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memories [Jul. 31st, 2007|11:00 pm]
Geek Girls Sports Club - Austin, Texas

i'm moving this friday, and it's got me thinking about a lot of things. and the thing i'm thinking about most at the moment is the geek girls sports club of austin, tx.

now, i know it sort of petered out there toward the end of my austin adventures. but let's think back, for a minute, to the beginnings--one girl, determined to play sports (though not imaginging anything like kyodu zen archery or almost-spelunking) puts out a call to arms for geek chicks everywhere. come be geeky and sporty with me.

and what happens? i meet some of the best girls in the state of texas. seriously. and that's so amazing, for so many reasons. not the least of which is i'm considering doing it again, in LA (learning from past lessons, of course.) and i'm nervous about it, but when i reflect, it doesn't matter how nervous i am. because when i look back now, i should have been scared shitless to just post some random ad and organize a bunch of strangers to meet....and they all should have been just as scared, too, to come. but we did it, and it grew, and i really think it was amazing.

you guys should get together once and awhile and do a totally new sport. just for kicks, and memories. for me. or for katie. or just for yourselves!
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Kayaking (again) [Jul. 12th, 2007|12:37 pm]
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Who's up for rescheduling our paddle? I can go on the 21st or the 28th (both Saturdays).
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Have I mentioned that I'm sick of rain? [Jul. 7th, 2007|07:40 am]
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So no paddling today ... although the area hasn't had much rain, the rental folks feel that the Blanco River is too big today and are limiting trips to the first two miles of the San Marcos (basically the part that's in town and includes two portages). Consensus seems to be that that's not worth the drive, so ... who wants to reschedule?

I know April is out of town next weekend (July 14) and I'm going out of town the following weekend, but I *might* be able to leave on Sunday instead of Saturday if July 21 will work best for everyone. I'm also free July 28. August 4 is probably out - there's an adventure race (http://www.aquaterrarace.com/AT_SPRNT_DETAILS_page.htm, which I think sounds like great fun, by the way ... anyone?) on that part of the river that day.
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7/7/07 paddle [Jul. 6th, 2007|02:08 pm]
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So we're tentatively on for tomorrow's paddle. Right now the river is not closed but is a bit too high for the rental folks to want their boats to go out, so they told April we'll need to check with them at 8am tomorrow. I'm planning on calling them then (have to call them anyway to see if they have any boats left for slacker Edward) and will pass along whatever I find out; however, if anyone hears from them before then (since I'm hoping they'll call us if *they* decide to cancel), please let us know.

Once we confirm it's on, we'll meet at April's house at 8:15 (or however long it takes us to get there after we receive the bat signal). If we're on the road by 8:30 we should be fine.

I'm about to send an email (to everyone who said they've reserved a boat) that has my phone number and April's address, so I don't have to post them here for all the world to see. I'll check my email before bed tonight, but please call me if anything changes in the morning. Also, if you're planning to go and DIDN'T post that you've reserved your boat, please let me know - otherwise you won't get the meeting details.

Looking forward to seeing everyone! :)
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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2007|01:22 pm]
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Is everyone still up for paddling the San Marcos this Saturday? I no longer put much faith in weather forecasts, but so far they're saying partly cloudy, mid-90s, which is about the best we can hope for this time of year.


We'll meet here in town* at 8:15am to make sure we get to T G Canoe & Kayak for our 9:30 rental time (there wasn't a 9:00). Please be on time - this might get us there early, but since they have set rental times and we have to watch a DVD on the hazards and portages of the river, I'm guessing we shouldn't be late. I'm going to ask that everyone call and make their own reservation, since there's a $20 deposit required and I don't want to end up paying it if folks don't show up. Tell them you're with my group for 9:30 on Saturday. We've already passed the EIGHT DAY cancellation period, so be sure you're going before you make your reservation. Their number is 512-353-3946.

I'll drive so I can bring my boat, but if everyone who said they were interested goes, we'll need one more person to drive.

* Ideas on where to meet? I have neighbors across the street and next to me who get super pissy if people park in front of their house, so my place probably isn't our best bet.


If possible, wear something other than flip-flops. Aqua socks or river sandals that have some traction (Tevas, Chacos, or similar knock-offs) are best. There are several places where we'll have to get out and carry the boats around various obstacles, so shoes that stay on your feet will make for a much happier day.

Wear clothes that you don't mind being wet in; you'll probably get splashed, and we may want to stop and swim. Swimwear is appropriate, but wear shorts over it so your legs won't stick to the plastic boats. Bring a dry set of clothes for after the paddle.

Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreeen, LOTS of water, etc. Bring anything you'd normally bring for outdoor summertime activities.

Bring a snack. We can stop in town for food after if folks want to, but you'll probably want something along the way.

I'll bring a couple of small-ish dry bags, but please double-ziploc anything you want to keep dry ... just as extra protection and in case we don't have space for everyone's stuff in the bags. Small soft-sided coolers also work well for keeping food and drinks cool, if you want.

I doubt any of you are planning to bring alcohol, but just a warning: the campground we're taking out at is alcohol-free, and I don't think there's anywhere along the way to ditch stuff.

Please post if you're going, and that you've made your reservation. They do sometimes fill up on weekends ... it would be sad to have to leave you at the campground all day waiting for us! ;)
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You need a good paddling [Jun. 25th, 2007|02:33 pm]
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I paddled a lovely stretch of the San Marcos River yesterday, and may I say it is PERFECT right now. Who wants to go check it out? :)

I'm thinking of a trip from San Marcos City Park to Pecan Park Retreat, which is six miles and should take 3-ish hours (maybe a little longer depending on how leisurely we are); conveniently, this is the exact stretch of river that the rental place covers. The only significant rapids on this stretch are at Rio Vista Park, which is a reasonably easy portage and the rental company doesn't allow their boats to go over it anyway (I'm not sure how they enforce this since it's a mile below the put-in, but better safe than sorry, I guess). Anyone who really wants to run it is welcome to try it out in my boat. It's great fun if there aren't a lot of tubers around.

Past Rio Vista, there is a pleasant current (really, most of the way you don't even need to paddle) with some small ripply spots, a three-foot waterfall that's really fun to go over (and easy to portage if you don't want to), and one really heinous portage that involves sliding our boats over a 15-foot dam. That will be the worst part. :( Here is a good description of this portion of the river. (Note that the Graduation Falls they mention is not the evil portage, nor is it something we'll want to attempt in sit-on-tops. But if anyone ever gets the urge to paddle over a waterfall, we should get hold of some whitewater boats and go there. It's easy and safe.)

Rentals are $25 a boat for the day and that includes the shuttle, and I can pay them a little extra to shuttle my boat. That'll save us some time and hassle. :) Once we nail down a date, we should probably make reservations in advance (which requires a $20 deposit that you have to give eight days' notice to get back, so let's be sure about this!).

As much as I hate to say this, the earlier we get on the water, the better (the tubers start coming out in force between 10:00 & 11:00, and once they're there the first mile or so will suck). I'm thinking we meet here in town around 8:00 a.m. and take one or two cars to the rental place.

So ... dates? Saturdays are better for me ... I can do this Saturday (June 30), or July 7, 14, or 28. If Sundays are absolutely the only day that will work for someone, I could skip a day of polo and do July 8, 15, or 29. I'm out of town July 21 & 22.

Oh, and ideally we'll need four or five people to be able to do that big dam portage I mentioned, so let's try to find a day we can all go!

Also, if anyone has never kayaked before and is nervous about starting on a river, I should first assure you that it's a very mellow river, but we could arrange a Town Lake paddle first. Just let me know.
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Kayaking and Kamping [May. 6th, 2007|08:11 pm]
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Hello lovelies...

Santa Rita was great tonight...thanks!

And now on to the events:

Item 1: Kayaking

A kayking trip must be had soon! Suggestions? I'm fine with doing town lake again, but it would be kinda nice to go somewhere I haven't been before. When shall we go?

Item 2: Kamping

Mention was made of a camping trip... to enchanted rock perhaps? Alt McKinney falls because closer (and also I'd like to hang out on those sculpted rocks a bit). Where? who? when? Discuss.
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Final details [May. 4th, 2007|04:09 pm]
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Ok, since only one preference for place, here are the final details:

Lets meet at 5:30pm this Sunday May 6th
Santa Rita at 38th street just west of Lamar
Hope to see everyone there!
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queso or dinner or margaritas Sunday? [May. 3rd, 2007|06:39 pm]
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It sounds like a semi-mutual consensus has been made that Sunday after 5 could work for Marlo, Suzanne, maybe April, and myself. We could go to Trudy's or Santa Rita or elsewhere if anyone has a preference. Say maybe 5:30 or 6? Let me know if that works, and I'll make a final detailed post.

And we definitely need to get together again so we can catch Clare and anyone else who can't make it this weekend!
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2007|11:44 pm]
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Anyone want to do anything geek-girlsy this weekend? Even just queso and margaritas? We haven't seen each other foreverrrr! If anyone shows interest, I can plan something...
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