(please note: this is an information only posting - please RSVP on Saturday &/or Sunday for the events you will be attending)
Details for San Marcos Whitewater Kayaking Weekend
What to expect!!
Friday evening: Fitted in your boat & introduction dinner
Saturday morning: 8:00 am Boat fit for those just arriving - 8:30 head to the river!
Saturday early afternoon - lunch - bring money as we enjoy lunch from the River Pub
(if you need to be back to Houston early, this is the time to leave)
Saturday afternoon - head down the river and practice skills learned in the am
Saturday evening - dinner for those who stay over
Sunday am - River Trip! if you are just arriving, get fitted quick. We leave the Center at 8:30 prompt so we can get on the river and beat the crowds!
Sunday afternoon - back at the Center and head back to Houston - tired, happy and ready to come back and do it again!!
San Marcos is about 2 hours and 45 minutes from Houston. It is possible to get up very early, drive in for the lessons and then drive home. It is more fun to come either plan on staying for the entire weekend or come in on Friday night, stay over (details below) have dinner and then possibly decide on Saturday afternoon that you had so much fun you want to go on Sunday too. Happens all the time!
RSVP - please RSVP on the calendar for Saturday &/or Sunday so we have a head count
What to expect if you are NEW...
If you have never joined us for this weekend instruction before you are in for a treat. You will be learning from some of the top instructors in the country, right here in Texas! The instructors tailor the lessons to each individual student, so you can work on specific skills or general knowledge.
What to expect if you have taken this class before...
I have taken this class 5 times (okay, maybe I''m a little slow:)) but every time, I learn new skills. You will have the opportunity to work on rolling if you wish, new strokes and advanced strokes and skills.
Details for the weekend:
ALL Kayak Equipment & instruction are included in the price for the weekend - the following is what you will need to bring:
WHAT TO BRING for the day:
watershoes or sandles
swimsuit or water shorts and rashguard or t-shirt to keep the sun off
water bottle and snacks
Towel and dry clothes
cash or cc for lunch
Most of this will be left in your car except your water and snacks. If you have a small dry bag that you can throw water, snack and sunscreen in that is great. They can be found at REI and Academy. If not, usually there is someone who can help hold stuff for you
Dinner - we have an event on Friday night for dinner in San Marcos if you can arrive in time. We hangout, meet the instructors, meet each other and generally just chill. Breakfast is usually something you brought or just grab on your way to the Power Olympic Outdoors Center (POOC). Lunch is at a local spot so bring cash or cc, you should bring a snack or two also. Bar powers and water are a good option. Dinner Saturday night is also in San Marcos. Sunday breakfast and lunch are a repeat of Saturday. If you paddle Sunday we finish on the river early enough for you to get back to Houston for a good night''s rest.
WHEN TO ARRIVE:
If you come in on Friday afternoon (6:00 to 7:00) you can get fitted for a boat and gear. This makes Saturday morning a lot less hectic! If you can not come Friday night then plan on being at the POOC no later than 8:00 am Saturday morning.
Please read the directions to the POOC carefully, it can be a little hard to see the entrance.
|POOC Center, San Marcos TX
||602 North Interstate 35, San Marcos Texas , TX
||From the intersection of I-35 & 80 (coming from Luling). Turn left onto the feeder of Interstate 35 SOUTH. Get in the right hand lane When right LANE ENDS, turn RIGHT. You are turning under the freeway as if you were going to go north on 35. You will come to a stop sign just after the bridge, if you look slightly to your left you will be looking at the Power Outdoor Olympic Center. Turn left, get in right hand land and then turn right onto the gravel road.
please note in your comments where you will be staying
For the CAMPERS in the group Shady Grove which is a very nice site on the San Marcos river about a 10 minute drive from the POOC. *All details are below, please remember to bring cash or check, that is what they prefer.
For those who would rather not camp here are a couple of HOTEL OPTIONS.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Marcos, TX
1560 IH 35 South, San Marcos TX 78666, USA
Telephone: (512) 392-8111
$149.99 with advance booking
1321 North Interstate 35 San Marcos, TX 78666
$45.99 per night with advance booking
Econo Lodge is very close to POOC. Queen or king rooms are $60 plus tax. 512-353-5300
|Shady Grove Campground
||9515 FM 1979; Martindale, TX 78655 , TX
From Interstate 10: Take the 1st Luling exit #183. When you reach the light which is the intersection of 183 & 80 turn right, cross the rr tracks and take your 3rd left onto #80 also know as East Davis street. Follow this towards San Marcos/Martindale. as you reach Martindale you will turn left on FM 1979 (the only direction you can turn) and proceed on FM 1979 for about one mile. Cross the river and Shady Grove is immediately on the left. http://mysite.verizon.net/resr1sp0/id4.html
The campground is self-serve registration. Bring cash and pay at the gate. $5.00 per night - put your money in the envelope, fill out an entrance permit and hang on your rear view mirror. Parallel park to road at campsite. We don''t want to disturb the grass.