Flatwater Kayak Trip on the Potomac River with Barbecue on the River Bank

  • July 27, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This will be a downriver adventure on the most scenic part of the Potomac River.  Please arrive by 9 AM so that we can be on the water no later than 10 AM.

Guests and teens are welcome to the activity, as it is okay for first-timers and safe for all.

PLEASE FOLLOW ALL THE DIRECTIONS FOR THIS EVENT.  USING THE ONLINE FORM PROVIDED BELOW, MAKE SURE THAT KANDEE AT RIVER AND TRAIL OUTFITTERS HAS YOU ON HER LIST FOR A RESERVATION.  IT HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE THE DATE OF THE EVENT AND CONTINUE UNTIL ALL BOATS ARE BOOKED.

If you bring your own boat and pay for the shuttle, please be aware that rotomolded boats are better than fiberglass boats as the shuttle trailer has metal bars that can scratch delicate boats.  The outfitter is not responsible for damage to your personal boats if they are being shuttled by the outfitter.  Please keep this in mind if bringing your own boat; I say this because, while I own a kayak, I am still renting one, so that way I do not have to worry about it.

 

This is a 12-mile downriver paddle, so keep in mind that it is longer than an 11-mile paddle but shorter than a 13-mile paddle.  As noted earlier, guests and guests are welcome.

 

 

Whether it's "Here they come" or "There they go" it's a fun time at both ends of the flotilla

 

 

 

Here are the two maps showing the 12-mile paddle:

Brunswick to Point of Rocks - Map 1

Point of Rocks to Monocacy River - Map 2


 

 

 

Come on down to the river to get healed on a peaceful 12-mile paddle......

 

 

 

We will meet and leave our vehicles at the Brunswick Campground in Brunswick, Maryland.  We will get there at 9 AM, check-in (and boat selection) can begin at 9:30 AM.  Carpooling is encouraged.

There is no alcohol allowed in the Brunswick Family Campground and there is no alcohol allowed on the Potomac River.

Bring a bathing suit so that you can swim in the river.

Since guests and young'uns are welcome on this adventure, the RSVPs will continue until all the spots are reserved.  This will be a serene, peaceful, and relaxing downriver trip, safe for first-timers and good for veterans.  There are no rapids on this stretch of the People's River.  There is one location with ripples, but we get through it just fine.

We will use River and Trail Outfitters, the oldest and safest family-owned kayaking outfit on the Potomac River, an operation that has been running river trips for 40 years, and it is looked at as a model for other outfitters to emulate.

You must reserve online and ahead of time an online for this event.

The cost is $57.00 per person and it includes a kayak, PFD, paddle, and the barbecue.  Below are the details, and the options.


Please reserve and pay online using your credit card.  Remember that this online system is for the paddle and not for the camping:

Enter Reservation:  22584

Name:  Cianflone

Amount:  $57.00 (for a single kayak, there are 30 available)

For a canoe or a tandem kayak, it is $95.35 (covering 2 participants, and 5 available)

For just a shuttle and barbecue, it is $35.60 per person (if you have your own boat).

For just the barbecue, it is $10.60 per person.

Pay through this link:

http://rivertrailonline.adventureres.com/Verify.aspx?locationId=1&action=Payment

Remember:  The actual RSVP is the online payment.

When you sign up online, the important element is that the amount paid corresponds to your reservation cost (and if you are doing it for two people, simply double the total amount).  If you are unsure, just call or email Kandee and she will verify that it was done correctly.

Contact Kandee with any questions:

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To save time, bring the completed liability waiver with you:

River and Trail Outfitters Liability Waiver

If you have a teen coming who is under the age of 18, fill out this form:

River and Trail Outfitters Parent Permission Form

 

There are no refunds for this event as the outfitter has to procure food and make much preparations to ensure that our trip is safe.  If you want to sell your slot after you purchased it, you can do so in the comments section, and have interested parties write directly to you.

 

 

 

Preparation is the key - here we are at our prior paddle getting ready

 

 

 

If you want to stay the night (or the weekend) and camp out after the Barbie-Q, note that River and Trail Outfitters is also the campground manager.

Here they are:

http://www.rivertrail.com/index.php

 

Brunswick Campground Web Site:

http://potomacrivercampground.com/

 

The Brunswick campground is very secluded, and there are bike rental as well as kayak rental establishments a short distance away (less than one mile).  The entrance to the Brunswick Campground is on the C&O Towpath, at mile marker 55, which means it is 55 miles distant from Washington, D.C.

There are (yes!) modern rest room facilities with hot showers at the Brunswick campground.  And there is also a Sheetz close by, that is open 24 hours a day, located at 3842 Burkittsville Road in Knoxville (two miles away).  The Sheetz has food, soda, ice, coffee, fuel, and items that you may need:

Here are the directions from the Brunswick campground to the Sheetz:

http://mapq.st/KPcQgu

 

If you are camping, the Brunswick Campground, there are 200 tent sites available to us.  Remember that the tent sites are not marked.  We can stay in Tent Area E.  Be aware that there are freight trains that travel north of the campground (the tracks run parallel to the C&O Towpath) and they may be noisy at night; if you are sensitive to noise, bring earplugs.  For mapping purposes, the exact location of the campground is at Lat 39.3°N and Lon 77.59°W.

 

The camping option is extra, and offered as a convenience to the paddlers.  It is not a part of the paddling activity.  If you are camping overnight, stay in Tent Area E.

Here is a map of the campground:

Brunswick Family Campground Map

For ideas on what to bring when car or tent camping, here are two documents; one is a general list I put together and the other is information particular to this camping trip:

Camping Checklist

Tent Camping and My Gear

 

 

 

 

The river view from the Brunswick Campground

 

 

 

 

This will be a full day's activity.  We will paddle from the Brunswick Campground to the Mouth of the Monocacy River for a relaxing 12-mile journey.  There are no rapids on this shallow and safe stretch of the river, and one can go for a swim along the way.

Bring a soft cooler or waterproof sack with your lunch (make sure you have plenty of food and plenty of water) to be eaten along the river during our downriver adventure.  Paddlers get hungry and thirsty!

 

We will pass by the Catoctin Creek, and if we desire we can go up the creek for 1/4 mile to check out the 200-year-old aqueduct that has just been restored to its old glory

 

We will pass and stop at Eagle Island, and see if any of its inhabitants are flying around.

We will pass and stop at Heater Island, where the Piscataway Indians lived in the late 1600's.

 

 

 

Anyone care for the salad bar?

 

 

 

 

At the end of our paddle, we will enter the mouth of Maryland's most scenic river, the Monocacy River, and travel under a historic bridge that holds another waterway.  That's right:  We'll paddle on one body of water and have another body of water over our heads where the C&O Canal goes over the river in a historic aqueduct.

 

The Monocacy Aqueduct, the largest aqueduct on the C&O Canal, is an amazing waterway on top of another waterway.

 

 

We will then get picked up (with the boats and gear) at the Mouth of the Monocacy, and get shuttled back to the Brunswick Campground.  There, in a private area, we will be treated to a riverside evening cookout, consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pickles, cookies, and juice.

Bring s'mores and keep them in your vehicle, as I will build a bonfire on the river bank after our barbecue.  And, yes, there are hot water showers as well as modern rest room facilities at the Brunswick Campground.

 

 

S'mores over a bonfire beside the river - a great way to end the evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a shot of our last bonfire along the riverbank

 

 

 

As noted, if anyone wants to stay overnight and tent camp at the Brunswick Campground, please contact River and Trails Outfitters, by telephone or email, as the outfitter is managing the campground for the City of Brunswick.


 

 

 

The locals may or may not take an interest in our passing

 

 

 

 

What to bring:

  1. A dry change of clothes that can be left in your vehicle
  2. A towel to dry or sit on
  3. Suntan lotion
  4. Eyeglass retainer or strap
  5. Plenty of water, as it is very important to be properly hydrated on our trip
  6. Food in a cooler or sack for the paddle, since it will be a long trip

 

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Here is the weather report for our area updated in real time:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Brunswick&state=MD&site=LWX&lat=39.315&lon=-77.6112

 

 

 

 

Row, row, row your boat......

 

 

 

 

 

The put in is where we are going to start from and end up at, and where you will park.  It is also our base camp where the Barbie-Q and bonfire will take place.  If you are doing your own shuttle, you will need the additional directions provided below.

 

Directions from the put in to the take out:

http://mapq.st/M002Az

 

Directions from the take out to the put in:

http://mapq.st/M3Y843

 

Detailed Directions To Our Base Camp:

Okay.  Let's say that, despite your best efforts, you make it to Brunswick.  Greater miracles have occurred, so it could happen.  Do not speed in Brunswick, or else two things will take place:  You will not see the signs to the campground, and you will be reducing my tax burden.

Remember that the final point of the drive will not show up on GPS systems.

Regardless of your origin, from a geographical perspective, you have to get to downtown Brunswick.  To get to downtown Brunswick, you will likely go through at least one traffic circle.  Downtown is also called the Town Center.

Enter the traffic circle that is downtown.  We call them "roundabouts" up here.  If you say "roundabout" to an old timer, you will fit in as a local.  That is, unless you nervously blink your eyes while speaking and your hands are out of sight, as that will be interpreted as a clear sign that you plan to rob his land.  Anyway, you are now in Brunswick.  Welcome.

The key to your journey is to follow the signs to the MARC train station.

In the traffic circle or roundabout, follow the sign to the MARC train station and to "A" Street (yes, that's the name of the street); note that you will also be on Petersville Road while on "A" Street for a short period.  Bear right as you leave the traffic circle and you will quickly go from "A" Street to Maple Avenue.

You are now on Maple Avenue.  Go straight down (South) on Maple Avenue.  The intersecting side street to Maple Avenue will be Potomac Street.  City Hall will be on your right.  Follow the signs to the MARC train station.

For mapping purposes for your GPS, City Hall is located at 1 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD, 21716.  City Hall is on the corner of Potomac Street and Maple Avenue.


On Maple Avenue, as you pass the MARC station on your right, slowly go over two sets of railroad tracks, and continue until the road ends.

At the stop sign and where the road ends, turn left to get to the campground.  The Potomac River will be in front of you.  Don't go straight, even if your GPS tells you to, as that has happened to tourists before and they went swimming with their vehicles.

Follow the pictures to the campground (to the left) and not the pictures to the boat ramp (to the right).

So, turn Left at the C&O Towpath even though on the C&O Towpath no motorized vehicles are allowed.  Trust me.

Stay on the C&O Towpath and drive 0.7 miles on the C&O Towpath where no motorized vehicles are allowed.

Pass the Enhanced Nutrient Removal Facility (i.e., sewage plant) on your right.  Keep going on the C&O Towpath even if no motorized vehicles are allowed on the C&O Towpath.  Continue trusting me.

There will be a brown metal gate in front of you and the Brunswick Family Campground entrance on your right, so turn right.  Enter the campground.

Stop at the stop sign.  Wave at everyone that you see, as that is what locals do.  There, you may see BOAB (i.e., Bonnie In A Booth), and she is the campground manager; just mention my name and she will tell you where to go.  She has been telling me where to go for some time now, so she is good at that.

On your right there will be Airport Road, as that was once an airplane landing strip before WW II.  You will parallel park on the left side, where there are two parking areas located by the play area (look at the campground map).  I will be there to help you.  Bonnie, the campground manager, will also be there to assist.

 

 

 

The Barbie-Q is a welcome time for hungry paddlers

 

 

 

 

This event will take place and be cancelled only if severe weather is predicted.  Remember that the outfitter is the only entity that can cancel the event.  A chance of rain on a 90 degree day is not a threat, but lightning is.  Plus, this paddle is in water that is waist-high, and it is not as dangerous as a deep-water paddle such as the one we did at Jack's Boats in Washington, D.C.  There are no large motor boats around us on this paddle due to the shallowness of the river.  If there are any changes to our event, I will notify everyone by 9 PM the night before the activity.

BRING THESE ITEMS WITH YOU. To carry on top of or inside the boat, bring:  Water, food, duck tape, polypropylene rope, a water bailer, and a soft collapsible container:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Bob

    Folks - Since several paddlers have asked me this question, and all should know, I will tell you. Yes, I had a lightning detector with me in the kayak that was hooked up with the three primary Doppler stations in our area (Sterling, Frederick, and Hagerstown; you want to use at least three for triangulation). It is very accurate. The alarm was set for lightning appearing on the radar when it shows up 10 miles or less. The storm was being tracked, and while rain is fine lightning is not. So, that was why our trip was as safe as it could be. Obviously, the imponderables always exist, and severe weather exceptions to the established models do occur. But we do the best we can with what we know. Going out is optional, but coming back is mandatory. SYOTR.

    July 29, 2013

  • Samuel

    Thanks Bob,
    it was another award winning performance… Lots of fun!!!
    I made lots of great new friends and as always I’m looking forward to the next great adventure! P.S. As promised, I’ve up-loaded lots of great photos- enjoy!

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing, Bob! This was my first trip with the group and I thought the whole day was great. Thank yo all for being so lovely!

    July 28, 2013

    • Bob

      Our timing was great, since the long trips after ours all got cancelled......

      July 28, 2013

  • Diana

    I had a great time on a lovely day with such friendly people.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great first experience kayaking! Thanks Bob!

    July 28, 2013

  • Linda

    Wonderful. Great day, great weather, nice people, beautiful scenery.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was SO great. I want to do it again. Except for the scary bus ride back.

    July 28, 2013

    • Bob

      That was a Class IV dry river trip. There is a reason the bus is padded on the inside roof over the seats.

      July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great day. Thanks

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was, indeed, a fabulous paddle!

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • Bob

    All who went out returned safely, and that was my primary goal. Now, this paddle is not their usual paddle, as they only go to Point of Rocks. So, we decided to double the distance of their regular trip, even though they did not believe we could make it. All did fantastic. We even had a short summer shower along the way to cool us off. After the paddle, the outfitter's entertainment department took over. It all began with the bus driver jumping out and leaving us on the overpass on top of the railroad tracks as a freight train went by...... That is always a sign of impending doom: When your driver jumps out and runs like crazy into the forest! When the driver returned, he used the bus to do some landscaping along the way as the tree branches were simply too large. Then the real storm came while we were inside the bus, with lightning and rain. When we got back to the campground for our barbecue, the rain stopped, and we had burgers and dogs. It was a good day on the river.

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey! I'm here on the bus after the 13-mile paddle, but I can't figure out how to join officially.. but what a great time!

    July 27, 2013

  • Bob

    Currently, the ever-fluid prediction for rain that is scaring some folks who live on the wrong side of the river is not to occur until mid-afternoon, which is when the paddle ends. Now, if we are to get lightning, then I will have the buses pick us up at Point of Rocks instead of Mouth of the Monocacy. Nonetheless, the important part is that we are good to go.

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Paid in full and renting kayak there. Will not be staying for cook-out.

    July 26, 2013

  • Howard

    Sorry I won't be able to make it this time around~

    July 26, 2013

  • Bob

    There will be an old school bus with no wheels selling ice cream by our parking area (canteen to city folks) after our paddle so bring cash for that.

    July 26, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks, please dress comfortably and intelligently. Do not wear cotton or any type of clothing that retains water. Sandals with ankle straps, quick dry clothing, and a hat are good. For example, I plan to wear just sandals and swim shorts with a life vest and that is it. If I go swimming or if it rains, I will be okay. For the ladies, a bathing suit or shorts with a tee shirt are practical. The air will be about 83 degrees and the water will be about 84 degrees.

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want to carpool from Centreville, va?

    July 25, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - I will send all attendees my wireless number by email. Please read the entire activity narrative so that you are in the loop on the event. If there are any changes to our plans, I will inform everyone by 9 PM on Friday evening.

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi....I bought Rosemary's tickets from her. Will be joined by my friend Katrina....looking forward to it!

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a friend looking to rent a kayak if anyone is looking to cancel. Thanks

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Bob

      You may want to check with Kandee and see if there is one available......

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don, I would like to carpool from Alexandria

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone is interested in carpooling from the Alexandria area let me know.

    July 24, 2013

  • Bob

    I just checked out the river and it looks sweet...... Please make your final arrangements now rather than at the last minute. Remember to bring a lot of water as well as your lunch with you in a collapsible container. We are planning to have lunch along the river (after about 9 miles into our 12 mile paddle). And when the paddle is done, at mid-afternoon, then the outfitter will bring us back to the campground and will provide our barbecue.

    July 24, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - You can try calling Kandee to see if she has a boat available even though it is past the deadline. And if you bring your own boat she can shuttle it for you as well.

    July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There was no problem signing up today and I didn't want to get closed out, so I reserved this morning through the company, but thank you!

      July 24, 2013

    • Bob

      That sounds great!

      July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi ob, I tried to do that initially and it would not allow me to. Do you have Wendy's e-mail?
    Thanks, Robyn

    July 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      When I click her profile, there's a red line across her e-mail preventing me from clicking on it. I think I'll just call the company directly as I really want to go.

      July 24, 2013

    • Bob

      I can email her as I can override the red line as an organizer so I wrote to her on your behalf.

      July 24, 2013

  • Bob

    I don't know how late folks are staying after the barbecue, but I can bring firewood for a big bonfire on the riverbank if folks are staying. There is a good Italian restaurant outside the campground as well (King's Pizza).

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Wendy! Do you still have a ticket. Let me know as I want to go.
    Thanks!

    July 23, 2013

  • Bob

    When you get to #1 on this map, turn left on the C&O Towpath: http://mapq.st/11caPk2

    July 23, 2013

  • Bob

    The current prediction for Saturday is 82 degrees in the day and 68 degrees in the night, with the water temperature 88 degrees. That is perfect for paddling and for swimming, so we are finally getting a welcome respite from those extremely hot days we had to endure this month. I will update this information as the event date gets closer. Please make your plans now rather than at the last minute......

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want to carpool from Centreville, va?

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a spare ticket if someone needs it. My guest cannot make it

    July 22, 2013

  • Bob

    If you still did not pay for your rental kayak, by 3 PM today call Kandee at[masked]-5177. If you do not have a kayak, that is worse than being up the creek without a paddle as you will be down the river without a boat.

    July 22, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - This trip is a "GO" right now, and any other pertinent information will be forthcoming. Please read the activity narrative, since most questions are already answered therein. However, if you do have any additional questions, just shoot me an email. Remember that you have to be at the campground on time. Print and bring the directions with you.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I purchased Cathy's ticket. This sounds like a lot of fun!

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want to carpool from Centreville, va?

    July 21, 2013

  • Bob

    Just so you know: On Monday morning (7-22) the remaining rental boats that have not been reserved and paid for will be released to the public. So if you still need a boat you must reserve and pay for it it before that time.

    July 20, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - The best way to sell your slot is to sell it to members who are not yet going rather than trying to sell it to those who have a boat already. So, at the top of our Meetup site, click Discussions, then click Mailing List, and use that email address. Take a look at Rosemary's email therein as an example, using your own email address for a members to respond to. Good luck.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I paid for a kayak and the riverside meal but can't make it. If anyone would like to take my place please let me know.

    July 15, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Turns out I won't be able to make it to this event since my kids will be home that day. I've already reserved a canoe, with shuttle and dinner, for 2 people ($95). Anyone interested in taking my reservation? There are a limited number of canoes available. Please email me through meet-up. Thanks!

    July 12, 2013

  • Bob

    Current boat rentals with the outfitter:

    Bob Cia
    Sarabeth Rod
    Linda Rea
    Christine Dam
    Wendy Sha (2)
    Mariela Gar
    Tom Aff
    Leo Kup
    Cathleen Ble
    Ann Kor
    Samual Wri
    Shellie Ren
    Linda Lou
    Gregory Pif (Canoe)
    Kaeen Faz
    Rosemary Spe (Canoe)

    July 11, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - Think about the camping option. Since the outfitter we are using also runs the campground reservations are easier. You are on the river and next to the towpath with paddling, pedaling, and hiking right there.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Bob!

    1 · April 2, 2013

    • Bob

      Jennifer - Did you rent a kayak yet?

      July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No, not yet. Not sure I can make it.

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a boat reserved but am now unable to go so if anyone needs a boat please let me know.

    July 9, 2013

  • Bob

    Here are the paddlers (first name and beginning of last name) who have reserved boats (canoes or kayaks) with the outfitter:

    Bob Cia
    Sarabeth Rod
    Linda Rea
    Christine Dam
    Wendy Sha (2)
    Mariela Gar
    Tom Aff
    Leo Kup
    Cathleen Ble
    Ann Kor
    Samual Wri
    Shellie Ren
    Gregory Pif
    Kaeen Faz
    Rosemary Spe (Canoe)

    If your name is not here, I would contact Kandee ASAP because you do not have a boat and she is going to rent out the ones on hand to another group. And I would check with her regardless if you are renting to make sure your reservation is accurate.

    July 8, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks - Please be advised that there are no refunds for this event as the outfitter has to procure food and make much preparations to ensure that our trip is safe. If you want to sell your slot after you purchased it, you can do so in the comments section, and have interested parties write directly to you. Thanks.

    June 27, 2013

  • Gregory

    Paid for a canoe/double kayak

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I paid for a guest who will not attend. Please let me know if someone else would like the space. Thanks.

    April 27, 2013

  • Karen

    paid

    April 9, 2013

  • Linda

    Loved it last year!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait to get back into the kayak

    April 2, 2013

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