Jun 8, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Paddle the Potomac - Indigo Landing to Wilson Bridge
RSVP's for this event open tonight, Monday, May 20th at 10:15 PM
The actual attendance limit for this paddle is 30 paddlers. 6 spots have been set aside for people who will be renting kayaks. If you are a renter on the waiting list I will move you to the attending list. Those spots not filled by renters 24 hours before the paddle will be filled with members on the waiting list who have paid the voluntary dues. Everyone has the same chance to sign up for the first 24 slots.
I did this paddle a couple times last year but to give credit where it's due I should mention that Jake or perhaps more appropriately Gloria was the inspiration for it.
We'll be on the water promptly at 10:00 AM from the Indigo Landing boat ramp on Dangerfield Island to paddle downstream on the Potomac for a different perspective on some of the sights of Old Town Alexandria including places like to Torpedo Factory. We will continue downstream for to the Wilson Bridge which can be some magnificent architectural artwork when viewed from below. There will be a short stop for snacks and rest rooms at Jones Point Park which is under the bridge on the Virginia side. Depending on the tides the dock at Jones Point can be 4 feet above the water level making getting out of your boat a little more fun.
The Potomac in this area is big open water where winds and motor boat traffic can create a significant chop. While it can also be calm this is probably not a paddle for those without a little experience paddling in rougher water as we won't know what the conditions will be until we get there.
I think the total distance paddled will be in the 7 mile range although those are as Ralph calls them "Chuck miles". He just doesn't realize that I'm quoting nautical miles which are slightly longer than statute miles. :) We should be back to the take out around mid afternoon to give those of you attending the Washing Canoe Club Dock Party plenty of time to freshen up and change clothing for party.
There are rental kayaks which include a paddle and PFD available for this event at the weekend price of $50.00. To reserve a kayak simply answer the rental question when you RSVP.