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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Flash Paddle - The Last of the Moneticans
When: January 30, 2005 at 1 PM
Where: Buzbees Fish Camp on Hwy 225 in Spanish Fort
How Much: $3
Contact: Matt Darring 463-8523,
Comments: It's been a year. We've been to Bay Minette Basin 11 times now. This is the last installment of the Monet Paddle where we paddle the same spot every month for a year. What a trip. Matt plans on hitting all the highlights...the beaver dam, the spot under the oaks, "Seldom Seen" point (if possible), the Monet Tree, the north cypresses. So this paddle will be a little on the long side, but at a slow to moderate pace, plus you can always turn around. It'll be a great time.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

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

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be held on Tuesday Februrary 1, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. After our usual club business, Cara Lankford of the National Estuary Program will give a presentation. We understand that one focus of her presentation will be local oyster restoration, but Cara will also know the answers to a great many of the questions we kayakers, adventurers, and nature freaks always want to ask, so you will not want to miss this meeting.



I have heard from a paddler from Gadsden, Brian Westcott, who is preparing to go on a trip to Cape San Blas (and the St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge) and/or the Appalachicola area paddling trails. He's got a new boat, new gear, and has researched his trip, but he'd love to have the company of as many of our club members as are interested in joining him -- especially club members who have some experience with these areas.

As you know, many of us have paddled the Cape and St. Vincent's Refuge, and we know what a fantastic paddle it is and how helpful it is to have someone who knows the area show you the put-ins and take-outs and help you avoid the oyster reefs. And a couple of us have paddled Appalachicola with great pleasure. So if you're in a position to help Brian organize his trip and/or if you'd like to join him on this trip, e-mail Brian at

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Book Reception
Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005
Time: 1:00-5:00 PM
Contact: Dennis Holt (251) 990-6444
Place: Morning Light Gallery and Studio, 410 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL.
Comments: Dennis Holt and Sue Walker made a presentation at our meeting. Sue read her poetry and Dennis showed some of the images in their new book, In The Realm of Rivers, about the Mobile Tensaw River Delta. Their event is a reception at the studio on the occasion of the book's publication. To see Holt's website, click here.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Date: Friday, January 28, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Simpson River Boat Launch - north side of Hwy. 90
Directions: From Pensacola, go east on Hwy. 90 (Nine Mile Road). From the top of the Hwy. 90 Escambia River bridge, go 2.2 miles and the put-in will be on your left. Look for the crossover just past a bridge.
Comments: Kayaks are recommended for this 8 mile round trip. We will paddle upstream and take a short cut-through and paddle up White River for another two miles. The return will be five miles down the Simpson. Bring lunch, water, PFD, etc., and be prepared to eat lunch in our boats.
Contact: Tina Murphy - 850-994-0290 or Jane Mosteller - 850-995-1063 to sign up. We will contact those on the list, in case of bad weather. For those coming from Mobile, Bob Andrews will lead a caravan. Contact Bob at 251-367-4144 for time and meeting place.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Date: January 22, 2005
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Byrne's Lake - or meet at Bruno's parking lot at 9:45 AM, at Hwy. 31 & 225 in Spanish Fort
Contact: Brint Adams - 251-583-9919
Comments: This will be a beginner-friendly paddle of about 5 miles, so we will come off the water around noon or soon thereafter. The road is paved all the way to the park and the paddle area is well protected from the wind.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Click here to read the trip report for the Canal Island Platform outing.

A new Link has been added over in the left column under Links, which is a calendar with a long-range look ahead at upcoming trips, events, races and overnight outings. It is not intended to include all last minute posted Flash Paddles nor any great detail. The Flash Paddles and trip detailed information will remain on the MBCAKC main page, as usual. This is for your benefit in preparing your long-range schedules and is a new work in progress, so any comments or suggestions for improvements are welcome. You may comment by clicking comments at the bottom of the calendar, then Post a Comment or sending an email to brint.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Date: Sunday, January 16, 2005
Time: 11:30 AM
Place: meet at The Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton
Directions: Take I-65 N to the Stockton exit 31 or Hwy. 225 north, cross I-65, and continue north to Stockton.
Contact: Bob Andrews - cell: 251-367-4144
Comments: This will be about an 8-9 mile roundtrip paddle from Hubbard's Landing up Tensaw Lake to Big Beaver Creek and Little Lake to the new floating platform behind Canal Island. The area is well protected with lots of woods, so the predicted north wind will not be much of an issue. Bring along a snack and fluids for the stop at the platform. This will not be a difficult paddle and is suitable for most anyone willing to go the distance.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

The paddle scheduled for Friday, January 14th is cancelled due to windy weather. Look for a future rescheduled date.
Check out Boats For Sale for the latest hot deals. There have been two recently sold and two new ads recently posted.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

February 25-28, 2005

I received confirmation we have the Blue Spring Campground for: Feb. 25 (Friday from 2:00 PM) until Monday, Febuary 27 10:00 AM.

I will give more specifics at another time and at the next club meeting in February. I already have several people who have committed to camping, but we are only allowed up to 25 limit on people paddling.

so, if you intend to camp make sure you email me:

a tentative agenda is:
Friday: anyone wishing to, can come Friday afternoon and set up and play in the springs in the front yard and help set up the teepee and sweat lodge, that Tom Meyer will bring.

Saturday: explore the rest of the springs (requires shuttle) and then sweat lodge, feast and music.....improvised.

Sunday: those with small boats to explore the upper details on that area yet....the rest may explore or lounge by the pool or take a self-directed trip to Marianna and the caves...(beautiful area). Bring along bikes, too.
Several members are selling used boats, and we have posted the details regarding same at our new website for "want ads" at:
It appears that MSN is not delivering club e-mails. Let's hope this is a temporary problem. If not, you MSN members will have to get in touch with MSN if you want to resolve this problem; there is nothing we can do about it on this end. Sorry!

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Click here to read an amazing article about kayaying through the recent tsunami. Thanks to Amy Delaplaine for the link.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

New link added for MBCAKC Boats For Sale
In order to enhance your usage of our website, I added a link over in the right column, to take you to a separate specific website, set up solely to advertise any member's canoes or kayaks for sale. You will no longer have to search through this site's archives to find the hot bargains out there.
If you:
1) Want to announce a boat for sale
2) Are looking to buy a boat
3) sold a listed boat or it is no longer on the market, just email me by clicking brint, so I can post your new ad or remove an old ad from the site.
New Trip Reports
To read the latest trip reports by Harriet (Tensaw River Adventure Paddle) and Gary (a travelogue to Fargo, GA), just click on MBCAKC Paddle Reports. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

January Calendar of Events

January Flash Paddles will be posted on this website and sent by email as they are announced. So, check out this site frequently to make sure you do not miss any opportunities.

Book Reception
Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005
Time: 1:00-5:00 PM
Contact: Dennis Holt (251) 990-6444
Place: Morning Light Gallery and Studio, 410 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL.
Comments: Dennis Holt and Sue Walker made a presentation at our meeting. Sue read her poetry and Dennis showed some of the images in their new book, In The Realm of Rivers, about the Mobile Tensaw River Delta. Their event is a reception at the studio on the occasion of the book's publication.

Second Annual Super Bowl Paddle and Party
Harriet and Fritz Ingraham
Date: Sunday, February 6, 2005 - rain or shine, cold or warm
Paddle time and place: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Comments: You don't have to paddle to party. We MUST know if you are coming (how else will you know where we are paddling or how to get to our house)- contact by phone 928-4568 or email: click Harriet or click Fritz. Bring a dish for everyone to share and bring your drink of choice - remember to be a responsible alcohol beverage consumer - let someone else drive you home. We will provide either grilled chicken or hamburgers - yet to be decided. IF YOU WANT YOUR FOOD HOT, you guys must promise to go outside and talk to Fritz while he grills - he was left alone last year and missed most of the party. If you don't promise to go talk to him while he cooks - then he will cook before the paddle and we will have cold food. We will have 2 computers on with slide shows of various paddle trips of 2004. The Super Bowl will be on 2 TV's.
SPECIAL HALFTIME EVENT (better than last years TV event!!! - now if this doesn't get you here, nothing will). Directions to our home will be passed out at the next meeting, or I will be happy to email them to you, if you request.

At our January club meeting, we had about 46 members in the room including a couple dozen people new to the club. Some don't yet have a boat, but they came anyway. Let's take the time to show them the ropes. Sometimes a simple lesson can make paddling so much easier for a newcomer.

Thank you to Sue Walker and Dennis Holt for coming to our meeting and being on the program.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

FOR SALE - 16' fiberglass canoe - $100
Aquaterra fiberglass 10' kayak - $325
Contact: Nancy Gwin at 251-478-6948 or 251-422-1211

Monday, January 03, 2005

The January meeting program will be presented by Dennis Holt, a professional photographer. He will have a slide presentation of his travels in the Mobile Tensaw River Delta. Dennis will also have a sample advance copy of his "coffee table-type" book, which is presently in publication and due out sometime in the near future.

This should be a great program to kick off 2005, which you will not want to miss!

For Sale - new Hobie Outback Mirage Kayak

It comes with the amazing MirageDrive pedaling system and sail kit.

It is yellow with yellow and white sail. It has a retractable hand-controlled rudder, rod holders, cupholders, 3 storage hatches and much more.

I am selling it for $1500. It is really fun to sail while kayaking the pedaling system is amazing. It can be seen and tested at Fowl River.

Sam St. John - 786-3114

Sunday, January 02, 2005

!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be held on Tuesday, January 4, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.