this will be a nocturnal moon paddle. the initial plan will be to put in at Bush Recreation Area at Loyalhanna Lake, assuming that Bush Rec will be open for kayaks to access the water. boaters will require a PFD to be worn, a whistle ("sound-producing device"), and at least one (hand held or installed) light. i prefer that each kayak have at least two lights, one on the bow (front) deck, and one on the stern (rear) deck. that way people can see you from behind (stern light), and someone in front of you can see that you are still behind them (bow light). a bright head lamp is nice to have. i usually have four lights; bow, stern, headlamp, hand held. you can buy glow sticks at some dollar stores. the sticks can be hooked to the deck cording, or to your PFD. Dollar Tree sales two glow sticks per pack.
we will head a couple miles up curent into the wilder backwaters of the lake.
this meetup will be more weather dependent than would be a daytime float, therefore more prone to cancellation due to dense cloud cover and/or persistent rain.
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directions to Bush Rec:
Bush Recreation Area is 3.6 road miles North of Route 22 at New Alexandria.
From Rt 22 at the traffic light in New Alexandria turn north onto Rt 981, i.e. turn left if heading east on Rt 22 from Monroeville. There is a Sheetz store at this intersection.
Go 1.1 mile, turn left onto Bush Road at the Y intersection and stop sign after the bottom of hill.
Go 2.5 mile on Bush Road, winding through Mannitto golf course.
Slow down after you pass some houses close to the road on the right.
Turn left onto Boat Dock Rd at a bend in the road, into Bush Recreation Area. There is a sign.
Head down to the far lower corner of the parking lot, close to the water.
You don't have to stop at the fee hut. That is for trailered motor boats that make use of the boat docks and launch ramp facilities.
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Sun and Moon Data for One Day
The following information is provided for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (longitude W80.0, latitude N40.4):
20 July 2013 Eastern Daylight Time
Begin civil twilight 5:35 a.m.
Sunrise 6:07 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 8:45 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:17 p.m.
Moonrise 5:47 p.m. on preceding day
Moonset 3:44 a.m.
Moonrise 6:47 p.m.
Moon transit 11:48 p.m.
Moonset 4:51 a.m. on following day
Phase of the Moon on 20 July: waxing gibbous with 93% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Full Moon on 22 July 2013 at 2:16 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.