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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
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Saturday, June 25, 2005 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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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
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

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.