What we're about

This group is for all age groups 18 and over. No pictures or any of that nonsense is necessary. If you have a kayak, or are going to get a kayak, or are just mildly interested in kayaking, this group is for you. We will meet at the water at the events, talk about boating, and then just get in the water and go. We will have different locations for our meets depending on what our members suggest. Very much a warm water event, our members should share their experiences and coach new kayak(ers?) Experience not necessary, kayak ownership not necessary, just join and talk in our discussions. Our discussions will revolve in topics such as : "latest deals found, new or used", "kayak techniques", what to bring "floating", or anything else about this wonderful water sport. Hopefully we will encourage some of our more "experienced" members to be helpers/guides/tutors. If you are an amateur kayak(ist), don't be afraid. If you have never been in one before, come and try one out. We will talk about boat safety, survival techniques, and various and sundry other topics under the sun. Put down that stupid "smart phone" and pick up a paddle and meet us at the water.

Upcoming events (5+)

Lets explore @ Carvins Cove Reservoir

Carvins Cove Reservoir

We'll go North following the right side coast, stop for lunch in a beach and explore the creek at the very end of the lake. Don't forget to bring your lunch and your paddle. See you at the boat ramp.

18th annual Pigg River Ramble

Waid Recreation Park

This is Informational Only at this time. I do plan to attend. I will post more information once I get it. Blackwater Blackout Fri., May 17, 5 p.m. Pigg River Ramble Sat., May 18, 12 p.m. Breakfast on The Blackwater Sun., May 19, 8:30 a.m. The weekend event welcomes outdoor enthusiasts of all ages for three days of awesome paddling on Franklin County’s Pigg and Blackwater Rivers. On Friday, enjoy delicious food, live music and a three-mile float down the Blackwater River in the dark! On Saturday, take part in the Great Rubber Duck Race then brace yourself for the main event – an eight-mile trek down the Pigg River for racers and a four-mile course down the Pigg River for floaters. After the race enjoy a barbecue meal and outdoor paddling movie. On Sunday, finish the weekend with a great riverside home-style breakfast and a leisure float down the Blackwater River. The popular event draws fans from across the region, with primitive camping available at Waid Park and shuttle service provided for boats and paddlers. For more information, visit TheRambleWeekend.com.

Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course

Salem Volunteer Rescue Squad

Hands-on learn how to save life & limb, when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, travel or rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point, during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance arrival. Blend of classroom instruction and hands-on problem-solving rescue scenario practice. Come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving skill and confidence, and 2-year SOLO certification. Counts as WFR Recertification, too. No prerequisites. YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM ***Spaces are limited. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or[masked]*** WHO: Open to the general public, adults & teens with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are. WHY: Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point ... accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational accidents are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience - a most powerful learning tool - during scenarios comprise ~50% of class. TIMING: This is a 2-day class, Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day. Fee: $195 (note: another organization in the region charges $275! You save $80, thanks in part to Walkabout Outfitter's sponsorship of this class). Charity Fundraising: Walkabout Outfitter and MEDIC will donate 10% of course proceeds to the Salem Volunteer Rescue Squad.

4th Annual Lake Moomaw Kayaking/Camping Weekend

4th Annual Lake Moomaw Kayaking/Camping Extravaganza!!!! May 24th - 27th Fri-Mon kayaking not required, canoes etc. welcome Dog Friendly (just be courteous) This will be one of those events that you will most likely want to stay a night or two because it is a two hour trip to get there from Roanoke or Lexington. We have the spot reserved from Friday till Monday this year!!! This year we will once again be at the group camping area at the Volleyball Net Picnic Area. We will be off to ourselves with No other campers nearby, so we won't have to worry about being too noisey. No one will need to make a reservation, we will all fit in this area. If you are bringing an RV or Camper, you can set it up in the parking lot. (no electric or water hookups available here) THE RED CIRCLE ON THE MAP IS OUR GROUP SITE. Search Lake Moomaw on google maps to get a better view. We will have the entire field and wooded area along with the picnic shelter area to ourselves. It has great water access. We can actually just pull the kayaks up in the field where we are camping. These are non-electric sites. There is electricity at the picnic shelter along with a male and female restroom. It is about a five-minute walk to the showers or you can drive to them. They are located at the beach. There are only a few cooking grills at this site, so you may want to bring a small portable gas or charcoal grill with you. There will be no pre-scheduled excursions. This is more of a laid back event. We will discuss possible trips, once people have arrived, Friday night. This way I will have a better idea for what people are looking for in a trip. There is plenty to do here including many hiking trails, fishing opportunities, a nice beach area, great roads for biking and much more. It is not unusual to see several Bald Eagles, deer, possible bears in the more remote areas and various other wildlife over the course of a weekend. If you like to fish, bring a pole. This is an excellent place to do some kayak fishing. There is a marina/store with limited supplies, but it does have ice. There is a grocery store about thirty minutes from the campground, but I would suggest bringing what supplies and food you need from home because it is a bit out of the way. **** There will be a pot luck dinner on Saturday night(about 6'ish). I will provide Hotdogs and buns. Each guest (if attending) is asked to bring a side dish or dessert along with their own beverages of choice. Be warned there is very spotty cellular coverage at this location, there is a pretty good chance depending on the weather and your service provider that you will have no coverage at all. feel free to bring cornhole boards or other games. *****SIGNUP PROCEDURE***** 1. RSVP on the meetup site 2. Email me at [masked] (all lowercase) providing me with the following information. --A-- cell phone number or email address you can be contacted at if need be (prefer cell phone). --B-- Arrival date and estimated time. --C-- will you be staying in a tent or camper/rv. --D-- will you be bringing a dog. 3. Remit $25 per person payment via PAYPAL ([masked]) VENMO ([masked]) mail (PO Box 130 Selma, VA 24474 payable to Travis Snyder) Signup procedure must be complete and payment received by midnight May 20th. Failure to do so will result in you being removed from attendees list. If more than 20 participants should attend, then the new(lower) per guest fee will be calculated and refunds given at the event. It took $500 to rent the spot. CANCELLATIONS-- must be made before May 20th in order to receive a refund. If there are not at least 20 paid participants, I will have to cancel the event and in case that should happen, then fees will be refunded to all. If for some reason you must cancel, make sure and take yourself off of the RSVP list so others are able sign up. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. [masked] cellular[masked] If you need a kayak, the marina at the lake has some that it rents by the hour or day. Call[masked] for pricing and specifics. There is also a place in Covington called Covington Farm & Fuel (you pass it on the way)[masked] that rents them and are allot less expensive. The marina is 150 a day and the other place is only 30 a day. If you plan to bring young children, contact me first before rsvp'ing. *****DIRECTIONS***** ***Print these directions because you will lose cell service along the way.**** (once you get to Covington, Va.)---exit interstate 64 at exit 16A. turn left at bottom of ramp on Rt 220north/Rt 60west. continue on that road 1.3 miles (you will see a Hardee's on the left). There will be a traffic light, go straight on Rt 220 North(do not bear left). Stay the course on 220N for 20 miles to HotSprings (notice that huge building complex, it is the Homestead, a 5-star resort tucked away in the mountains, complete with water park and ski slopes), keep driving past it on 220N for another 5 miles to Rt 39 . go left on Rt 39w. stay on Rt 39w for 11 miles and turn left on state Rt 600. stay on Rt 600 for 7.5 miles. At this point you will see a sign saying the campgrounds are to the right on twin Ridge Drive( that would be Sugar Ridge campground, loop 1, Volley ball net group site, the beach, loop 2 and loop 3 in that order). If you continue straight on route 600 it will take you to the marina store&public boat dock and McClintock point campground. I know it sounds complicated but it really is not that bad and it is a beautiful drive, there's a huge waterfall(about 8 miles from interstate), the homestead and the hot springs to see along the way... ( if driving in the evening watch for deer, they love to run out in front of you, hit your vehicle and ruin your weekend of camping.) There is a shorter way which brings you through a gorge on a single lane dirt road. It saves about fifteen minutes on your drive time, but to me it is worth the extra time just to get to drive by and see the waterfall and the Homestead Resort. Plus, the longer route brings you right past the little grocery store (IGA) in Warm Springs (about 1.5 miles past The Homestead), that I had previously mentioned. **ShortCut Directions** be advised this is a very narrow dirt road that is not recommended if you are towing anything behind you (vehicle will get dirty if you take this route) - (once you get to Covington, Va.)---exit interstate 64 at exit 16A. turn left at bottom of ramp on Rt 220north/Rt 60west. continue on that road 1.3 miles (you will see a Hardee's on the left). There will be a traffic light, go straight on Rt 220 North(do not bear left). go about 3.7 miles and bear left on Rt 687.(There will be a sign for Lake Moomaw with an arrow pointing left)(this is the last Lake Moomaw sign you need to pay attention to until I mention them later in directions). Continue on for 17 miles then turn left (Rt 687 cuts off to the left... if you stay straight, it has become 615) You want to stay on Rt 687. continue for 2.9 miles then turn left on Rt 603 Richardson Gorge Rd. After 1/2 mile it will become a gravel road and very narrow(go slow). after 3 miles from turning onto Richardson Gorge Rd, you will cross a single lane bridge(beginning of lake). once you cross the bridge you can follow the signs to the campgrounds. SPECIAL NOTE-- Marina will be on your left about three miles from bridge. 1 mile past marina, you will need to turn left onto Twin Ridge Drive. The site is on Twin Ridge Drive. ****VERY IMPORTANT**** if you opt to use your vehicle or phone's navigation, DO NOT get on a road called Switzerland Trail. It is very narrow and has extremely sharp curves in it.

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