HIKE, BIKE AND PADDLE BY MOONLIGHT. 7TH ANNUAL MOONLIGHT MADNESS PADDLE.
Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
This is a family affair and will be shared with several groups. (PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP ON ONE SITE! Everyone will pay through eventbrite)
You will find a list of activities and maps of how to get to the park on their website:
There will be hiking, biking and paddling. Camping if you make a reservation fast enough!
If you visit the park website you will find there is plenty to do if you want to come early and make a day of it with your friends and family. Of course you can paddle all day if that is your preference. There are 15 miles of hiking trails. Mountain bikes are also welcome on the trails. Hey, if you have a horse, they are welcome too. There is camping in the park but I have no idea what the availability of sites will be, I just know they go fast in the fall.
IMPORTANT,,,,,IMPORTANT,,,,,IMPORTANT,,,IMPORTANT If you do not have an Annual State Park Parking Permit, there is a $5.00 per car parking fee. Must be paid in cash.
All ages are welcome. Pets on a leash are welcome! Everyone is welcome! Details will be worked out as we find good people to lead the hikes and bike rides but feel free to come on out to the park and do your own thing if you prefer it that way.
Hiking: Details to follow.
Biking: Details to follow.
As to the PADDLING PART, this is how it goes:
If you have never experienced the thrill of paddling on a still lake by moonlight, you really need to join us for this event. If you have done this before, I know why you want to come back! We have received special permission to use the lake at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder for our group on this one night. Normally the lake is closed to all boats at dark so we will have the lake exclusively to ourselves. (no dodging power boats) We will be using Area B in the park. (Area B has a separate entrance off of Highway 81) We will plan to be off the water by 12:00 so that is plenty of time to enjoy the lake.
Part 1: 1:00 pm Optional for those who want to get wet! Don't want to get wet? Come and paddle when you are ready!
We will meet at the AREA B, day use boat ramp at 1:00 PM and have a class on kayak safety. Paddle float re-entry, deep water re-entry, bow rescues, how to tow a boat, etc., and just generally have a good time paddling and getting wet. If you have a spray skirt for your boat please bring it. We will also have ROLL CLASSES OR PRACTICE. If you come for this part, be sure to bring dry clothes.
Part 2: 5:00 pm MEAL TIME FOR EVERYONE, HIKERS, BIKERS, PADDLERS
We will meet by the Area B boat ramp if you want to eat with the group.
Part 3: 6:30 pm
Meet at Area B boat ramp at 6:30 PM to sign in and go over the rules for the moonlight paddle. All types of boats or rafts are welcome, if it floats, bring it. This is a family affair, paddlers of all ages are welcome.
The sun sets at 6:55, Dark descends at 8:18
A FEW SIMPLE RULES:
PFD's are required for all paddlers, a park rule. If you are not willing to wear one, please do not come to this event. I want to be welcome back here year after year.
No alcohol. A park rule. If you have to drink to enjoy- see above!
NO FLASHLIGHTS of any kind will be allowed on the water except for emergencies. This is a moonlight paddle, not a flashlight paddle. (smiling here)
DON'T OWN A BOAT? We have a limited number of boats, both sit on top and sit ins that we will deliver. There will be a separate charge if you need a boat. The fee will be for a boat, a paddle and a PFD, delivery and pickup. Hassle free if you do not own a boat or if you have a friend that does not have a boat. Call 678-549-4950 if you want to reserve a specific kayak.
Cost of the event is $10.00 per adult, free for children under 16. That covers use of the park/lake after hours for our group and the catered meal. We must have at least 35 people sign up for the meal to happen! Boat rentals will be $40.00.
When you sign up on a meetup site, please answer the questions.
I suggest you bring folding chairs, seating for the meal will be limited. Also, remember, it gets chilly on the water at night, plan accordingly. In six years I have only had one person turn their boat over and he was playing and showing off so you should not have a problem staying dry, other than your feet.
If events are added during the day, all who sign up will be notified. If you have any questions or suggestions to make this a better event, please contact: John Miller at 678-549-4950 or e-mail at email@example.com