LOAPC Recreational Opportunities

Posted by Tony Kuhlman:

February
16-20  – Grand Rapids boat show, at Devos Place, Grand Rapids
http://www.showspan.com/GRB/Home.aspx
This will show mostly power boats, according to the organizers.  Still, it’s a pleasant way to spend a few hours if the ice is still on the lakes.

March
5 – Quiet Water Symposium
http://www.quietwatersymposium.org/
More displays and exhibits and presentations and books and booths about canoes, kayaks, paddling, camping, gear, and more.  Bring your sense of adventure!  Bring your credit card too, if you’re brave enough. 

Also – volunteers are needed to help work the show.  You can help out using the form at http://www.quietwatersymposium.org/volunteerform.html

19 – Basic bike tuneup clinic
https://noncredit.msu.edu/listOfferings.action?catalogid=9

Learn the basics of tuning up your own bike.  Bring your bike with you, and go home with a complete tune-up on it.  The cost is $70, but the cost of a tuneup here is $50.  So you are actually paying only $20 to learn a new skill.

The next session is March 19, and is limited to 6 participants.  I know that at least 2 spots are already booked, so if you are interested in this, enroll soon.

April
8 – Banff Mountain Film Festival
http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/listings/cities.aspx?cat=NA&location=us&region=MI
Presented by the MSU Outing club

Multiple films about anything and everything outdoors – climbing, kayaking, hiking, skydiving, skiing, high adventure, animated short films – if you like the outdoors, go see this.  Some are longer – maybe as much as 30 minutes, and some are shorter – maybe 2-3 minutes.  And since the films presented are chosen by the host organization, the films you see here may be different from those shown in other nearby locations.  If you can’t make it on April 8, check out the other presentations in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, or Midland.

30 – Hugh Heward paddle on the Grand River
https://sites.google.com/site/vkmchallenge/hugh-heward
12, 25, or 50 miles on the Grand River – a great way to get out and meet other paddlers, or to get on the water this year with old friends.

May
7 – Looking Glass picnic and paddle
Paddle from Tony Kuhlman’s house in Wacousta to Portland.  The route is about 15 miles on the river.  I have not been down this stretch before, so I don’t know if there will be snags, portages, wild beasts, or alien crop circles.  But it’s a chance to grill burgers, brats, etc, then portage across the street and paddle down the river.  If you need a boat, I’m just a quarter mile from Harlowe’s Canoe Livery.

Other events –

Lake Lansing Monday night paddles will commence when the weather permits and people are brave enough to go out.  Tom has offered to conduct both forward stroke and deep-water rescue clinics sometime during the summer.

Loretta plans to run short trips on the Red Cedar on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, from May 1 through Labor Day.  These will start at 9 AM, going from Van Atta Rd to Ferguson Park.

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