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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

May Club Calendar

Grassy Point, FL
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2005
Time: 10:00 AM
Contact: Gary Worob (850) 259-9337
Directions: take route I-10 east to the Milton exit/rt.87, as if you were going to Boiling Creek. Go 5 mi. past the Yellow River bridge to the first paved road on the right (west side). There will be a sign saying OLF CHOCTAW AIR FORCE BASE: turn right there, and go until you can see the gate, turn right at dirt road just before the gate. Go 5 miles on the well-graded dirt road and stay to right until you get to campsite.
Comments: this is a great paddling and/or camping weekend. Grassy Point is located below Milton, FL and near Boiling Creek. It is another pristine area run by Northwest Florida water management district (they own Econfina Creek). No permit is needed and camping is primitive with clean portapotti's. We will paddle from the campground into a beautiful estuary and just north of the site is an inlet where there are a great number of osprey nests and it is supposed to be quite spectacular...then return for potluck dinner, drumming and campfire stories.
Bring food to share if you are staying for dinner and/or camping. This is a pure white sandy beach lagoon with huge live oaks to camp under...pristine.

Boiling Creek, Eglin AFB, FL Mother's Day Paddle
Date: May 8, 2005
Time: 10:00 AM
Contact: Gary Worob (850) 259-9337
Directions: take route I-10 east to the Milton exit/rt.87, go south for a few miles and cross a long bridge over the Yellow River and turn left into parking lot to meet for shuttle.
Comments: BRING CURRENT GREEN EGLIN AIR FORCE RECREATION PASS, A MUST. Bring liquids and lunch and something to share on Mother's Day and a bathing suit, or not. severe weather date: the next weekend.

Date: May 20-21, 2005
Time: afternoon
Contact: Larry McDuff 251-928-1582
Directions: Put in at Big Lagoon State Park
Comments: Call Larry to sign up and get more detailed information about meeting time and directions to put-in. Overnight camping trip, beginner friendly, on a barrier island in the National Seashore system. Will return early Saturday morning.

Full Moon Paddle - Bay Minette Basin, Spanish Fort, AL
Date: May 21, 2005
Time: 6:30 PM
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Directions: Meet at Buzbee's on Hwy 225 about 2 mi. north of Hwy 31 (Bruno's in Spanish Fort)
Comments: There is a $3 fee per boat to put-in. This will be a moderate pace and distance out into Bay Minette Basin to see the flowers, birds, sunset and full moon risin'. Bring snacks, drinks and the usual items listed in FAQ, as well as a working flashlight for night safety.

Phatwater Tour
Date: May 21, 2005
Time: morning
Place: Natchez, MS
Contact: Keith Benoist Cell: 601 431-1731, Evening Phone: (601) 445-8843
Comments: Anyone interested in attending is welcome. Please contact me at the earliest to work out details. This is a tour, and has no club affiliation, so you will be on you own, insofar as insurance is concerned. You need also to assess your individual paddling skills and level of endurance, as this is a 45 mile paddle, and will take anywhere from six to seven hours to complete. If anyone has specific questions, please email me and let's get the kinks worked out in advance.

Hurricane Landing, AL
Date: May 22, 2005
Time: 2:00 PM
Contact: Brint Adams - 583-9919 cell
Directions: We will meet at 1:30 PM at Bruno's in Spanish Fort at Hwy 31 & Hwy 225 to caravan or you may go directly to Hurricane Landing.
Comments: This will be a beginner-friendly slow paddle up/back beautiful Hurricane Creek. The parking fee is $3. Bring the usual items listed under FAQ.

A large crowd with many new faces came to the May meeting. Tom Meyer mentioned that the annual Bayou La Fourche trip may be postponed from this fall to the spring of 2006. He will check into further and report any updated news. This may impact any future plans of ours to possibly host a similar paddle trip on the Mobile/Tensaw delta.

Eastern Shore Land Trust is looking for help in the form of any good photos of local wetlands, animals, birds, flowers, etc., anything worthy of preservation, to be used in the design of a new informational pamphlet. Contact Philip Dyson, secretary of ESLT at to send photos by mail or electronically.

Chief Ron Emrich and Petty Officer Latner of the US Coast Guard gave an informative presentation titled, America's Waterway Watch. It is the Coast Guard's Department of Homeland Security Maritime Outreach Program encouraging citizens to watch for any suspicious behavior on the waterways, and if seen, to contact their hotline. The 24 hour hotline numbers are 1-800-424-8802 and 1-877-24watch. Pamphlets, boat stickers and wallet cards were given to those present. For more information about this program, you may click on americas waterway watch.