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Supermoon Paddle/Swim/Bats Sunday 8/10, 6:20pm

Limited to 20 people with own kayaks (No Ladybird Lake Rentals allow nighttime paddles).   You need to competently  paddle 3 miles, MUST WEAR LIFE JACKET AND HEADLAMP(turned on when you want it), AND ATTACH CONSTANT OR BLINKY LIGHT ON BOAT for others to see kayaks in the dark.  Everything is tied/attached to boat for when you flip.  Paddle leashes are handy as you will be floating for some time in the dark watching the bats, and need that paddle to get home.

Show up to launch at 6:15pm in the Austin High Ditch Ramp at curve in Stephen F. Austin Dr (Veteran's Blvd W. of Mopac).   We will paddle downriver & up Barton Creek to Barton's Barking Springs Dog Pool, swimming with/without clothing optional, (Police ticketing for smoking, loose dogs, glass, loud filthy swearing and minor's with alcohol),  then back down to Congress Ave Bridge for the Bat's Tornado, at SUPERMOON RISE 8:11pm.  Small cooler with refreshments or cold water to keep hydrated.  Listen to the Pontoon's or the Live/Love/Paddle's Bat Guides for Bat info.  VERY dark after sundown in a yak, be prepared, test your lights now.  Cruise back catching the ever-changing City Skyline.  Load up yaks (ramp busy at this time too), head home.  Jim Rankin is the Meetup Leader. You are all personally  responsible for yourselves.  I am only showing you the way there and back.  

Safety is my #1, and it should be yours also:  Buddy Up at start and keep an eye on them, and Everyone comes home in one piece. Please review trip description above for what you have to bring.

Kayakers without noted required gear or not wearing PFD's will be asked to leave this group trip for everyone's sake and well-being.  No one sees you in the dark, you have to be self-rescuing if you flip.

Please help everyone's trip to be fun and to go smoothly.

We will have a moment of silence at the bats for Brother Wild Bill, who passed away recently doing what he loves.

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  • Doc D.

    Wish we would of caught the bats! I know Mother Nature doesn't run on a train schedule!

    August 10, 2014

    • Jim R.

      Bats came out much earlier than they did just a week prior. I guess we have to adjust schedules for early bat emergence next time.

      1 · August 11, 2014

  • connie b.

    Very nice. Cooler then expected!

    August 11, 2014

  • Jana B

    Such a sweet paddle! Great people, beautiful moon, happy swim. Thanks Jim!

    August 11, 2014

  • Jim R.

    I dont know how these questions arise . It adds confusion to the established plan.

    August 10, 2014

  • Jim R.

    Nothing has changed. Austin high ditch boat ramp .

    August 10, 2014

  • Jana B

    Guys, I concerned that the location to meet has changed?? Is it still the high ditch ramp by the high school, as the meetup says? http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Stephen+F.+Austin+Drive+%28Veteran%27s+Blvd+W.+of+Mopac%29%2C+Austin%2C+TX%2C+us

    August 10, 2014

    • Bryan S.

      Yes, indeed. See you at the ramp by Austin High shortly...

      August 10, 2014

    • Jana B

      Awesome!!

      1 · August 10, 2014

  • connie b.

    The stars are big and bright and the moon will be, too. Should hot fun!

    August 9, 2014

  • Cathy K.

    Ok looks like the party is moving from the low water to town lake.

    August 8, 2014

  • Susan

    We will be going, but I don't want to RSVP and take up spots as we will have 3 kids with us as well and I don't know if I will be able to make it that early.

    August 8, 2014

  • Robert D.

    I can't make that time, but I might try to launch with my daughter a bit later and catch y'all at the bridge.

    August 7, 2014

  • Cathy K.

    What happened to your idea at the low water crossing?

    August 6, 2014

    • Jim R.

      Its a personal preference. I believe the moon rises over that section of river too.

      August 7, 2014

    • Jim R.

      I'm committed, but y'all decide which you'd like

      August 7, 2014

  • Jeff L.

    Jim, I'd love to be there but I have already committed to a Sierra Club paddle that evening. Maybe I'll see you on the water. - Jeff

    August 6, 2014

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