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Nisqually Delta Day and Picnic

Description: ... Let's spend the afternoon and early evening at the Nisqually Delta Wildlife Refuge. I haven't been to the actual Refuge so we will start there, do some hiking, and then launch our boats as the tide starts to come back in.

Details: .... We will meet at the Refuge parking lot at 1:00 and take a look around. There is a program "Our Amazing Plant World " that starts at 1 and goes till 2:30 that you may want to join. Go to the Nisqually site at http://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147491884 to read about it. We will plan on leaving the Refuge around 3 pm and heading over to the launch site at 4998 NE Dmilluhr Road. We will launch into the incomingtide and head over for a 3 - 4 hour paddle around the delta. Around 6 pm we will find a place to stop, spread out some tarps, and have a dinner picnic.

Parking/Restroom Information: .... There is ample parking and restrooms at the Refuge. There is parking and a vault toilet at the launch site on NE Dmilluhr road. No passes are needed to park there. 

Dinner : I will pick up an appropriate amount of roasted chicken for the picnic. If someone could make or pickup some potato salad and maybe another type of salad, someone could pick up some rolls, and someone pickup some apple or cherry pie for desert. Everyone brig a few dollars to donate to the providers. I don't want anyone to have to spend any time cooking for this paddle....
Chicken - Larry
Potato Salad - Amy 
Green salad - Aaron
Mac Salad - Marcie 
Rolls & butter & trail mix snack - Karen
Watermelon - Holly
Desert - Julie
Pies - Harrison  
Other Stuff ----
Carrots & brown rice chips & hummus dip. Jam for rolls - T
Plastic, plates, utensils, cups -Jenn 
Tarps - Larry 2

Carpool: .....
Larry - I can take two peeps and their boats..

SK Rating: Sea Kayak Trip Ratings I am rating this a class 2-3 paddle. We will be paddling mostly in the quiet delta area without much current or wave action unless the wind comes up.

Equipment Requirements: Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, headlamp, charts, navigation gear (compass/gps/??)vhf radio. Bring Water or something to drink for the day.

Chart: ...

Tides: ...

Su  25      Low   3:19 AM     1.2         
    25     High   9:27 AM    11.8   
    25      Low   3:23 PM     3.6
    25     High   9:21 PM    13.4

 

NOAA Wind: 3 days prior to paddle

IMPORTANT - If you have not filled out your profile information in the Sea Kayak Meetup information please do so. We need this to be assured that the group is competent to meet the challenges of this paddle.  For safety reasons we will not accept anyone whose profile information does not assure us that they have the necessary skills. Failure to have a completely filled out profile can cause you to be dropped from the paddle.

AND AS USUAL - All my paddles are one strike you're out... I will monitor the site up to 3 hours before we launch for cancellations. (for this paddle the cut off will be Wednesday before the paddle unless an emergency happens) But if we launch and I haven't heard from you that is a no show and you will no longer be welcome on my trips. Please don't sign up unless you really think you can attend. It isn't fair for the other paddlers. As usual, I will manage the trip numbers based on extra organizers and the paddle experience of the people who sign up. So jump on the waiting list because I frequently up the attendees. Thanks.

 

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  • Larry M

    Well,, we did to get to paddle much of the delta, but we got to paddle down to the State park and have a nice dinner. and we got a 6.5 mile paddle in with some nice weather and smooth seas...

    August 26, 2013

  • Julie N

    Thanks one and all!!!

    August 26, 2013

  • Jenn

    Very enjoyable. Good idea, Larry! Thanks for organizing. I'm happy to meet such a fun group of paddlers.

    August 26, 2013

  • T.-

    Thank you Larry for calling in your favors with the weather gods! ;) It was a wonderful day on the water with fun-loving people who know how to throw down for a picnic! It was great to see everyone and share this paddle. :)

    August 26, 2013

  • Phyllis

    Great day, great walk, great paddle, great people, great dinner, great leader. Thanks Larry!!!

    August 25, 2013

  • Holly

    Here. Where is everyone?

    August 25, 2013

  • T.-

    We'll meet you at the launch @ 3pm. :D

    August 25, 2013

  • Phyllis

    Yippee!! I'll bring some good cheese, gluten-free crackers, and some grapes. And tales of the mighty Pacific. Will be good to be back in my little boat.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Julie N

    Larry, let me know what time you'll be picking me up. Thanks!!

    August 24, 2013

    • Larry M

      Picking up Phyllis around 11:15, see you after that.

      August 25, 2013

  • Brian

    I'd be glad to give someone a ride. I'm in the Ravenna neighborhood.

    August 24, 2013

    • Larry M

      I haven't heard from Julie. Can you get Holly so I can go up and pick up Phyllis?

      August 24, 2013

    • Brian

      yes, will do

      August 24, 2013

  • Larry M

    Julie, i am picking up Holly. Do you want to carpool also? You are on the way for me.

    August 24, 2013

  • Karen V

    Family emergency, sorry, would have loved to join -- but now at least someone else can appreciate it. Amy will bring the 2nd boat for T/Steven.

    August 23, 2013

  • Jenn

    Yeehawww...I'm in! Sure thing, Larry. I'll bring the washable plates and service to the launch. Everything goes in my dishwasher when I haul it back. Sweet! See you all at the reserve.

    August 23, 2013

  • Harrison

    I'm for the pies - let me know if anyone has a preference. See all of you Sunday!

    August 23, 2013

    • Holly

      Well I'm gluten intolerant, so if you can get 1 gluten free 1, I can have some, otherwise, I'll have to pass.

      August 23, 2013

    • Harrison

      sure thing holly-thanks for letting me know

      August 23, 2013

  • T.-

    Carrots & brown rice chips & hummus dip. Jam for rolls. Paper plates & utensils.

    August 21, 2013

    • Larry M

      Jenn is bringing the eating stuff

      1 · August 23, 2013

  • Jenn

    Hi Larry- Got a boat but not sure if I'm in? If so, would you like me to bring a salad (pasta or fruit maybe) or a washable set of plastic plates, flatware, and optional cups...got enough for 30! Let me know. Thanks.

    August 22, 2013

    • Larry M

      Jenn, if you want to bring the eating stuff i will take T off that

      August 23, 2013

  • Lisa

    Please oh, please, is there room for one more? I just sent an email to Larry. I've been wanting to get to Nisqually all summer long. I just saw the email today. Please?

    August 22, 2013

    • Larry M

      Please put yourself on the wait list.

      August 22, 2013

  • marcy s.

    I'll bring mac. salad.

    August 21, 2013

  • Amy H.

    I'll bring a side salad of some sort - should be fun

    August 21, 2013

    • Larry M

      Bring potato salad, just pick up some at the store

      August 21, 2013

  • Karen V

    Bringing rolls, butter, trail mix (and an extra boat/gear for T to share with Steven and then Robert)

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Jenn

    Hi Larry. I would love to join this paddle, but am renting this year. I don't see any easy rental near put-in. If Saul partners with you to offer rentals, I'll go! If not, I'll just wish I were there! Thx :- )

    August 19, 2013

    • Larry M

      There is not a rental near the paddle. If you want to contact Saul I can pick up a kayak for you. Also, Holly is renting a kayak from Alki Kayak Tours for the day.

      August 21, 2013

    • Holly

      I might be buying!:-) they have plenty of rentals,$65./day. Open for p/u and drop off apx 9:30 am-dusk.

      August 21, 2013

  • Holly

    I'll bring watermelon!

    August 20, 2013

  • John B.

    This one is on my list of "must paddle." Rats, headed north that day.
    I was at the refuge about a month or two ago - the entrance fee was +/- $2.

    August 19, 2013

    • Wanda C.

      Dang! Me too. Would love to do this but have plans that day. Have fun!

      August 19, 2013

  • Katrina O

    I'm interested in joining but am without boat. If anyone has & would like to share a double, please let me know!

    August 19, 2013

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