We will launch at 11am at the Patuxent Wetlands Park where the Patuxent River goes under Rt. 4. We will paddle a few hours upstream and then back. Total expected distance between 10 and 12 miles spanning 4 hours on the water (plus a break when we turn around). I know this is a weekday paddle but it is going to be very nice and if you able and are prepared for a winter paddle, come on down.
Website for the launch site: http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/launch/patuxent_wetlands.cfm
Been a lot of talk about coming up with a minimum list of equipment for a cold water winter paddle. A full list will be coming out as soon as we have a final version. Right now we want to stress that one should have safety equipment like PFD, Skirt, Pump, Paddle Float, etc. The real tricky part is what to wear. You must be dressed for the water and not for the air. Right now that means: 1) dry suit, 2) dry top and dry bottom, 3) full 3-mil or greater wetsuit, or 4) 3-mil or greater Farmer John/Jane wetsuit with either dry top or wetsuit jacket. Dry suits and drytop/drybottom should have appropriate layers underneath. If you do not appear to have the right clothing when you show up, the organizer (that's me for this one) has the right to ask you to not participate so if you have any doubts, drop me a line so we can talk about it and make sure you are ready. Bring a change of clothes to keep on your kayak, water, and some snacks.
Some of us are planning on going out to eat afterwards.
It will be a low tide paddle so SUPs are not going to work so this is a kayak-only paddle. The pace should be very moderate (this is not going to be a fast paddle).