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.