Re: [bay-areakayakers] Jerry Olson added a post

From: Barry C.
Sent on: Sunday, September 12, 2010 8:54 PM
Hi Jerry,Just in case anyone is interested,fresh water lakes like Del Valley require a boat/kayak inspection for muscles and or moisture.Your boat or kayak cannot have ANY moisture on or in it what so ever or they will ban your boat for 30 days from all the east bay lakes.Del Valle charges $15 for the inspection which is good for 30 days on top of the park entrance and launching fees which are $6  for park entrance,$4 launch fee per boat or kayak,but they do have kayak rentals avail.Now here is the interesting part,you can take your kayak to Lafayette Reservoir,pay $6 to get in and the inspection is FREE and its good for all the east bay lakes for 30 days,so you save $9 when going into Del Valle.San Pablo dam reservoir charges $6 to get in and $4 flat launch fee.I dont know if they charge for the inspection yet,but its a nice paddle,about the same size as Del Valle.

--- On Sun, 9/12/10, Jerry Olson <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Jerry Olson <[address removed]>
Subject: [bay-areakayakers] Jerry Olson added a post
To: [address removed]
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2010, 6:38 PM

Hi everyone,

I decided to go back through all the correspondence we have received for trip suggestions. I combined this with ideas that some of us have discussed but not yet posted. In addition, I added in a few others I have been thinking of for some time.

Please review and vote for the paddles you are most interested in. I have listed them in the order I liked, but by no means let that influence your list.

Also, I realize that the summer months are drawing to a close and we have yet to host any kayak camping trips. So I have listed a few of those as well.

? Monterey Bay ? Paddle from the Monterey Bay Kayak shop (rentals available) to Lovers Cove. (Everyone to Moderate Paddle)
? Drakes Estero ? I was not able to make this paddle and would love to go. This is still my favorite place to go. (Someone also knows of a bakery with good pies as well). (Everyone to Moderate)
? Guadalupe River ? New Alviso boat ramp (Everyone)
? Elkhorn Slough ? While we have been there once, it appears to be a popular request. (Everyone)
? Lake Paddles ? Lake Del Valle in Livermore. Dave has suggested this paddle. (Everyone), Mary has also suggested a lake paddle and for the life of me I cannot remember where she suggested, but it was in/around Sacramento.
? San Francisco Water Front. It has a wonderful view of the city with a number of places to stop for lunch or eat after the paddle. Kayak rentals are available (Everyone ? Moderate depending on weather).
? Sausalito to Angel Island (Challenging)
? Santa Cruz Shore ? Robert suggested this paddle. Have not been there myself, so not sure what to suggest.

? Cherry Lake ? Bob had suggested this trip and it sounds like fun. A lake for our first trip would be perfect. (Everyone)
? Sonoma Lake ? I have paddled and camped here once before. (Everyone)

Skills clinic:

First let me profess that I am no instructor. However, I have been able to help a number of folks now with improvements to their paddle stroke. We have never as a group practiced wet exits and re-entries. (Angela has suggested this event a number of times). I would like to suggest that instead of us holding a skills clinic per say, we get together to share ideas, techniques etc. Subjects to cover could be: paddle stroke & leans, exits & re-entries, tide charts, equipment, etc. If a few of us bring boats to practice falling out of (and getting back in). I also have a fairly large sun shelter that can be set up for shade depending on where we meet. I am open to suggestions on where to get together. (Schoonmaker Point in Sausalito is one suggestion. This could be a great way to get together and if anyone wants to paddle out into Richardson Bay; that would be easy to do as well). Also, do we make it a pot luck event or plan on going somewhere after. Open to suggestions.

I will start scheduling meetup?s as I get input. (Minus input, I will schedule per the list above).

Thanks much,

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