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MOONLIGHT PADDLE: Kayak, Camp, and Bike - Harper's Ferry Weekend

  • Jun 22, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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This weekend is the biggest Full Moon of the year, and we will enjoy it on the river during the evening -- nothing can be more peaceful and beautiful and fun!


Saturday 11:00am:  Set up camp at our primitive group campground at Harper's Ferry Campground on the river. (You will need a tent.)



2:00pm:  We will shuttle personal kayaks and people to Shepherdstown to put in the water around 3:00. Kayak rentals will be delivered to the river for you.

3:00 We will begin out paddle 3.5 miles down to Antietam Creek Campground, and picnic there at a scenic spot on the river banks.

SUNSET:   We will paddle down river and beach the boats right at our campground, enjoying MOONLIGHT and STARS all the way!

TOTAL PADDLE:  10.3 miles

11:00pm:  We'll enjoy a campfire, and socializing under the stars.


0800:  Breakfast - We'll have a fabulous campfire breakfast (Dave O will be making BACON!!!!), coffee, french toast, fruit, etc.

See this map for GPS locations of where we'll meet and paddle:

We will lounge around camp, play in the river, and leave it up to the group to either go for a hike, or have lunch in Harper's Ferry.

While we originally thought we would bike on Sunday, it seems that this is too much equipment to have to bring, so we've dropped the bicycle plans.

COST:  $76 for Kayak, all equipment, and campsite fee.  Your kayak will be brought to the river for you by Eddie at Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle, and picked up after you are done (you will not need to shuttle or carry your boat or equipment!)

We will send out an equipment list closer to the date - so mark your calendars and stand by for a fabulous paddle and campout!

For more information, please write:

Jeff:  [masked]

Heide:  [masked]

What to Bring

1)  Boat, PFD, and all associated kayak equipment (unless you are renting), LARGE WATER GUNS :-)

2)  Tent (or hammock), sleeping bag, camp chair or sit-upon (yes, I was a girl scout)

3)  WATER- for drinking AND WASHING, social beverages, plate/cup/napkin/utensils - everything you need to eat and drink.

4)  Wicking clothing; camera; sunscreen; HAT; bug spray; personal items;

Sturdy shoes/clothes for a possible hike/walk around Harper's Ferry on Sunday

5)  Sat Picnic dinner on the river; something to share for breakfast on Sunday; snacks


1.  Whistle

2.  Glow light

3.  Firewood, marshmallows


All participants are responsible for their own safety!

Our group of recreational kayakers look out for each other, but we're not certified experts at rescuing novices.  Our paddle events have been very successful so far because we stick together as a group in case anyone needs assistance.  So relax and have a good time.  It's not a race, and everyone will catch up if we give them time.

If you tip over into the water, DON'T PANIC.  Just hang onto your boat and paddle until we can rescue you.  You'll need to be able to climb back into the boat again.

Final Details

This is an outdoor event that requires suitable weather.  I'll post an update and send out an email if we need to change plans or cancel.



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  • jeff

    wow.....what a great time!!!!thank you heide for all your time and energy in preparation for this event and your attention to details!!!! your preparation made it enjoyable for all...

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As the newbie I would like to thank everyone for making us feel so welcome! what a wonderful time !!! Looking forward to future times with you all. thank u heidi and jeff!

    June 24, 2013

  • Donna M

    Thank you Jeff and Heide for all the planning, coordinating, organizing, and thought put into this weekend. Perfect weather, great people, full moon, we couldn't have asked for anything better! I even learned how to triage my tent with a splint and some tape! :)

    June 24, 2013

  • David M.

    Perfect trip and even got a moontan!

    June 24, 2013

  • Terri D.

    Awesome weekend - thanks to Heide and Jeff - great to meet everyone. Hope to see everyone on the water again soon.

    June 24, 2013

  • Joanna K.

    It was a wonderful trip and absolutly striking night to paddle. Couldn't ask for better weather or people. Thanks Heide and Jeff for putting this together.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice trip. Thanks Heide and Jeff. And everyone else. VOTE FOR PETEY!?

    Very nice people on a very nice adventure. Look forward to more.

    June 23, 2013

  • Heide

    Greetings Paddlers and Campers!

    We are really looking forward to this fabulous camping and kayaking opportunity! Please read the e-mail that I just sent out -- it has all the details you will need to have a great weekend.

    If you still have questions after reading it, feel free to write.

    See you Saturday!

    June 16, 2013

  • Heide

    Read more about the "Super Moon" we'll enjoy on our paddle!

    The full moon of June 22-23, 2013 is the closest and largest full moon of this year. By a new definition – one that has just entered the world of astronomy from astrology – many will call it a supermoon. There are three full moons in 2013 that meet the definition of a supermoon – May, June and July. But this June 22-23 full moon is the most super of the supermoons! A super-duper moon!

    June 11, 2013

  • Joanna K.

    About how many miles will we be kayaking?

    June 3, 2013

    • Heide

      Total paddle: approximately 10.4 miles. We will paddle 3.4 miles from Shepherdstown down to Antietam Creek Campground and have a picnic dinner there. Then it is another 7 miles down to the campground. We have a group doing the entire paddle on Friday to test the water and evaluate the paddle and distance and will make adjustments as necessary for Saturday, taking into consideration skill levels.

      June 3, 2013

  • Gloria

    I'm going to be knee deep in house stuff so I want to give someone else my spot early enough to plan. I don't want a refund. Put my $ toward good wine at the camp site :-) Cheers!

    June 2, 2013

    • Heide

      Sorry we'll miss your smiling face Gloria!

      June 2, 2013

  • Bruce

    I will be driving up from DC if anyone wants to share a ride. I can drive or ride. (I have a bike rack.) I have a few different sized tents so happy to share a tent or a tent pad, either mine or yours. They are backpacking tents, but one is pretty room and can take three people easily. (I am not gender sensitive about whom I share with - tent sharing is generally quite modest.)

    best to contact me directly at [masked]. [masked]-7164.


    May 20, 2013

  • Gloria

    REI is having a sale this weekend so I just scored a nice new tent and saved $80!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Heide

    Details are coming together -- I've just finished payment for four large group campsites on the river. We will be able to paddle right to our campsite! Stay tuned -- as we get closer to the day, we'll post more information about food, directions, etc. Thanks!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Jeff A

    + Guest

    May 16, 2013

  • Janis L.

    Ummmm..i am at best a novice camper. Will there be scouts there to help set up my tent..which i actually don't have..yet?

    April 25, 2013

    • Heide

      Janis - When I bought my tent at REI I set it up right there in the store. If you tell them you need to know how to do it - they will help you. Highly recommend REI! Remember - 10% back at the end of the year! :-)

      April 25, 2013

    • Janis L.

      Thanks Bruce and Heide...I found a knight in shining armour who has offered me the use of his extra tent. JEFF, It does come with AC Right? ?

      1 · April 25, 2013

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