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Tuesday, August 30, 2005


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


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


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 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:

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
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)
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: 251-928-4568 – or Brint: 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).