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Again this year, Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground, Carolina Canoe Club and Foothills Paddling Club are sponsoring Families Paddle, Too, which is open to all paddling families. The event is designed to help families that paddle develop a paddling network for future trips. As we all know, kids prefer to paddle with other kids. This event is a great way for your kid(s) to get connected with other kids.
When: May 26 -29, 2017, Memorial Day Weekend
Where: Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground, Bryson City, NC
Contact Terry Haughton for campsite and additional information at: Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground755 East Alarka Rd, Bryson City NC 28713
Each morning we will meet to discuss river/lake options. I am hopeful that we will have enough folks to volunteer to lead trips. In the past, we have had trips from beginner trips on Lake Fontana to advanced trips on the Ocoee River. Typical favorites are the beginner-friendly town section of the Tuckasegee River, the Tuck Gorge section of the Tuckasegee River and the Nantahala River. Start thinking about trips you are willing to lead and trips your children may be interested in.
Again this year, Terry has planned some great evening activities for us. Saturday Wiffel ball tournament at 6 pm. Oh!, don’t forget the kid’s favorite: the Saturday night Hayride at 8 pm. I actually think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. Then Sunday, we will have a toe tapping time at 7 pm with live music. Bring a chair or blanket for the concert.
Carolina Canoe Club and Foothills Paddling Club have donated some funds for some other activities. If we want a group dinner, we need folks to plan it. We had some folks last year do a nice group dinner with hot dogs. We also had a family organize an ice cream social. I still remember the big ice cream sundae I made last year. How about a river safety rodeo? We could all use some work on our rope throwing and z –drag skills.
Please think about ways you can volunteer to make this a successful event for all the families who attend. If you have an idea, then go for it. You can connect Crystal Johnson or myself for additional information
Crystal Johnson Cdjohnson307@gmail.com
Brent Summerfield Bsummerfield@bellsouth.net