Friday, December 3, 2010

Welcome to Mississippi Paddler!

Sharon Plunkett paddles through the fog after breaking
camp on the Chickasawhay River in September of 2010.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett

Over the past 2 years, I, my wife and our kayaks have come across some pretty interesting people. Many are just as passionate about Mississippi's waters as we have become. I've had the priviledge of meeting people from across the state who love the outdoors, and the beauty of exploring it from the water. What I haven't found is a single place online that all gather to trade stories, pictures and video about the experiences.

Sure, there are plenty of websites out there, and plenty of paddlers that share their own little corner of the state. There's Keith Benoist and Melissa Morrison in Natchez with Kayak Mississippi, there's Paul Nettles and Melissa Johson at South Coast Paddling in Ocean Springs, John Ruskey in the Delta with Quapaw, and plenty more. Some are just everyday paddlers that love what we do, and are willing to call up a group of friends met over a few excursions and plan another trip. But I haven't found one place on the web that puts all of those interest together under one banner.

So, here it is. I'm inviting you to email me at and share your information. We'll announce upcoming paddling events, share pictures and stories from trips past, and invite water lovers from across the state to write guest columns. Facebook is a grand way to stay in touch. But, the hope is this will be more inclusive and interactive.

And, don't let the title fool you. We'll delve across state lines, too.

Outfitters and Purveyors of Gear, we'll start by posting your ads on a first come, first serve basis. If response is what I hope it to be it may be necessary to begin selling ads at some point in the near future. This isn't likely to be a huge money maker. But who knows, we may can help fund some cleanups and get the attention of the powers that be over preservation and conservation issues.

I want to hear from you. Comments, questions, whatever.

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