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.