Human powered watercraft continue to make a good showing at Lake Lansing on Monday nights. Eight LOAPC members showed up tonight and waved “ahoy” to five nonmember kayakers, along with several sailboats (including an enormous one from the MSU Sailing Club that looked much too big for the lake). A nice contrast to the usual powerboats and jetskis.
Dan S. and Howard P. paddled tandem in Howard’s gorgeous wood strip canoe. The other six LOAPC members were all kayakers, including four sea kayakers in full sea kayak regalia and two of us in recreational kayaks. Kayak domination again.
LOAPC continues to encourage the public to bring their nonmotorized watercraft to Lake Lansing on Monday nights, with the caveat that this is not an official club event and everyone is responsible for his or her own safety.
Reflections on the Tsangpo
Part 2: The Big South Fork Gorge of the Cumberland River at 4000 cfs, April 2004
Spring had come to the eastern United States in a hurry. A heavy snowpack stretching into Kentucky and Pennsylvania had vanished in the warm air and recent rains, giving the whitewater community many reasons to go paddling. It was Thursday evening, the 7th of April, 1994 and nine of us were heading for the Red River Gorge and the Big South Fork Gorge of the Cumberland River. We had a mixture of skill levels and boats, which included two tandem canoes, two solo canoes, and three kayaks. We had wanted to go to northern Michigan or Wisconsin, but water levels were low in the north and high in the south. So off we went.
(to be continued in the next newsletter…)
The REAL Au Sable River:
a date with a Day 8
5:32 a.m in the morning and I can’t bring myself to get out of bed. It is June 22 and just past the Summer Solstice so I know it was a short night and going to be a long day. That meant time didn’t matter much, since I wasn’t at work. I was rubbing my eyes at the pink sky to the east and thinking that I am not really a sailor and don’t care if there is a red sky in the morning. I watched the beautiful colors grow slowly brighter and then shrugged my shoulder, turned over in my sleeping bag, and went back to sleep.
(to be continued in the next newsletter….)
I’m not paddling tonight, but I’ve heard from a couple other people who will be there if there’s no thunderstorm activity.
We are pleased to tell you that there has been a return of Monday evening paddles on Lake Lansing. Starting at 7:00 p.m. from the North Boat Launch, anyone who wants to bring their kayak or canoe can come out and join old friends and new ones for some social time on the lake. There are no rigid format or rules other than following proper safety practices and good etiquette on the water. It is a great opportunity to dust off that boat if you haven’t gotten it out yet this year or bring the one you just paddled on the weekend.
Last Monday night we had 12 paddlers show up – keep up the support! 1 canoe and 11 kayaks shows the KAYAK DOMINATION taking place – but bring whatever boat you are comfortable with. And blog it up with your feedback and support! The more people read about informal individual opinions the more they will be interested in participating.
Please do not arrive earlier than 7:00 p.m. on Mondays as the power boaters will be still loading up their trailers and the gate will still be collecting fees.
Well, folks, here it is. We are finally finishing up paddling down the entire length of the Au Sable River. So maybe we didn’t scare the record time of 14 hours, but maybe we can shave a few minutes off from our 8-day sojourn. In 2009 I plan on doing the whole thing in one continuous week, but that is for another posting.
For this trip, we are meeting Friday night June 20 (if you wish) by camping at Lumberman’s Memorial Campground just east of M-65 on the south side of the Au Sable River. It is well marked with signs. Saturday morning June 21 we will contemplate shuttle logistics based upon who shows up at the launch site on river left below Five Channels Dam at 9:00 a.m. Most likely we will unload and run shuttle but every trip is an adventure.
We will camp on Foote Pond at site #13. I have already paid for reservations for the site so we are good to go with camp permits. Sunday morning June 22 we will finish all of this “sea” paddling and make the final portage back into river current for the home stretch out to Lake Huron. Any sea kayakers out there interested in a camping trip will have no difficulty through this very open section of the Au Sable. In fact, a seagoing paddlecraft of either canoe or kayak species is the preferred method on the ponds. No short boats here!
Jay Hanks, LOAPC President