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Kayak & Watch Fireworks!!!

Fourth of July PaddleKayaking and Fireworks. Do something a little different this year!!

We will meet at the take out at 2:00pm where we will load everyone’s boats onto my trailer and people into the van and shuttle to the put-in.

Total Distance - 12 1/2 Miles (at a leisurely pace)

We will paddle down river about 6 miles where we will stop to rest, stretch and eat our packed dinner. We will paddle on for another 6 miles and aim to arrive near the take-out around 8:30-9:00 where we will watch the Pheonixville fireworks (**Fireworks are set off at the corner of Franklin Ave & Fillmore St – less than a half mile from the river and our take out). After the fireworks we will have a short (but very nice & relaxing) paddle by the light of the moon back to our cars. 

Click on the link below to see a map of the take out. **NOTE – the green arrow indicates the take out** 

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode&time&date&ttype&q=40.1588+-75.51025


COST - $65/person - Includes kayak, pfd, paddle, launch permit, transportation, certified guide with First Aid, CPR & kayak certifications ($25 Deposit)

Cost - $35 if you have your own kayak - (includes transportation of you and your boat, certified guide with first aid, CPR & kayak certifications) ($25 Deposit)

IF YOU PLAN ON PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT PLEASE RSVP and reserve you spot with a $25 deposit.  Click on the link below:

https://www.wepay.com/events/manage/37920

It is advised that you have a launch permit for your boat. If you need one you can purchase and print a temporary one at https://www1.pa.wildlifelicense.com/

LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED!!! There is a possibility of motor boats being around where we take out. WE NEED TO BE SEEN!!!!!! If you have extra lights please bring them in case someone forgets theirs.

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  • KarthicK

    Pictures please...

    July 14, 2013

  • Doug C.

    I will be posting pictures soon.

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very few events reach this level. Thats a big thank you Doug for the idea, managing ihe trip logistics, the company.....great time!!! Oh and did I mention the weather, the fireworks, the speed of the river, the location, the quality of the equipment, the knowledge of the area?? THANKS for all the experts along as well! It was a blast-

    2 · July 5, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Thank you very much Kath!! Very kind of you!! I am glad you had a great day. Mother Nature definitely helped make it a wonderful day! Hope to paddle with you again soon.

      July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great day!!!!! Tom and I had such a blast, everyone was so nice and super accommodating, even the weather cooperated with us. We loved it so much and for Tom's first time, he was hooked. We can't wait to go again! Well done, Doug, and a big thanks to all :)

    2 · July 5, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Tiffany I ma glad you and Tom had fun. It was a great day, great weather and a great group of people . Hope to paddle with you soon.

      July 8, 2013

  • Doug C.

    27 people paddled down the Schuylkill River(a river that played a key role in the Revolutionary War) and watched Fireworks from our kayaks. The display was even better this year!! I love the sound of fireworks from all over Chester and Montgomery counties echoing up and down the river. Sorry I was not my usual energetic self. A summer cold is the pits. Thanks for coming everyone and hope to paddle with you again soon!!! Special thanks to Evan for taking the lead paddler role since I had no energy. Thanks also to Doug, Dave and John for sweeping and hanging back at Linfield until everything was taken care of.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Susan

    Lots of fun! Thanks to everyone! Looking fwd to the next trip!

    July 5, 2013

  • Peter F.

    This was a lot of fun with fun people. Will do again!

    July 5, 2013

  • Alice M. L.

    Perfect way to celebrate America,s birthday .

    July 5, 2013

  • Nora H.

    Great time with great people.

    July 4, 2013

  • Doug Q

    What a great time! Thanks Doug!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be bringing my own kayak

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • KarthicK

    Doug, do you think I can make it? I have just done 1 Wednesday Paddle with you on the Schuylkill river.

    July 1, 2013

    • KarthicK

      Doug, I am coming. I have reserved my spot. I want to do this. No office tomorrow so I can start very early. Will not miss it this time. I will give an early call to you if i need help with the route.

      July 3, 2013

    • KarthicK

      As you know.. i need a Kayak and the lights. Thanks.

      1 · July 3, 2013

  • Nora H.

    Just a reminder Doug- I do need a kayak.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Doug I am registering this afternoon, would you have a rental available? What kind of light, a flashlight or a lantern or tiki torch:-)

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Peter F.

    Hi Doug,
    I'll need a kayak too.

    July 1, 2013

    • Doug C.

      You got it Peter. Thanks for letting me know.

      July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Doug, sounds like a fun trip. Do you have any kayaks left to rent?

    June 30, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Dee, I do have a kayak available.

      July 1, 2013

  • Susan

    Hey Doug, one of my buddies is thinking about joining us. What's the deadline for letting you know? He's wondering how far we have to paddle after the fireworks. From your description it sounds like short means only about 1/2 mile. Thx!

    June 23, 2013

    • Doug C.

      It's about a mile. Maybe a little less.

      July 1, 2013

  • Heather

    Sadly, my plans have changed. I can't go to this after all.

    June 30, 2013

  • Martha

    I am heading to DE and not sure if I will be back in enough time for this. Can I let you know Wed night?

    June 28, 2013

  • Denise

    Hey Doug, FYI, we (me and my +1) do not need boats-- we're bringing our own. I sent my deposit through a while ago-- let me know if it didn't work.

    June 25, 2013

  • Alice M. L.

    I,d like to suggest we all decorate our boats in red white and blue.

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Nikki

    The website "https://www.wepay.com/events/manage/37920"; asks for a login and password. How do we get in to leave a deposit?

    June 21, 2013

  • Susan

    Hey Doug, just used the link & left a deposit @ WePay. Never used it b4, but seemed to work o.k.

    June 17, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Susan, Yup it worked. Thanks. I really like WePay over pay pal. It gives me more payment options and the person paying doesn't need to create an account. So far I have been very pleased. Thanks again!! do you have your own kayak or do you need one?

      June 17, 2013

    • Susan

      Doug, don't have a kayak, so yes I need one. Thanks.

      June 18, 2013

  • Nikki

    Will we be watching the fireworks from the kayaks or will we be "dismounting"?

    June 17, 2013

    • Nora H.

      Last year we watched from the water. It was very cool.

      1 · June 17, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Yeah we will be watching them from our kayaks. We will stop a little before we get there to eat and stretch our legs.

      June 17, 2013

  • Limin Z.

    Hello, everyone!! I really want to join this activity and was wondering whether it will matter if this is my first time playing kayak. I'm the beginner.. Can I still join??????

    June 16, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Limin, It is a long paddle so it would be great if you came out to a Wednesday paddle so I can see what skill level you are. Some people can get right in and paddle well and others take a little time getting used to it.

      June 17, 2013

  • Heather

    I just put in my deposit. i have my own boat, so I just pay the remaining $10 when I arrive at the event?

    June 16, 2013

    • Doug C.

      You got Heather. Thanks for signing up. I will send an email to all the participants when we get a little closer. I look forward to meeting you.

      June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please send reminder

    June 14, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Can we pay for the event the day of when we show up? I am assuming so. I am also assuming we don't need to get the permit if we are renting there? I'd want a 2-person kayak for my friend and I.

    June 10, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Yeah, once we get closer to the even I will send an email out to the participants with all of my contact info. Thanks Joe!!

      June 12, 2013

    • Jerri

      "Divorce boats" -- I believe, for those who are too young to remember... that's what we call Canoes. ;D

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No worries. See everyone next month! So excited!!

    June 11, 2013

  • Doug C.

    Looks like it posted this time. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks for letting me know, and signing up Tiffany. See you soon!!

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FOUND IT! In the conversation thread :)

    June 11, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Where did it go? Sorry for the confusion. I will fix this ASAP!!!

      June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'm missing it. Anyone see the link? For the deposit, I mean.

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, three last questions and I'm done (for now): 1) How are you taking payment; 2) Is my launch permit included in the $65?; and 3) Would "packed dinner" be a strapped-to-our-kayak-in-a-personal-cooler-we-bring type of deal? Thanks again.

    May 22, 2013

    • Doug C.

      I just posted the link so you can put a deposit to reserve your spot. It is in the body of the description. Let me know if you have any trouble.

      June 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I only see the map link and the permit link...where is it? Sorry

      June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have my own boat

    June 10, 2013

    • Doug C.

      I want some of that banana split Melissa!! Hahahaha. I look forward to meeting you. I just posted a link so you can reserve your spot with a $25 deposit. See you soon!

      June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Doug! It would be great if I could rent a kayak, and will gladly pay you
    Tuesday:-).......

    June 2, 2013

    • Doug C.

      You got Kath!! I look forward to paddling with you. I will send an invoice that will allow you to put a $25 depostit to secure your reservation in a few days.

      June 4, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Kath, I just posted the link so you can put a deposit to reserve your spot. It is in the body of the description. Let me know if you have any trouble.

      June 10, 2013

  • Susan

    Hi Doug, sounds great. Do I just rent the Kayak online & the rental place brings it to and from the take out location?

    June 2, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Susan, I have my own rental fleet and I will bring the kayak for you. I will eamil a link that will allow you to put a $25 depostit to secure your reservation in a few days.

      June 4, 2013

    • Doug C.

      Susan, I just posted the link so you can post your deposit to reserve your spot. It is in the body of the description. Thanks

      June 10, 2013

  • Nora H.

    Doug I never got an invoice from you.

    June 2, 2013

    • Doug C.

      I will get that to you when I finish working the Schuylkill Sojourn?

      June 4, 2013

    • Doug C.

      I just posted the link for the deposit on the body of the description. It was great seeing you last Wednesday! Wish you could have been on the Sojourn with us. I was able to paddle the 2nd half of the day with everyone. It was a lot of fun!!

      June 10, 2013

  • Denise

    Hi Doug, how do I go about sending you the deposit?

    June 3, 2013

    • Doug C.

      I will get that to you when I finish working the Schuylkill Sojourn. Should be able to sit down Sunday or Monday to get caught up on computer work..

      June 4, 2013

    • Doug C.

      I attached a link for your deposit in the body of the description. Let me know if you have any problems!!

      June 10, 2013

  • Doug C.

    If you plan on attending the 4th of July paddle please click on the link to put down your $25 deposit in order to reserve your spot. I'm looking forward to another awesome 4th of July on the water!!

    https://www.wepay.com/events/july-4th-kayak-and-fireworks

    June 10, 2013

  • Doug C.

    I apologize everyone for not responded to messages I am currently one of the outfitters for the Schuylkill Sojourn and I am camping with them all week, so I have limited opportunity to log onto the computer. If you are looking for a really great experience next year check it out.

    http://www.schuylkillriver.org/...

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/grou...

    June 4, 2013

    • Nora H.

      Gack! I wish I was there! I hate not being there.

      June 4, 2013

  • Joyce H

    Working. :(

    May 29, 2013

  • Nora H.

    I need a kayak for this, Doug. Something with a nice wide cockpit.

    May 22, 2013

    • Doug C.

      I'm sure you will be fine...if you do fall in no biggie. I have had my share of spills!!!

      May 23, 2013

    • Nora H.

      I have become famous for falling in. People on the sojourn would ask me if I heard about the woman who held on to the tree but her boat kept going? That would be me.

      May 23, 2013

  • Denise

    Great meetup idea!

    May 23, 2013

  • Doug C.

    We had over 15 people last year for our first annual Kayak & Fireworks trip. It was an extremely hot & humid day...no place better to be than on the river...or in the river. Hope to meet some new poeple this year!!

    May 22, 2013

    • Nora H.

      It was great fun last year.

      May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, I've only been in two-person kayaks before. Is that an option for the rented ones? My boyfriend and I would def need kayaks.

    May 22, 2013

    • Doug C.

      hahahaha - I have seen some near divorces sitting along the river and watching couples canoe past.

      May 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      LOL you guys are great. Well we're not married, so we're safe there... But all jokes aside, the single-man kayaks will be fine. Thanks for offering but we'll totally be fine in the same ones everyone else has :) Can't wait!!!

      May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    THis sounds absolutly awesome but, unfortunatly, I have to work the Fourth but I look forward to joining you on another adventure soon!

    May 22, 2013

    • Doug C.

      :-( Sorry you have to work.

      May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds so great! May be a dumb question, but the kayak can accommodate a pregnant belly, right?

    May 22, 2013

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