subway/gas station on the corner of Rt. 191 and 87 in Milton.
Directions: Take I-10 to the first Milton/Garcon Point exit. This is the first exit after the single lane Pensacola bridge. Go left/north a few miles to route 90. Go east/right on rt. 90 until intersection of 90/87 in Milton. Go north/left and a short distance on the right will be the intersection of 87/191 and the subway/gas station. We will caravan to the take-out and set up the shuttle to the put-in.
Contact: Gary Worob 850-259-9337 (cell) or gworob@yahoo.com
Comments: We will drive to take out at Indian Ford Road and load equipment from vehicles to main vehicles and drive to put-in. If you are early, your vehicle will be at the take-out when you get there. Don't be late to the meeting spot. Trip time will be from 3-5 hours depending on your speed. Bring: sunscreen, lunch and plenty to drink, something to share, we all love that, swimming things and something to paddle as well as a paddle, friends, family and perhaps a hat. Last year we had inflatable kayaks. I would not recommend this again, at least the very inexpensive kind. It is a long walk if your boat deflates. Trip skill level: this is easy to moderate with some twisting in the upper section depending on water levels. The scenery and river are dynamic with white sandy bottom, clear water and white beaches along most of the river. This is a real great swimming and paddling adventure.
Make sure to call Gary Sunday AM before you drive over to make sure the trip is still on, due to possible thunderstorms this weekend.

Fish River, Fairhope, AL
Date: Friday, June 17, 2005
Time: TBA
Place: TBA
Contact: Carolyn 251-928-1107
Comments: This will be a beginner-friendly ladies-only paddle. Call Carolyn to sign up and get all of the details.

Grandman Triathlon, Fairhope, AL
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2005
Time: 6:30 AM
Place: meet at the FYC and paddle over to the course at the Fairhope Municipal Pier
Contact: Harriet Ingraham
Comments: Call Harriet if you are interested in volunteering to monitor the swim course for the triathlon. She will lead the group and get you located in position.

Full Moon Paddle - Blakeley State Park
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2005
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Meet at Buzbee's on Hwy 225
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: Be prepared for a 10 mile roundtrip from Buzbee's up the Blakely and Apalachee Rivers to Blakeley State Park for a sunset potluck. Bring a flashlight for the return, PFD, lots of fluids for the trip and a potluck dish, plate, fork, cup and drinks to share up at the shelter looking out over the Tensaw River. It should be an unforgettable evening!

Johnson's Beach, FL - CANCELLED
Date: June 24-25, 2005
Time: 5:00 PM
Contact: Directions: Put in at Big Lagoon State Park
Comments: Overnight camping trip, intermediate level paddle due to open water, on a barrier island in the National Seashore system. Will return early Saturday morning.

Ocean Springs Kayak Festival, Ocean Springs, MS
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2005
For details, contact:
PE'RO Guides
1106 B Government St.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228)818-9255

State Games of Mississippi, Bonita Lakes, MS
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2005
Click here for more details.

Fourth of July Celebration, Fairhope, AL
Date: Monday, July 4, 2005
Time: early evening
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Gene Booth
Comments: Come and paddle the 2.5 mile roundtrip to the Fairhope Municipal Pier for the July 4th fireworks and Baldwin County Pops Concert. Bring a dish for a potluck dinner at the FYC gazebo, before we leave at dusk for the pier. Bring a flashlight for the return paddle after dark.

Meeting announcements:

Paul Loeffler with the Eastern Shore American Legion Post #199, Fairhope, AL spoke briefly about their beautiful facilities and beach access to Mobile Bay. He offered very reasonably priced membership applications to anyone interested in joining their organization.

Meeting program:

Deborah Schultz gave an informative presentation on the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program's Paddle Bayou La Fourche. She spoke of the original initiative, history, planning, community involvement and cultural activities involved in their very successful four years of a four day paddle and camping happening on the bayou. Also in attendance were Annie Bergelin with the BTNEP, and David Yeager, Kara Lankford and Lee Yokel with the Mobile Bay NEP. The MBNEP is starting to research the possibilities of organizing a multi-day paddle/camping event somewhere on the delta and bay, to celebrate our local heritage, bring attention to our beautiful waterways and communities and promoting local stewardship to improve them. The MBCAKC is looking into how they could best support the MBNEP in this effort.

Friday, June 03, 2005

**NOTE**

Anyone from Alabama interested in entering the State Games of Mississippi in three weeks, please note the added comments in the June 1 posting below. Contrary to the MS website below, since the State Games of Alabama, called the Alabama Sports Festival, does not contest kayak racing, there is no conflict with the kayak racing events contested in the State Games of Mississippi and MS will allow Alabama residents to enter their kayak events. Just add the clarifying note below.
!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, June 7, 2005 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 on and scheduling paddles, Deborah Schultz, Education Coordinator for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program in Thibodaux, LA will do a presentation on their popular and successful Bayou La Fourche paddling event and provide first hand enlightenment on what it would take to stage a similar event here. Representatives from the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program will also be present.

This should be a very interesting meeting, both to learn more about the next Louisiana event, and for information about how we might help promote a paddling event in the Mobile Bay and lower delta area.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Horn Island May See Oil Drilling

Click here to read a 5/31/2005 Los Angeles Times article pertaining to recently signed Federal legislation giving energy companies the right to explore for oil and gas inside the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran wrote in an amendment to the emergency military spending bill, giving Mississippi claim to mineral rights under federal lands, permitting seismic sound-wave explosions to locate oil and gas deposits in the park off the Mississippi shoreline.

This is particularly worrisome, since the islands are wilderness areas and home to federally protected fish, birds, sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins. George W. Bush has been pushing aggressively for drilling in protected areas and has been slowly stripping away policies which shelter parks from the ill effects of exploration started outside park boundaries.
KAYAK RACES IN STATE GAMES OF MISSISSIPPI


State Games of Mississippi
Commissioner: Beverly Henson, 601-485-4401, bevh1952@comcast.net
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2005
Time: Races begin at 1 p.m.
Site: Bonita Lakes (upper lake)
Entry Fee: $25; one event, per person/$35; two events, per person
Only 1 T-shirt per person
Deadline: Postmarked by June 17
Late/Day of Entries: Accepted w/additional $5 up to 30 minutes prior, if space available.T-shirt size not guaranteed.
Events: Olympic Sprint (500M) Long Course (3 Laps) Short Course (1 Lap)
http://www.stategamesofms.org/
You do not need to be a resident of Mississippi to enter. I spoke with the MS Games Sports Director, who suggested noting on the registration form, "No Kayak Racing in Alabama Sports Festival." This will allow the MS Games to let Alabama residents enter their games.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Invitation from Patrick Kennedy, now in Panama City Beach

This is Patrick Kennedy. I was on the old mailing list and thought I would let you guys know I am now living in Panama City Beach, FL. I am still kayaking and love it here. If you guys ever want to do any day or overnight trips in the gulf, just let me know. I have a place here on the beach and don't mind company. One thing I am disappointed in, is the lack of serious paddlers here. I have only met two other people who like to go out in big water. Anyway... Just thought I would drop you guys a line and let you know the door is open.

Take care and thanks for running a great website... Patrick Kennedy
334-391-7677
or email Patrick

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

4th ANNUAL DOG PADDLE, LUSCHER PARK, MOBILE, AL
June 11, 2005 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The 2005 Dog Paddle kayak, canoe and rowboat races are fast approaching. Early discounted pre-registration forms are available on the race event website, just click here or for more detailed information about the schedule of events, click here or here. Return the registration with payment by June 4, 2005 to take advantage of the $5 discount ($2 discount for child entries).

Pictures of last year's events are found here.

I participated the past two years and recommend it as a fun morning for the whole family. You get a great t-shirt and help out a worthy cause. For spectators, the novice, junior and parent/child events are probably the most fun to watch, but may be rivaled this year with the newly added dog & owner event. So, bring your boat or come and borrow one and get in on all the fun.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

****FLASH****

The Johnson's Beach overnight paddle previously scheduled for Friday May 20, 2005 has been CANCELLED due to predicted thunderstorms and high winds.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

####FLASH#### RESERVATION DEADLINE SOON!!!

KAYAK & SNORKEL FIELD TRIP for the Southern Association of Marine Educators & the Environmental Education Association of Alabama

Econfina Creek, Chipola River, Holmes Creek and Seven Runs Creek all north of Panama City, FL
Date: June 10 - 12, 2005
Time: Noon on Friday through Sunday afternoon

Join us for three days of fun and exploration in the creeks and springs of northwest Florida! We have put together a kayak trip for SAME & EEAA members. The trip is also open to all other paddlers as well. It will be held Friday, June 10th through Sunday, June 12th and will be led by Sonya Wood Mahler.

On Friday, beginning at noon, we will paddle along Econfina Creek, the drinking water supply for the city of Panama City. We will tuck into several gorgeous springs where you can swim, snorkel, or just play with the tadpoles. On Saturday morning, we will launch at the boat ramp in Florida Caverns State Park near Marianna. We'll paddle up the Chipola River and explore cypress-lined inlets. Saturday afternoon, participants can go on a 45-minute tour of the caves and hike the nature trail that takes you up the rocky bluffs towering over the river. On Sunday morning, we will paddle up Holmes Creek just south of Chipley, FL to Cypress Springs, another great place for snorkeling. On the drive back, for those who haven't gotten enough of crystal-clear water, we will stop and paddle for a couple of hours on Seven Runs Creek, located just south of I-10 near Ponce de Leon Springs.

The size of the group will be limited to 18 people to insure that we have a good experience and have the opportunity to see some wildlife. For those who do not have their own kayak, we will rent single sea kayaks from Gulf & Delta Canoe & Kayak Co., in Whitehouse Fork, AL. Sonya will lead a session for beginners on how to paddle and how to get in and out of the boats. The minimum age for participants is 12. We will spend Friday and Saturday nights in a motel in Chipley, FL, just off I-10. Chipley is a three-hour drive from the Daphne/Spanish Fort I-10 exit in Alabama.

The registration cost of the field trip is $25 per person. This fee covers guide service, insurance, bottled water and fruit juices, and first aid supplies. Add $30 if you would like to rent a kayak. Add $10 if you would like Sonya to transport the kayak that you rent or your own kayak from Baldwin County, AL. Each person should make their own motel reservations (Super 8 at 850-638-8530: $64.99 + tax per night or Holiday Inn Express at 850-638-3996: $79.95 + tax per night) by May 20th.

For details, contact Sonya at 251-937-7176 or smahler@aces.edu and Rhonda Bryars at 251-937-7176 or bryarrm@aces.edu. Rhonda will mail you a registration confirmation, a map showing where to meet at noon on Friday, a paddling resource packet, and information on how you can join SAME or EEAA. The deadline for registration is May 20th.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

====FLASH==== Moonlight Paddle Update

Check out updated information in the May Club Calendar about the Moonlight paddle this Saturday night. Click on May.

Hurricane Creek Paddle Update

Weather permitting, the paddle on Sunday, May 22nd will still take place as listed on the calendar. Brint Adams will now be leading in lieu of Nancy Milford.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Thank you Julie Robberson

The title of web-mistress does not adequately describe what Julie Robberson brought to our club. Her position was one of huge importance and was a daily commitment to the heart of our very large club. We have made huge strides during the time that Julie directed us through cyber world. Without the dedication of this fine lady, our club would not have the website as it stands now. We thank Julie for the years of dedicated service to Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club, we thank her for the levity she brought the club, we thank her for the advice and direction she brought to the club, and we thank her for the laughter she brought to the club both in person and through emails.

We will miss your constant presence in our lives, Julie.

Thank you for everything, Harriet Ingraham
****FLASH PADDLE**** GRAND BAY

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2005
Time: 8:30 AM
Place: Grand Bay, AL
Contact: Juli Day 251-479-8368 (home), 251-377-0054 (cell) or email Juli
Directions: Take I-10 west across AL-MS state line and take first exit in MS. Turn south to Hwy 90, meet at the intersection and caravan to the put-in at Heron Bay.
Comments: Contact Juli to sign up. This will be a moderate paddle of about ten miles taking about 4-5 hours. There is a $3 parking/put-in fee. Bring the usual items, such as plenty of water, sunscreen, bugspray, lunch, etc.
Addendum to May 4, 2005 post below regarding Grand Bay - Duncan Oil drilling

Two letters are now posted on the Alabama Coastal Foundation website, click on Duncan Oil and Grand Bay and then on ACF and Wild Law. Their cases against immediate approval, by the Corps of Engineers, of the exploratory drilling request are very well laid out. Now it is up to concerned individuals to voice their opinions to the Corps, State of Alabama legislators and Federal legislators, before the May 15, 2005 deadline for public comment.

If you are so inclined, please send your letters (you may use parts of the ACF and Wild Law letters) right away to the addresses linked on the May 4th post below.
****FLASH-HELP NEEDED SATURDAY****

Rockwell Elementary School 6th Grade Cardboard Boat Race
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM (come just before)
Place: Fairhope Beach Pavilion
Contact: Debbie Movelle 454-9824 cell or email Debbie
Comments: Please call Debbie to volunteer, assisting with your kayak in the water, to be a monitor during the Cardboard Boat Races, to take about 30-60 minutes total. This will be similar to our help with the Triathlon. It will be a plus if you are a certified lifeguard or can bring one along.

Since we do not have any scheduled paddles yet for Saturday morning, please see if you can spare some time and help out with what appears to be a very fun event. You will be right in the middle of the action. We will want a quick report from those helping out, to see how well the cardboard boat builders design, build and race their boats without sinking! Maybe one of the designs will be so good, the boat will be sea-worthy enough to come along on one of our club paddles!