The next meeting will be held Tuesday, August 5th, 7pm at the Tensaw Theater / 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. Bob Andrews will present a slideshow on paddling St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge, a kayaking hot-spot on the Gulf Coast. This undeveloped barrier island offers paddlers unique habitats of both tidal marshes and freshwater lakes and streams. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about another great place to paddle!
July Meeting Notes:
Wow! What a turn-out at the last meeting! 120 persons attended the Premier of The Mobile-Tensaw Delta presented by Discovering Alabama’s Roger Reid.
What great videography; the images of the delta were so vivid that it was the next best thing to actually being there! Thank you Roger for sharing your time and the beautiful film with us!
AUg. 2 - 12, 2008 'Kayaking for Kids' Alabama's Log A Load for Kids, a statewide program sponsored by the Alabama Loggers Council and the Alabama Forestry Association, has announced that three forest industry professionals, Mark Byal, Brent Williams and Allen Knight, will embark upon a 333-mile kayak trip down the Alabama River from Montgomery to Mobile Aug. 2-12. This 11-day "Kayaking for Kids" event is part of the organization's ongoing efforts to raise funds and awareness for the state's two Children's Miracle Network hospitals: USA Children's & Women's Hospital in Mobile and Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.
The kayakers will kick off the event with a pre-launch celebration at Montgomery Marina on the evening of Aug. 1 prior to embarking on their journey the next day. Eleven days and 333 miles later, they hope to paddle into Battleship Park in Mobile, arriving at approximately 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. You can join in on one day or several days of this paddle. For more information call: 331-5348 You can find an entry form/itinerary, a sponsorship form and the press release announcing all the particulars surrounding this great and innovative event.
*September 20, 2008- "Yak-A-Du" Duathalon (2 Mile Paddle, 2 Mile Race) Gulfport MS (more info to come)
*October 25 - Nov 2 - Third Annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival which celebrates Southwest Florida's 190 mile marked paddlling trail, The Great Calusa Blueway
for more information see: http://www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com/
*October - Florida Paddlers Rendezvous Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2008 - MBCAKC has been specifically invited to attend (as well as other out of state groups). This year the Rendezvous will be held at Hillsborough River State Park and is a fun-filled four days of paddling on the Tampa Bay area rivers, estuaries, and the Gulf of Mexico. Reservations are now being accepted. To ensure a spot, make your reservations early!!!!! (for more information, see: http://www.clubkayak.com/rendezvous2008/
*November - 2nd Annual MBCKC Photo Contest (final details and contest rules to be published soon)
***Click on the Paddle Reports Link to the right to see recent trip reportsJuly Paddles
July 9th, WED - Mid Week Paddle
Contact: Tracy Lannie 463-4233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Put-In Place/Time: 6pm, River Docs on the causeway (just west of Ed's Shed on the opposite side of the road)
Notes: A short paddle to Whiskey Ditch - plan on being back at launch around sunset. Bring usual gear, PFD, light, water, snacks, bugspray. Please call if you plan on attending and leave a number where you can be reached in the event my plans change.
July 13th, Sunday Morning Fowl River Paddle
Leader: Juli Day Cell# 377-0054
Put-in Place / Time: Memories Fish Camp, Fowl River 9:30 am
Launch Fee: $3
Notes: An early morning paddle while it is still cool. Child Friendly. Bring usual gear: PFD, water, snacks. Call Juli if more information is needed
July 13th, Sunday Late Afternoon Pelican Point Paddle
Leader: Nancy Ward
Put-in/ Meeting Place: Meet at Pelican Point (at the end of Highway 1).
Notes: I again plan to keep near the shore and paddle up the west side of Weeks Bay. There's houses, then a little marsh, then Camp Beckwith. It's easy to go beyond the Camp. How far we go will depend on the group, the waves, etc. I plan to return before dark. Definitely bring pfd and water. Bring sunscrean, bug spray, and a snack if you want. Call me if you're even considering coming so I can contact you if plans change. I'll show up at the launch site and make a decision there if the weather is questionable. Last week it rained lots of places but was fine at Pelican Point. My land line is 990-5575 and my e-mail is email@example.com. That's where you should let me know if you're coming. At about time to go to the launch site I'll turn on my cell phone, 454-6084. That way I can tell people if the weather is good enough to launch. Nancy Ward
July 17th, Full Moon Paddle
Leader/Contact: Fritz Ingraham Home: 928-4568 Cell: 680-8928
Put-In Place / Time: 6:30 pm, Buzbee’s Landing
Launch Fee: $3 put in per kayak
Notes: slow paced paddle, Bay Minettte Creek/Basin/Yancy's Bay
BRING BUG SPRAY, Life Jacket, Snack, water LIGHT IS MANDATORY anything else regularly needed
Please call Fritz if you plan to paddle