Paddles and Pairings
Are you ready for a unique event?!! Expedition Organization, Fortunate Glass and North Carolina Eco Odysseys are pairing up to bring a unique event to Wilmington... Paddles and Pairings, an overnight kayak adventure coupled with a craft beer and wine pairing fireside dinner! I am very excited about this event as I know Expedition Organization and Fortunate Glass both excel at what they do. Scott Schmolesky, owner of Expedition Organization, will provide you with a unique kayak tour coupled with insight into the history of the areas we will be visiting. Michael Bevacqua has extensive experience in the wine industry and has attended culinary school as well. The pairings he has helped arrange at Fortunate Glass are testimony to his expertise and creativity.
We will leave River Road Park at 1 pm and kayak over to Keg Island first and set up camp, then paddle over to Sharks Tooth Island. Sharks Tooth Island will provide an opportunity to hunt for a variety of shark's teeth and other fossils unearthed from the dredging that was done to create the Cape Fear shipping channel. Bring a small bag for collecting fossils; some of the shark's teeth are smaller than the nail of your pinky finger. After we explore Sharks Tooth Island we will return to Keg Island and have time to relax before enjoying a large bonfire and our expertly planned and prepared dinner pairings.
Keg Island has an excellent, sheltered camping spot within a small pine forest. According to Scott there is plenty of high ground and fuel for a camp fire. All kayak related gear and dinner Saturday will be provided; you supply your camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc) and any additional beverages (outside the dinner pairings). Alcohol is permitted but I ask that in the interest of safety that you do not drink while on the river...save that for Saturday night. There is hatch space on the kayaks and also cordage on the front and back for stowing gear. They will accompany us with a john boat that will have 2 large coolers; we are welcome to put beverages and perishables in there. I recommend dry sacks to store all your gear in...breaking it up into a couple of dry sacks may make it easier to stow. Hot breakfast will be provided in the morning. Dress appropriately for the weather...weather can be variable here that time of year. Could be warm or cool. Make sure you have a sleeping bag that will accomodate the temperature. A rain poncho is not a bad idea either. If any of you want to participate in the event but don't want to stay and camp please let me know; Scott will arrange for your return back to the Marina after dinner.
This is an event you won't want to miss. Be one of the first to experience what I am anticipating will be a recurrent and popular area event. If you own your own kayak and would like to participate we can accommodate you...just email me directly so that I can give you pricing and so that I can keep up with the additional participants for purposes of dinner Saturday night.
River Road Park (View)
6500 River Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|