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The Naughty Congress Paddle on Stoney Creek with lunch at Stoney Creek Inn

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    The Naughty Congress Paddle

    Paddle Stoney Creek with Lunch at the Stoney Creek Inn

    Presumably Congress will still be being naughty next Thursday.  That means a number of you need something to do.

    Stoney Creek is a tidal tributary that flows in to the Patapsco River just before the Patapsco flows in to the Chesapeake Bay.  It is predominantly surrounded by a sleepy but lovely middle class residential neighborhood with a couple of marinas and some undeveloped areas thrown in the mix.  One of those marinas has a nice little sandy beach right next to the Stoney Creek Inn where we will pull out for an especially yummy lunch stop.

    From the mouth of Stoney Creek you can see across the Patapsco to the rusting remains of the Sparrows Point steel mills and look up stream to see the Francis Scott Key Bridge and the Baltimore Harbor.  We'll probably go play in the chop out there a little bit.  There's a drawbridge on Fort Smallwood road which we might get to see in operation as a sail boat passes through.  While it is predominantly residential there is usually a fair amount of wildlife to see in the less developed areas.

    We will be on the water PROMPTLY at 10:30 AM from Greenhaven Warf.  Please arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to go by 10:30 AM.  There is enough of Stoney Creek to spend an entire day paddling there but we will probably paddle a couple hours, stop for lunch at the Stoney Creek Inn and paddle a couple of hours after lunch, getting back to the take out around 3:30 after covering 8 to 10 miles on the water.

    There are 2 (two) rental boats available for this paddle at a CKA member price of $45.00 for the day which includes a paddle, a PFD and delivery to the put in.  Please answer the rental question to reserve one.  Due to length and potential water conditions this is not a good paddle for those with very little kayak experience.  Email Chuck if you're not sure if it's right for you.


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  • Chuck

    I might note after driving on the beltway during the time we would have been on the water that I made a really good call when I canceled this one.

    October 10, 2013

  • Howard M.

    Do you think you will reschedule this one?

    October 10, 2013

    • Chuck

      This has been a regular paddle on the schedule in previous years. We haven't done it this year because of the restaurant owner's reluctance to serve a group the size we usually bring along on weekends. I would expect you'll see it again Howard although the attendance limit will be small.

      October 10, 2013

  • Chuck

    The forecast has improved a little bit from 5 hours ago. It's now a 60% to 80% chance of rain and 12-13 MPH winds with a high of 60 degrees. I suppose the we could wait and see if it improves more in the morning it might, but still probably not enough to make it an enjoyable paddle. This paddle is CANCELED! Sorry.

    October 9, 2013

  • Chuck

    Hey Everyone - As it stands right now the forecast for the area around Stoney Creek while we will be on the water isn't looking too promising. The high for the day will be 60 degrees with winds at 13-14 MPH and the chance of rain ranging between 70% and 90%. Any one of those things might be tolerable but when you combine all three I think it will make for a pretty miserable day on the water. I will continue to look at the forecast this evening but right now I would say that there is a 95% chance that I am going to cancel the paddle. I will make the final call by 11:00 PM this evening but I really don't expect the forecast to change significantly at this point.

    October 9, 2013

  • Matt A.

    Hey Chuck, I'm bunking up with Howard in his new tandem tomorrow. I don't know if that affects your plans for the waitlist.

    October 9, 2013

  • Bruce

    Driving from NW DC. So can pick up various points in DC or on the way out through MD. Let me know if you want to share a ride- I can drive or ride. contact me at [masked]. phone is[masked] (but trying not to use official govt property these days) Bruce R

    October 8, 2013

  • Chuck

    Just thought I'd point out that while the longer term forecast is calling for a 70% chance of rain on Thursday, the detailed forecast says that it will be over by 10:00 AM. The winds still might pose a problem but wind forecasts by my experience are the least accurate part of the forecast.

    October 8, 2013

  • MaryB

    Just realized it's Annapolis sailboat show day - that's where I'll be!

    October 7, 2013

  • Steve

    Dang, I have to report to work tomorrow. Kinda liking the taste of early retirement. Have fun everyone (especially the person who now gets bumped off the wait list).

    October 6, 2013

  • Kelly H

    Awesome!!! If I'm home, I'll put in at my ramp and meet you guys for some of the paddle and lunch. I'll let you know as Thur gets closer. :)

    October 5, 2013

  • MaryB

    Hope I get off waitlist. Sounds like a good paddle to ease back in.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cannot make it on the 10th

    October 3, 2013

  • Ralph

    Chuck, Do you mean next Thursday, Oct. 10 or Oct. 17?

    October 3, 2013

    • Chuck

      whoops, I meant the 10th

      October 3, 2013

  • Kristine S.

    Assuming we are still waiting for Congress to settle their differences - I will be there.

    1 · October 3, 2013


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