|Sent on:||Wednesday, July 27, 2011 8:13 PM|
Announcing a new Meetup for Over 40 and Kicking It Up Adventure and Social Club!
What: Potomac River Paddle, Saturday, July 30, 2011, 5 PM
When: Saturday, July 30, 2011 5:00 PM
Where: Potomac River Boat Ramp
North Princess Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
So many of us have either recently begun kayaking or refined our paddling skills to the point that we cannot stay away from the People's River for too long. That is great.
A number of paddlers are heading out on the Potomac next Saturday, at Shepherdstown, and I thought it would be good to allow members of our Meetup to take part in this adventure. Those of you who have gone out on our recent full moon paddle will recognize the area. The following information is standard data provided to paddlers for all our trips.
On Saturday, at our paddling location, it will be generally clear, with a daytime high of 93 degrees (with a heat index of 106 degrees), and a nighttime low of 72 degrees (with a heat Index of 77 degrees). At this time, there is a 30% chance of precipitation predicted for the night of the paddle, albeit that same figure is standard for every night in July, so that the meteorologists can hedge their bets. The daytime humidity will be 58%, and the nighttime humidity will be 70%. The UV index will be very high at a 9, and it will be calm, with a WNW wind of approximately 0-4 MPH.
While it will be very hot during the day, it will not be as hot at dusk. Thus the reason for having an evening and night paddle. Indeed, a slight rain would be welcomed. Only lightning would get us off of the water, though; accordingly, we will keep a sharp lookout for such type of severe weather.
Based on the area gauges, the river level will be very low, but the current will nonetheless be slightly moving, as it is still a river. The daytime river temperature has been hovering at 93 degrees, and the nighttime temperature has been hovering at 88 degrees, and these ranges should remain the same through the weekend.
The sunrise will be at 6:09 AM, and the sunset will be at 8:26 PM. The days are now getting shorter, as we are heading towards winter, although this is hard to fathom when one is outside in the heat.
The river's water flow in this area will be very low, predicted to be at only 0.8 kcfs. That is only 800 cubic feet per second. It will be like paddling in a shallow lake. And, yes, swimming is allowed.
Please join us on this flatwater kayak trip. There are no rapids or ripples whatsoever on this stretch of the river. All are welcome on this paddle, and it is safe for all ages. This is an up-and-back trip, so the put-in is the same as the take-out. After scouting the river and evaluating the weather conditions, we will paddle against the current going up for 4 miles, and then paddle with the current coming back for 4 miles. We will head up in the light, and head back at dusk. There will be enough natural light for one to see.
Novice paddlers can shorten the trip if they desire, as there is no shuttle involved. There will be a first responder with us who is trained in first aid and CPR.
Incidentally, it is interesting to note that, on this same day and location of our paddle, in 1954, the temperature was 98 degrees.
Below are the trip details.
We will meet at 5 PM at the Shepherdstown 24-hour boat ramp parking area at the end of North Princess Street in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for a scenic flatwater paddle. Please bring plenty of water and a healthy biped meal (not rodent kibbles) for out mid-point break. There is a Sheetz close to the boat ramp if anything is needed. When it is warm, I get a large trash bag, and, in that bag, I put a bag of ice, sandwiches, fruit, and water bottles, and place that bag inside a hatch, where it stays cold.
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. The Shepherdstown Police Department has allowed us to use the Shepherd University parking lot for an overflow lot at the corners of East High and North Princess Streets if needed.
There is, moreover, a kayak rental outfitter a few blocks from the boat ramp, called Pedal and Paddle, and kayaks are available therein. A day's rent would be required, as you would get the boat when the outfitter is still open but return it at night after the outfitter is closed. Here is the web site: http://thepedalpaddle.com/
If you have any inquiries, please contact me directly. May you all have fair winds and following seas.
The first photograph shows where our put-in is, at the right side (those are reflected clouds and not algae on the river); the second photograph is taken from where our take-out will be at the end of the paddle. A location conducive to healing one's soul.