addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Save this Meetup!

This Meetup no longer has an Organizer.
Without an Organizer, it will disappear from our website in 14 day(s).

You can join this Meetup and become the Organizer.

Full Moon Flatwater Paddle on the People's River - With No Shuttle

  • Aug 24, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

 

 

 

One finds healing on the river at night.

 

 

 

 

 

On the night of our paddle, there will be a phased full moon, so we will have a unique river trip.  We will head out to West Virginia for a river trip, on the most scenic and historical stretch of the Potomac River.  It will begin and end at the oldest city in West Virginia, Shepherdstown.

This trip will be 8 miles, and the put in will be the same as the take out.  That is, there is no shuttle on this trip.  Each of us is to bring food and water in a collapsible container for a late dinner at the halfway point.  Plus, we will have ice cream at the halfway point at Barron's Store when we reach Snyder's Landing.  This is the only ice cream store on the Potomac River and it will be open up for us; after we eat, the owners will join us in their canoe on our adventure back to Shepherdstown.  Bring cash for the ice cream and soda and whatever else you may want to obtain there.  But make sure you bring your meal in a collapsible bag as well.

Here is the map of our adventure:

Shepherdstown to Snyder's Landing, Eight Miles Round Trip

 

 

Here are two of our members heading down the river at our last full moon paddle

 

 

 

We will paddle upriver for 4 miles, have a dinner break, and then paddle downriver for 4 miles.  It will take much less time and effort to do this shuttle-less trip, as the shuttle tends to be as long as the actual paddle.  Guests and teens are welcome.

 

 

 

Some of us chose to use a tandem kayak at a prior full moon paddle

 

 

 

 

Remember that for this trip you have to either provide your own boat and gear or rent it from Pedal and Paddle in Shepherdstown.  Naturally, you provide your own food and water for the midpoint dinner.

When you arrive, bring your boat and gear down to the boat ramp, and then go to park your vehicle.

Here are the directions for the trip's meeting point:  From Frederick, take Rt. 340 West (which will take you from MD through VA for a spell and finally into WV over the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers), then turn right at Rt. 230, then go over Rattlesnake Run Creek into Shepherdstown, then turn right on North Princess Street, and go until it ends.  You are on the city-owned public boat ramp.  Park therein.

 

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON THIS TRIP AND ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A LIFE VEST AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON THE RIVER.

 

 

Your food will be examined and tasted - all for your own good, naturally

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless of the source of your vessel, whether one's own or rented, each of us needs to bring:  A boat, a paddle, a PFD, and any other gear.  Also, in a waterproof container, bring food and water.  Bring a full meal, not just a snack, as it will be a long day's journey into night.

The sunset is predicted to be at about 8 PM on this date.  This full moon is called the Full Sturgeon Moon, and its name was important to Indian tribes, as those large fish were readily caught during this time.  Other tribes called it the Full Red Moon due to its reddish hue as it rises.

 

 

 

The full moon appears East to West over  the People's River

 

 

 

 

 

This would be a unique paddle, appropriate for beginners, teens, and adults.  Note, however, that this is a paddle rather than a float, as we will be heading upstream for the first 4 miles.  The flatwater paddle would be 8 miles long, and the moon would come over the Blue Ridge Mountains at our halfway point.  While dusk on the river occurs before the actual sunset, the sunset on this night is predicted to be at approximately 8 PM.  If you have to rush, and you feel compelled to repeatedly ask when are we getting back, this is not the right trip for you, and you should consider another activity.

The photos of the kayakers on this page were taken on our prior full moon paddle, right before darkness became visible.

While the entire paddle will take place in Maryland, since the Potomac River is owned by that state, we would park in West Virginia and put in on the West Virginia side of the river. The Shepherdstown police will make parking spots available to us close to the take out.

During our adventure on the People's River, it is of the utmost importance that we tell embellished stories and trade somewhat true experiences and share mostly factual events and impart historical facts that may have even happened.

 

 

Here we are at our last full moon paddle, as the sun is about to set

 

 

 

 

Some associate this full moon with lycanthropy, and the Mothman Prophecies are a part of this area, so the full moon has much to do with many legends.  For us, though, it will be the guiding beacon in the sky, the full moon that a mariner would travel under and use as a compass.  We are not using artificial lights on this trip when darkness falls; just the moon and the stars.  That's right.  On the downstream part of the trip you will see silhouettes of others and that is it.  You would lose your night vision if you had a bright light around you.  Even if it is nebulous out, we can still do it, as we have in the past, using the reflected natural light and traveling by listening to the paddle strokes of the other boats.  On our last full moon paddle, we had fish jump into our boats, and that provided added entertainment.  Folks can learn much about nature this way, and about themselves.  One will learn about team work, and about trusting others.  And also about trusting oneself.  You will need a kayak, a paddle, and a PFD.  Also, bring real food (not rodent kibbles) and plenty of water.  You can bring a light to store inside your boat in case you need it to find something therein, but do not keep it on at all times or use a headlamp whereby you blind everyone you look at.  Again, the objective is to maintain your night vision.  And mine.  If someone blinds me, that person becomes very wet.

For those who do not own boats and gear, contact the Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle for a rental and mention my name and this trip. You must reserve the boat and pay for it ahead of time directly with Pedal and Paddle if you are renting.  Make sure you pay at the time that you reserve and not later.  Of course, if you own a kayak, that is great, and you do not have to worry about renting.  But if you need to rent a kayak, here is the outfitter's web site:

http://thepedalpaddle.com/

If the web site is down, just call them at:  (304)[masked]

Remember that your paying by credit card now reserves the kayak, paddle, and PFD, as well as having the kayak, paddle, and PFD brought to (as well as picked up from) the boat ramp.  When you call to reserve your boat, pay for it as well.  Just telling your neighbor that you called someone for a boat or writing in the comments that you had a dream of having a boat just won't cut it.

Eddie, the owner of Pedal and Paddle, is thoroughly aware of our adventure, and he is always there for our kayak trips.  He is both athletic and a supporter, so, combining those two qualities, makes him, well, special.

The rental prices as of this writing for the entire day are: Single kayaks for $65.00 each, and tandems or canoes for $105.00 each for the day.  This includes the boat drop off and pick up at the boat ramp. Please pay the outfitter by credit card before the day of the paddle.

 

To be a survivalist, always keep an eye on any paddlers who have wild animals tracks all over their body and who wear pirate bandanas

 

 

 

Again, you would have to obtain and bring your boat and gear to the meeting location that is close to the take-out, either your own or a rented one.  Some of the Potomac River Paddlers (who are also members of this Meetup group) are attending this adventure, and the local store owners who have shops along the river will be sliding their canoes in the water as we paddle along and they will join us as well.  Of course, a profile photo is required for identification and safety purposes.  Moreover, all attendees are to answer the question that will appear when they RSVP so that I know their skill level and what type of boat they are bringing.

 

 

 

Here are our paddlers on a prior full moon paddle.

 

 

 

This is a flatwater trip with no rapids, appropriate for newbies, comprising 8 miles total.    I will scout the river before the trip to ascertain any issues we may be faced with.  We will not be back at Shepherdstown until 11 PM or more likely later, especially if paddlers join us along the way, as has happened before, or if the ever-changing river conditions dictate our speed differently than planned, or if someone tries to find out if God exists along the way.  This is not a race, but an educational as well as a recreational kayaking trip.  Shepherdstown has all night coffee shops as well, and you can get fresh coffee as well as a meal there.  Write to me directly if you have specific questions.  Naturally, safe weather and good river conditions are needed for the trip, since paddler safety is the prime priority; therefore, I will notify all attendees on the day before the trip by 9 PM if there are any changes to our plans. SYOTR.

 

 

I took this photo on a prior paddle, as we finished our dinner and headed out on the river - folks were mesmerized by the natural beauty

 

There is a Sheetz at 8332 Martinsburg Pike in Shepherdstown, but you have to drive there. You can get fuel, food, and beverages therein, and it is always open.

Pedal and Paddle is located at 115 West German Street, only a couple of blocks from our parking lot, so it is wise to walk there from the parking lot. There will be no parking anywhere else.

 

Always dress for the water rather than the air. Bring clothes appropriate for the river, and wear water shoes or sandals with a back ankle strap. A pack of baby wipes and some ziplock bags would be practical, especially for the ladies, as the only port-a-pots are at Snyder's Landing at the halfway point.

For information on kayaking and particularly about safely paddling the Upper Potomac River, please get a Yahoo ID, join this (free) group, and look at the documents in the Files section:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Potomac_River_Paddlers/

Please print, read, and bring this document with you:

Our Full Moon Adventure On The People's River

Here is the weather prediction for our location:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.4300996&lon=-77.8041609

 

Here is a map of the area showing the parking lot at East High and North Princess Streets:

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=North+Princess+Street+and+high+street,+Shepherdstown,+WV&aq=&sll=39.432717,-77.802884&sspn=0.01538,0.012252&vp...

 

 

Here is our put in and take out at river right; you will see the lights over the bridge from a distance

 

 

 

 

Guess who else used our boat ramp on the way to Antietam 150 years ago?

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great pictures (and captions) Sam. I knew there was a reason we did not see them right away after our adventure. You were busy in your mad photographic laboratory!

    August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, Sam the cartoon man- Love your comments. You are correct. I don't get out enough. Actually, ever since I escaped from my cage at the National Zoo, they have been looking for me. I have to be very careful when I do venture out. Thanks for adding some humor to the trip. Congratulations on your successful maiden voyage. You did better than the HMS Titanic. Safe and happy paddling to all.

    August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks for all your attention to details and organizing this great event for us!

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob- Thanks for another unique paddling trip. And for the history lessons.

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob,
    Thanks for planning this paddle... as always... it was a great paddle... The moon finally appeared and it was fabulous!

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As always it was an awesome trip. Thanks Bob, for all you do. It was another magical experience that is in the memory treasure chest

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really was a magical trip. Watching the evening unfold on the river is always a treat. And coming back with the moon coming up behind after seeing all the stars! Just great. Did anyone see any shooting stars? Thanks Bob!

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There was one shooting star that could have been a UFO probe from another galaxy. That happens regularly in West Virginia on Saturday nights...... But once they see the locals, the extraterrestrials decide to move on to less challenging planets.

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well organized. Friendly people. Ice cream store was a treat!

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well organized. Friendly people. Ice cream store was a treat!

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great trip. coming back under the stars with the mist rising from the warm water was unique. Thanks to bob for putting this together.

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A beautiful evening and company. Thanks to the guys and gals that helped me carry. Thanks to the fella with the light at takeout.

    August 25, 2013

  • John C

    Perfect evening. Lovely weather and moon, though it was nice to paddle under the starlight before it appeared. When it appeared it was spectacular. Many thanks, Bob, for organizing. The ice cream social at the midpoint was like, well, ice cream on cake.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great paddle! The warm water with the mist rising and the bright starry sky made it a real soul healing experience, and a lot of friendly and interesting companions made it complete. It was well worth the trip even just to sit on the river for a few minutes staring at the majestic Milky Way.

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, folks, we did it. My prime objective was to make this a safe trip for all, and to be able to get a good-sized group to do a paddle that is unique. I know that many times I get groans about the safety requirements (such as wearing lifevests), but after doing kayaking and canoeing trips for more than 20 years with no incidents, that in itself is a testament to doing it in such manner. Somehow, we all found a parking space somewhere, and we were able to put in at around 6 PM. When we got to the halfway point, the sun had set and darkness was visible. After eating and socializing, we began our journey back. The moon peeking over the treetops was beautiful, the mist on the river was quite strange, and the ice cream was great. It was a peaceful, temperate, starry night with no wind on the People's River.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous, beautiful, warm summer evening on the river with a waning moon, mist on the river and a sky full of stars. Mid-trip ice cream was an excellent bonus.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some of us are having a meal at the Blue Moon at mid-afternoon, so all are welcome to join in. This is a senior repast between supper and dinner...... Six meals a day are standard up here for the old ters.

    August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I meant to say timers rather then ters. That is a clear sign I am one of them.

      August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob- What time will you be dining and where is Blue Moon? Thanks.

    August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      After I get parking and pay homage to the river gods, I am shooting for 3 PM. It is across the street from Lot "A" on the road to the boat ramp at Princess and High Streets (look at the above map). My wireless number is[masked]

      August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to miss that one. Last week was so much fun. Have a fantastic time. Sam can't wait to see the pictures! And I will try to make next one.

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There will be no precipitation during our adventure. The high air temperature will be 83 degrees at 4 PM. On our return trip it may get down to 58 degrees late at night. The water temperature will be in the 80 degree range during the trip, so on the return portion the water will be warmer than the air. The river will be 3.5 feet deep and flowing at 1.2 kcfs, which is low and slow. There will be a slight breeze of 5 MPH or less throughout the activity. Bring a flashlight to find your things in your boat and cash for the ice cream store. This is a phased-in full moon, as the fullest part occurred during the week, but since our night trips are on Saturday we are going tomorrow.

    August 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just came back from the river, and the river is running sweet; it will be a nice evening, as we should have the river all to ourselves. The walleye will be jumping out, and you might catch one with your hand. Don't forget to bring cash for ice cream, soda, and snacks for our halfway point break.

      August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'm backing out. My schedule makes early arrival near impossible, and I really don't want to be fighting for parking.

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry--have to miss this one. But looking forward to next week ;)

    August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    At 6 PM is the time to meet at the boat ramp with boats and gear. Please be advised that the police chief just sent me a message stating that Shepherd students have begun moving back on campus and will continue throughout the weekend and that the lot is being used for students with their families to park in while they are visiting the administrative offices on campus. Depending on the number of cars we have and the number of late-arriving students checking-in, parking may be limited. My advice is to get there early, park legally, and stroll about the town. There are coffee shops and restaurants and boutiques walking distance from the boat ramp.

    August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - We have permission from the Police Chief to park at the University Student Lot "A" at North Princess and East High Streets if there are no spots when members arrive at the boat ramp. So, if the boat ramp area is full, come down, drop off your boat and gear, drive up to the lot, and then walk back down.

    August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - The high temperature of the day will be at 3 PM (sunny and 82 degrees), while the low temperature of the night during our return trip will be lower by at least 10 degrees. The water will be warmer than the air at night. If you get wet, it can get chilly at night, so please dress accordingly. Do not wear cotton or any item that retains water. Over shorts or a bathing suit, you may consider a windbreaker or upper body clothing items that do not retain water (you can stuff it in a bag and store it in the kayak). For summer paddles, I get my clothes at Goodwill or at Walmart, so cost is minimal. There is no need for a dry suit or wet suit at this time. But you do not want to be waterlogged during the night portion of this paddle. If you have any questions, shoot me an email.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    long way off, but always wanted to do this trip

    April 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you need a ride Alison? Happy to carpool. Let me know.

      August 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm all set, thanks.

      August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The ice cream store (the only one on the Potomac River) that closes at 5 PM will reopen for us when we get there! Then, the proprietors will join us with their canoe. Bring cash for the ice cream, soda, and snacks that they have at the store!

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Those of you renting kayaks, please finish up the reservation process with Eddie at the Outfitter's so that you actually have a boat.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tempting ...

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had surgery will still be recovering.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Bob:

    I picked my boat up Friday. Thanks to my “Sherpak Boat Rollers” I got my new kayak atop my car with little effort. Once I got it into my basement it (quite literally) fit like a glove. It’s too long to store in my laundry room but I’m not complaining. When I’m not out on the water it makes a great piece of “Abstract Art” and also doubles as a “Sofa-bed” for unexpected guests.

    Because it was the show-room model I haggled out a great deal.
    The salesman did draw the line at letting me use his employee discount. Never the less, I’m quite pleased with my purchase.

    I even had enough left over in the budget to get a few extras- including a “Spray Kilt” (albeit, not enough for the bagpipes)

    Since I’m sure the group won’t be hunting “Whale” or doing any “Deep Sea” exploration I’ve narrowed my boat's name down to either “the Key Largo” or “Voyager” I have a few prior commitments but I’m looking forward to “Trekking” through the H2O with the group in the very near future!

    August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It is good that your boat fit nicely in your abode. I am happy for you that it all worked out. We just did the trip today on the same route where we will be having the full moon paddle, and it was nice and easy. Let' hope for good weather for our trip up here!

      August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow…
    This looks like a great opportunity to christen my new Kayak!!!

    I recently acquired a 13’ Perception Conduit- the perfect craft for executing my signature “Spider Roll” Unfortunately, Champaign isn’t permitted in the Park so… for the christening ceremony I suppose a bottle of Sparkling Cider will have to suffice... either that or two 32oz bottles of Gatorade. :)

    This being my boat’s Maiden Voyage it wouldn’t seem right to Cast-off without having given her a name. So, after much thought I’ve narrowed it down to one of five choices: the Pequod , the Nautilus, Red October, the Key Largo, or Voyager.

    August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sam - We are going on this same stretch of the river this coming weekend for paddlers who own boats if you want to test your vessel. All you need is a Yahoo ID to join this kayaking group: http://groups.yahoo.c...­

      August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tonight is the night that you got your boat, right, Samuel? So I hope and trust that you are smiling...... From what I know of the Conduit, it is a cross between a touring and a rec boat, so it has the best of both worlds. The bulkheads are really watertight on it (which is a good feature that one does not always find in such boats). Its turning radius is better than other boats of its size, and it slices in the water. You will be happy with your kayak.

      August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob runs a great event!

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds amazing!

    April 11, 2013

46 went

  • Daniel +1
  • John C +1
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
    +2 guests
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy