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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

*****FLASH*****FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING AT FAIRHOPE YACHT CLUB - BOATHOUSE BUILDING

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. When you drive down the hill to the bay, take the last turn left into the parking lot, to the boathouse building. After the usual club business of reporting on last month's trips and scheduling future paddles and events, we will have a good powerpoint photo presentation by Ian Brosnan, featuring Coast Guard missions between Alaska and Antarctica. He should have some spectacular shots, so this is a meeting you will want to attend.

Monday, January 30, 2006

****FLASH PADDLE****INGRAMS BAYOU

Date: Friday, February 17, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Meet at Exxon station at Hwy 98 & CR95 east of Elberta, AL
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: Paddle pristine waterway with abundant flora and fauna, (soon to be developed?), so see it now in its unaltered state. We'll be looking for mother/baby dolphins, as well as wintering snowbirds of the avian variety. We should be off the water around 1:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Bring binoculars, cameras, paddle, life preserver, car keys, brown bag lunch, well rested body and your brightest smile. If you are one of the fortunate folks who have a fleet of boats to choose from, you may want to select a kayak in case of wind.
***NEW PADDLE ANNOUNCEMENT*** LITTLE BOILING CREEK & BOILING CREEK

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2006
Time: 10:15 AM
Place: Yellow River parking lot, Eglin AFB, FL
Contact: Gary Worob 850-259-9337
Directions: Take I-10 to exit 31 in Florida, which is Hwy 87 south, the last Milton exit going east, and travel south for several miles until you cross the Yellow River bridge (can't miss it) immediately on left is parking lot.
Comments: The trip will start at the road crossing over Little Boiling Creek. We will shuttle vehicles to the take-out at the mouth of Boiling Creek, and not continue down the Yellow River to the Hwy 87 bridge. This may be an adventure into the unknown for the first 1/4-1/2 mile, as we will likely encounter some blockages requiring some cutting, drag-overs or possible portages. It should not be very far, as we checked out the northern end of Little Boiling Creek recently and it is clear partway upstream heading towards the culvert.
The scenery will be extraordinary, as we will paddle down Little Boiling Creek and turn up Boiling Creek as far as it will allow. We will then return downstream, under the wooden bridge (normal put-in point) and continue to the take-out at the mouth (normal lunch spot).
Bring lunch, fluids, definately a recreation pass for Eglin, change of clothes, and saw if possible and sense of adventure.
If you do not have a pass yet, click on Frequently Asked Questions and scroll to the bottom for instructions. Now is the time to get your pass. Do not procrastinate any longer!
If anyone is interested in carpooling from Daphne, call Gary and he will set up. He is meeting at Boater's World and leaving at no later than 8:45 AM.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Grandman Triathlon, Fairhope Municipal Pier
June 3, 2006 7:00 AM - arrive by 6:30 AM

MBCAKC has been the team of kayak lifeguards since the triathlon began several years ago. Harriet Ingraham - 928.4568; hvk1457@aol.com is the kayak coordinator for this event. 10-15 kayakers are needed to line the swim race course, keeping swimmers on path and aiding tired swimmers who need a rest. Kayakers need to be in the water at the Fairhope Pier between 6:30 AM and 6:45 AM - after connecting with Harriet about positioning for the race. Please contact Harriet if you would like to volunteer. We, and Mobile Bay Watch received numerous positive comments about the MBCAKC presence last year and how secure all the swimmers felt by having us participate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Remembrance of Larry Mickelson and his club paddles

Bruce Zimmerman found an old club paddle report from October 23, 2000, for a trip Larry, Sr., his son, Larry, Jr., Bruce and two others, who paddled all the way from Daphne to Fort Morgan. Larry, Sr. was particularly proud of this accomplishment.

You may read about this trip by clicking here.
Float Plan and Boating Emergency Guide

Have you ever been paddling or boating in a remote area, whether out offshore in the bay or gulf, or back in some remote bayou in the delta? Did you have a plan? Did anyone know where you were or when you were to return to civilization?

Click Float Plan Central for an easy to use, comprehensive float plan with step by step emergency guide instructions for the person responsible to contact authorities to locate you, if you were to get into trouble and not return as scheduled.
Larry Mickelson, Sr. passes away Friday, January, 13, 2006

We will miss Larry Mickelsen, Sr. - Redboat Mickelsen. For years, Larry delighted us with his kayak fishing tales (and filled me with envy for not being with him to catch those big Reds). He came aboard with our club, early in the club's infancy and was a faithful and valuable member. His tale of paddling from Pelican Point to Fort Morgan will always be in my memory. Larry was my right-hand man in kayak-lifeguarding, during the Pelican Point/Grandman Triathlon, and I will miss having his help and support.

We all will miss you Larry, and are thankful for your cheerful contributions to our club throughout the years.

Larry's memorial service will be held 5:30 PM, Wednesday, January 18, 2006, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1410 U.S. Hwy. 98, Buildings K &L, in Daphne. Following the service, a reception will be held at East Shore Cafe on Main Street in Daphne. Burial will take place at a later date at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.

Harriet Ingraham

Friday, January 13, 2006

Email option by joining our new Yahoo Group - mbcakc group

This is for anyone interested in having emails of this website's messages, such as flash paddles and upcoming events and notices, automatically sent to your email address. All you have to do is go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mbcakc/ and request to be added as a member. First, click on "Join This Group", then sign in to Yahoo! with your Yahoo! ID and password. If you do not have one, you can set one up by clicking "Sign Up".

Once you are signed in, click "Continue to Yahoo! Groups", then complete the application for membership. You will receive an email notifying you that you are now a member. Once you are approved by the group moderator, you may access the group by signing in to Yahoo, clicking on Groups and the mbcakc group will show up in your list of "My Groups". You may want to view how your profile, email, etc. show up and make any changes or additions you want by clicking "edit".

Now you are set to receive either a daily log of emails or you may want to receive all emails of any messages as they are posted. However, you really will not need to visit the Group site anymore, if you do not wish to, in order to get club messages. It is a safe site reserved only for club members, so you should not receive any unwanted emails. If you no longer want to be in the Yahoo Group, you may opt out or cancel membership in the group.

This should be an easy way to get all of the club news, especially Flash Paddles, without having to remember to frequently click on this website.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

*****FLASH PADDLE*****BAYOU TALLAPOOSA

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2006
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Rice Creek Landing
Directions: meet at Stagecoach Cafe in Stockton. Take Hwy 225 north from I-65 exit 31 to Stockton.
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: This will be an intermediate level paddle of about 10-12 miles (4-5 hrs.) up Briar Lake to Tensaw Lake, stop at the Dead Lake Island platforms and travel up Bayou Tallapoosa before returning to Rice Creek Landing. Give Brint a call well ahead of time, so he will know how many to plan for. Bring lunch, fluids, etc.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

January Club Calendar

Boiling Creek
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2006
Time: 10:15 AM
Place: Yellow River parking lot, Eglin AFB, FL
Contact: Gary Worob 850-259-9337
Directions: I-10 to exit 31 in Florida which is Hwy 87 south....the last Milton exit east....go south for several miles until you pass the Yellow River bridge (can't miss it)immediately on left is parking lot.
Comments: bring dry clothes, boat and paddle, pfd and lunch and maybe something to share and bring your Eglin permit. We will paddle upstream, so there will be no shuttle.

Full Moon Paddle - Bay Minette Basin
Date: Saturday, January 14
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Buzbee's Fish Camp on Bay Minette Creek. Travel 2 mi. north on Hwy 225 out of Spanish Fort, AL from the Hwy 31 intersection by Bruno's.
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: This will be a short, beginner-friendly level paddle out into the basin. Bring a light to be night-water legal. Those interested will gather at a local restaurant on the Causeway for dinner afterwards. Buzbee's has a $3.00 launch fee.

7 Rivers in 7 Days Kayak Trip
Date: January 14 - 27, 2006
For complete details, click here and scan down.

Eagle Weekend, Guntersville, AL
Date: January 20-22, 2006
The Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club has scheduled a roadtrip for Eagle Weekend, January 20-22, 2006, at Guntersville State Park near Guntersville, AL. We will be paddling near the park and will be viewing eagles that winter in the area. Join us for a day or for the weekend. If you would like to stay at the park, there are chalets, cabins and camping available. The lodge is currently closed for remodeling. To make your reservations at the park, call 256-571-5440 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday through Thursday, or 9:00am to 6:00 pm on Friday (Central Time). Weather can be an issue in this area during January. All paddlers need to be prepared for possible cold weather paddling.

If you plan to participate, please notify Bob Andrews at 251-367-4144.

Wakulla River Race
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2006
Time: 10:00 AM EST
Place: St. Marks, FL
Contact: George Blakely 850-385-4974

Thursday, January 05, 2006

*****FLASH PADDLE***** BOILING CREEK - Upper Section

Date: Sunday, January 8, 2006
Time: 10:15 AM
Place: Yellow River parking lot, Eglin AFB, FL
Contact: Gary Worob 850-259-9337
Directions: I-10 to exit 31 in Florida which is Hwy 87 south....the last Milton exit east....
go south for several miles until you pass the Yellow River bridge (can't miss it)
immediately on left is parking lot.
Comments: bring dry clothes, boat and paddle, pfd and lunch and maybe something to share...

and.....................Eglin permit.......don't come without one...

we will paddle upstream ...so there will be no shuttle...

carpool possible:

call me if you want to carpool or be at Boater's World by 9:00 AM in Daphne.....plaza?

this will be a mellow paddle upstream ...a tiny bit of clearing...small branches may happen but no major cunundrums....

Sunday, January 01, 2006

*****FLASH*****MEETING AT FAIRHOPE YACHT CLUB - BOATHOUSE BUILDING

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. When you drive down the hill to the bay, turn left into the parking lot to the boathouse building. After the usual club business of reporting on and scheduling upcoming paddles, we will have a slide show presentation of assorted paddles/places by Fritz and Harriet.