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VOL. 8, No. 2 February 3, 2010
Winter Float Trip Is ON!

UPDATE: Winter Float Trip:
As promoted below: The float trip on Saturday -- THIS SATURDAY, Feb. 6 -- is ON. Spot your chase car at DeWitt's Riverside Park @ 9:30-9:40a.m., then head north thru town, turn RT @ Main (Round Lake Rd) and proceed NE for about 3 miles, go through the light @ Old 27, take the curve, etc, and turn RT on Wood Rd (named "Williams Rd" on north side of intersection). The LGR bridge is a quarter of a mile south. Park on the SE side of the bridge on the shoulder and take your kayaks down the ditch to the river. Let's all park on the same side / same row, to prevent traffic problems please. Let's plan to launch @ 10a.m. Babcock landing is flooded and frozen solid, but the stream is open in this route. If you want a 20-minute longer float, you could spot your chase car at the DeWitt Twp park on Herbison Road, just East of Schavey. If you think you'll be joining us, I'd appreciate a confirming email by Friday night if you can - but don't let that stop you from joining us, RSVP or not. No charge of course. Hope to see you there! (Read more below).

(Reprinted from 1.22.10 newsletter).
Looking Glass winter canoe / kayak trip: I've had a dozen or so inquiries about a winter float trip. Here's your large opportunity. Yes, the river IS open and navigable. A winter float trip is a terrific way to spend 3-4 hours in near monochromatic beauty, punctuated by an occasional male cardinal whose plumage can almost surprise your senses. You'll see deer, rabbits, muskrats, assorted waterbirds (geese, ducks, blue herons), the backs of fellow kayakers' heads, many varieties of songbirds and raptors...maybe even an eagle or two. If you're interested but perpetually coldblooded, staying warm is not difficult. If you're not a pro paddler with professional garb held together by nifty sponsorship patches, you could wear a pair of neoprene waders or insulated bibs (to keep feet, legs & butt warm) and uptop a few layers of fleece, a thin windbreaker, and a hoody for over the hat just in case, and a pair of neoprene or waterproof, insulated gloves. Walk to the mailbox and back thusly clad and convince yourself that you'll be fine. Sunglasses and a hat with a brim are useful items if you deplore squinting. Polarized sunglasses can help you notice attack rocks and underwater deadheads before it's too late. (The latter not to be confused with above water deadheads - some of whom could be your paddling buddies). The primary date is Sat., Feb 6th and the launch venue is Babcock Landing, straight north of East Lansing on the Looking Glass. We'll do the upper stretch and end up @ Riverside Park in DeWitt by 1:30 - 2PM latest. Get your car spotted and meet your fetching fellow floaters at Babcock for a 10AM put-in. A warm meal can be had @ Sam's Kitchen, a block north of the park at the bridge / canoe take-out in Downtown DeWitt, and the 1-block walk is a good way to wake up your butt muscles. Backup date is Sat. Feb 27, same time/venues, if weather mucks up our plan for the primary date. Let me know if you're planning to join us.

Bob Bishop
FLG Communications Dir.