~Just a reminder~
The Meetup Time is the SPLASH IN TIME
You need to be on the water in your boat ready to go.
Imagine with a dozen+ paddlers arriving at the event time of noon o'Clock and unloading, etc, some fast, some slow. Some paddlers are ready to go at Noon, others at Noon Fifteen, still others at Noon Thirty. Holy cow
, it might be 1PM before everyone is actually on the water... By that time people have started their own paddle because they can't wait to explore the wonderful waters of the Pacific North West.In this example:
We need to launch and be in the water before Noon o'Clock.
Please be courteous to other paddlers and be at the site early so you can unload and setup your kayak. If you are borrowing a boat from someone, please plan to be there early to help them help you setup and splash in. Twenty to thirty minuets early is good as it will allow your wonderful boat lender to fit you in a life jacket, give introduction to the particular boat, make adjustments, and splash you into the water. Then the wonderful boat lender will need a bit of time to jump into his/her yak...
Many locations are outside your normal area and may require some pre-planning to arrive at a decent time. Google Maps and other mapping software have the ability to not only coach you to these locations (within their limitations) but also provide distance and amount of time required to travel that distance (Travel Time). Now take the travel time add your unload/setup time and that is the amount of time you should leave the house before the event.
Example: Oregon City splash in is 30 minuets travel time. I take 30 minuets to unload/setup, gab, hug, run to the washroom, say hello to everyone, dance... (yes Paige, exactly 30 minuets)
Thats one hour total. So I must leave my house at 11AM for a Noon o'Clock splash in time. :-)
What about traffic? Yep, you will have to add time for bad traffic times in those bad traffic areas. In my case I have to take I-5 to I-205 to Oregon City. At 11AM traffic is not bad, but at 5PM -- For Get IT!!!
Add an hour and a half to my travel time. (lucky I know some short cuts, but that's another story...)
See ya on the water,