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CLAPS: Paddling Downstream for Once

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Hidden : Saturday, October 13, 2012
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
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CLAPS: Paddling Downstream for Once
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Boat launching promptly at 9:15 a.m. from Spring Gulley




We will be paddling the Armand Bayou Paddling Trail to Bay Area park. Alligators in excess of 10 ft. are commonly seen where we'll be paddling. More than 220 species of bird are found in the area, including hawks, ospreys, roseate spoonbill, various egrets, herons pelicans, and lots of others that I have no idea what they are. If you're a birder - bring your camera, binoclulars, and list(s).

We will be launching from Spring Gulley (GZ for coords), located where Spring Gulley meets Red Bluff. Yes, that's right -- we're launching in the median -- in the middle of nowhere. The D of the D/T for this event has been bumped a half-notch for this inconvenience.

Our paddle route will be to paddle down Spring Gulley to Armand Bayou. We'll paddle upstream to near the headwaters, and then paddle back downstream - eventually to Bay Area Park, where we'll pull out. This is a very pretty area in which to paddle, and there are abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Bring your camera!

NOTE THE LOCATION: There is no parking at GZ, other than to pop the curb and drop off your yaks.

Now for the exciting part - how we're going to make this happen:

The plan is simple (let's see if it works): Please drop your boat off well before the launch deadline. Park at Bay Area Park. Catch the shuttle service to GZ, and paddle back. Your car will be waiting for you when you return!

Alternatively, you can park your car at the Big Island Slough parking. See waypoint for closest parking. There is more parking on the other side of the bridge where the fishing pier is. Space is limited at both locations. Paddle back to Bay Area Park and find a sucker another cacher to shuttle you back to your car after the event. If you park at Big Island Slough it's an easy walk to the launch point.

I will be at GZ around 7:45 a.m.ish so people can drop their kayaks, canoes, rafts and gator doughnuts (inner-tubes) at GZ. Again: recommended parking is at Bay Area Park near the boat launch (see waypoint location, below) and shuttle back to the launch point.

We and will launch promptly at 9:15 a.m. from Spring Gulley. I reiterate this because nearly all the past paddle events in this area have launched from Bay Area Park. Don't go there to launch! Go to the coords at GZ to launch!

Things all paddlers should have / know: Paddlers should always wear life jackets, and take plenty of sunscreen and water and/or sports drink. Sunglasses and a hat are highly recommended, as are more liquids than you think you'll ever need. Gas engines are prohibited everywhere we will be -- stick to paddling.

Cautions for all participants: There are risks involved in getting out on the water! Some have sharp teeth. Please read and heed the warnings (listed on each of the CLAPS cache pages), which will give you more information on paddling in the area, including warnings, hints, tips, and recommendations. The CLAPS caches are all bookmarked, and can be found HERE: CLAPS Bookmark.


Please log a will-attend log online as soon as you can. This really helps us coordinate everything from timing, to the rental guy, to shuttle services.

If you want to help out, but can't or don't want to get on the water, please contact me -- we can use your assistance! We need someone to help us shuttle paddlers in the morning from Bay Area Park to GZ. Your invaluable shuttle services will be greatly appreciated by many -- and you get a smiley for doing it.

If you don't have a boat and do want to get out on the water please post a note here. You may find yourself in an empty canoe or kayak seat in which you can lend your paddling muscle. We will do our best to help you get out there!

Is this is your first time paddling? Don't worry! After 15 minutes on the water you'll have it down and feel like a pro. Don't let your first-time status stop you from having fun on the water with us!

Two useful resources:
Paddle Checklist.pdf
CLAPS - General Information and Resource Guide.pdf

Bring your camera and sense of adventure and come have a great time!






This paddle event hosted by a
Houston Geocaching Society
member.
Come visit our website!.



This is the paddle route, starting at the top, heading down.


The following cachers have volunteered to shuttle people from Bay Area Park to the launch site in the morning. Please arrive at Bay Area Park early to take advantage of this!
BBQBOB2 and NO MUGGLE


THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR HELP TO GET OUT ON THE WATER.
If you are not attending and have a kayak you could lend, or if you have an empty seat on a kayak or canoe you're willing to share, please contact these cachers through their GC.COM IDs. Please post a note if/when a match is made and I'll update here.


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