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TRIP UPDATE - MONDAY, JANUARY 14 Flow rate looking decent now. Trip looking good. CHECK comments for updates, MEETUP is limiting text size here. We have the club camp fly if drippy Saturday, it will blow through. Sunday looking sunny. Dress warm! THE PLAN Arrive at the Highway 969 Bridge above Bastrop 9:00 am Saturday, Jan. 19. We will do a driver’s shuttle to Fisherman's Park. Jamie with Rising Phoenix Adventures at Bastrop, 1409 Chestnut, 512/[masked], will meet us there with vans. They rent canoes and kayaks. $10 per shuttled person. They will notify the sheriffs' department, but neither they nor the club take responsibility for any theft or damage. We will paddle 8 miles to the island. Plan on lunch on the water both days We should arrive at the island around mid-afternoon. The trip leader locate the the fire pit, kitchen area, and the latrine. Tents will have to work around these picked sites. Need assistance in setting up the latrine area and gathering driftwood. We will have only one fire location for cooking and eating. We need everyone to police their own area and help with packing the community gear, latrine, burying the fire pit and restoring the main campsite to pristine. Sunday we are taking a leisurely morning to enjoy breakfast, and get out of the river by the later afternoon. WEATHER: If rain or flooding is forecast, the trip may be called. It is your responsibility to check the Meetup site the night before (which may be posted late) to get the final word on the trip. TRADITION: I will do The Readings, selected Robert Service Tales of the Yukon suitable to our chilly trip. Includes audience participation for wolves and howling winds (if real coyotes don’t chime in)! Bring your own stories, but keep it clean for the kids. REQUIRED: Every boat must have approved PFD’s for each person. Children under 13 years old MUST WEAR A PFD AT ALL TIMES on the water. All boaters must be confident swimmers. No glass containers allowed. Wear river shoes or sandals. I will send an email for everyone’s contact info. Everyone to sign a trip release. RECOMMENDED: This is a cold weather trip, with cold water. In case you flip have a dry change of clothes to avoid hypothermia. Bring your food and kitchen gear, personal headlamp or flashlight, water and beverages and some thing to sit on around the campfire. COMMUNITY GEAR: If you can help with community gear and taking them down the river post here. SHARED GEAR NEEDED: Camp tables Two-burner stoves Dutch ovens Charcoal and charcoal chimneys Coffee pots Camp latrine and shelter – need assistance in carrying club equipment Camp Fly – Need assistance in taking this, First aid – club kit Kitchen – If anyone can bring utensils for cook/prep/cleanup gear would be great. A pot needed for the wine grog. Lanterns COMMUNITY MEALS APPETIZERS - Bring something for the apres paddle hors d’oeuvres. Dips and dipping vegetables, chips, popcorn or anything else good. We will do a steaming pot of Gluhwein to keep us warm - Everyone bring one of the below wine or brandy to put in the pot, the quantities will allow 2-3 cups per person: Need : 8 - 12 boxed bottles of red wine (750 ml - no glass - nothing fancy) 2 - 3 cups of brandy We will bring as fixings cinnamon, honey, cloves, ginger and oranges to keep things simple. If every boat brought a wine or brandy, we should be good! DINNER: We'll do a pot luck community meal, with enough Dutch ovens. I am doing king ranch chicken. Let me know who can assist on the dinner meal, and will be cooking Dutch oven for the group. Bring your own water and other beverages. BREAKFAST: Plan on sharing breakfast tacos - everyone bring 2-4 eggs and sausage or bacon, and tortillas we will cook it all up together. We will cook on two-burners. Bring fixings of salsa, shredded cheese, and coffee. COSTS: $10 for shuttle, and $10/$15 person if not d.o. cooking. Everyone post comments here who can help out with cooking and gear. Thanks.