Notes from May 15, 2022 SAPC General Meeting at Himmel Park presided by VP Bob Schoen
We had a turn-out of about 20 (not bad considering 100 degrees in the shade) as people continued to trickle in after 1pm.  A local feller brought his desert tortoise George to graze around us.  Helen shared watermelon w/ everyone, including George, whose owner told us he was on a low-sugar diet, and gave him some flower petals to eat.  Introductions included – Kent, who has a pretty wood boat; Eb Eberline; Dagmar (going to Apostle Islands this summer); and a couple going on a San Juan Islands trip.
  Peg announced a lower Salt full-moon (& sunrise) trip mid June & a Lake Powell trip Sep 20. ** See Announcements at the end for details on both paddle trips & to sign up.**
  Royce talked about upcoming Patagonia clean-up / 25yrs. Anniversary.  New T-Shirts drew a lukewarm response, but we are low on existing T-Shirt inventory, and you can be sure Royce & Hector have some design ideas.  Bandanas were suggested.  Bring your ideas to the Sept mtg !
   I called Summit Hut – rumor is they’re letting out their meeting room again.                   I left a message for Tracy w/ my name / # / email. requesting Wed 14 Sept 6-8pm.  I did this a few years ago (Tracy is the same person I dealt with then) so I’m assuming this SH venue will work for Sept (and beyond ?).

SAPC March 6 Meeting Minutes, April Trip Announcement & Event
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Minutes from March 6, 2022 SAPC General Meeting at Himmel Park, Tucson, AZ
VP Bob Schoen presiding – 1:15 pm start.

Introductions: Board members, new members & visitors (Kent Prescott & Tom Englehoff). Today's event: Club members brought in a variety of paddling & camping type gear to the park for our annual gear swap. Trip reports: Pena Blanca cleanup event was a success. A beautiful day for boating and even though the lake was unusually crowded by an unannounced Bass fishing event, our group still managed to have fun paddling the lake & hiking the surrounding trail while cleaning & then picnicking. Old Business: 1. John Maier reminded the group of the soon to happen multi-day paddle-camp trip to Estero Tastiota, Sonora MX (Sea of Cortez) south of Kino Bay. Mar. 17 to 21, 2022. Sign-ups are still available. This is an intermediate touring or ocean kayaking trip covering a 6-mi. open ocean traverse to the protected Estuary where the group will be wild camped for 3-days before returning. contact John for all details: wolffsongg@gmail.com (mailto:wolffsongg@gmail.com?subject=Re%3A%20Estero%20Tastiota%20trip) 2. Royce Davenport reminded the group of SAPC's 23nd Annual Spring Patagonia Lake SP shore cleanup & picnic scheduled for Sun., April 24th, 2022. This year boat-in camp #110 will be available for free camping on Sat. eve. before the Sunday event. You must announce that you are there for the SAPC Sunday cleanup & camp @ #110 for free entrance. The campsite has room for several boat campers & is across from the Park's main beach area. Bring all gear, food, water, etc. Contact Royce for more details. ranchomilagrito@msn.com (mailto:ranchomilagrito@msn.com?subject=Re%3A%20Patagonia%20Lake%20Spring%20lakeshore%20cleanup) New Lake Powell Trip Announcement & Signup (required): (Trip dates have been updated) Lake Powell, UT. Monday, April 25 to Wed. May 10, 2022. An 8-day open lake kayaking & camping trip from Hall's Crossing North & return. Averaging 10+ mi. per day with possible layover days. Will involve explorations for landings & canyon explorations due to lower waters. This is for intermediate or experienced kayak campers requiring skills for wilderness camping & kayaking on long boats suitable to carry all food & water for up to 8-days on the water, 2 car travel days (carpooling is recommended). Participants may leave the trip early if they want. Everyone is responsible for their own trip schedule. All participants must be geared for all weather conditions & have the required kayaking equipment. PFDs, spray skirts, paddle floats, extra paddle, etc. Lake water may be purified but bringing fresh water is preferred as the river gets lower & more silty. Wag Bags & storage for such are to be used while in the NPRA. Please contact trip organizer, Steve Anderson, to sign up! Get further details, etc. Steve: 520-591-6318 (preferred) or email: scahandyguy@gmail.com (mailto:scahandyguy@gmail.com?subject=Re%3A%20Lake%20Powell%2010-day%20trip%20signup) Next SAPC meeting was scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Himmel Park, Tucson. 1 PM. Meeting adjourned at 3 pm after which participants resumed the gear swap. Respectfully submitted by: Norma Miller (SAPC Secretary.) (mailto:tucsonpaddler@gmail.com) – Mar. 7, 2022. Dues are still being accepted for renewals & new membership for 2022. They are normally due at beginning of year, 2022. Still $15 a year. Can pay at meetings or by mail. Check to SAPC, P.O. Box 41443, Tucson, AZ 80517-1443. Thanks for your continued support.

Minutes-Notes from January 9, SAPC General Meeting at Himmel Park, Tucson, AZ:

Maria Novak (President) presiding – 1 pm start. Agenda: New members & guests introductions; Treasury report; Old Business, Club Officer nominations & elections; New Business; Upcoming trip & event announcements; Recent trip reports. Over 25% of the SAPC membership was present & a quorum was established.

Introductions: Board members, new members & visitors (Bill Steber & Amber Wright). Amber mentioned she is seeking to buy a used “English style” touring kayak with a skeg.

Treasury report: Given by SAPC treasurer Helen Deluga. Present balance is ~$1200.00. Helen itemized all the expenses over year 2021 as well as the annual website Domain name fee & the 3-4 year Website hosting fee that would be due again Sept. 2022. That fee would be around $150 a yr. not including the annual domain fee of $100. SAPC Web admin, Norma Miller, will be investigating other less expensive ways to get minimal website hosting. The present SAPC “Mailchimp” E-Newletter service is free & is a more timely tool for networking, getting the latest updates delivered to members. Norma Miller agreed to update the present SAPC website soon. It had not been updated in over 2-mos.

Old Business: Nomination & voting in of new SAPC President & continuing SAPC Secretary by members in attendance. Helen Deluga nominated Norma Miller for a continued tenure (2nd year) as club Secretary. Voting was unanimous, Norma accepted the position for one more year. After volunteering for the position of club president during the meeting, club member Rudi Lambrechtse was nominated for SAPC president by Norma Miller & seconded by Helen Deluga. Rudi was voted in unanimously by those in attendance & accepted the position for the 2-year term. Rudi & Norma will officially start & continue there terms of office immediately in January, 2022.

New Business: 1. The previously announced 4-day MLK Weekend paddle/camp down the lower Colorado River was canceled from our schedule since the organizer (out of Bullhead City) did not come thru with the arrangements we needed to execute a shuttle plan for our group. Instead, member Norma Miller created a new plan to substitute the canceled one. The new trip is to start Wed., Feb. 2 out of Tucson, travel to Squaw Lake BLM Campground. Organizer, Norma, will be updating all members who had previously signed up for the MLK trip & also those who now want to be added to the new trip list. After arriving at Squaw Lake above Imperial Dam, we would join Rick Johnson’s car-camp/river trip who’ll be there until Sunday, Jan. 6 when interested participants will drive out to the Ren Fest in Yuma. This all is open-ended. Participants may leave/drive out at any time from Squaw Lake or choose options to float down river from below Imperial dam &/or explore other river backwaters & channels on both AZ & CA side. A day trip driving up river to Martinez Lake (Fisher’s Landing) is an option. People will put-in there to float the 7+ miles downriver back to Squaw lake. There would be a ‘shuttle back to vehicles’ arrangement from Squaw Lake back Fishers Landing at end of day. Contact-Norma: tucsonpaddler@gmail.com or 520-235-8927. Norma will update participants with maps of the river to be covered, directions to Squaw Lake campground, or other details.

2. Bob Schoen solidified the dates for his 4-day Apache Lake paddle/camp trip scheduled to start on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 & end on the 17th. He specified the only open route to the lake on the Salt River would be via Hwy 77 north to Globe & then up to Roosevelt Lake & down to Apache Lake from Roosevelt Dam via SR 88. He also said that initial car & boat-in camping location spots would be determined upon arrival (there are two or three possibilities including at the Marina. Tonto NF rec daily passes would be required for days along the lake & can be acquired at Globe or the main Burnt Corral Campground (if open) or the Marina (if open). Also available at the Tonto NF ranger station at Lake Roosevelt when open. Otherwise camping at the bay below the Marina. The Marina is Tribal owned & they charge their own fees for parking ($4 daily), etc. There is a store & lodge there, boat ramps & more secure parking. Bob will update those who sign up. Contact-Bob: robtaschoen@hotmail.com or 520-548-6590.

3. John Maier announced a recently scheduled 10-day, 50-mi. sea kayaking trip down the Sea of Cortez from Puerto Libertad on the Sonoran Coast to Kino Bay with details about daily crossings, stopping locations & explorations along the southern route to the final destination. Experienced sea kayakers recommended to cover rolling, windy/choppy conditions & crossings of up to 10 mi. Contact John: wolffsongg@gmail.com

4. Member Peg Davis passed a sign-up/interest sheet for a proposed ‘Gila Box’ overnight paddle trip from south of Clifton, AZ near the NM border at Hwy 191 to near Solomon, AZ. Flow must be over 175 CFS to be a go. Class II rapids at canyon walls can create some flips. Inflatables & short river kayaks recommended. The Gila river flashing in the Spring would instigate the call out to drive out in short time. Contact Peg: pegdavis@email.arizona.edu or 520-628-8985 to be on-call.

New Business Cont. Bob Schoen proposed having a ‘gear swap’ at our next club meeting in March, 2022. The meeting would most likely be held at Himmel Park, as today, at 1 pm. This proposal was received well by those in attendance. The gear swap will be scheduled & announced for March, 2022. Date TBD, either Sunday the 6th or 13th.

Maria Novak announced a message from club member & SAPC website coordinator, Casey Stakauskas, relaying a Facebook message he received from assistant Scout Master Sara Wright (Troop 299, Oro Valley) asking for a referral for anyone from our organization willing to teach boy scouts canoeing skills to prepare them for an upcoming trip to the Atchafalaya Swamp in LA. Norma mentioned known canoeing instructor & scout leader, James Hermes, out of Bullhead City, AZ and that she would contact James about any possibilities for Sara to contract him for the opportunity here in Tucson.

Member John Maier announced he has a pair of Yakima kayak saddles for sale, but not the rack. Selling for $50. Contact John: wolffsongg@gmail.com

Trip reports:

John Maier reported on his group Thanksgiving week trip to Himalaya Bay, MX covering at least two unplanned adventures, rain & cooler temps. Himalaya Bay is now being patrolled by nearby residents seeking a toll of $50 per car to camp at the bay if they are found going there. No signs were posted of this patrol or new visitation toll. No fences or gates were erected. The road to Himalaya was in reasonably good travel condition for high-clearance vehicles. It’s probable kayakers may not visit Himalaya in the future.

Norma Miller reported on her annual 2-day kayak/camp at Lake Pleasant in Dec. 2021 for the annual Eagle Watch. Two Bald Eagles were spotted flying over Humbug Bay but none on nest areas on cliffs above the Agua Fria River. Weather was somewhat sunny with little wind. Reserved camping was only allowed at the established campgrounds & no longer off-shore around the lake or bays. We camped at Desert Tortoise CG near one of the bays where kayaks were easily deployed & returned for the day. Norma reported that feral burros have now become a major nuisance around the campgrounds & will get into any boxes left out on the table at night. They also walk into your camp to find food anytime it’s left unattended, very close to bear behavior though they are not normally aggressive.

Meeting adjourned at 2 pm.

Respectfully submitted by: Norma Miller (SAPC Secretary.) – Jan. 12, 2022 (Please Note: The New Business article in these Minutes had to be updated from the original draft due to changing circumstances. The changes were made on Jan. 26, 2022 as reported above. -NM)