Newsletter of the
Bayou Haystackers Paddling Club Issue 3 - 2007 May - June From the editor… It seems that Leslie’s computer acquired several viruses recently. She is busy trying to straighten that out so I volunteered to put together this issue. She is still going to fold them and mail them out so don’t feel too sorry for me (not that you would anyway!) . Hope everyone is doing well and getting some paddling done during this great weather we’ve been having. And I hope it continues for a while - at least on weekends when we have trips scheduled. -Pat
Remember! You can view all photos in color on the website version of GatorTales. Newsletter deadline for Issue 4 - 2007/July-August is June 20, 2007 If you would like to submit an article in the newsletter, please contact Leslie Guidry (985) 246-9889 or e-mail: email@example.com
Please don’t let your membership expire! I am currently the temporary membership chair while Warren recovers from surgery. (And I’m not very good at it!) I am only sending reminders by email so if we don’t have an email address for you be sure to check the mailing label for you expiration date. (If you want to help out with the membership stuff, please let me know - 504-577-9342.) - Pat
In this issue: Presidenttial Ramblings ........... 1 Calendar/Trip Info ................... 2 Demo Day Flier ........................ 3 Bayou Lafourche....................... 4 Sam & Kim ................................ 5 Kayak 4 a Kure.......................... 5 Classifieds ................................ 5 Bluz Cruz .................................. 6 Contacts ................................... 6
Presidential Ramblings. . . By Patricia Fontova A word of warning to everyone – don’t ever un-strap someone else’s boat from their roof rack unless the owner is present and don’t ever drive off without double checking to make sure your boat is secure on your car. Our next membership meeting, Wilderness First Aid Part 2, is on a Tuesday instead of our usual Wednesday. Dr. Larry couldn’t make it on Wednesday so we switched to accommodate him. If you missed Part 1 of the Wilderness First Aid presentation (or even if you didn’t) you won’t want to miss this one. There are two big events coming up in the near and not so near future. The first one is our Demo Day. It is the first weekend in June – Saturday, June 2, and will be held at our usual place, LSU Lakes in Baton Rouge. Mimi Clifton is coordinating this and she needs volunteers to help with a variety of things. Please contact Mimi and volunteer to help – firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-264-6468. We are hoping to be joined by The Backpacker, Massey’s and Compass Rose. This is a great time to try out boats, get some good deals on used equipment, or sell some gear you no longer use. The other event I want to mention is Paddlefest. This year it will be on September 1416 at Fontainebleau State Park – Group Camp III. If you’ve ever been to LaLou, it’s in the same location. We thought this might be more convenient for most everyone. We’ll have a full kitchen and dining area so food prep and serving will be a lot easier. It will be easier for Masseys’ and Backpacker to demo boats there. Classes will also be convenient in the lakes. Cane Bayou and Lake Pontchartrain are right next door, so anyone that wants to just paddle can do so.
Demo Day 2005 (or maybe it was 2006)
There are hiking trails in the state park and the Tammany Trace bike trail passes right. You can take the Trace all the way to Covington or stop in Abita Springs and have a beer at Abita Brewpub. If you take it in the other direction you can go all the way to Slidell. There are four bunkhouse style dorms - each has bathroom facilities with hot showers. If you would like to sleep there, just bring linens and you are all set. To camp at the state park, fees are $18/night for premium campsites, $16 for improved (water and electricity) and $12 for unimproved. You can reserve online at Reserveamerica.com or call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652). If you are sleeping in the bunkhouse you do not need to reserve. This year marks our 35th anniversary so we are planning some special activities and 35th Anniversary t-shirts or something. I hope to see you there! (More information and a registration form will be available online in the near future.)
Issue 3 - 2005 Saturday, June 23 - Level 1 Sea Kayak Course. Learn all the basics you need to safely enjoy a day on the water in your kayak. For more information contact Mimi Clifton - email@example.com or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.)
Course.Take your skills to the next level where you learn how to really handle your boat instead of your boat handling you. For more information contact Mimi Clifton - firstname.lastname@example.org or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.)
June 30 - July 1: Red Creek Overnighter. Easy. Contact Gary Smith - GaryPaddler@aol.com or 504-913-2214.
ACA Members know your ACA number when you go on a trip, the waiver form has a place for it.
MAY May 11 - 13: Self Rescue Clinic (SRC) on the Okatoma. Intermediate. Fee charged. Contact Bill Hager - email@example.com Saturday, May 12 - Level 1 Sea Kayak Course. Learn all the basics you need to safely enjoy a day on the water in your kayak. For more information contact Mimi Clifton firstname.lastname@example.org or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.) NOTE - general membership meeting is a different day of the week this month! TUESDAY, MAY 15: General Membership Meeting. Dr. Larry Koening will present Wilderness First Aid - Part 2. 7:00 pm. 118 N. Cypress, Hammond, LA. See map for directions. May 19 - 20: Bayou Chinchuba - Overnighter or Day Trip. Easy to strenuous depending on conditions. Call Walter Tabary 985-764-9500. May 26 - 28: Memorial Day Weekend Black Creek Paddle. Intermediate. 2 or 3 day option paddler's choice. Contact Hoyt email@example.com or 985-502-4468. Saturday, May 26 - Level 1 Sea Kayak Course. Learn all the basics you need to safely enjoy a day on the water in your kayak. For more information contact Mimi Clifton firstname.lastname@example.org or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.)
June 9 - 10: Leaf River/Okatoma Double Header. Easy - intermediate. Contact Walter Tabary 985-764-9500. or Hoyt email@example.com Saturday, June 9 - Level 2 Sea Kayak Course.Take your skills to the next level where you learn how to really handle your boat instead of your boat handling you. For more information contact Mimi Clifton - firstname.lastname@example.org or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.)
Saturday, July 14- Level 1 Sea Kayak Course. Learn all the basics you need to safely enjoy a day on the water in your kayak. For more information contact Mimi Clifton - email@example.com or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.) Wednesday, July 18: General Membership Meeting. 7:00 pm. 118 N. Cypress, Hammond, LA. See map for directions. Saturday, July 23 - Level 2 Sea Kayak Course.Take your skills to the next level where you learn how to really handle your boat instead of your boat handling you. For more information contact Mimi Clifton - firstname.lastname@example.org or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.)
AUGUST August 3-6: Hiwasee River in Tennessee. Intermediate. Call Walter Tabary 985-764-9500.
Wed., June 19: Executive Committe Meeting. 7:00 pm. 118 N. Cypress, Hammond, LA.
Wednesday, September 19: General Membership Meeting. 7:00 pm. 118 N. Cypress, Hammond, LA. See map for directions. Saturday, September 22 - Level 1 Sea Kayak Course. Learn all the basics you need to safely enjoy a day on the water in your kayak. For more information contact Mimi Clifton email@example.com or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.) September 29 - 30: Tangipahoa Overnighter. Easy. Contact Hoyt - firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-502-4468. September 29- Level 3 Sea Kayak Course. This course will take you out onto the open water where you will use your advanced strokes and maneuvers. You must complete Level 2 prior to taking the Level 3 course. For more information contact Mimi Clifton - email@example.com or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.)
August 10-11: Red Creek Overnighter. Easy. Contact Gary Smith - GaryPaddler@aol.com or or 504-913-2214. Saturday, August 11 - Level 1 Sea Kayak Course. Learn all the basics you need to safely enjoy a day on the water in your kayak. For more information contact Mimi Clifton - firstname.lastname@example.org or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.) Wed., August 15: Executive Committe Meeting. 7:00 pm. 118 N. Cypress, Hammond, LA. Saturday, August 25 - Level 1 Sea Kayak Course. Learn all the basics you need to safely enjoy a day on the water in your kayak. For more information contact Mimi Clifton - email@example.com or go to southcoastkayaks.com (Fee charged. Not a BHPC event.)
SEPTEMBER June 16: Canoe Fishing in Dulac. Easy. Limited to 5 boats. Contact Robb Wiltse - firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 15: Topisaw Creek. Easy. Contact Martina - email@example.com (This date will probably be changed)
September 1 - 3: Labor Day Weekend on Black Creek. Intermediate. Contact Hoyt firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-502-4468. Saturday, September 8 - Level 2 Sea Kayak
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Saturday, June 2: Demo Day at Baton Rouge Lakes - more details to come. We can use some volunteers for this event. Please contact Mimi to volunteer - 985-264-6468 or email@example.com
Saturday, July 14: Magee's Creek. Intermediate - 13 miles. Contact Patricia Fontova firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-577-9342
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NEW DATE! September 14-17 : Louisiana Paddlefest. Fontainebleau State Park - Group Camp 3. Bunkhouses are available - they sleep up to 65 people. Camping is also available for a fee at the state park. To make reservations for JULY camping please go to ReserveAmerivca.com (to sleep in the bunkhouse you do not need to July 4: Fireworks Paddle on Cane Bayou make reservations - we've already reserved it.) tentative Contact Hoyt - email@example.com or For more information on Fontainebleau State 985-502-4468. Park go to http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iFontaine.aspx July 7 - 8: Bogue Chitto Overnighter. Easy For more information on the event, contact intermediate. Contact Woody Wood - woodyPatricia - firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or 504-813-4581
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MAP TO MEETING PLACE: Take I-12 to Exit 40. Go north on US 51-Business into Hammond. Turn east (right) on US 190. Go one full block past the railroad track and turn left on Cypress Street. The meeting place is near the end of the second block on the right.
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The Bayou Haystackers Paddling Club
What? When? Where?
Time to get together with other paddling enthusiasts and try out new or different kayaks and canoes. In addition to privately owned boats, there will be a few commercial exhibitors including South Coast Kayaks. Saturday, June 2, 2007 10:00 am - 3:00 pm LSU Lakes on Stanford Ave. in Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge Beach). From I-10 take exit 157 (Acadian Thruway) and go south.
For more information, contact Mimi Clifton: 985-264-6468 or DemoDay@bayouhaystackers.com
Issue 3 - 2005
Back to the Bayou - Bayou Lafourche Paddle:’April 12 - 15 By Patricia Fontova, Photographs by Rene Stramwauser and Henry Cancienne This year’s Back to the Bayou Paddle was as good as ever except for a little rain on Saturday morning the weather was wonderful. We had good representation from the Haystackers. I think it was the first time for Darryl Pry, Kathy Knierim, Martina Ellis and Elaine Lear. In addition to those newbies there were several others: Mimi Clifton, Leonard Naquin, Don Keller, Donovan Garcia, Fred Krause, and me. Mimi Cleary joined us at the end of the paddle to visit and catch up on stuff (she was in New Orleans for business) and Lisa Damen joined us almost every night to just have fun. But we missed a few that usually paddle - newlyweds Sam and Kim couldn’t make it and neither did Hulin. This was the first time that Shelley Sparks coordinated the event and she did a wonderful job. Every year it is so neat to see friends from the year before and I always look forward to seeing our paddling friends from Houston and other parts of the country. There is a couple from Connecticut that has paddled the last 2 years with their son and his wife from Houston. There are also some local paddlers from the Bayou Lafourche area that we only see on this trip but hope to see more often. Then there are paddlers from the Lafayette Paddling Club, the Houston Canoe Club and this year we were joined by a couple of members from the Pelican Paddlers - a paddling club in Lake Charles. Then of course there are the locals that provide the food and entertainment. They are what make this paddle really special. For example - the Plaisance family provides lunch on Saturday - and what a lunch. There was alligator sauce piquant, and a whole lot more - I can’t remember the names. And the desserts - pralines, cakes, pies, pudding!! Then there is the Robichaux family - not only do they allow us to camp on their land, they feed us, entertain us and educate us!! They always have interesting people visiting while we are there so it’s a great, big wonderful party! The City of Lockport also puts on a feast for us at the end of the trip. There was music, food and the mayor gave us City of Lockport pins to put on our hats or shirts or whatever.
At the Robichaux party!
There are at least 7 Haystackers in this picture - can you find them? (Hint one threes are on the first row and they don’t have long blond hair.)
Great local musician on the bayou!
For more pictures from the Bayou Lafourche Paddle, visit the online version of the newsletter Maybe I’ll see some of you there next year!!
Five Tips on Being a Good Haystacker by Leonard Naquin 1. Attend at least one meeting a year. 2. Lead at least two trips a year. 3. Sve three lives a year by promoting safe boating practices 4. Urge four elected officials to have trash dumpsters at all public boat launches. 5. Kill 5 TV sets.
Kathy Knierim in her Voyager (she won it on Paddling.net) . It was very windy so she used the air bags to help with wind drag.
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ITEMS FOR SALE For Sale: Wilderness Systems Sealution 16’ fiberglass sea kayak with rudder, all white with purple trim, Suunto compass mounted ( a fine compass), rudder. $1,300. Call Kay for more info or to see the boats at 225-413-9390 (Yakima car racks and paddles are also available for sale.) For Sale: NDK Romany 16' sea kayak with carbon-kevlar hull, Bordeaux red deck over a white hull with yellow trim, mounted compass and foot pump. $1,300. Call Kay for more info or to see the boats at 225-413-9390. (Yakima car racks and paddles are also available for sale.) For Sale: Wenonah Canoe: Jensen Seventeen model blue, 17 ft long, 33" wide, carrying yoke, rear foot brace and forward sliding seat. $650, includes paddles and life jackets. Contact Harry at 225-275-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For Sale: NDK Explorer Sea Kayak standard volume and lay-up. 17.5' X 21.5 " Crafted with great attention to detail and quality. Three hatches, recessed and polished deck outfitting. No skeg. Yellow over yellow. Excellent condition. $1,500.00. Contact Mark email@example.com or 985-264-5143 For Sale: Paradigm Sea Kayak - British Design with a Skeg 17' X 21". Bright blue top and bottom with a dark blue and green rail. I have used it only once in the past two years 3 dry Hatches (Forward, Day , and Rear) Email me for pics! Asking $1600. Contact Ritchie firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam & Kim Tie the Knot Haystacker members Sam Fry and Kim Muller were recently married in St. Francisville, LA, in a romantic and picturesque ceremony including,(of course!) canoes. They "arrived" in the beautiful Loon Works solo canoes seen in the background, and "departed" in a similar tandem canoe, the boats being provided by John Steib. We wish them all the best! LeadScout
For Sale: Merrimack Souhegan Canoe (merrimackcanoes.com/souhegan.html) Asking $1,200. For more information, call Wes at (251) 463-7019. (Mobile, AL) For Sale: Tandem Wooden Kayak - Fiberglass/wood hull, teak wood top - hand made, 21ft. long, 30 in. wide. Asking $2,000 (OBO). If interested call Jean at 985-893-7746. For Sale: Thule Exporter truck rack: $300 Contact George Butler, 601-940-1314: email@example.com For Sale: NRS Farmer Bill youth wetsuit; XXS; 3-mm; worn once; like new; original price $73, asking $30. Call Scott 225266-8887. WANTED ITEMS Wanted: A used kayak in the 9-10 foot range. Something along the lines of a Sparky, Swifty, or Otter. For use in bayous and swamps, need to get into tight spaces. Please call Chris at 225-772-0727 Wanted: Square transom freighter canoe (Scott Canoe Co. Hudson bay model or similar ) 21' 2000 lb capacity fiberglass capable of handling 15hp motor. Also if anyone you know has one I would love to see it, and then I could decide on ordering a new one. 337- 501-2267 Russell Bourg firstname.lastname@example.org Wanted: 16-17 foot fiberglass or kevlar canoe. I plan to use it on calm water with two adults and 3 children under 6 years old. Please contact Bill, email@example.com
Kayak 4 a Kure - Start Date May 20 Kayak 4 a Kure is hoping to raise $500,000 in donations from individuals and companies for Children’s Cancer Research. Several children with cancer will join the team along the way to paddle and to camp with them. The children have been very excited about this and can’t wait to participate in the expedition. Starting at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, the Kayak 4 a Kure team will be navigating through the headwaters of the Mississippi River and continuing along the river to the end where he empties into the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, Louisiana. The trip will be made in expedition grade tandem kayaks and the River Team will be comprised of two individuals. The length of the trip is approx. 2,350 miles taking them through 10 states. They expect to complete the trip in 30 days or less. Unlike previous trips using this route, they will be attempting to make this trip in world record time. Interesting to note is that rivers and bodies of waters are generally referred to as feminine; however the Mississippi River is referred to in a masculine gender as “Old Man River” or “Father of Waters”. The Mississippi River is the third largest river and second largest watershed area in the world and is the primary watershed for over 40% of the United States covering all or parts of 31 states including 2 Canadian Provinces and one eighth of North America. The river basin measures 4.76 million square kilometers. Mississippi is an Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word, which means “Great River” or “Gathering of Waters”. For more information on Kayak 4 a Kure please visit their website - http://www.kayak4akure.com/
Bluz Cruz by David Bendana On April 21, 2007, the third annual BluzCruz Kayak Marathon kicked off to a rousing success. Fifty-two racers hailing from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Florida, and Alabama plied their skills on a 22-mile course in the Mississippi River. David Bendana, one of our newest members participated. Here’s what he had to say about it: While there were very few commercial barges on the river, at least one canoe managed to get swamped by the wake of a passing barge. There were plenty of sheriff boats on the course to assist the paddlers during the day. The weather was great. Except for the barge-canoe incident I think everyone else fared pretty well. With the river being so wide, the trick was to find the fastest water which I don't think I was too successful at. I hope we can get a large group from BHPC next year!
Contact Names and Numbers
Officers President—Patricia Fontova, 985-893-3041 firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President—Jed Pitre, 985-438-9820 email@example.com Secretary—Leslie Guidry, 985-246-9889 firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer—Hoyt Sayler, 985-502-4468 email@example.com
Board Members The put-in - about 22 miles above Vicksburg
Mimi Clifton—985-867-9530 firstname.lastname@example.org Warren Davis—504-888-3496 email@example.com Gary Smith firstname.lastname@example.org Walter Tabary - 985-764-9500 Woody Wood—504-813-4581 email@example.com
Other Meeting Program Coordinator—Martina Ellis 985-748-6038 firstname.lastname@example.org Paddlers and barge.
Membership—Warren Davis—504-888-3496 email@example.com Outings—Robb Wiltse, 985-892-3436 firstname.lastname@example.org Website—Patricia Fontova, 985-893-3041 email@example.com Newsletter—Leslie Guidry, 985-246-9889 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and pictures, visit www.bluzcruz.com Mouth of the Yazoo river leading into downtown Vicksburg for the end of the race.
Join us at the General Membership Meeting
Dr. Larry Koenig - Wilderness First Aid II Our guest speaker is Dr. Larry Koenig who will give a presentation about Wilderness First Aid - Part II. He gave Part I at our September 20, 2006 general membership meeting. It was really great and we begged him to come back. This will be a wonderful opportunity to re-assess your knowledge and gear from a doctor who really knows the kind of situations paddlers can encounter, and how to pack lots of help into a compact package. This will be a great program. Bring your own first aid kit to the meeting to see what you need and what you don't need.
When: Wednesday July 20, 7:00 PM Where: 118 North Cypress Street, Hammond, LA See map on page 2 for directions.
Bayou Haystackers Paddling Club c/o Patricia Fontova 903 West 18th Ave. Covington, LA 70433