|Subject:||Ozone Paddling Club|
Stu, I have something for our listeners. We now have an Ozone Paddling Club
for alumni and friends. This club is being started to help our water friendly folks find others who share the interest of paddling along the Little Miami and other tribs in the area (we are hitting Todds Fork today). Many times have I wanted to go a paddling but had noone to join me in the fun. After talking with some camp people about this problem I found out that I was not alone. So, instead of whinning about it, we did something. Ozone Paddling Club cost nothing and is open to those with canoes, kayaks and sit-on-tops. Or, those people that know people that have these boats that they can borrow. We are still in the planning stages but our goal is to help educate and bring together all interested parties together for some fun times. We will be setting up a web page but in the meantime folks can send their question to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dave Moran at camp. One other bit of news, John Baker (Leadership early to mid 90's) is having his second annual VW BUs weekend at Morgan's Riverside Campgrounds on May 17-19. There will be a river trip (OPC will be there) on sat and a Bluegrass concert by Man Made Moon in the evening. This is sure to be a great time and the varity of VWbuses and campers is amazing. Contact Baker at www.geocities.com/buses_n_boats. or manmademoon.com and link to show dates. Peace Trow
|Subject:||Ozone Paddling Club Update|
Great news, since our announcement of the Ozone Paddling Club (OPC) our
membership has almost tripled. Mike Lair and his oldest Aaron (spelling?)
checked out the river south to Muddy Creek in Kings Mill. Last I saw was
muddy feet, big smiles and a father that wished he had brought his binocs.
The rest of us stayed more upstream. Greeting to Moredock and Dillon,
neither have boats but they know friends that do (that's right , me). The
next scheduled trip is May 18th and there is a rumor that there is a beer
tasting going on in Lebanon in the afternoon (thanks Drake). So we are
paddling up a thirst. Please join us for the ride and if you are old enough
maybe a taster or two. As always, if you are looking for a partner to
paddle with on any weekend (and sometimes during the week) contact us at
camp (ext 27) or reply to email@example.com, Peace Trow
[then head on up to Gilly's in Dayton at 9:00 pm May 18th for the Kim Richey concert with Doug Greenfield! - Stuart]
|Subject:||Ozone boat sale|
Greetings from the paddling club. Want to say thanks for all the emails
from old and new friends. Two of our members told us about the Red River in
KY. It rained on them for the entire trip but they said it was worth it.
The Red needs to be paddled at high water for a good trip without the
scrapping. Lots of beautiful things to see and not alot of traffic. We
also have info on Elkhorn Creek (it only one mile short of being classified
as a river) down in Georgetown KY. This creek at high water has class 2
rapids and passes by the Jim Beam plant (watch out for the dam). Really
neat and the take out is marked by a picture of Donald Duck spray painted
on the road crossing the creek. Not easy to miss. We have had a request of
info on water out in the Washington state area. My sources have dried up so
we need help. If you know anything or anyone who could help please contact
us. Keep your fingers crossed Blythe. Plans are still looking good for the
18th of May. Will post our departure time in the next couple of days.
|Subject:||boat time for the 18th|
[For those new to the list, this is additional info from Dave Trowbridge on the OPC - Ozone Paddling Club...]
Hello out there in email land. Talked to Baker today and it looks like 11
am is the time to meet at Ft. A right next to Morgan's. Baker is expecting
anywhere from 60 to 100 people for the VW Bus and Camper Weekend so the
campgrounds should be a sight to see. Not all of these people will be
paddling but he has worked out an arrangement with Morgan's so if you need
to rent a boat you may want to go in at the same time as the VWBC folks.
The rest of us will need to work out the shuttle so if you can get there a
few minutes early please do. Drake has reserved a few spots for the tasting
so if you are interested (and of age) in joining us you can contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We haven't heard the cost for that so there will
be another up-date. Jim Viles has threaten to be there so hide the children
and bring extra clothes (all will be explained on the river). A late
greetings to Mary K, she was one of the first to respond and the first to
get lost in my stack-o-email addresses, sorry. Anyone knowing the where
abouts of Jesse Mains please let him know about the trip or have him contact
me. OPC wishes everyone a good time at Kim's concert and a safe drive home.
See you on the river. Peace Trow
[For those new to the list, OPC is the Ozone Paddling Club, and Trow is ...
well ... Trow - an old dog first hired by Mike Sherman in 1985 who has been
with Kern over the years doing a variety of things - Camp Challenge, Trips,
Leadership Adventures, and now on the Alumni and Volunteer Development
Committee. - Stuart]
Greetings to all. The big weekend is finally here and if you can't find
something to do... well I don't know what to tell you. The Little Miami is
up, way up and as much as I tried, I couldn't find anyone to jump on this
evening. Guess we are all saving our strength for the weekend. We are
meeting at Ft A. next to Morgan's a little before 11 and if you are planning
on renting a boat you may want to call Morgan's (1 800 WE CANOE) and make
sure that they are open. I heard last weekend the water was too high for
them to rent out boats. For the rest of us, if you are planning on going
please contact Moran (932-3756 x27) or me so we can have an idea of who all
is going. Right now we are about 10 - 15 strong. I hear that the Kim Richey
concert is filling up very nicely and a few OPC folks will be in attendance
(they will be the soggy ones).
On May 29, that's a Wednesday, we will be giving a clinic on rolling kayaks
in the camp pool. It's open to all who want to learn, or just watch. These
things can be very entertaining and it's always nice to see someone get
there first roll. If you can roll and want to help out, please feel free to
drop by. We should be getting started around 7ish.
That's all for now. Everyone have a great and safe weekend. Peace Trow
Hello everyone -
First, happy birthday to Mark Schaefer and Erin Crosby(!)
Well, it was quite the weekend. Here's a report from Trow on the big river trip:
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A big hello to all. Our trip on sat went great. The water was up about 3-4 feet and moving at a strong pace. Our group included (in no special order), Moran, Jim Viles, Mark Griffen, Shelly Snyder (in from WY), Brian Stewart (Camp Piomingo alumni), Karri Trowbridge and yours truly. Everyone stayed dry except for Brian who couldn't stop himself from feeling just how cold the water was. Shelly and Karri got to expand their kayaking skills (thanks Jennifer for the loan of the skirt and boat, they fit beautifully), while Jim, Mark and Moran enjoyed some fine cigars. The trip took about three hours with stops along the way to trade boats and see the WV buses (around 27 of them) and have a friendly chat with Baker. Everyone was well prepared
for the cold water and we all look forward to the next time. The beer
tasting was great and out of the 10 samples, I'd have to say I liked them all. Thanks to all that made the trip and thanks to all that sent us well wishes. Keep you eyes open for the next trip. Hope everyone at the concert had a cool time. Peace Trow
|Subject:||first OPC kayak rolling clinic followup|
Hello to everyone reading. The first OPC kayak rolling clinic went
beautifully, thanks to some of our newest members. Blake (who is a guide
from WV now relocated to the area) and Russ (Ldrshp Dir at Kern) stepped up
to the plate and hit homeruns. Thank you guys for all your help and skill.
The weather was trying to stop us but it never made to Kern so a rollin we
did. We had 10 people show up and most tried out the boats. Lots of good
effort and laughs were found at the pool. Some of the rolls weren't pretty
but what matters most is AIR, sweet, sweet air. Everyone agreed that we
need to do it again so be watching for our next date. I would say that this
was a big sucess. I would also say that there are a handful of folks that
are sleeping like babies tonight. Sweet dreams, Trow
[I can post the next date for the "Ozone Paddling Club" kayak rolling clinic
(or any other event for that matter) on the Friends of Kern web site if you'd
like! - Stuart]
Greetings from Ozone. New additions have been added to the Club. Steve bought Toot's old boat and pulled his first roll this past week. Sweet. Brian bought a nice sit-on-top for a steal and Isabella (our youngest member) was given a land canoe. By the way, Steve and Jennifer just joined us on email but have been on almost all the trips. That's right, friendly locals. Hey Nikki, Happy Birthday . Putting a call out to Russ and Moran, send us a date for the next rolling clinic. Planning a trip to Laughtery Creek in IN, maybe a trip to the Yough. Both are easy weekenders. Think
about it. Peace Trow.
Over the past few years Kern has lost some very cool trees. The huge beech tree at Panther Beach fell into the river. Half of it was out of the water and someone still tied a rope to one of her branches for a swing. The catalpa tree in the pasture on 350. The old twisty looking, extremely cool tree blew over during a series for storms. It was hollow, I did not know that. A couple of big giants in the Deep Woods came down and just recently
the High Challenge Course lost it's biggest pine (on the back side). The camp looks great (thanks Chuck) and feels even better. A bit of sad news, Foxy died of old age. Swifty was heart broken. Peace ... Trow.
|Subject:||OPC roll clinic this Thurs.|
[OPC = Ozone Paddling Club]
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Hey we are having another roll clinic at camp this Thursday night at 7 pm. Sorry for the short notice, all are welcome and bring a friend. And now here's a note from a fellow OPC paddler, King Neato Lord of the Sit-On-Top.
Greetings to all my loyal, and not so loyal, subjects. This evening found Steve H. and I running Ceasers Creek from the dam down to the park, just before the river. What an excellent trip, very fun with lots of rapids, and a ton of wildlife, not counting the wildlife in the boats. I also have had occasion to run Laughery Creek in S.E. Indiana, this weekend made the 3rd & 4th trip down. Its near Rising Sun and Aurora. I have 3 friends whom live along a 10 mile stretch right on the creek, so there are options as to how long a trip you can do. The entire route takes approx 2.5 hrs if you paddle consistently. There are lots of fun rapids all along the
trip esp on the upper half. Laughery is also known for its fishing, if your so inclined. My friend Bob has 42 acres at the put in spot and said he would gladly let a group of us come for a weekend camp out or just to drop in. It tends to be a bit shallow during dry spells so might be a fine fall run.
Until we cross paths or our paths become crossed, or just get cross eyed, keep your paddles wet and your butts dry.
King Neato, Lord of the Sit-On-Top. hereafter known simply as KNL-SOT;
|Subject:||From Dave (OPC News)|
From: dtrowbridge <email@example.com>
To: friends of kern <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Ozone Paddling Club
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 19:22:21 -0400
Greetings to all from the OPC. It was ladies night in the pool. Jennifer (with a broke ankle), Karri, Nikki and Karen all did great jobs Thursday night in the majestic water of the pool. Amy got started late but did the wet escape like a pro and will be rolling in no time. Isabella took her first dip in the pool but not sure she was planning it. She (along with Karri and myself) sends A BIG THANK YOU to Safety Steve and Dr. Nikki for being there
at the right time and the right place. Trip did real well for a first timer and I believe pull a roll but what was really amazing was watching him wrestle a kayak to let Karen get a breath of fresh air. It was like seeing the Crocidile Hunter live in action. The OPC has decided that if you can't roll just take Trip with you and you will have no worries. King Neato and his trusted sidekick George were there with the question of can a sit-on-top be rolled? The answer is...yes, with a mighty hip snap and a little help from the bottom of the pool. Over all it was a fun night with lots of happening and surprises. Thanks to all that joined us and thanks to Moran, Russ and all the Kern folks for making it possible. There will be another clinic coming soon so watch your screen for the time and date. Til next time. Peace Trow
|Subject:||Ozone Paddling Clinic News/3rd roll|
Greetings from Ozone, tonight we held our 3rd roll clinic at camp. At first wasn't sure if the weather was going to cooperate but the lightening stayed away and in the pool we went. It was a small gathering with a couple of new faces. Susan (the Asst Leadership Dir) met me with the key in hand and the pool was open for business. She has her wet escape down and quite possibly the largest lung capacity of the entire group. She can stay underwater FOREVER. Holly was our other new face and got a chance to try out a "real" kayak for the first time. Always nice to see new faces and meet new people. Steve and I attempted hand rolls which look alot like floundering but with style. We are not beaten, just water logged. King Neato (Lord of the S-O-T) and his trusty sidekick George were there. King has mastered the
half roll* so watch out Moran your title may be up for grabs. Once again we wish to thank those at camp that make this possible. Take care and we will see you on the river (when the level gets higher). Peace Trow
*half roll - this is when you flip your boat over so you are upside down in the water. Very hard to breath, but a great way to cool off.
|Subject:||Saturday roll clinic, July 20th|
Greetings from Ozone, king of the run on sentence (my wife says it drives her crazy). Well thanks to Singerman the pool guy and Moran we can have a Saturday afternoon roll clinic on the 20th of July. Are these guys neat or what? Not sure about the exact time but hey you know the day and the place (or do you?). One of our newest members has never been to camp and has no idea where it is located so I will put the directions at the end of this
note. Got a few more things to tell ya'll then it's off to bed. First,
Moran is having a Monday night paddle on the 29th of July. He has some family coming in and they are planning a little evening paddle from Mather's Mill to Ft. A. It will be a family type atmosphere so anyone interested can contact Moran at camp (513-932-3756 ex 27). We have about 4 or 5 canoes to loan so get your name on the list if you need a boat. Second, Dano (our
Tennesse friend) has offered to help anyone who may be interested in paddling the southern water. He has a contact in the biz so if you need more info contact him at email@example.com. Thanks Dano. Lastly, Russ
(Leadership Dir) has made the first donation of a kayak skirt to the OPC equipment box (located in the back of my truck). This skirt fits the older boats with "keyhole" style openings. Anyone who knows where we can find an old Perception boat please contact me or camp. Big thanks to Russ! That's it. Peace Trow
Directions I-71N to exit 32. Turn right at top of ramp and go about 50 yards and turn left onto 350 (Clark gas station). Follow 350 for about 2.2 miles and you will see the camp enterance on the right after a hard right turn in the road. Follow the paved road to the visitor parking lot and walk over to the pool
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[this was a message from Trow a coupla days ago. Sorry for the delay, there, big guy - Stuart]
Greetings from Ozone, haven't had much to write about over the past month or so due to lowness of the river and the increased amount of traffic found on the waterway. Tonight I actually saw someone walk across the river without getting their ankles wet. What a drag! But then I thought to myself of the members of the OPC and realized that within our little group we have a varity of paddlers that get along quite well for all of our differences. Let me explain. The first group we will call the "Anytime, Anywhere" crew. These are the truly hardcore river rats. Four seasons of fun and the clothes and gear to get them there. There are about 5 or 6 that fit into this catagory (2 of us have to arrange for sitters but you would be amazed at our resourcefullness). One of the "AA" crew fits into a sub-catagory called the "River must be at least 12 ft wide so my head can fit" (no name please). Our next group would be the "If I get some time off I'm there". The number of this group changes day by day. Always hungry for the water but can't seem to find the time. Our next group is the " Its got to be at least 75 and sunny and I need to pick up some ice on the way to the river". A fun group that can grow with a phone call and a promise of cold brew at the end of the run. The "Mystery Group" is made up of the people that write us and tells good things (keep doing that, we like it) but haven't made it to the river yet. And last but not least is the "If the water temp is in the 70's and the sun is shining but not to bright and the wind is blowing down stream and the wife has the kids and you have an extra boat that's not to squirrely and I can find my lifejacket and the shuttles is ready, all I have to do is get in the car and its the third Saturday of the month that doesn't end in 'y' I'm there" or as I like to call him, Baker. If you feel that you fit into any of these groups of the OPC, please feel free to join us. All are welcome and lots of people come back for seconds. Keep your eyes open for the next roll clinic. I going to try and have it on a Saturday real soon. See you on the river. Peace Trow
|Subject:||Odds 'n' Ends (5 messages)|
Originally From: dtrowbridge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Sat 20th roll clinic
Date: 07/15/2002 00:46am
The rolling will begin around 10am on Sat and finish around 2. We are
hoping that camp will be able to rent a couple of boats for the kern
challenge program so we can use them during the clinic. They (camp) are hoping they have a little extra cash for the boats but if not we will work with what we have. All are welcome, whether you have been to camp or not. Call Moran at camp if you have a chance so we can have an idea of numbers. Don't worry if you don't call, we'll still be glad to see you. Peace Trow
|Subject:||New Additions, Alumni Pavillion, Roll Clinic|
|Address Book:||Add Sender to Address Book | Go to Address Book|
Subject: Sat. Roll Clinic report
Date: 07/21/2002 11:33pm
Greetings from the Ozone, what a beautiful day we had at the pool. The sun was shinning, the water was clear and refreshing and the skin was burning on all the parents that slathered the kids with SPF 45 but forgot to put it on themselves. Well the rolls were everywhere in the pool. Jennifer now has a strong and weak side roll and a smile that says "I did that". Moran got wet for the first time and amazed us with his unique style of rolling. His first attempt was textbook perfect, absolutly beautiful. After that the creativity started. Still not sure how the "backhanded roll" was going to work out but you got to give the guy credit for making it up and trying. Karri worked very hard at perfecting her roll and had trouble until she
switched to a single blade paddle. The rest is history and I can proudly say " half the stick, twice the chick. Fenwick was in the water a lot helping out the crowd of kids that came along for the ride. Later in the day he crawled into a boat and proved that much like riding a bike, it all comes back to you. Jenny and Bonz worked in the pool for a while and were having problems with her the skirt (I think). I heard today that she is a proud owner of a new one (that actually fits). No more bailing for you. King Neato got off the sit-on-top and into a boat. With a little work and some borrowed nose grip he pulled his first of many sucessful rolls. Mark showed his skill at rolling with a little extra weight attached to the boat
(thanks to Bonz). As Bonz wrapped himself around the front of the boat, Mark proceded to roll. I think the were both surprised at the out come. (Safety) Steve and I worked on our hand roll (not a hen roll Donna) which means no paddle just your hands and hopefully a lung full of air. Does 3/4 of the way count? There's always next time. Overall about 30+ people showed up and I hope I didn't miss anyone who pull a roll. As I looked at the group I noticed that we had 4 camps represented and a handful of friends. That's what this club is all about. People just having fun. Until next time, turn your brain off and roll. Peace Trow
Greetings from Ozone, been on the road during the past week and got to paddle some serious BIG water. Actually was on a family vacation that took us to the beach on the Atlantic. Road some tasty waves and even surfed once. We paddlers have something in common with those beach bums... we both love to surf a cool wave. Why they stand when sitting is so much easier I
will never know, and you can't roll a surf board (that's right, I tried). While I was away the Club hit the water due to some rain coming in and giving the river a bit of current. King Neato was seen numerous times on the Little and over the weekend he and Fathead were going to check out the Elkhorn in Georgetown KY. Haven't heard from them but maybe Fathead will fill us in later.
Moran and I along with the Drake are thinking about putting together a Fall Cookout for OPC and Kern Alumni. The place will be Ozone (that we know) the date is still in the works but I think it will be sometime in Oct. The set up is for people to bring what they want to eat and drink. This way everyone has something they like and we don't have to worry about leftovers or running out of food. Basically, we will get the site ready, announce the date and time and let the rest happen naturally. OPC will be doing some kind of trip during the day (maybe two) and I would be willing to guess if you bring an instrument, people would be willing to join in with music or song. As I always say, "If you can't sing good, sing loud". Keep your eyes open for more info as we get our act together.
Last but not least I'm going to try and get one more roll clinic in before the pool closes for the season. Nothing yet but I do want everyone to know that all are welcome. The age range at the last clinic was 2 - 40+ (right Paul?). Don't be shy, just turn off your brain and roll. Peace Trow
|Subject:||Fall Campout Cookout|
|Greetings from Ozone
First the dates. Sept 20-22 will be the 1st OPC/Kern Alumni Campout Cookout. Mark your calanders now, no excuses, tell someone who may not know about it. Details are on the way.
Now for the news. The OPC has gone international with the addition of Simon O'Brien from Scotland. Chances of meeting this highlander in the flesh (and knowing Simon that could mean only one thing) are small but then anything is possible. For now we will keep him up to date to the "goings on" around here.
Traveled down the river last Sunday with King Neato, Lynn, Amy, Jennifer and (Safety) Steve aka Silk or Silky. We dropped in at Ceaser's and pulled out at Mather's Mill. The water was slow, low and muddy but the company was good and that's what really matters. Went down to the Hole in The Ozone and watched (Safety) Steve aka Silk or Silky and Jennifer roll their boats in the river. Jennifer is strong on both sides and (Safety) Steve aka Silk or Silky never really got wet. Isabella (Bob) got to surf the hole for her first time with a helping hand from (Safety) Steve aka Silk or Silky.
On Sept 21 in the morning we will be paddling. We will meet at Ozone around 10 and head up river. Depending on the level will determine the length of the trip. Drop me a line and let me know if you are interested. Be good to everybody. Peace Trow
|Subject:||Final Roll Clinic for the summer|
|Hello Everyone, got some late breaking news from Ozone. Camp is letting us slide into the pool one last time before the swim season ends. This Saturday (the 31st) we will be in the pool at camp starting around 10 am. Family Camp is going on but thanks to Jen (a BIG THANKS), we are able to finish off the summer with a splash. Everyone is invited and welcome. See you at the pool. Peace Trow|
|Subject:||Ozone Paddling Club/ Kern Alumni Camp Out|
I hope you have all marked your calendars for the First Ozone Paddling Club/ Kern Alumni Camp Out, being held September 21st, at Camp Ozone. We are being graced with a full moon on the 21st, and also the Autumn Equinox, so come help us usher in fall. There is plenty of room to camp, so bring your family,your tent(s), enjoy a Kern camp fire, tell stories and sing a few songs. We want this to be a family event so children are welcome, however pets are not. As my dad always says, "2 are dogs, three is a pack!" The only rules are that it is BYOE (bring your own everything) and have some fun, oh ya and no dogs.
The paddling club will be hitting the river at 10 a.m. on Saturday, feel free to come early and watch the activities. If you want to get in the river, contact Trow so there will be enough boats. Be there by 9:30 ifins ya wantz to hit the water. It should be enjoyable watching them flounder about in the river.
As for the facilities, we hear that there might be some kind of bathroom (port-a-potty), so you wont have to be a bear/bare in the woods. Parking is available across from the old tavern and will be well marked. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or Trow since it seems that we might have some of the answers. Anyone wanting to make a full weekend people will be camping on Friday as well, and I hear a bit of a rumor that there will be some fun and games that evening as well. If ya want to find out what is happening on Friday, show up.
That's all for now, Hope to see you there.
Laura Drake, email@example.com
|To:||friends of kern <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Greetings from a tired but happy Ozone. I had asked for the day off from
work to join Karri at a horse show. The date was wrong by a day and all
through the night it rained and rained and rained. For some outdoor type
people this can be a damper. For boaters, its a dream come true. Day off,
swollen rivers and a friend a phone call away. This all started Thursday
night when I found out the mistake. A quick call to King Neato to inform
him of the situation and a plan started to come together. We tested to
waters on Thursday night. A simple three mile trip on the Little M was wet
and fairly uneventful. The rain had not had any effect on the level at
all. Still, its always nice to be on the river. Friday morning came and
after a big ole cup of expesso I checked out Todd's Fork to see if anything
had changed. Yes, yes it had. The water was up, way up and moving fast.
King Neato had bought a new boat and wanted to try it on some fast water.
This would be the maiden voyage. On Todd's we found lots of rolling waves
and trees! Its amazing to see the power of water and what it finds on the
way to the river. On the run we went under two railroad bridges which had
three foot standing waves for us to play in and blast through. After seeing
this we decided to call more people to join in the fun. We were limited to
those with boats due to the fact that we had no extras with us at the time.
After some voice mails and answering machines we get a call back for Safety
Steve. He thought it would be possible to be home early to hook up with us
for our next run. A call to Baker gave us the info needed to run SECOND
CREEK. A sweet little run that only comes around when the weather is right.
The three of us headed for the put in and were all glad to see WHITEWATER
IN OHIO. It happens. The trip started out with a quick enterance and a
fast move to get around a strainer then BAM a 4 foot waterfall. I ate it in
the hole, flip over then rolled back over to see Steve getting ready to make
the run. Seeing my mistake, Steve wisely chose a different line and
executed it beautifully. King had to be more cautious due to the fact that
his boat had no spray skirt and could fill up with water very easily. With
tight turns, strainers and logs strecthing over the creek we rode hard and
fast. It had been some time since I had last run SC and I forgt how pretty
it was. Really cool rock walls line the creek and the trees over hang the
banks giving it a tunnel effect in some of the areas. Numerous little falls
made to trip well worth it and the last mile or so put us back on Todd's to
enjoy more rolling waves (and trees). After the trip I had to leave my
soggy friends and become a responsibile parent but that's not the end of the
story, just my part. Peace Trow
|To:||friends of kern <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||FW: latest adventure continues|
As Paul Harvey puts it.....And now you know the rest of the story.....
Got a call on my cell phone on the way home from work Friday night from my
darling and cute husband "Safety Steve". "Honey" he said "I'll meet you at
home we are runnin' second creek tonight!" Although I was looking forward to
eating sushi at Ando's that night I knew that second creek was a run that
had to take it while you can get it (I definately wanted to hit it). Steve
and I had scouted out second and first creek earlier in the summer and
a couple of cool drop offs that would be a total blast if you caught them
after a good hard rain. Now was the time.
When I got home Steve, King Neato and I loaded up and headed up stream to
drop in. I started to get a little nervous as I heard the tales from the
previous creek adventure that had come streaming out of King Neato's mouth.
told him to shut up and stop trying to sike me out! King Neato claimed that
this run was worse than Todds at flood stages (yeah right). When we got to
the put in the first thing I saw was a 3-4 foot drop off with a harry exit
into a tight little shoot between a creek wall and a strainer. Whew! Having
just returned from North Carolina and surfed tropical storm "Gustov" (6-8 ft
thrashing waves) I felt like this was the next best thing! "Lets do it!" I
We went in a little bit above the first drop and then over the drop and
through the shoot we went.....what a blast!!!!! King Neato was behind us and
we were able to turn around a watch him go gracefully over the drop.....then
he had to dump- no skirt you see. Then he scouted out the next drop. The
didn't feel that his boat was able to make the journey because he claimed
nose was too pointy> Steve and I went over the second drop and waited for
King. We all made it but after a short distance we only heard the ranting
raving of King Neato....he had to bale again and by this point the creek had
dropped 5-6 inches and his nose was scraping badly...hee hee hee. (I'm sorry
Brian it was kinda funny). King Neato had decided at that moment that he
could go no further... although Steve and I were disappointed that he could
not continue...we headed down stream to finish the run.
The creek had drop water volume since they had run it earlier and Steve and
were draggin pretty bad in spots. Besides that it was sooo much fun!
Fortunately, I had my helmet on because I had to duck quickly under a log
I don't think I ducked enough because I hit it with the top of my head
good. (Didn't knock any sense into me, which I am relieved of that). Once we
hit Todds it was getting dark and we had to paddle quickly to make it to our
take out before we couldn't see anything. The waves we kickin' and at times
like a roller coaster :) We met King Neato at the trucks and headed home.
We ended the evening by celebrating our adventures with the our Japanese
friends in Lebanon- where we ate too much sushi and drank too much sake.
Thank you mother earth and
Thank you Mrs.
Till next time.
- Jetra ;)
|From:||"Dave Trowbridge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Fw: new members|
----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Trowbridge
To: viles ; Scott Dillon ; Safety Steve Jen Ra ; russ ; nikki ; moredock ; moran ; mike ; lynn b ; Karri Trowbridge ; fenwick ; fathead ; donna mark ; drake
Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 8:28 PM
Subject: new members
Greetings from the Zone, we have a new name for you follow in our little adventures. Uncle Frosty. UF is a local boy who just happens to be married to The Drake. Frosty was bit by the paddling bug during our campout/cookout and has been joining us on the water ever since. With a big smile and a keen sense of direction for the banks, he makes every trip seem just a little longer. His interest in the trees that overhang the river is astounding. I have yet to see a person who can get you so close to the branches that you can touch them (or duck from them). All kidding aside, Frosty is a positive addition to our melting pot of individuals and we see lots of entertaining situations ahead. Welcome aboard. Peace Trow
|From:||"Dave Trowbridge" <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Fw: Paddle like Hell|
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 9:57 PM
Subject: Paddle like Hell
It's Ozone, you do know that this is the friday we paddle at Midnight. I have heard about 10 to 15 people say they were up for it. Contact me so we can coordinate a meeting place. I'm thinking at the Old Tavern around 11:30, but don't put that in stone yet. Let's find out who all is going for sure and who needs a boat.
In other news, Moran has hooked up with a guy... who will print up some hats...now we need a logo. So it's THE OFFICIAL OZONE PADDLING CLUB LOGO SEARCH. Got an idea, send it to Moran at camp. Mail it, fax it, scan it just get it in. Don't know the cost and Moran can fill us in on the details. Details makes the world go round. We want them ready for the Pre Thanksgiving dinner at camp (the sunday before Thanksgiving). We hope to have a good turn out. Good food and friends make the world go round, and details. Think it will be cool to get a group photo for the web page.
|From:||"Dave Trowbridge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Fw: Midnight on the river|
|So it was a little after midnight when we started the trip. After all the rain had stopped we ventured to the put in. There was 9 souls looking into the sheer emptiness of the night. The clouds were still thick and letting only slight hints of moonlight break through. The water had risen and was moving at a pace better then we had seen for some weeks. Our group consisted of the usual crowd, Moran, Safety Steve, Jet Ra, King Neato, Uncle Frosty and myself. In addition were Dano and his friend Kyle. These guys came up from Tenn. to join us for the trip and the party. Dano showed off his amazing canoe steering talents with big circles, sharp turns and the ability to cut off other boats at light speed. Kyle masterfully paddled his C-1 (like a kayak only you are on your knees and the paddle is a single blade) through the darkness and the cool air. As we traveled down river we enjoyed the shadows and sounds of fall. One of the shadows turnout to be a huge tree limb that Frosty warned me about from the floor of the canoe as it raced towards my face. With quick thinking or just plain panic I ducked in time to feel the ghostly fingers of the branch run across my back sending a chill down to my wet feet. Laughing with our fortune, we decided to stay more in the center of the river and out of reach of the tree monsters. There is something about the river at night with a cold easy breeze pushing you along the way. You can step back in time and see what it may have been like for the people that lived here so long ago. You can hear the echoes of all the voices that have pasted before you. In the daytime you can enjoy the colors and see all the activity of the local wildlife. At night you are the local wildlife. As the season changes to winter we will still be going on our floats. Join us sometime, you will be back for more. Peace Trow|