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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

August Notes and Paddle Information

September Meeting - Update:
Anna Keene's presentation has been postponed until the October 7th meeting. Steve Delker will still be giving his briefing on safety.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept 2, 2008 at 7pm at the Tensaw Theater/Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. Anna Keene of Alabama Coastal Foundation will be giving a presentation on their organization and some specifics of the Coastwatch program (which could give us kayakers a chance to volunteer for specific duties in different areas of the coast). Her presentation will also include information on the wonderful Osprey Trail they are currently working on.
Additionally, Steve Delker, US Coast Guard Reserve, and long-time club member, will be giving a brief talk on safety on the water


August Meeting Notes
What lovely photos we saw in Bob Andrew's slide show presentation of St. Vincent Island and of our very own Mobile Delta! Thank you Bob for sharing your photos and your kayak tales with us!

August Paddles

Tuesday, Aug 12, Kayaking for Kids Paddle
Contact: Tracy Lannie 463-4233 or tracy@thelannies.us
Put-in: 2pm Blue Gill Restaurant, boat launch east of restaurant
Launch Fee: none, but there is a $20 entry fee, this is a fund raising event (please see below under 'upcoming events' for details/entry form
Notes: Several members of MBCKC will join in on the finale of the "kayaking for kids" paddle by meeting up with the group that began their 332 mile journey ten days ago and paddling to the finish with them to join in at the festivities to be held at the Blue Gill Restaurant. Please call if you plan on paddling. Also, remember to bring all essential kayaking gear, pfd, water, bug spray, etc
You will receive a t-shirt!

Thursday, Aug. 14, Juli's Late Afernoon Paddle
Contact: Juli Day 377-0054
Put-in: 4:30 Bay Front Park, Daphne
Notes: Juli plans to lead these late afternoon/early evening paddles approximately every other Thursday. This is a leisurely, beginner friendly paddle. Plan is to put-in at 4:30 and paddle for about 1 1/2 hours. Bring usual gear: pfd, water, snack Please call Juli if you plan to paddle in case plans change 377-0054

Full Moon Paddle
Harriet and Fritz regret that they will not be able available to lead a full moon paddle this month. There may be several others stepping up to do so. Please watch this site for posting(s) for August's full moon paddle(s).


Sunset/Full Moon Float - Saturday Aug. 16, Cancelled due to weather
Where: Little Lagoon, Gulf Shores
Put in: 5pm 1248 West Lagoon Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Leader: Audrey Preston
Contact: Suely (251-609-0880)
Bring water, snacks, pfd, light, bug repellant and all normal paddling gear. Leisurely paddle, stop to stretch your legs on a sand bar or swim, enjoy the sunset and the moon rising. There is a bathroom for use. Weather permitting, of course. PLEASE CALL IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US!!!
Directions:From Hwy 59, head south and turn right onto West Beach Blvd. Be in the right lane when the road splits off (immediately after Pier 33 Convenience Store on the right) and the road is now West Lagoon Avenue. Continue past 10th and 11th and the duplex is between 11th and 12th on the right side of the road(immediately after 2 huge salmon/pumpkin colored buildings). # 1248 is painted seafoam green with white trim and faded burgundy doors. The mailbox is across the street from the driveway. Please call 251-609-0880 if you get lost.

Sunday, Aug 17, Fish River Paddle
Leader: Nancy Ward 990-5575 or wardn@earthlink.net
Launch: 1:30 pm at Big Daddy's - 16542 Ferry Rd. Fairhope /click below for directions http://www.bigdaddysgrill.net/directions.htm
Notes: Meet at 1:30 Sunday in Big Daddy's North parking lot - plan is to paddle up Fish River keeping close to shore, turn around and return late afternoon. Option to dine afterwards at Big Daddy's with live music by John Reno. Bring all essential gear; PFD, water, snacks, sun screen, bug spray. Please call Nancy if you plan on paddling in case plans change. 990-5575 or on the noon of the paddle dial 454-6084

Thursday, Aug. 28, Juli's Late Afternoon Paddle
Leader: Juli Day 377-0054
Launch: Meaher State Park, 4:30 pm
Directions: YOU WILL NOT ENTER THE FENCED IN PARK AREA.
GOING WEST FROM SPANISH FORT CROSS FIRST BRIDGE ON THE CAUSEWAY,TURN LEFT AND DRIVE ALONG THE FENCE (ON YOUR RIGHT) TO THE BOAT LAUNCH AREA.
GOING EAST FROM MOBILE. PASS MEAHER PARK ON YOU RIGHT AND FIVE RIVERS ON YOUR LEFT. TURN RIGHT ON THE DRIVE JUST BEFORE REACHING THE BRIDGE. DRIVE ALONG THE FENCE (ON YOUR RIGHT) UNTIL YOU REACH THE BOAT LAUNCH AREA.
Notes: We will explore the area south of the causeway. Easy Paddle approx 1 1/2 hours/Beginner friendly. Bring all usual paddling gear
ANY ONE WANTING TO JOIN US MUST LET JULI KNOW IN CASE OF A CANCELATION

***Canceled***Sunday, Aug. 31, Fish River Paddle ***Canceled
Contact: Nancy Ward 990-5575
Launch: Big Daddy's North Parking Lot 1:30 pm (refer to above Aug 17 Fish River Paddle for directions)
Notes: Easy, Relaxing Paddle. Plan is to return late afternoon with option to dine at Big Daddy's. Bring usual paddle essentials: pfd, water, snacks, sunscreen
E-mail me (wardn@earthlink.net) or phone me (990-5575) if you're considering coming so I can notify you if plans change. GIVE ME YOUR PHONE NUMBER. On 8/31, near the time of the paddle, I'll have my cell phone on (454-6084). I'll go to the meeting spot at 1:30 no matter what to make a final decision if the weather is questionable. Nancy Ward