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May, 2022

Sunday
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Lacking any expression of interest - and given the cold weather predicted - l (57 degrees) & some sprinkles - I (Alf) am pulling the plug (7:00 PM)

FORGET THE FOLLOWING:
For this week’s trip we will return to the Class II George Washington Canal. We will cross the Potomac to run the canal and then re-cross to return via the C&O Canal, with a possibility of some of the group attempting a main channel attain. Meet at 9:30 am at the Violette’s Lock parking lot, 13948 Violette’s Lock Rd, Poolesville MD. As always, please let the trip coordinator, Alf Cooley, know if you will be joining:

AlfCooley@gmail.com - 703 397-6882.

The weather forecast is "aA chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm" but the water temperature will still be somewhat low, around 60, so dress accordingly. The forecast river level is 3.8’ on the Little Falls gauge, a moderately high level for this section of river.

PFDs are required for all. Helmets are required for kayakers using spray skirts and highly recommended for all others. Airbags are strongly encouraged for boats without other means of flotation. Please dress for water temps, not air temps. If you need safety equipment, please advise the trip coordinator in advance.


CCA Covid-19 Guidance

Fully vaccinated people can congregate in small groups, share shuttle rides and carpooling together, etc., consistent with CDC Guidelines.

For groups that include un-vaccinated people, masks should continue to be worn, consistent with CDC Guidelines.

Auto shuttles involving un-vaccinated people
• Wear a mask covering mouth and nose while in shuttle vehicles
• Open windows to allow for air circulation
• Avoid carpooling to distant sites
All participants should bring a personal mask to be worn as needed.

Do not attend if you think that you may have been in contact with someone with
Tuesday
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On Zoom.
Wednesday
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We'll be having our Wednesday evening paddle from Anglers down to Lock 10. Meet up at the Lock 10 parking lot at 6:00 and we'll set shuttle from there. Feel free to reach out with any questions if you're interested but not familiar with this stretch of river. It's a great section and beginner friendly. SYOTR ~Kara
Thursday
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Bloomington Take-Out 39.476398 -79.069421
8:30 AM
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Cinco de Mayo paddle.
COE says it’s going to release between 800 and 1200 cfs from Jennings Randolph dam on Thursday. After seeing John S’s report of a 500 cfs run that he really enjoyed, I say we go for it on Thursday.

Those coming from DC area can meet in Myersville at McDonalds (on Hwy 17
at Exit 42 from I-70) at 8:30. We will move to the Park and Ride, re-arrange boats, and be on the road by 9. If you are going straight to Bloomington, meet at the take-out at 11. Take out is off Hwy 135 where Savage River flows into the N. Branch of Potomac — Race Street in Bloomington MD. (39.4731, -79.0777)

Temps predicted to be a high of 73 with light winds. Water will be cold (~50) as the release comes from the bottom of the reservoir. Dress properly.

Please let David Cottingham (Cotton) know if you plan to join the group — dcottingham7@icloud.com or 202-699-1277. I will check the release schedule Thursday morning before leaving home about 7:30. If the Corps changes its release schedule I will be in touch with folks who have indicated they plan to join us.
Thursday
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Thursday Paddle - Angler's to Lock 10

In addition to Cotton’s trip to Bloomington, for those wishing to stay closer to home, Tim Tilson will lead an Anglers-Lock 10 trip. The Little Falls gauge level is predicted to be 3.75-4.0 ft. The temperatures should be in the high 60s with a minimal (4%) chance of rain. Winds no more than 7 mph. Meet at Lock 10 at 10:00 am. Bring a snack for a rest stop after Yellow Falls. Lunch at Fish Tacos is possible (a very appropriate venue since it will be Cinco de Mayo). Please let Tim know if you are coming by using either his land line (703-273-9436) or via email at hmslydia@msn. After 0900 Thursday you can use his cell phone of 703-864-0802.
Saturday
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This trip NO LONGER needs a coordinator. COE Tells us (May 5) that it will be too high.

The 2022 release schedule for Jennings Randolph Lake and Savage River Dam has been posted on the public website:

https://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/nab/northBranch.html
Saturday
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Frank Fico will be coordinating a Pick-Up Trip to Pohick Creek on Saturday, May 7th.
Please contact him - at Fico1@netzero.net - or 703 318 7998.

to be on his list as he organizes the meeting time and place - or possibly decides on another brook.

Pohick is a Class III (II_+) stream - Intermediste - ranked 42/68 on Knipling's List

Anyone knowing about a potentially dangerous new (2021) footbridge across the Pohick, please let Frank know details. Thank-you.

Anyone knowing about a potentially dangerous new (2021) footbridge across the Pohick, please let Frank know details. Thank-you.
Alf Cooley (11:44 AM, Fri)
Saturday
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This is an invitation-only event for the CCA's new and old trip coordinators to get together to discuss the trips we hope to run in the coming paddling season. Host is John Snitzer. It will be held outdoors, and may have to be re-scheduled if the weather's bad. Invitations with agenda will emailed to the participating trip leaders.
Sunday
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This trip no longer (5 May) needs a coordinator, as the US Army Corps of Engineers informs us that the release will be humongous.

So Fugeddaboudit Alf Cooley - see below


The 2022 release schedule for Jennings Randolph Lake and Savage River Dam has been posted on the public website:

https://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/nab/northBranch.html
Sunday
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The Potomac was at 10.2 ft - only three others has signed up / asked to be kept in mind. We four ended on the upper part of Catoctin Creek MD - called Middle Creek. See the TR.


Due to predictions seen today (Fri, 6 May) that the Po will be running at 7.2 feet, we will NOT be gathering at Violettes Lock. I will be looking for smaller streams nearby (think Goose or Virginia Catoctin), but if even they look too high - will scrub the trip entirely.

If redirecting, I'll send an APB to the Sunday list. If Canceling - no notice at all, since no-one has said they're coming.

- Alf

SUPERSEDED NOTICE:
Meet at Violettes Lock, ready to paddle at 9:30. Cross the Potomac and enter the Geo Washington Canal on the Virginia side paddle down through several Class 1 and 2 rapids. Return across the Potomac and reeneter the C&O Canal at Blockhouse Point/ Mile 21. 3.8 ft predicted (Med High) Return to Violettes.

Please contact me by phone or email if coming - do not drop in.

Alf

Please look at the CCA's "Trip Guidelines" page: https://canoecruisers.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=394800&module_id=223946

Also: Covid Rules. -
All participants should bring a personal mask to be worn as needed.

Do not attend if you think that you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, or if you have any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Please call your medical provider for any symptoms that are concerning to you.
Tuesday
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on ZOOM
7:00 PM
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on Zoom

Postponed from Weds, May 3d
Wednesday
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CCA will be holding our weekly Anglers to Lock 10 paddle this Wednesday. Meet at Lock 10 at 6:00 to set shuttle. It will be a fast run at these levels and not the best choice for novices, but fine for advanced beginners and up. Contact me if you're unsure if this trip at this level is right for you. Depending on group interest, we might start off by paddling upstream a bit from Anglers to surf skull island. All paddlers must be wearing helmets and life jackets.

SYOTR
~Kara
Thursday
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8:00 AM
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Mark Brenneman is coordinating a trip to the Casselman River (II/III). The level will be around 1,000 cfs. The air temps will be in the low 70s. Paddlers coming from the east should meet at the HAGERSTOWN McDonalds (I70 and Route 65) at 9:00am, consolidating boats and leaving cars at the adjacent park and ride. We will meet others at the Fort Hill Rd bridge takeout at 11:00.

Please contact Mark at mabrenneman@verizon.net if you plan to join this trip. He can also be reached on his cell at 240-343-0096. Mark will help coordinate carpooling for anyone driving long distance.
Thursday
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WEDS - Noon - With the Potomac predicted at 5.8 ft for Thursday - and 5.1 for Race Day, it makes no sense to do Mather Gorge at an unsafe level - only to have the Race run from Anglers. Thanks to Alan Gale for pointing out that the Maryland Narrows section is described on the Ron Canter Map as a Class 5 at 6 ft. (Even with a downgrade to Cl. 4 - not something to which I should be subjecting myself or my participants.

I shall go over to GOOSE CREEK near Leesburg to join Tim Tilson's trip - see his announcement on this Calendar. Hope some of you may like to come. Alf
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This Thursday Paddle is also a practice run for the Downriver Race, to be run two days later. Meet at Lock 10 at 9:00 to set shuttle, then drive up to Great Falls Tavern, MD for the trek down the Canal to Lock 17 / Sandy Beach Steps. Depending on the water level, get a taste of what it feels like to launch into the maw of S-Turn, at the predicted 5.6 feet (Little Falls) - WE WILL DO THE MARYLAND SIDE CHANNEL - AND MAY CANCEL - REDIRECT THE TRIP.

This is not a practice race. We'll proceed down the varous named rapids, playing wherever we like, Lunch at Offutts Rapid, Take-Out at Lock 10 after a 5-mile run. - Possible to set cars at Carderock.
NOTE that the Race will end at Sycamore Island, another (flat) 2.33 miles downstream. Since the take-out there is formidable, we'll omit that last part of the route.
Please let me know at alfcooley@gmail that you're coming, for we need to keep the trip safe. - on Thurs: 703 397-6882 (cell)
Thursday
12
in front of the Harris Teeter in the Landsdowne Shopping Center just off Rte 7
12:00 PM
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Tim Tilson will lead a trip on Goose Creek. This is a 6 mile trip which starts with 2+ miles of flat water followed by a portage around the dam to the white water section. The white water section is mostly Class II with one Class II-III. The level will be around 500 cfs (2.7 ft) against a Tim & Wayne personal Canoe Zero of 300 cfs. The weather will be cloudy with a high of 70. Bring a lowering line for your boat for the portage around the 20-foot dam.

Meet at 1200 in front of the Harris Teeter in the Landsdowne Shopping Center just off Rte 7 (19350 Winmeade Dr Leesburg VA 20176). From there the group will proceed to the take out. Please have eaten lunch and be ready to paddle. If interested please let Tim know at hmslydia@msn.com, or via land line at 703-274-9436. Cell phone after 1030 am Thursday 703-864-0802.
Saturday
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Angler's / C&O Canal
8:30 AM
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ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5:00 PM FRIDAY MAY 13th! You must register online and pay with your credit card before race day. Tandem teams must register and pay separately, and list their partner. All racers must wear PFDs (life jackets) and helmets. All boats must have flotation; no exceptions. Bring water. This is a long race. By participating, you are agreeing to be responsible for your own safety, which includes being familiar with the race course, and well within your abilities to paddle it at the race-day levels and conditions. This is not an event for beginners.
The race will be canceled or postponed if the Little Falls gauge is over 6 feet.
Sunday
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This week's trip will be on the Class II George Washington Canal. We will cross the Potomac to run the canal and then re-cross to return via the C&O Canal. Since the river is coming down from 10' last Sunday, there may be new strainers so attendees will need good boat control in Class II water. Flotation required this week.

Meet at 9:30 am in order to be on the water at 10 am. Address: Violette’s Lock parking lot, 13948 Violette’s Lock Rd, Poolesville MD. As always, please let this week's trip coordinator, Jackie Hoglund, know if you will be joining: jhoglund1 @yahoo.com, 301 661 6916.

Weather and water temperature forecast: Little Falls gauge is predicted to be 4.8'. Weather dry and 65-74 degrees, water temp 63 degrees.

PFDs are required for all. Helmets are required for kayakers using spray skirts and highly recommended for all others. If you need safety equipment, please advise the trip coordinator in advance.

Do not attend if you think that you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, or if you have any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

CCA Covid-19 Guidance
• Fully vaccinated people can congregate in small groups, share shuttle rides and carpooling together, etc., consistent with CDC Guidelines.

For groups that include un-vaccinated people, masks should continue to be worn, consistent with CDC Guidelines.

Auto shuttles involving un-vaccinated people
• Wear a mask covering mouth and nose while in shuttle vehicles
• Open windows to allow for air circulation
• Avoid carpooling to distant sites
All participants should bring a personal mask to be worn as needed.
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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We'll be having our Wednesday evening paddle from Anglers down to Lock 10. Meet up at the Lock 10 parking lot at 6:00 and we'll set shuttle from there. Feel free to reach out with any questions if you're interested but not familiar with this stretch of river. It's a great section and beginner friendly. SYOTR ~Kara
Thursday
19
Manassas Meeting Point - Vandor Lane Cul-de-sac next to Wyndham Garden hotel.
9:15 AM
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Alf Cooley assures us that the Cacapon is still high enough from last week’s rains for a reasonable trip so we will be running the Capon Bridge to WV 127 section on this scenic river. Weather forecast is a high around 80 with a 40% chance of rain. We will meet at the WV 127 takeout at 11:00. For those coming from Virginia who wish to carpool or convoy, meet at the Wyndham Garden Manassas (10800 Vandor Lane) at 9:15. This is accessed from I-66 westbound via Exit 47B/VA 234/Sudley Rd. Tim Tilson will be coordinating this carpool. If you need to reach him Thursday morning his cell phone is 703-864-0802.

We have a special treat planned for lunch. A while back, a Washington Post food critic reported that some of the best hamburgers to be found anywhere are in, improbably enough, Capon Bridge – see https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/2019/11/04/e24fb3d8-fcdb-11e9-8906-ab6b60de9124_story.html Subsequently, the restaurant won an award for "Best Burgers in West Virginia".

So, after consolidating boats at the takeout, we will head to the Farmer’s Daughter (it’s open 11–3 for meals), have lunch, and then continue to the put-in. There is a friendly property owner there that lets us use his land for whatever we feel like giving. We’ve settled on $5/boat as a fair fee; please bring that along.

Wayne McDaniel will be the Cacapon trip coordinator. As always, please advise him (macinmd1@gmail.com, 443 542 8779) if and where you plan on joining.
Thursday
19
Guide House Grill (formally Cindy Dee's)
11:30 AM
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Mark Brenneman will coordinate a run on the Staircase. We will meet at the Guidehouse Grill (aka Cindy Dee’s) parking lot at 11:30. The level is forecast to be around 4.2’ and the temps will be in the low 80s. Contact Mark at mabrenneman@verizon.net if you plan to join this trip. Mark’s cell phone is 240-343-0096. We may need to pay for parking at the Millville put-in, so bring some cash to contribute.



CCA Covid-19 Guidance




Fully vaccinated people can congregate in small groups, share shuttle rides and carpooling together, etc., consistent with CDC Guidelines.

For groups that include un-vaccinated people, masks should continue to be worn, consistent with CDC Guidelines.

Auto shuttles involving un-vaccinated people
• Wear a mask covering mouth and nose while in shuttle vehicles
• Open windows to allow for air circulation
• Avoid carpooling to distant sites
All participants should bring a personal mask to be worn as needed.

Do not attend if you think that you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, or if you have any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Please call your medical provider for any symptoms that are concerning to you.
Thursday
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Arlington Cinema And Drafthouse
6:00 PM
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Meet Scott Lindgren, Class of 2021 International Whitewater Hall of Fame (Explorer)!

Expeditions • Led the first successful descent of the Tsangpo, Tibet (2002) • Numerous first and early descents in California Sierras including the Upper Cherry Creek, Devil’s Postpile on the San Joaquin, Middle Fork of the Kings (1993-1997) and Upper Middle Kaweah • Numerous first descents and early descents around the world including the Thule Bheri, Upper Karnali and Sutlej in Nepal, White Nile Murchison section in Africa, the Salweeen in China, the Rio Camata to the Amazon in Boliva, and most recently the Rhondu Gorge on the Indus in Pakistan Other Scott’s greatest expedition is one of the greatest and largest of all time, the Tsangpo in Tibet. The Tsangpo was an incredible accomplishment considering the size of the water and the history of the gorge. https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/water-activities/liquid-thunder/ Movie: Into the Tsangpo Gorge. Book by Peter Heller: Hell or High Water:Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River.

But Scott still had one major paddling goal on his list - to paddle the serious whitewater sections of the 4 cardinal rivers coming off the very sacred Mt. Kailash in Tibet - Karnali, Sutlej, Tsangpo and Indus. In 2017 he completed that quest running the Rhondu Gorge on the Indus while waging a battle with a debilitating brain tumor.

Scott’s other filmmaking accomplishments: • Emmy for outstanding cinematography in an outdoor television show (1997) • Produced numerous kayak videos including Good to the Last Drop; Liquid Lifestyle; Liquid Lifestyle 2:Thirst; Liquid Lifestyle 3: Spawning Grounds; Aerated; and Burning Time.

Scott has been one of the most accomplished explorers of global rivers of his generation who has pushed envelope to open possibilities for the next generations.
Saturday
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CCA has no trip scheduled for this Saturday, but refers you to that being coordinated by John Enagonio and Mike Keefe on Sunday, May 22nd.

They will post details there as they organize it.

Please contact them or AlfCooley@gmail.com (posted 15 May)

The 2022 release schedule for Jennings Randolph Lake and Savage River Dam has been posted on the public website:

https://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/nab/northBranch.html
Saturday
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Downtown Dickerson, MD See map in your invitation
2:00 PM
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This event, originally scheduled for Saturday the 7th May, had to be postponed two weeks because of expected rain. (The Downriver Race was on the next Saturday).
It is an invitation-only event for the CCA's new and old trip coordinators to get together to discuss the trips we hope to run in the coming paddling season. Host is John Snitzer. It will be held outdoors, and (even now) may have to be re-scheduled if the weather's bad. Invitations with agenda will emailed to the participating trip leaders.

posted 4 May.
Sunday
22
Meeting place Sharpsburg Pike Park and Ride, immediately to the south of I-70 exit 29, Hagerstown MD
8:30 AM
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John Enagonio and Mike Keefe are coordinating a Sunday trip on North Branch Potomac / Bloomington for the final spring dam release. We will all meet at 10:30 a.m. at the takeout off Rt. 135 at the water treatment plant parking area, then set shuttle to the put-in. at the bottom of Race St in Bloomington, MD

The Bloomington release is a 6.6 mile run with near continuous Class II+/ III- whitewater. Water temperature is chilly, about 50 degrees. There are changing areas and rustic toilets at the put-in and take-out.

Some may use the intermediate meeting place at Sharpsburg Pike Park and Ride, immediately to the south of I-70 exit 29, Hagerstown MD. Will group up and leave there by 8:30 a.m.

John: enagonio@yahoo.com
Mike: mikekeefe62@gmail.com

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The 2022 release schedule for Jennings Randolph Lake and Savage River Dam has been posted on the Army Corps of Engineers website:

https://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/nab/northBranch.html
Sunday
22
Violettes Lock
9:30 AM
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For this week’s trip we will return to the Class II George Washington Canal. We will cross the Potomac to run the canal and then re-cross to return via the C&O Canal, with a possibility of some of the group attempting a main channel attain. Meet at 9:30 am at the Violette’s Lock parking lot, 13948 Violette’s Lock Rd, Poolesville MD. As always, please let the trip coordinator, Wayne McDaniel, know if you will be joining: macinmd1@gmail.com, 443 542 8779.

The weather forecast is sunny with a high in the upper 80s so be sure to bring lots of water. The forecast river level is 4.2’ on the Little Falls gauge, a high level for this section of river.

PFDs are required for all. Helmets are required for kayakers using spray skirts and highly recommended for all others. Airbags are strongly encouraged for boats without other means of flotation. If you need safety equipment, please advise the trip coordinator in advance.


CCA Covid-19 Guidance

Fully vaccinated people can congregate in small groups, share shuttle rides and carpooling together, etc., consistent with CDC Guidelines.

For groups that include un-vaccinated people, masks should continue to be worn, consistent with CDC Guidelines.

Auto shuttles involving un-vaccinated people
• Wear a mask covering mouth and nose while in shuttle vehicles
• Open windows to allow for air circulation
• Avoid carpooling to distant sites
All participants should bring a personal mask to be worn as needed.

Do not attend if you think that you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, or if you have any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Please call your medical provider for any symptoms th
Wednesday
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We'll be having our Wednesday evening paddle from Anglers down to Lock 10. Meet up at the Lock 10 parking lot at 6:00 and we'll set shuttle from there. Feel free to reach out with any questions if you're interested but not familiar with this stretch of river. It's a great section and beginner friendly. SYOTR ~Kara
Thursday
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Trip coordinator - Mark Brenneman.
Destination TBD
Saturday
28
Riverpoint Drive Trailhead 43942 Riverpoint Dr · Leesburg, VA
2:00 PM
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We will launch from Riverpoint Drive Trailhead (formerly Kephart Bridge Landing), near Leesburg, and paddle seven fantastic miles with the current to the Algonkian Park for pullout. This trip has some logistic issues.

We have to drop the kayaks in Leesburg at 2:00 PM and drive and park our cars in the Algonkian Park. We have to share with car pooling or take Ubers back.

If someone has a friend with a van who wants to earn money, attendees will pay for the service.

We will launch from Kephart Landing at about 3:15 PM.

You can just kayak or kayak and camp. You can meet us at 6:00 PM on the TenFoot Island. Just bring something to cook and share.

For those interested, I'm planning to camp on Tenfoot Island that night. You can bring something to cook and bring something to share. The camping area is on the western side of the island and there is no tap water and only nature's bathroom (everywhere).

We plan to have a bond fire (yes, last year I called it a "bomb fire."). Everyone camping should be over 21 and bring bug spray and a red light as bugs are not attracted to that color. Camping is free but you must complete the attached form.
Sunday
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Trip coordinator TBD.

If interested, pls contact Wayne