Full Moon Flatwater Paddle on the People's River - With No Shuttle

  • August 9, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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One finds healing on the river at night.

 

 

 

On the night of our paddle, there will be a full moon, so we will have a unique river trip.  We will head out to West Virginia for a river trip, on the most scenic and historical stretch of the Potomac River.  It will begin and end at the oldest city in West Virginia, Shepherdstown.

This trip will be 8 miles, and the put in will be the same as the take out.  That is, there is no shuttle on this trip.  Each of us is to bring food and water in a collapsible container for a late dinner at the halfway point.  Plus, we will have ice cream at the halfway point at Barron's Store when we reach Snyder's Landing.  This is the only ice cream store on the Potomac River and it will be open up for us; after we eat, the owners will join us in their canoe on our adventure back to Shepherdstown.  Bring cash for the ice cream and soda and whatever else you may want to obtain there.  But make sure you bring your meal in a collapsible bag as well.

This trip is fine for beginners as well as for veterans.

Here is the map of our adventure:

Shepherdstown to Snyder's Landing, Eight Miles Round Trip

 

 

Here are two of our members heading down the river at our last full moon paddle

 

We will paddle upriver for 4 miles, have a dinner break, and then paddle downriver for 4 miles.  It will take much less time and effort to do this shuttle-less trip, as the shuttle tends to be as long as the actual paddle.  Guests and teens are welcome.

 

 

Some of us chose to use a tandem kayak at a prior full moon paddle

 

 


Remember that for this trip you have to either provide your own boat and gear or rent it from Pedal and Paddle in Shepherdstown.  Naturally, you provide your own food and water for the midpoint dinner.

When you arrive, bring your boat and gear down to the boat ramp, then go to park your vehicle, and then walk back to the boat ramp (I will be there the entire time).

I will be sending out an email to all attendees after I have a conference with the Shepherdstown Police Chief regarding our parking needs.

Here are the directions for the trip's meeting point:  From Frederick, take Rt. 340 West (which will take you from MD through VA for a spell and finally into WV over the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers), then turn right at Rt. 230, then go over Rattlesnake Run Creek into Shepherdstown, then turn right on North Princess Street, and go until it ends.  You are on the city-owned public boat ramp.  Park therein.

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON THIS TRIP AND ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A LIFE VEST AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON THE RIVER.

 

 

Your food will be examined and tasted - all for your own good, naturally

 


Regardless of the source of your vessel, whether one's own or rented, each of us needs to bring:  A boat, a paddle, a PFD, and any other gear.  Also, in a waterproof container, bring food and water.  Bring a full meal, not just a snack, as it will be a long day's journey into night.

The sunset is predicted to be at about 8:15 PM on this date.  This full moon is called the Full Sturgeon Moon, and its name was important to Indian tribes, as this was the month when such large fish were more easily caught.  Some tribes called this the Full Red Moon, because when the moon rises it appears reddish through the sultry haze.

 

 

The full moon appears East to West over  the People's River

 

 

 

This would be a unique paddle, appropriate for beginners, teens, and adults.  Note, however, that this is a paddle rather than a float, as we will be heading upstream for the first 4 miles.  The flatwater paddle would be 8 miles long, and the moon would come over the Blue Ridge Mountains at our halfway point.  While dusk on the river occurs before the actual sunset, the sunset on this night is predicted to be at approximately 8:15 PM.  If you have to rush, and you feel compelled to repeatedly ask when are we getting back, this is not the right trip for you, and you should consider another activity.

The photos of the kayakers on this page were taken on our prior full moon paddle, right before darkness became visible.

While the entire paddle will take place in Maryland, since the Potomac River is owned by that state, we would park in West Virginia and put in on the West Virginia side of the river. The Shepherdstown police will make parking spots available to us close to the take out.

During our adventure on the People's River, it is of the utmost importance that we tell embellished stories and trade somewhat true experiences and share mostly factual events and impart historical facts that may have even happened.

 

 

Here we are at a prior full moon paddle, at our dinner break point, as the sun is about to set

 

Some associate this full moon with lycanthropy, and the Mothman Prophecies are a part of this area, so the full moon has much to do with many legends.  For us, though, it will be the guiding beacon in the sky, the full moon that a mariner would travel under and use as a compass.  We are not using artificial lights on this trip when darkness falls; just the moon and the stars.  That's right.  On the downstream part of the trip you will see silhouettes of others and that is it.  You would lose your night vision if you had a bright light around you.  Even if it is nebulous out, we can still do it, as we have in the past, using the reflected natural light and traveling by listening to the paddle strokes of the other boats.  On our last full moon paddle, we had fish jump into our boats, and that provided added entertainment.  Folks can learn much about nature this way, and about themselves.  One will learn about team work, and about trusting others.  And also about trusting oneself.  You will need a kayak, a paddle, and a PFD.  Also, bring real food (not rodent kibbles) and plenty of water.  You can bring a light to store inside your boat in case you need it to find something therein, but do not keep it on at all times or use a headlamp whereby you blind everyone you look at.  Again, the objective is to maintain your night vision.  And mine.  If someone blinds me, that person becomes very wet.

While there are several outfitters that will rent and sell kayaks, Pedal and Paddle is the only one that will bring and pick up the rental boats to the boat tamp for the trip.  If you are interested in buying a new or used kayak, however, there is River and Trail Outfitters on the Maryland side of the river, and its web site is:  http://www.rivertrail.com/index.php

It is highly recommended that you use your own kayak and gear, as doing that is easier as well as cheaper in the long run.  For those who do not own boats and gear, however, contact the Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle for a rental and mention my name and this trip. You must reserve the boat and pay for it ahead of time directly with Pedal and Paddle if you are renting.  Of course, if you own a kayak, that is great, and you do not have to worry about renting.  But if you need to rent a kayak, here is the outfitter's web site:

http://thepedalpaddle.com/

Or call the shop at (304)[masked]

Pedal and Paddle has sated that these rules must be followed if you are renting:

1) Pay at time of reservation, there is NO CANCELLATION (except with a thunderstorm), and there is no place or person swapping of a reservation

2) You must first come in the shop prior to the event and sign waiver, pick up the lifevest and paddle, then your boat will be brought to the boat ramp and picked up from the boat ramp, but the renter has to be there both times.

3) The renters are responsible for checking kayaks, lifevests, and paddles  back into the hands of a Pedal & Paddle staffer after the event.

4) Kayaks, lifevests, and paddles just dropped off by the renter at the boat ramp will be considered not returned and the renter's credit card will be charged.

5) Paddlers who leave early are still responsible for checking in the equipment into the hands of a Pedal & Paddle staffer.

Here are the rental costs for the full moon paddle:

$85.00 single kayak (includes lifevest and paddle)

$145.00 tandems & canoes (includes lifevests and paddles)

 

To be a survivalist, always keep an eye on any paddlers who have wild animals tracks all over their body and who wear pirate bandanas

Again, you would have to obtain and bring your boat and gear to the meeting location that is close to the take-out, either your own or a rented one.  Some of the Potomac River Paddlers (who are also members of this Meetup group) are attending this adventure, and the local store owners who have shops along the river will be sliding their canoes in the water as we paddle along and they will join us as well.  Of course, a profile photo is required for identification and safety purposes.  Moreover, all attendees are to answer the question that will appear when they RSVP so that I know their skill level and what type of boat they are bringing.














Here are our paddlers on a prior full moon paddle.

This is a flatwater trip with no rapids, appropriate for newbies, comprising 8 miles total.    I will scout the river before the trip to ascertain any issues we may be faced with.  We will not be back at Shepherdstown until 11 PM or more likely later, especially if paddlers join us along the way, as has happened before, or if the ever-changing river conditions dictate our speed differently than planned, or if someone tries to find out if God exists along the way.  This is not a race, but an educational as well as a recreational kayaking trip.  Shepherdstown has all night coffee shops as well, and you can get fresh coffee as well as a meal there.  Write to me directly if you have specific questions.  Naturally, safe weather and good river conditions are needed for the trip, since paddler safety is the prime priority; therefore, I will notify all attendees on the day before the trip by 9 PM if there are any changes to our plans. SYOTR.














I took this photo on a prior paddle, as we finished our dinner and headed out on the river - folks were mesmerized by the natural beauty

 

There is a Sheetz at 8332 Martinsburg Pike in Shepherdstown, but you have to drive there. You can get fuel, food, and beverages therein, and it is always open.

Pedal and Paddle is located at 115 West German Street, only a couple of blocks from our parking lot, so it is wise to walk there from the parking lot. There will be no parking anywhere else.

Always dress for the water rather than the air. Bring clothes appropriate for the river, and wear water shoes or sandals with a back ankle strap. A pack of baby wipes and some ziplock bags would be practical, especially for the ladies, as the only port-a-pots are at Snyder's Landing at the halfway point.

For information on kayaking and particularly about safely paddling the Upper Potomac River, please get a Yahoo ID, join this (free) group, and look at the documents in the Files section:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Potomac_River_Paddlers/

Please print, read, and bring this document with you:

Our Full Moon Adventure 2014

Here is the weather prediction for our location:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.4300996&lon=-77.8041609

 

Here is a map of the area showing the parking lot at East High and North Princess Streets:

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=North+Princess+Street+and+high+street,+Shepherdstown,+WV&aq=&sll=39.432717,-77.802884&sspn=0.01538,0.012252&vpsrc=6&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=E+High+St+%26+N+Princess+St,+Shepherdstown,+Jefferson,+West+Virginia+25443&ll=39.431834,-77.803545&spn=0.015314,0.032938&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A

 

Here is our put in and take out at river right; you will see the lights over the bridge from a distance

 

 

Guess who else used our boat ramp on the way to Antietam more than 150 years ago?

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Bob,
    Sorry I couldn’t make the Super Moon Paddle. I’m sure it was another Great meet-up. Actually I was all set to go but sprang my elbow pruning trees earlier that Morning. NO JOKE!!! True Story!!

    Of course by the time the pain killers and muscle relaxer kicked in I was way too drowsy to drive.
    I had to cancel my Sunday Paddle as well so my entire weekend was a bust although I did get a few loads of laundry in.

    On the bright side , I thank God it wasn’t a career ending injury! In fact I’m feeling much better now and I expect to be off injured reserve and back in the game well before next weekend’s Mallows Bay Paddle!
    Hope to see everone then!

    August 11

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the update, Sam. I hope you feel better, and are fully healed for our next trip.

      August 11

    • A former member
      A former member

      By the way, poor Eddie ("I am the outfitter") would not get out of his truck until he was sure that no one was lurking about ready to snap his picture and slap a funny caption on it!

      August 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Bob for a great evening! I appreciate all of your hard work in organizing and planning these fantastic adventures and concern for our safety. You are a wonderful event host.

    1 · August 11

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Linda. Maybe I will get a raise......

      August 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    I spoke with several of the paddlers about the need to use a proper forward stroke to avoid wrist injury and to maximize speed. Here is a video and a frame-by frame description to visualize how it is done. The first shows what is perhaps the best paddling technician of all time, and the second shows Greg Barton who is a legend in the annals of kayaking.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70XD4roNlmY&list=PLBCF37D02B1C0AC37
    http://files.meetup.com/1415650/Greg%20Barton%27s%20Forward%20Stroke.pdf

    August 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    The wildlife, golden moon, smooth water and perfect weather made for a beautiful and inspiring paddle. Exploring the oldest city in W. Va. was icing on the cake. Great event!

    August 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was smooth sailing for our group on the People's River. With a slight breeze and no rain (after we somehow found enough parking), we all headed upstream to Barron's Store for ice cream and spam. After socializing and eating, we headed back towards the oldest city in West Virginia, and we traveled with no artificial lights but under a big full moon. It was a good day and night on the river, a river that was here before us and will be here after us.

    August 10

  • Lisa Da S.

    Lots of fun. Thanks for letting me join last minute!

    August 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks!

    August 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks!

    August 10

  • Doug R.

    Enjoyable. Nice casual pace.

    August 10

  • Robert

    Friendly people, great ice cream, a bright and refreshing evening on the river.

    August 10

  • Diana

    Had a great time again on this trip. Once again Bob produced perfect weather and a fun experience.

    August 10

  • Diana

    Had a great time again on this trip. Once again Bob produced perfect weather and a fun experience.

    August 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob, I'm running late but I'm so excited about getting my kayak in the water that I'm going to head out anyway and hope to catch up with you guys or catch you on the way back

    August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    The latest weather prediction for Saturday is for no rain today and no rain for tonight. While it will be warm in the day (in the 80s) it will be in the 60s at night. The water temperature, however, will remain in the 80s both day and night. Please heed fully what is recommended in the document entitled "Our Full Moon Adventure 2014" pertaining to clothing and parking and everything else. I will be at the Blue Moon Cafe diagonally across from the parking lot at mid-afternoon if anyone would like to join me there. And bring cash for the ice cream store!

    August 9

  • Lisa Da S.

    Is there any chance of getting into this tomorrow?

    August 8

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, Lisa, you are in. And welcome to our Meetup group.

      August 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please read and heed the document in the activity narrative entitled "Our Full Moon Adventure 2014" and note what to wear. And, of course, bring cash for our mid-point ice cream break.

    August 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - I will send out an email to all attendees soon with the final logistics. Also, I am closing the event to solidify the group list, but if any additional individuals want to join us please send me an email.

    August 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got word that we will have ice cream and soda at the halfway point! The store will be open just for us and then the proprietors will join us in their canoe on the return trip to Shepherdstown.

    August 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just had a meeting with the Chief of Police regarding our parking, and we are good to go. Now, he also warned me of a strange event that will be taking place in the city's streets on the evening of our paddle. The town is holding its annual "Identity Crisis" street festival, whereby folks dress up in favorite characters to include monsters, screen celebrities, zombies, comic book heroes, and historical characters. The street festival begins at 8 PM, and goes on late into the night. They may be parking in the same area as us, as it is the sole large open lot in the city. I ain't making this up. You could see Marylin Monroe walking with Genghis Khan, followed by Frankenstein and Wonder Woman, along with the Werewolf and Cleopatra, with a group of zombies in tow, as well bizarre paparazzi all over the streets. So, if you pull in, and Einstein give you directions, or if Superman asks you if you need help at the take-out, just act natural. Only in West Virginia!

    August 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to miss this event! Enjoy:). I'll see that full moon wherever I may be. Will not be as spectacular of course.

      August 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you love mountains and rivers, there is no place like West By God Virginia!

      August 4

  • Jennifer

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Did he suggest a time that we should arrive to assure parking?

    August 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      I plan to be there and get a space by mid-afternoon, then leave my vehicle there and walk around town and eat at the Blue Moon Cafe - all of which is walking distance from the boat ramp.

      August 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you renting kayaks, make sure you are squared away with Eddie at the outfitter now and that you complete the required paperwork before the event.

    August 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    By the way, on this night the full moon will be the year’s largest supermoon!

    July 29

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome. Looking forward to it!

      July 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    For the renters, the reason Pedal and Paddle Outfitters is shown is because it will bring and pick up a kayak to the boat ramp. However, you may rent a boat from anyone you choose, as there are other outfitters in the area, but you may have to pick up and bring the boat to the others yourself since the trip ends late at might. Again, and I cannot emphasize this enough, it is much better to buy a kayak (even if it is a Tupperware tub), rather than rent a boat each time you paddle. In the end, however, remember that the rental transaction is completely between the renter and the outfitter.

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    To those renting a boat: Be advised that the transaction between the renter and an outfitter is wholly between the renter and that outfitter; I have absolutely nothing to do with it. As noted in the activity narrative, it is much better to buy even a used boat than to rent one each time. For example, as stated above, River and Trail Outfitters has new and used kayaks for sale, and if you plan to go paddling more than once it is wiser to own a boat rather than rent one each time. Good luck.

    February 18, 2014

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