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3rd Annual Middle Bass Island Poker Kayak Day

Middle Bass Island 3rd Poker Kayak Day

by Tina M Larson

Kicking off Green Week was the 3rd MBI Poker Kayak Day to benefit preserves there. A wicked west wind the day before died down a bit, but the course was still changed from kayaking all around the Island to a safer path on the eastern side. We especially thank Elizabeth Snodgrass for granting permission to use her dock as one of the stops last minute!

Thanks for the advice from Captains Russ Brohl and Glenn Cooper on the rerouting. Thanks to Miller Boat Line for the 1st prize award of round trip tickets for two adults and a vehicle: Jacob Ackerman won with three queens and got to sign the rotating paddle trophy! Joe Hart and Eddie Sheller provided the 2nd place prize of a gift card to the MBI General Store: Karin Fortner won with two aces and a jack. Jill Ackerman won the 3rd place prize of steaks from Costco with two aces and a ten. And we have to thank the MBIYC for donating three copies of their delightful cookbook to give away!

Volunteers Jim & Betsie Brohl, Karen & Tony Dolejs, Dave Larson, John Schrenk, Butch & Diane Wrockledge all returned from last year – thank you! Americorps Intern Samantha Newhouse joined in the hosting. Thank you Susie Clipp and Nancy Welter of the MBI State Park for agreeing to the route changes and having picnic tables moved over to the playground area for our cookout! They also provided several types of handouts and a waterproof floating container for the goodie bags. Lisa Brohl’s addition of more handouts and a frisbee for every goodie bag helped fill them up! Kelly Faris sent updated copies describing the preserved of MBI from the PIB Township Park District and TMP Architecture photocopies of extra registration forms, descriptions of the route, and volunteer instruction sheets.

A good time was had by all!

Jacob Ackerman 2017 1st place winner signing the trophy!

Cookout awaiting results!

East Point Preserve!

Happy Kayaker!

Happy Kayakers!

Jacob Ackerman 2017 1st place winner!

2017 3rd place winner!

Pulling a card!

Volunteer Karen Dolejs!

Water Snake Wildlife!