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Current Club Coordinator: Tracy Lannie
MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

Disclaimer: This site provides general information & links on topics of paddling. Paddlesports can pose serious risks of damage to personal property & serious bodily injury including permanent disability & death. Anyone participanting in any MBCKC event or participating in any event mentioned on this website does so at their own risk and agrees to hold MBCKC harmless from any liability as a result of such participation or use of information contained herein.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

January Meeting
The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 3rd at 7 p.m. in the Tensaw Theater at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  Michael Pornovets, Navy Veteran, of Everything Kayak, L.L.C. in Biloxi, MS will be our guest speaker this month.  Michael will talk about the Wounded Warrior Project and our opportunities as kayakers to volunteer in the Wounded Warrior Project program (kayaking).

Bob Strader, MBCKC member, will present this month's mini-slideshow on his November paddle trip from Murder Creek (at Brewton) to the Conecuh River to Pollard.  He shared a little about this paddle at the December meeting and so many people were asking questions that we have invited him to tell us more about this 14.2 mile trip.

MBCKC welcomes Paul Taylor  back home from Iraq after serving there for several months (6+).  Paul will present Five Rivers with special gift at the January meeting.

December Meeting
December's meeting was lacking quite a few members, but the photo show and pot-luck dinner was enjoyed by all!  We had several new paddlers join us and it was nice to get to greet new faces!  Thanks to everyone who brought photos, newspaper articles, and food to share!





Tuesday, November 22, 2011

December  Meeting
The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center (exact room location to be announced).  We will have our 5th Annual  Photography Exhibition, "Through the Eyes of a Paddler" and pot luck dinner.  Please  join us as we share our paddle tales through our photography.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a covered dish or snack and their favorite kayaking photos.  We will display mounted photos on easels.  If your prints are not mounted, we can lay them on a table or pass them around.  Please put your name on the back of all photos.  Don't miss this annual event which has come to be a favorite of many!

November Meeting
Last month, we viewed a slide-show of the charity kayak event, Paddle Bayou La Batre.  66 paddlers took to the water and paddled the Bayou making this inaugural paddle a success!  We also shared paddle tales and welcomed out winter paddlers back to the Mobile Bay area.


General Notes and Announcements
*Volunteers wanted to lead/conduct MBCKC meetings. Presently, January is the next available opening. If you would like to conduct a meeting, please contact Tracy Lannie, MBCKC coordinator, at 463-4233 or tracy@thelannies.us

*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie. Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style. Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes

Paddles and Events
The following paddles are posted on the club's calendar

Sunday, Dec 4th - Juli Day's mid-morning paddle 
 
Check back frequently for scheduled paddles


Monday, October 31, 2011

November Meeting
The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 1st at 7 p.m. in the Tensaw Theater at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  Join us as we talk about recent kayak events and share paddle reports and future paddles.

October Meeting
Nancy Milford, host of October's meeting, did a great job presenting "Dinner with the Birds".  Nancy had some terrific photos of birds depicting their different habits and behaviors.  Nancy has come to enjoy "slowing down the pace" so that she can observe these behaviors, learn from them, and get to know the birds better.  Thank you, Nancy, for an interesting and entertaining presentation!


Upcoming Paddles and Events:
Check back frequently for updates
 
Paddles

Events 
November 5-6:  Alabama Scenic River Trial's "Fossil, Food, and Fun"
 http://alabamascenicrivertrail.com/events/?eventID=39&date=11/05/2011 




Tuesday, September 27, 2011

October Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Tensaw Theater at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  Nancy Milford, MBCKC member, will be the host of this months meeting.  While some people like to paddle in races, others like a slower pace.  Nancy will talk about some of the things that you can see, learn, and experience by slowing down some.  Her theme is "Dinner with the Birds"

 Maggie Pyle will do the mini-presentation this month.  Maggie recently participated in the 16th Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival, entering three races.  In Atlanta, there were over 60 teams competing from collegiate, corporate, industry, banking, retail, and breast cancer survivors teams. On Saturday, September 24th, 32 teams participated in dragon boat races on the Mississippi River at Memphis. Maggie will have photos she took of the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival and share insights into the 2,000 year-old sport of dragon boat racing which is currently the 8th fastest growing sport in the world.

Tracy Lannie will have raffle tickets for a Bending Branches Navigator Paddle. Drawing to be held on October 8th at Paddle Bayou La Batre.  Tickets are $3 each.  For more information on this paddle: http://www.bendingbranches.com/navigator      Tracy will also have forms for Paddle Bayou La Batre; this will be your last chance to register via hand-written form.  The registration fee is $25. For more information on Paddle Bayou La Batre:    http://www.paddlebayoulabatre.org/

Also, a representative from the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program will be at the meeting to talk about "Clean Up the Bottom", to take place on Saturday, October 22.  More info will be posted on the yahoo groups page (South Alabama Paddlers)

September Meeting
We have several first timers at September's meeting.  It is alway nice to meet a new paddler!  We shared our paddle tales and learned about the upcoming event, Paddle Bayou La Batre.

Upcoming Events and Paddles:Paddles
The following paddles are posted on MBCKC's calendar, click on the calendar link for more detail

Paddles
Harriet's Rice Creek Paddle:  Sunday, Oct 2 / meet 10am

Full Moon Paddle: Wednesday, Oct 12 - 6pm

Harriet & Fritz Whiskey Ditch Paddle -Sunday afternoon, Oct 23 (not posted on calendar) For information, call: 604.3741 (harriet) 680.8928 (fritz)

Fresh Air Family paddle by Juli Day /Buzbee's Fish Camp Paddle -Sunday afternoon, Oct 23 (not posted on calendar) For more info, call:  Juli Day 377-0054

Rob's Big Boy Middle Bay Lighthouse Paddle:  Sunday, Oct 23 / meet 1:45 pm

Events
Paddle Bayou La Batre - October 8 http://www.paddlebayoulabatre.org/

Phatwater Challenge - October 8 http://www.kayakmississippi.com/

Tour du Teche II, Race - October 7-9 http://www.techeproject.com/tour-du-teche.html

Paddle Florida, October 13-20 http://www.paddleflorida.org/oct11/details1011.htm

Clean Up the Bottom - Oct 22 http://www.mobilebaynep.com/news/clean_up_the_bottom



Monday, September 05, 2011

September Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Tensaw Theater at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  We will share recent paddle tales and discuss future paddles.  The upcoming Coastal Clean-Up will be discussed.  Also, Tracy Lannie will present on an upcoming paddle event to be held on October 8, Paddle Bayou La Batre.

August Meeting Notes
During the August meeting, Tracy Lannie shared a slide-show presentation of a trip she and David did on the Naeroyfjord in Norway.

We also passed the hat to take up donations toward our new club banner.  Thanks to everyone that contributed to our beautiful banner.


Upcoming Events and Paddles:
The following paddles are posted on MBCKC's calendar, click on the calendar link for more detail


Paddles
Full Moon Paddle:  approx Sept 13, watch for update

Dog River Scenic Blueway Paddle:  Sept 23

Events
Coastal Cleanup - Sept 17  http://www.alabamacoastalcleanup.com/

Paddle Bayou La Batre - October 8   http://www.paddlebayoulabatre.org/

Phatwater Challenge - October 8 http://www.kayakmississippi.com/

Tour du Teche II, Race - October 7-9 http://www.techeproject.com/tour-du-teche.html

Paddle Florida, October 13-20 http://www.paddleflorida.org/oct11/details1011.htm

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

August Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd at 7 p.m. in the Tensaw Theater at Five River's Delta Resource Center. Tracy Lannie, MBCKC coordinator, will present on kayaking in the fjords of Norway.  She and David did a short day-paddle on the Naeroyfjord in Western Norway on July 15th.  The Naeroyfjord has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005 and is rated, along with the Geirangerfjord, by the National Geographic Society as the world's number one heritage site.  Come join us as Tracy shares their experience on the Naeroyfjord!

July Meeting
Russ Lea shared his photos of a two week trip to Greece he and his wife, Robin, made recently. Their first week was spent in Greek cooking classes for Robin, learning Greekstyle dishes for her Bayside Cafe business. The second week was spent onboard a forty three foot sailboat cruising around the small towns on Peloponnese Peninsula. Russ had planned to spend time kayaking but discovered he absolutely had to have a kayak guide. The day a guide became available however, the wind conditions around Poros Island in the Saronic Gulf were challenging to say the least. His photos of their Greek adventures were an awesome presentation for the well attended club meeting.

General Announcements
MBCKC now has a banner!  This banner will be displayed in front of the Tensaw Theater during monthly meetings and during other special events.  For anyone wishing to contribute to the cost of the banner, we will 'pass the hat' at August's meeting.

*Volunteers wanted to lead/conduct MBCKC meetings. Presently, September is the next available opening. If you would like to conduct a meeting, please contact Tracy Lannie, MBCKC coordinator, at 463-4233 or tracy@thelannies.us

*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie.  Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style.  Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes.



Upcoming Events and Paddles:
The following paddles are posted on MBCKC's calendar, click on the calendar link for more detail

Paddles

Full Moon Paddle - Friday, August 12, from Buzbee's

Sunday Morning Paddle - Sunday, August 14 McVays Lake



Saturday, August 20 - Magnolia River


Monday August 22 Evening Paddle - from Buzbees
 

Please check back frequently for updates on paddles to be held

Events

Coastal Cleanup - Sept 17 http://www.alabamacoastalcleanup.com/

Paddle Bayou La Batre -  October 8 http://www.paddlebayoulabatre.org/

Phatwater Challenge - October 8 http://www.kayakmississippi.com/

Tour du Teche II, Race - October 7-9  http://www.techeproject.com/tour-du-teche.html

Paddle Florida, October 13-20  http://www.paddleflorida.org/oct11/details1011.htm

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

July Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5th, at 7p.m. in the Tensaw Theater at Five River's Delta Resource Center.  Russ Lea, MBCKC member, will present on a recent trip to Greece.  The understanding is that he has some beautiful photos!  Russ always presents with a bit of humor so there's sure to be some laughter too!

June Meeting Notes
Maggie Pyle did a great job at the June meeting presenting on Kayak and Canoe Racing!  There was a lot of group participation with many members asking Maggie questions about racing and about the 20' Stellar Surf Ski she brought which, by the way, stretched from nearly one wall to the other where it sat in front of the wide screen. 

General Notes
*Volunteers wanted to lead/conduct MBCKC meetings. Presently, September is the next available opening. If you would like to conduct a meeting, please contact Tracy Lannie, MBCKC coordinator, at 463-4233 or tracy@thelannies.us

*Harriet thought ordering Camelbak Bottles with the club logo on them was a good idea, and many club members agree. This is the Camelbak Better Bottle which is BPA-free. If there is enough interest, the cost to club members would only be $9 per bottle. If you are interested in purchasing a bottle, contact Harriet at: hvk1457@aol.com

Upcoming Events and Paddles:
the following paddles are posted on MBCKC's calendar, check here for more detail

Paddles:

Escatawpa River/Presley's Outing - Saturday, June 11 (see calendar)

Full Moon Paddle - Wed, June 15 6:30 pm (see calendar)

June 26th - Afternoon Paddle on Fish River, 2pm (see calendar)
Please check back frequently for updates on paddles to be held

Events:

June 17 - 18 Third annual Ocean Springs Kayak Festival -
Mississippi State Games Paddle Race to be held at the festival - June 18
For more info: http://www.southcoastpaddling.com/Special%20Events.html

June 17 - Cultural Kayaking Adventure - Grand Bay National Estuarine Reserve
For more info: http://grandbaynerr.org/ or call (228) 475-7047

June 25-26 Alabama Scenic River Trail's Weiss Lake Event
For more info: http://www.alabamascenicrivertrail.com/events/?eventID=35&date=06/25/2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

June Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7 in the Tensaw Theater at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center at 7:00 p.m. Arrive at 6:45 for refreshments. Maggie Pyle will be the host of June's meeting and will present on kayak/canoe racing.  Maggie will bring her Stellar 20' surf ski which is 16.4" wide and an Epic Wing paddle.  The word "race" may be overstated, as anyone can take part in a canoe/kayak race.  Some participate for fun, while others are serious, skilled competitors. Participating in races is a great way to meet new people and paddle new places.

May Meeting Notes
We had a good turnout with many club members and new faces for the viewing of "Oil Spill" as presented by Dr. Doug Phillips and Roger Reid of Discovering Alabama.  It seems, everyone enjoyed viewing it on the "big screen".  On an exciting note, we discovered a few days after the meeting that the Discovering Alabama Oil Spill show received an EMMY nomination.  This is something to really be proud of because, of all the many entries, only the top three programs are nominated.  Congratulations to Dr. Doug and Roger! A big thanks to Harriet for hosting the meeting and for the grand idea of inviting Discovering Alabama!

General Notes
*Volunteers wanted to lead/conduct MBCKC meetings. Presently, September is the next available opening. If you would like to conduct a meeting, please contact Tracy Lannie, MBCKC coordinator, at 463-4233 or tracy@thelannies.us

*Harriet thought ordering Camelbak Bottles with the club logo on them was a good idea, and many club members agree.  This is the Camelbak Better Bottle which is BPA-free.  If there is enough interest, the cost to club members would only be $9 per bottle.  If you are interested in purchasing a bottle, contact Harriet at:  hvk1457@aol.com

Upcoming Events and Paddles:

Paddles:

Escatawpa River/Presley's Outing - Saturday, June 11 (see calendar)

Full Moon Paddle - Wed, June 15 (see calendar)
Please check back frequently for updates on paddles to be held

Events:
June 17 - 18  Third annual Ocean Springs Kayak Festival -
Mississippi State Games Paddle Race to be held at the festival - June 18
For more info:  http://www.southcoastpaddling.com/Special%20Events.html

June 17 - Cultural Kayaking Adventure - Grand Bay National Estuarine Reserve
For more info:  http://grandbaynerr.org/  or call (228) 475-7047

June 25-26 Alabama Scenic River Trail's Weiss Lake Event
For more info:  http://www.alabamascenicrivertrail.com/events/?eventID=35&date=06/25/2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

May Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd in the Tensaw Theater at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center at 7:00 p.m.  Arrive at 6:45 for refreshments.  Harriet King-Ingraham will conduct the meeting and introduce our special presentation and guests, Dr. Doug Phillips and Roger Reid.  Dr. Doug, creator, producer, and host of Alabama Public Television's Series Discovering Alabama, and Roger Reid, producer, director and writer of the series, will present their film, "Oil Spill". 

Here is a direct quote from the film:  "While Discoveing Alabama is a natural history series showcasting the beautiful natural wonders of our state, in this show we are compelled to examine a tragedy assailed as the most catastrophic oil spill in U.S. History - that no doubt will affect our state for years to come."

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the film as presented by Dr. Doug and Roger!  Each and every Discovering Alabama show celebrates the natural wonders of our state, and this film is no different.  As Doug Phillips says, "come along as we discover Alabama".

April Meeting Notes
Juli Day did a fantastic job leading April's meeting which had a very large turnout of members!  Juli presented on the Alabama Scenic River Trail (ASRT).  She covered many details of the ASRT including the mission of the trail, the area/miles the blueway covers, and  their very informative website: http://www.alabamascenicrivertrail.com/    Juli also did a slide-show presentation of ASRT's recent two-day Spring Delta Paddle which many MBCKC member's participated in.

General Notes
Volunteers wanted to lead/conduct MBCKC meetings.  Presently, September is the next available opening.  If you would like to conduct a meeting, please contact Tracy Lannie, MBCKC coordinator, at 463-4233 or tracy@thelannies.us

Harriet King-Ingraham is looking for volunteer kayakers to assist in the Grandman Triathlon on June 4th.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Harriet at 604-3741 or hvk1457@aol.com

Upcoming Events and Paddles

Paddles
The following paddles are posted on MBCKC's calendar.  Please refer to calendar for details:

Full Moon Paddle - CANCELLED

April 29 - Friday evening paddle from Causeway

Events
April 16 - Bluz Cruz Marathon:  http://bluzcruz.com/

April 16 - The Great Drift   http://www.dogriver.org/

April 30 - Delta Woods & Waters Expo Canoe Race and Kayak Fun Run http://www.deltawoodsandwatersexpo.com/
April Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5th, in the Tensaw Theater of the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. Juli Day is the coordinator for April's meeting. Juli will present on the Alabama Scenic River Trail's (ASRT) Delta Paddle that will have just taken place, and Jim Feldman, executive director of ASRT, will be our special guest.

The local chapter of the Alabama Hiking Trail Society will be raffling off an Ascend kayak. Juli Day will have tickets available at the April and May meeting. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Proceeds will enable the purchase of much needed trail building and maintenance gear.

March Meeting Notes
Bruce Coldsmith of Dog River Clearwater Revival spoke about the new Dog River Scenic Blueway and its grand opening event, "The Great DRIFT". "The Drift" will take place on April 16th. See the club calendar of www.DogRiver.org for more detail.

The mini-slideshow presentation was "Fall Colors of Ocheesee Pond" presented by Tracy Lannie.

General Notes:
Volunteers Wanted: to host/conduct the monthly meetings during 2011. July is the next opening available for volunteers. Please contact me if you would like to 'be in charge' of a meeting. Tracy Lannie tracy@thelannies.us or 463-4233

Congratulations to MBCKC members and area paddlers who placed in the Battle on the Bayou Canoe and Kayak Race in Ocean Springs, MS on March 12th. Maggie Pyle, Rich Wetmore, Jerry Inman, and Carol Dearing brought home medals!

There are some really great kayak event opportunities in April. Watch the calendar for future paddles. Also, the Lake Forrest Yacht Club plans on having their weekly kayak races again in May (more info TBA soon).
Upcoming Events and Paddles
Please Check back frequently for updated paddle announcements.
Paddles

Full Moon Paddle to be announced.
Events
April 2 & 3 - ASRT's Spring Delta Paddle http://www.alabamascenicrivertrail.com/
April 7 - 10 - Paddle Bayou Lafource http://paddling.btnep.org/
April 16 - Bluz Cruz Marathon http://www.bluzcruz.com/
April 16 - Launching of "Dog River Scenic Blueway" http://www.dogriver.org/

Monday, March 28, 2011

February Notes and Paddles


March Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1st, in the Tensaw Theater of the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. Bruce Coldsmith of Dog River Clearwater Revival will give us the details of the "Launching of the Dog River Scenic Blueway". This exciting event will take place on April 16th.

There will be a mini-slideshow presentation of a fall Ocheesee Pond paddle.

February Meeting Notes
Bob Strader, MBCKC member, was the coordinator for February's meeting and what a great job he did! He presented with a slide-show presentation of his recent paddle from Rice Creek to Bottle Creek (Indian Mounds). Immediately following, Dr. Gregory Waselkov, Professor of Anthropology/University of South Alabama, shared his knowledge of the Bottle Creek Indian Mounds . The history of the inhabitants there was intriguing. Dr. Waselkov also had some very interesting artifacts which were on display for us to see and hold!

General Notes:
Volunteers Wanted: to host/conduct the monthly meetings during 2011. Please contact me if you would like to 'be in charge' of a meeting. Tracy Lannie tracy@thelannies.us or 463-4233

There are some really great kayak event opportunities in March and April. Watch the calendar for future paddles which will include a Full Moon Paddle for March! Also, the Lake Forrest Yacht Club plans on having there kayak races again on Wednesdays in May (more info TBA soon).

Upcoming Events and Paddles
Please check the calendar frequently for new paddle postings. Paddles currently posted or soon to be posted are:

Paddles

March 5 - paddle on Graham Creek (Foley's Graham Creek Nature Preserve)
March 18 - Full Moon Paddle from the Causeway

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

January Notes and Paddles

February Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 1st, in the Tensaw Theater of the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. Bob Strader, MBCKC member, is the volunteer conductor for this month's meeting. . Bob will present with a slide-show presentation of his recent paddle from Rice Creek to Bottle Creek (Indian Mounds). Immediately following, Dr. Gregory Waselkov, Professor of Anthropology/University of South Alabama, will speak on the Bottle Creek Indian Mounds.

January Meeting Notes
Nancy Milford was our first club member of the year to volunteer to coordinate and conduct January's meeting. What a great job she did! Leslie Lasister, Environmental Manager for the City of Foley, presented on Foley's Graham Creek Nature Preserve. The slide-show included photos of the canoe/kayak launch at the preserve as well as beautiful photos of the wildlife and abundant flora, some of which is rare, that can be seen in the area. Many club members left looking forward to paddling Graham Creek.

General Notes:
I am looking for volunteers to host/conduct the monthly meetings during this new year. Please contact me if you would like to 'be in charge' of a meeting next year. Tracy Lannie tracy@thelannies.us or 463-4233


Upcoming Events and Paddles

Please check the calendar frequently for new paddle postings. Paddles currently posted or soon to be posted are:
Paddles
Saturday, January 9th - 11:00 am Paddle from Buzbee's
Sunday, February 6th - Ingram's Bayou morning paddle

Friday, January 07, 2011

January Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 4 at Five Rivers in the Delta Hall. Nancy Milford,MBCKC member, will be conducting the January meeting. Nancy has arranged for Leslie Lassiter, CPESC, Environmental Manager for the City of Foley to speak about Foley's Graham Creek Nature Preserve and the outdoor opportunities it provides.

December Meeting Notes
Russ Lea shared his very entertaining and humorous adventures on the Bowron Lakes of British Columbia with clubmembers at December's meeting. The photo show was beautiful! Thank you Russ for sharing with us!


General Notes:
I am looking for volunteers to host/conduct the monthly meetings during this new year. Please contact me if you would like to 'be in charge' of a meeting next year. Tracy Lannie tracy@thelannies.us or 463-4233

Upcoming Events and Paddles
Please check the calendar frequently for new paddle postings. Paddles currently posted or soon to be posted are:

Paddles
Friday, Dec 31 - Gene Boothe's "Last Sunset" Paddle