Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Paddle

  • April 12, 2014 · 10:30 AM
  • Potomac River - Columbia Island Marina Boat Ramp

 

National Cherry Blossom Festival Peak Bloom Paddle

 

RSVP's for this event open Sunday, March 23rd at 10:00 PM

There are spots reserved for renters at all paddles even if the paddle is otherwise full.  Renters and members who have paid the voluntary annual dues will receive priority on the wait list.

The National Park Service  has announced that the Peak Bloom for 2014 will occur between April 8th and April 12th.  It hasn't been nearly as warm this spring as it was last year but I'm hoping they got the peak bloom right this time.  I think we should celebrate by paddling on the Potomac with an awesome view of the monuments and the cherry blossoms!


We'll be on the water promptly at 10:00 AM from the Columbia Island Marina boat ramp.  Study a map carefully before heading off to Columbia Island.  It is ONLY accessible from the south bound lanes of the George Wasington Parkway.  If you miss the turn off it will take at least 10 minutes to make the 2 U-turns necessary to have a second shot at it.  I'm not sure what the water temperature will be a month from now but I suspect that some sort of proper cold water paddling attire will be required.  I'll post the specifics a few days before the paddle.

We will paddle up stream against the current to Rossevelt Island where we will stop for snacks and a break and then depending on the tides take the back channel to the the boat ramp.  We should be back to the take out no later than 3:00 PM with plenty of time to catch a sandwich and a drink at the Marina.

Unfortunately I'm relatively certain that water temperatures will not be in a range where we can waive the Cold Water Attire Requirements this year so Cold Water Attire is required for this paddle.  If you don't know what that means you can learn more here http://www.meetup.com/Chesapeake-Kayak-Adventures/messages/boards/thread/38728872 You will not be allowed to participate in this paddle without the appropriate cold water attire.

There are rental kayaks (including a paddle and PFD) available for this paddle at special weekend price of $55.00, BUT YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN COLD WATER ATTIRE. Please answer the rental question when you RSVP to request one. 

 

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  • Bill

    It was good seein' you guys out there Saturday!

    April 14, 2014

    • Chuck

      It was good to be out there and see you too. Plus everyone got the chance to see what a real pedunclefile looks like.

      April 14, 2014

  • Paul H

    Great group, weather, scenery, and fun!

    April 13, 2014

  • Toni

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful day. I'm sorry I couldn't be there but glad the weather and the peduncles came together so beautifully for everyone.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Chuck

    Truly an awesome Peak Bloom Paddle. Maybe spring is finally here. Thanks for coming everyone

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Jean

    Wow what a wonderful time paddling among the monuments !

    April 12, 2014

  • sarah

    wonderful time with a great group of people. thanks chuck!

    April 12, 2014

  • Candace C.

    A great paddle on a beautiful day! Thanks, Chuck and all!

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I gotta pass on this trip, something's come up
    Thanks, maybe next time

    April 11, 2014

  • Chuck

    OMG! The peduncles have elongated! I just love saying that. That means peak bloom should occur between the 9th and the 14th. That should be perfect timing for this paddle

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Chuck

      I'm just a little bit concerned that Bill is pedunclefile

      1 · April 10, 2014

    • Bill

      I can't help it. It is an obsession with me. I think it all started when I learned about dangling participles in high school.

      April 11, 2014

  • Bill

    FYI, this paddle should get a little bit of extra entertainment (as if elongated appendages are not enough!) WCC's first race of the year will start the canoes and kayaks at 1030, down just past the entrance to Columbia Island, around the 14th Street Bridge, and then back up river. Cheering is allowed, but please keep your penduncles to yourself.

    April 10, 2014

    • Chuck

      Is that line of small markers or buoys in the river near WCC for the race?

      April 10, 2014

    • Bill

      The ones in the main channel angling over to the Virginia side are for rowers. I don't think ours have been place yet, but we will have one orange buoy about 200m out from the boathouse, and another buoy on the MD side 1000m upstream (just past 3 sisters.)

      April 11, 2014

  • MollieMc

    I am familiar with GW Parkway but do not have GPS. Can anyone suggest what to look for so that I do not miss the Marina exit? I will already be going South. After I go past Teddy Roosevelt park I would look for???

    April 10, 2014

    • MollieMc

      Also, do we just park anywhere when we get in and is there a fee?

      April 10, 2014

    • Chuck

      Mollie, there are three rather small brown signs on the Parkway as you near the turn off for Columbia Island Marina (CIM). I can't remember the first one but eh second is for Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove. The third one is actually for CIM but it is right and I mean right where you need to turn. Stay in the right lane after Roosevelt Island and you really shouldn't miss it but it seems to be just too easy to do.

      April 10, 2014

  • Jean

    What elongated appendage? Is this going to be rated R.

    April 4, 2014

    • Chuck

      Hey I was joking Jean. Although I must admit that I have to struggle a little to NOT personally take the humor too far on this one. I leave that to Bill.

      April 7, 2014

    • Bill

      Water's still pretty cold, so those appendages might actually be pretty small.

      April 10, 2014

  • Jean

    Just to clarify the directions - I would be heading towards Alexandra on the GW?

    April 10, 2014

    • Chuck

      That is correct Jean. Have your GPS search for "Columbia Island Marina" and that seems to work. The address definitely does not.

      April 10, 2014

  • Deke M.

    Withdrawing from this paddle as I am organizing a SUP paddle same time, same place. Not sure whether we will be hanging with ya'll or not. Most likely will but I will leave it to the SUP paddlers that show up to decide. See you Saturday morning!

    April 8, 2014

  • Peggy

    Will the group paddle around Hains Point or somewhere close to the cherry blossoms? The route described above doesn't seem to go close to the trees...?

    April 7, 2014

    • Chuck

      Peggy - As always, wind, weather and water conditions will determine our actual route. We will go past at least hundreds of the trees regardless of what route we end up taking.

      April 8, 2014

  • Candace C.

    I got out my kayak today, just to make sure it still worked. :-) Other than the ant colony that decided to set up shop under it over the winter, everything was fine. There weren't too many signs of spring on the Anacostia.

    April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you have more details on whether these paddles are flat water, distance of the paddle, difficulty level, etc? Thanks~

    March 28, 2014

    • Chuck

      I would call this a relatively easy flat water paddle at about 6 to 8 miles in length under most conditions. More severe wind, water and weather conditions can turn it into a difficult paddle. The cherry blossoms do bring out the power boats and they do create at least some chop so you want to be comfortable in chop. And of course water temps are still quite cold so cold water attire is required. Click the link above to learn the specifics of what that means.

      March 28, 2014

  • Peggy

    I'd be very interested in a midweek paddle. 4/14-4/18 is spring break.

    March 23, 2014

    • Chuck

      I'm absolutely certain there will be at least one weekday paddle once they hit beak bloom.

      1 · March 23, 2014

    • Chuck

      I suppose I should add that I'm equally certain that water temperatures won't be warm enough for me to waive cold water attire requirements. Sorry to those of you who don't have it.

      March 23, 2014

  • Paul

    Why has the registration closed with only three attending?

    March 11, 2014

    • Chuck

      The three shown as attending are the people leading and hosting the paddle. It would not happen without them. Everyone else can RSVP starting March 23rd at 10:00 PM as is stated above.

      March 11, 2014

  • Toni

    Wish I could - but I've committed to the KIP series. Love the Cherry Blossom paddle!

    March 10, 2014

    • Chuck

      We may do a Sunday paddle too Toni. Just gotta wait and see how the weather and blossoms unfold

      March 10, 2014

    • Toni

      :-)

      March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this event occur whether the blossoms are present or not? (Hopefully will be present though!)

    March 10, 2014

    • Chuck

      There will be cherry blossoms present Josephine. The only question is how many. Predicting the peak bloom is a pretty accurate science down to a day or two and the blossoms are usually impressive for at least 10 days. That said this will occur with or without blossoms. We are a paddling group. I'm sure there will also be a couple mid week paddles to see the blossoms too.

      March 10, 2014

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