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Bayou City Outdoors White Water Weekend
Olympic Outdoor Center
602 North Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666
Friday through Sunday or 8 AM Saturday 3 PM
$95 if you are a BCO member and $130 for non-members.
What to expect & Itinerary:
Friday evening: Fitted in your boat, rolling practice & introduction dinner.
Saturday morning: 8:00 am - meet and head to the river. This is the day to learn the basics that you will use for the rest of your paddling career! We will have a boat fit for those arriving Saturday morning at TG Canoes & Kayaks.
PLEASE NOTE: if you are arriving from Houston Saturday morning you can meet at TG's.TG's Canoe & Kayak 402 Pecan Park Drive San Marcos, TX 78666 or at the Center - we leave the Center at 8:00am
Saturday early afternoon - lunch - bring money as we enjoy lunch from a local establishment. (if you need to be back to Houston early, this is the time to leave)
Saturday afternoon - head down the river and practice skills learned in the AM.
Saturday evening - dinner for those who stay over.
Sunday AM - Rio Vista or River Trip! If you are just arriving, get fitted quick. We leave the Center at 8:30 prompt so we can get on the river and beat the crowds! This is the day you put your skills learned the day before to use.
Sunday afternoon - usually back at the Center around 3:00 and then we head back to Houston - tired, happy and ready to come back and do it again!!
San Marcos is about 2 hours and 45 minutes from Houston. It is possible to get up very early, drive in for the lessons and then drive home. It is more fun to plan on staying for the entire weekend or come in on Friday night, stay over (details below) have dinner and then possibly decide on Saturday afternoon that you had so much fun you want to go on Sunday, too. Happens all the time!
RSVP - please RSVP on the calendar for Saturday &/or Sunday so we have a head count
What to expect if you are NEW...
If you have never joined us for this weekend instruction before you are in for a treat. You will be learning from some of the top instructors in the country, right here in Texas! The instructors tailor the lessons to each individual student, so you can work on specific skills or general knowledge.
What to expect if you have taken this class before...
I have taken this class 5 times (okay, maybe I'm slow learner:)) but every time, I learn new skills. You will have the opportunity to work on rolling if you wish, new strokes and advanced strokes and skills.
Details for the weekend:
ALL Kayak Equipment & instruction are included in the price for the weekend - the following is what you will need to bring:
WHAT TO BRING for the day:
watershoes or sandals
swimsuit or water shorts and rashguard or t-shirt to keep the sun off
water bottle and snacks
Towel and dry clothes
cash or cc for lunch
Most of this will be left in your car except your water and snacks. If you have a small dry bag that you can throw water, snack and sunscreen in that is great. They can be found at REI and Academy. If not, usually there is someone who can help hold stuff for you
Dinner - we have an event on Friday night for dinner in San Marcos if you can arrive in time. We hangout, meet the instructors, meet each other and generally just chill. Breakfast is usually something you brought or just grab on your way to the Olympic Outdoor Center (OOC). Lunch is at a local spot so bring cash or cc, you should bring a snack or two also. Bar powers and water are a good option. Dinner Saturday night is also in San Marcos. Sunday breakfast and lunch are a repeat of Saturday. If you paddle Sunday we finish on the river early enough for you to get back to Houston for a good night''s rest.
WHEN TO ARRIVE:
If you come in on Friday afternoon (6:00 to 7:00) you can get fitted for a boat and gear. You can also work on your roll if you want, get a head start! This makes Saturday morning a lot less hectic! If you can not come Friday night then plan on being at the OOC no later than 8:00 am Saturday morning.
Please read the directions to the OOC carefully, it can be a little hard to see the entrance.
OOC Center, San Marcos TX
Address: 602 North Interstate 35, San Marcos Texas , TX
Directions: From the intersection of I-35 & 80 (coming from Luling). Turn left onto the feeder of Interstate 35 SOUTH. Get in the right hand lane When right LANE ENDS, turn RIGHT. You are turning under the freeway as if you were going to go north on 35. You will come to a stop sign just after the bridge, if you look slightly to your left you will be looking at the Olympic Outdoor Center. Turn left, get in right hand land and then turn right onto the gravel road.
Car pooling: Please, if you would like to car pool put a note in your RSVP comments stating when you can go, how many days you are staying and where, and a contact option - usually a cell and email are best. Frequently people will meet on the west side of town to car pool together.
ACCOMMODATIONS: (please note in your comments where you will be staying)
For the CAMPERS in the group Shady Grove which is a very nice site on the San Marcos river about a 10 minute drive from the OOC. *All details are below, please remember to bring cash or check, that is what they prefer.
For those who would rather not camp here are a couple of HOTEL OPTIONS. Red Roof Inn i& Econo Lodge are across the highway from OOC. Prices change all the time, last time we checked, king rooms were $54 plus tax and queen rooms (2 queens) were $79.00 plus tax. Red Roof number is 512-754-8899 & Econo Lodge is (512) 353-5300. These are pretty low-budget motels. Country Inn Suites are close - they are higher, usually around $130 1560 IH 35 South, San Marcos TX 78666, USA Reservations: +1 (800) 830-5222 US/Canada Toll-free Telephone: +1 (512) 392-8111
Shady Grove Campground
Address: 9515 FM 1979; Martindale, TX 78655 , TX
Directions: From Interstate 10: Take the 1st Luling exit #183. When you reach the light which is the intersection of 183 & 80 turn right, cross the rr tracks and take your 3rd left onto #80 also know as East Davis street. Follow this towards San Marcos/Martindale. as you reach Martindale you will turn left on FM 1979 (the only direction you can turn) and proceed on FM 1979 for about one mile. Cross the river and Shady Grove is immediately on the left. http://mysite.verizon.net/resr1sp0/id4.html The campground is self-serve registration. Bring cash and pay at the gate. $5.00 per night - put your money in the envelope, fill out an entrance permit and hang on your rear view mirror. Parallel park to road at campsite. We don't want to disturb the grass.
When & Where
Bayou City Outdoors
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Typically most BCO events are for adults. But, we do love kids. If you believe your child is capable of keeping up with the group, no problem. AND if this is a bike ride they MUST wear a helmet. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
We add parking details to the Event descriptions.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
If the temperature is above 80 or it very clearly says "No Dogs" then please don't bring your dog. We LOVE dogs and only make this rule if we feel there could be a safety concern (for the dogs of course:).
BIKE: If it is a bike ride: Bring a helmet or borrow one from us. Helmets are the single most important piece of gear you can have on a bike ride. Anyway, any time you are wearing a helmet you must be having fun!
Bring water. Frequently our events are in the woods or out of the way. Water is important.
HIKE: If it is a hiking event wear comfortable shoes. Athletic shoes, hiking boots, running shoes, just be sure your feet will be happy.
SOCIAL: If it is a social event? Wear whatever YOU feel comfortable in. We are an eclectic mix of people with all types of interests and jobs. People will come straight from work in a suit or jeans, straight from running or working out, and some of us even come cleaned up straight from the shower! (and everything in between)
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Can I update my registration information?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Printed ticket or download the EventBright app and bring it on your phone.
What is the refund policy?
Refunds up until 48 hours before. Or, better yet, get some goodwill by sharing your ticket with a friend. They will love you even more after all the fun they had at the BCO event!
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes - see love & friendship above!