Newsletter of the Cascade Canoe Club

- February 2003 -

News  ~  Schedule  ~  Reports  ~  Misc  ~  Feedback  ~ 

Welcome to the February newsletter!
As you can see, the newsletter looks a little different. The visible changes are mostly to improve the readability on various browsers (believe it on not, some people don't use Internet Explorer). The more significant changes however are behind the scenes - the HTML code - with the the aim of both reducing the overall file storage and making my monthly task easier. Its a work-in-progress, so please let me know if you experience any problems.
-the editor

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CCC Has New Meeting Place
That's right - we have a new meeting place: South Eugene High School. South Eugene HS is centrally located at 400 East 19th Avenue and has many rooms available should the need arise. Many thanks to Robert Horner for making the arrangements.

Alton Baker Boat Ramp Completed
(paraphrased from City of Eugene news release)
The Alton Baker boat ramp project was completed October 31, 2002. The launch has been long anticipated by the local boating community as a replacement for the informal boat launch on the Willamette River that was closed in 1996. The new facility includes a concrete boat ramp and access road, parking for 12 boat trailers, lighting, landscaping, and irrigation. Safety features at the road-bike path crossing include two post lights, stop signs for the vehicular traffic, and caution signs for bicyclists and pedestrians on the bike path. The year-round ramp is ready for use and open during regular park hours. A dedication ceremony is planned for spring 2003.

For more information, contact Project Manager John Weber at 682-4908, or see www.ci.eugene.or.us/PW/department/Reports/Nov2002.htm

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Mari with her nearly completed Pygmy kayak.
For those thinking about such things, Pygmy now offers a 17' canoe kit. Check them out at www.pygmyboats.com

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CCC Meeting - February 4th
Agenda: "Potluck" slide show - bring your river slides and/or pictures!
**new location**
South Eugene High School, Room 202
400 East 19th Avenue
Eugene, OR
Feb. 4th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Directions: See www.sehs.lane.edu

Siltcoos River - February 9th
The Siltcoos River is a small tidal river south of Florence. Paddle out and back from Siltcoos Lake to the Pacific (depending on wind) and lunch on the beach. Bring lunch, rain gear and a sense of adventure. Please contact leader prior to trip.

Meet time & place: 8:00 AM ; Target Store, West 11th, Eugene
Leader: Mari B. ; 683-1248

Green River - May 1-10 (tentative)

(from the email list)

Greeting boaters.
I'm organizing a canoe trip thru Canyonlands National Park on the very 
very very scenic Green River from about May 1-10.  This is a flat section
of the Green; there are no rapids.  However, there can be wind and depending
on water level, one may have to catch an eddy in order to stop at camp!
I did this trip 3 years ago for 6 days and I want to go back for a
longer period of time. 
It takes about 20 hours to drive to Moab, Utah which is where the trip originates.
There will be at least 3 lay-over days with plenty of hiking. 
If you're interested, give me a call or e-mail me.

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Tahkenitch Creek Boat Launch? - Horst
Some of you may remember that I tried to paddle Tahkenitch Creek last August all the way from the lake/road/dam, and ran into one horrible log jam (before the foot bridge). Now, last weekend we hiked that beautiful area Tahkenitch Creek Trail and I saw what looks like an easy accessible boat launch, about 150 yards from the trailhead parking lot, just before the foot bridge.

Q: has anyone done this stretch from the foot bridge to the ocean ?

If the answer is YES and the creek is relatively clear down stream I would like to go there again :-)

Please respond to canoe@freeshell.org , or call me if you like to chat about this.
- Horst

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Make Your Own Backpacking Alcohol Burning Stove and Pot Stand
I came across this link by accident a while back and bookmarked it for future reference:
Shane Graber's site gives simple step-by-step instructions for making your own lightweight alcohol stove. Alcohol stoves have a number of advantages: they rarely fail, use readily available fuels, and they don't require a pressurized fuel tank. They're also fairly compact and light.

If any of you make one of this please send in your experience and impressions!

Kayaking Drop-in Sessions at Echo Hollow Pool
The pool is open every Thursday night 8:30 - 10:00 PM.
Cost is $3.50/person.
The pool is located at 1655 Echo Hollow in Eugene.

Oregon River Sports (334-0696) rents boats for the Echo Hollow
Pool roll sessions for $8. You can pick boats up between 3-6 pm and
return them Friday morning.

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January Meeting Minutes

  • Phil, Horst, Mari and Jeff in attendance
  • Treasurer authorized pizza and accompaniments expenditure for meeting
  • Consumed pizza and accompaniments
  • Siltcoos trip planned ; Mari volunteers to lead
  • Discussed various club administrative issues
  • Planned February meeting agenda

Newsletter Contributions Wanted
Got something to add? Anything remotely canoeing-related is welcome. Photos, stories, tips, whatever, can be send it to the editor - aka Jeff Woodall - at jeffwoodall "at" myrealbox "dot" com .