Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bennetts Creek Evening Paddle- June 24, 2008

Bennetts Creek Evening Paddle
Originally uploaded by jmharper.
Our first evening paddle of the season was a good one. Twelve mice met at Bennetts Creek Park in Sufolk to put in for a nice relaxing paddle. Debbie and Dennis (pictured), Shorn and Nancy, Wes and Sandy, Jerry, Jeanine, John, Gita, Sean and Jeff all got into the water at about 6:15 pm.

Our evening paddles are relaxed, "social" paddles, with plenty of chances to catch up with friends or meet new friends. The pace is a little slower, the water a little calmer. A perfect way to unwind after a day at work.

Wes Shows Off His New Ride

Wes Shows Off His New Ride
Originally uploaded by jmharper.
New to Mogul this year, Wes and Sandy immediately went out and bought kayaks to join the Mice on the water. They both got sit-on-top boats, perfect for just about anything we will tackle this year. Wes looks like his boat fits like a glove, doesn't he?

At the Harborside

At the Harborside
Originally uploaded by jmharper.
Dennis, Debbie, Jerry, jeanine and Sean enjoy a cold beverage at the Harborside Restaurant, located near the route 17 bridge. After paddling out to the Nansemond River, the group turned around and pulled into the boat ramp next to the restaurant and proceeded to overwhelm the bartender/greeter/bus person with twelve orders, all on separate checks!

Being able to stop somewhere for a break is always a plus on a paddle, and when you can enjoy a cold beverage, that makes it that much better!

Teabag Award Nominee

Teabag Award Nominee
Originally uploaded by jmharper.
If you go for a dunk, you get nominated for the Teabag Award, named after "Teabag" Jim of the old River Rats. Here, Debbie completes a "graceful" recovery with the help of Gita and John, and despite Dennis.

Sunset on Bennetts Creek

Sunset on Bennetts Creek
Originally uploaded by jmharper.
We returned to take-out just before sunset. it was a great day to paddle, and it ended on a beautiful note.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mid-June- Upcoming Paddles

Tuesday, June 24th
Bennetts Creek Park, Suffolk
6:00pm put-in

We will paddle Bennetts Creek up to the Nansemond river, then stop at the Harborside Restaurant on the way back for a refereshing beverage. This is an easy, relaxed paddle, and a great way to unwind after a day at work.

Saturday, June 28th
Drum Point Boat Ramp, Virginia Beach
Put in 10:30am

Our paddle up Nanney's Creek last year was a hit, so we will try it again this year. Put in is in open water, but we hit the creek about 100 yards away, and explore as far as we want. If things are really calm, we will explore along the shores of Back Bay. This is a beginner/ intermediate paddle, with no real place to get out and stretch your legs along the way. It is more intermediate if we head into open water.

Friday, July 4th
John Schonk's House, 1004 Covington Lane, Norfolk
2:pm 'til ???

Bring your boat to the party and paddle the Lafayette River. Bring a dish to share, a chair, your favorite beverage.

This paddle is beginner-intermediate. If there is a lot of powerboat traffic, the river can get quite choppy. Strong winds will also have an effect.

Thursday, July 10th
6:30pm, Owl's Creek Boat Ramp
We will put-in and paddle around Lake Rudee and Lake Holly in the evening and for sunset. This is always a popular paddle. Bring a flashlight or other light to fasten to your boat for when it gets dark.

Beginners can paddle safely in Owl's Creek, as it is a no-wake zone. Paddling under the Rudee Inlet bridge can be tricky.

Saturday, July 19th
Gosnold’s Hope Park, Hampton
We tried to do this in April, but got rained out. Put in will be at the boat ramp at the park. We will paddle along the Back River, either towards Air Power Park, or along Langley Air Force Base towards the York River. Bring lunch, water and sunscreen!

Take Mercury Boulevard east to King Street North. Turn right on onto Little Back River Road. Turn in park entrance across from Willow Oaks Blvd. Boat ramp is on the on right.

Don't forget to check the links to the left- the Google map, and the postcards!